50 Wise & Wicked Quotes About Revenge

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They say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?

—Mindy Kaling


I’m going to get even, I swear I will. Mark my words, I’m a pregnant cranky woman with insomnia. I have time to plot my revenge.

—Kim Gruenenfelder


I was performing my ritual of sipping tea, shooting flirtatious glances and planning murder.

—Mingmei Yip


Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.

—J. K. Rowling


My former bullies pay extra to come backstage and meet me after shows, and I pretend not to know them in front of their friends. It is the most divine pleasure to exact the revenge of the brutalized child that resides within.

—Margaret Cho


Revenge is a confession of pain.

—Latin Proverb


But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

—Exodus 21:23-25


Treat all fairly or they will seek revenge.

—Christopher Paolini


‘Tis more noble to forgive, and more manly to despise, than to revenge an Injury.

—Benjamin Franklin


An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

—Mahatma Gandhi


I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.

—Muhammad Ali


An eye for an eye is never enough. Never, never, never.

—Adrian Phoenix


While seeking revenge, dig two graves—one for yourself.

—Douglas Horton


So revenge is obviously a deeply messed-up expression of vindictiveness. It is hard to even call it evil. It is just plain insanity. A result of deeply messed-up thinking.

—Venkatesh G. Rao


Revenge proves its own executioner.

—John Ford


Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.

—Anne Lamott


In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

—Francis Bacon


We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.

—Heinrich Heine


Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.

—Ivana Trump


God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards.

—Walt Whitman


It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.

—Friedrich Nietzsche


If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.

—Shannon L. Alder


Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries—for heavy ones they cannot.

—Niccolo Machiavelli


Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.

—William Makepeace Thackeray


The problem with revenge is that it never evens the score. It ties both the injured and the injurer to an escalator of pain. Both are stuck on the escalator as long as parity is demanded, and the escalator never stops.

—Lewis B. Smedes


Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.



Living well is the best revenge.

—George Herbert


When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

—Sacha Guitry


To exact revenge for yourself or your friends is not only a right, it’s an absolute duty.

—Stieg Larsson


Weak people revenge
Strong people forgive
Intelligent people ignore



Revenge is not a noble sentiment, but it is a human one.

—Rudy Giuliani


There’s always enough retribution to be dealt.

—Amber Silvia


Funny thing about revenge. It could make a killer out of a nun.

—Kevis Hendrickson


Choose old people for enemies. They die. You win.

—Jacob M. Appel


Revenge writing is a female genre. Men who have been left by women or made cuckolds by rivals either lick their wounds in humiliated silence or start the Trojan Wars. Having no other power or public voice, the betrayed woman reaches for her pen.

—Frances Wilson


Revenge is sweet and not fattening.

—Alfred Hitchcock


Vengeance is a monster of appetite, forever bloodthirsty and never filled.

—Richelle E. Goodrich


Revenge can only be found on the road to self-destruction.

—Wayne Gerard Trotman


I’m pretty Sicilian if I’ve been crossed. I don’t seek revenge, but I never forget. And I make it hard to repair, which is not a great quality because if people held me to that standard, no one would be around me—ever.

—Amy Adams


No one messes around with a nerd’s computer and escapes unscathed.

—E.A. Bucchianeri


Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim.

—Emile M. Cioran


Revenge is not worthy of you. If you concentrate on revenge, you will keep those wounds fresh that would otherwise have healed.

—Adeline Yen Mah


For the longest time I studied revenge to the exclusion of all else. I built my first torture chamber in the dark vaults of imagination. Lying on bloody sheets in the Healing Hall I discovered doors within my mind that I’d not found before, doors that even a child of nine knows should not be opened. Doors that never close again. I threw them wide.

—Mark Lawrence


Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY, says the Lord.

—Romans 12:19


Revenge is what I want. Nothing but pure unadulterated revenge. But my mother brought me up to be a lady.

—J. P. Donleavy


Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.

—Paul Gauguin


For the taking of revenge, a man locks himself up alone and thinks. His stomach must be empty for his head to be full. Vengeance comes a little from the heart and a lot from the mind; one must take oneself apart from the noise of men and of things, even from what resembles them; only the voices of bells and of thunder are allowed. Let the room in which you meditate be dark, narrow and warm.

—Xavier Forneret


Perish the universe, provided I have my revenge!

—Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac


Serial killing is not about sex at all, but about power and control and revenge on society.

—Pat Brown


At this hour
Lie at my mercy all mine enemies.

—William Shakespeare Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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