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Cruelty Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Cruelty

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The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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I am an optimist because I want to change things for
the better and I know that blood has to be spilled
and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.
- Henry Rollins

The impulse to cruelty is, in many people,
almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love -
almost as violent and much more mischievous.
- Aldous Huxley

In the name of noble purposes men have committed unspeakable
acts of cruelty against one another.
- J. William Fulbright

 

Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty;
but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty
would be an ignorant unkindness.
- George Eliot

Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals.
They never feel that it is an injustice to equals;
nay it is treachery to comrades.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life;
it supports them all,
lends strength to them all ambition,
cruelty,
avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
- Marquis de Sade

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Is the capacity for cruelty inherent in all of us?
- Soledad O'Brien

War is cruelty, and none can make it gentle.
- Gilbert Parker

What has marked Chinese society is its level of cruelty,
not just revolutions and wars.
We ought to reject it totally, otherwise in another
upheaval there will be further cruelty.
- Jung Chang

The truth doesn't have to do with cruelty,
the truth has to do with mercy.
- Ken Kesey

Fear is the main source of superstition,
and one of the main sources of cruelty.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell

We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty,
stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose
her as a friend than as a foe.
- William E. Gladstone

Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind -
it is only the difference in the victim.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression,
crime, cruelty, soft music.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I'm very touched on a deep level by cruelty to animals.
- Ali MacGraw

Beware the ends of the earth and the exotic:
the drama is on your doorstep wherever the slums;
are,
wherever there is malnutrition, wherever there is exploitation and cruelty.
- John Grierson

In the context of interfaith encounter,
we need to bring to the surface how our actual beliefs shape what we do -
not simply to agree that kindness is better than cruelty.
- Rowan D. Williams

If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty,
I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Besides, wouldn't it be wonderful if no one ever had
to worry about the random cruelty of fatal illness
or the woes of old age attacking them or their loved ones?
- Joan D. Vinge

Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce
on the grounds of cruelty,
adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
- Samuel Butler

The terrorists are fighting freedom with all their
cunning and cruelty because freedom is their greatest fear -
and they should be afraid,
because freedom is on the march.
- George W. Bush

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea,
and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
- James Russell Lowell

Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.
- Frank Herbert

Even so, one step from my grave, I believe that cruelty,
spite, The powers of darkness will in time,
Be crushed by the spirit of light.
- Boris Pasternak

Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.
- Phaedrus

I believe in preventing cruelty to all living beings in any form.
- Morarji Desai

Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature,
but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.
- Robinson Jeffers

I think because of their terrible past,
particularly this century, the Chinese have come to
accept cruelty more than many other people,
which is something I feel very unhappy about.
- Jung Chang

With the first act of cruelty committed in the name of revolution,
with the first murder, with the first purge and execution,
we have lost the revolution.
- Kate Millett

Cruelty to men and to the lower animals as well,
which would have passed unnoticed a century ago,
now shocks the sensibilities and is regarded as wicked and degrading.
- Elihu Root

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.
- Rue McClanahan

I couldn't watch Tom and Jerry.
The cruelty was too much.
I had all these strange images, of tiny animals,
all mixed up.
- Julie Walters

The Haitian people are gentle and lovable except for
their enormous and unconscious cruelty.
- Zora Neale Hurston

Keep fighting for animals by making compassionate,
cruelty-free choices every day and encouraging those
around you to do the same.
- Bea Arthur

War is cruelty.
There is no use trying to reform it.
The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

As long as man eats animals how can cruelty to animals be removed.
- Morarji Desai

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself;
it only requires opportunity.
- George Eliot

To insult someone we call him "bestial."
For deliberate cruelty and nature,
"human" might be the greater insult.
- Isaac Asimov

Nothing in the nature around us is evil.
This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways
of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the
supposed cruelty of nature.
- John Berger

The bust of Colonel Sanders stands as a monument to
cruelty and has no place in the Kentucky state Capitol.
- Pamela Anderson

The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our
century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery,
that of the unborn.
- Pope John Paul II

World's use is cold, world's love is vain,
world's cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

There is a ceaseless war against drunkenness and cruelty and vice.
- Anthony Blunt

Fear is the parent of cruelty.
- James Anthony Froude

Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty,
iniquity,
bad faith, falsehood - we fail to see the whole array
when it is facing in the same direction as we.
- Jean Rostand

Group conformity scares the pants off me because it's
so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to -
or can't -
join the Big Parade.
- Bette Midler

It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature,
is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy.
- Mercy Otis Warren

To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency;
to forgive them is cruelty.
- Maximilien Robespierre

I think the suffering, violence and cruelty and Guantanamo
and the rest is going to go on and on in Iraq.
- Clare Short

Idle people are often bored and bored people,
unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.
It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great
preoccupations in our time.
- Renata Adler

All cruelty springs from weakness.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

People nearly always believe, and are willing to back
it up with weapons and cruelty,
that their religion and way of life is better than the other person's.
- Caroline B. Cooney

Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society;
and we can't get out of it if we would.
- Thomas Hardy

The best political weapon is the weapon of terror.
Cruelty commands respect.
Men may hate us.
But, we don't ask for their love; only for their fear.
- Heinrich Himmler

I am very sad for men and women trapped in any relationship where there is cruelty,
dominance, inequity.
I long for the liberation of all people.
- Jasmine Guy

I got a divorce eleven years later on the grounds of cruelty,
which is still not easy in England.
- Dinah Sheridan

My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong
that we have the power to stop,
and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.
- Anna Sewell

Cruelty is a tyrant that's always attended with fear.
- Thomas Fuller

Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's
business to interfere when they see it.
- Anna Sewell

There's a certain edge about cruelty.
If you're honest about it, most people wince,
but say it had to be said.
- Pete Waterman

It is usually when men are at their most religious
that they behave with the least sense and the greatest cruelty.
- Ilka Chase

In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than
to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.
- Leon Trotsky

Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of
cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to
human suffering as a fact.
- Andrea Dworkin

It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will
not make us humane but cruel;
that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual
condition will make us consent to it.
- Lionel Trilling

Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists.
That is why they invented Hell.
- Bertrand Russell

Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural,
but it's not acceptable.
- Jodie Foster

The thing which grieves and oppresses my heart with
respect to poor Scotland,
is the hardness of heart manifest in the levity and
cruelty with which they speak of others.
- Edward Irving

Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world
war both have their start in the heated brain.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.
- Paul Tillich


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