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A list of the best torture quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous torture quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic torture quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational torture quotes from that same writer.

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There is only one thing that arouses animals more than pleasure, and that is pain. Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions. Everything you have heard told, everything you have read returns to your mind, as if you were being transported, not toward heaven, but toward hell. Under torture you say not only what the inquisitor wants, but also what you imagine might please him, because a bond (this, truly, diabolical) is established between you and him. Umberto Eco

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The healthy man does not torture others -- generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers. Carl Jung

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Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. You turn a corner in the dark and there he is. You congeal into a bundle of inanimate fear. You become the very soul of anesthesia. But there is no escaping him. It is your turn now... Henry Miller

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jordanc17 added Fear Is the Basis of the Whole, Fear of the Mysterious, Fear of Defeat, Fear of Death, Fear Is the Parent of Cruelty. Jordan Crowther

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I've already told you: the only way to a woman's heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure. Marquis de Sade

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Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment. Emil Cioran