Revenge is a dish best served cold. This is a popular saying for a reason. Getting revenge on someone is a satisfying feeling, but it’s often better to wait awhile before taking action. That way, you can be sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons and not just in the heat of the moment.

In this blog post, we’ve gathered together 130 of the best revenge quotes. These quotes come from a variety of sources, including Shakespeare, the Bible, and famous authors. So, whether you’re looking for a little inspiration or just want to reflect on the nature of revenge, this list is for you.

“Any story about revenge is ultimately a story about forgiveness, redemption, or the futility of revenge.” ― Nick Wechsler

“I can’t let my mother’s death have been in vain. Democracy is the best revenge, and we will have it.” ― Bilawal Bhutto Zargari

“No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place.” ― Meir Kahane

 “The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.” ― Maria Mannes

“For me the greatest revenge of all is having a happy adulthood, waking up in my gorgeous turquoise bedroom in the morning beside a person who really inspires me. That’s the best revenge a girl-loving girl from the Bible belt could possibly have. And, importantly, it’s healthy.” ― Beth Ditto

“I felt so painfully isolated that I vowed I would get revenge on the world by becoming a famous cartoonist.” ― Robert Crumb

“Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.” ― Edwin Hubbell Chapin

“Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair.” ― Friedrich Schiller

“Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits and values.” ― Arthur M. Schlesinger

“Serial killing is not about sex at all, but about power and control and revenge on society.” ― Pat Brown

“It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The people who influenced me most were the people who said I would never make it. They gave me a thirst for revenge.” ― Colin Mochrie

“I think to a certain extent in Bosnia and among the Hutus in Rwanda and also among the Tutsis in Rwanda who then took revenge on the Hutus, there is a sense of being swept up and a sense that the society in which they live has gone mad.” ― John Pomfret

“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” ― William Shakespeare

“Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defence can be just.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 “When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.” ― Sacha Guidry

. “Revenge… is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.” ― Albert Schweitzer

“Meekness: Uncommon patience in planning a revenge that is worth while.” ―Ambrose Bierce

 “The weapon of suicide bombing is so desperate that you aren’t even left with the possibility of taking revenge or punishing anyone; the terrorist is killed along with his victims, his blood mixing with theirs.” ― A. B. Yehoshua

“Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.” ― Confucius

“Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.” ― Francis Bacon

 “I don’t have the feeling of being motivated by anger, revenge or frustration.” ― Agnes Obeli

 “Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot.” ― Niccolo Machiavelli

“Some wars have been due to the lust of rulers for power and glory, or to revenge to wipe out the humiliation of a former defeat.” ― John Boyd Orr

“He that studied revenge keepnet his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.” ― John Milton

“In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated.” ― John McCarthy

 “Evil is always devising more corrosive misery through man’s restless need to exact revenge out of his hate.” ― Ralph Steadman

“I mean, who wants to live waking up… at least I don’t want to live waking up everyday about revenge.” ― Mitchell Baker

“Most action is based on redemption and revenge, and that’s a formula. Moby Dick was formula. It’s how you get to the conclusion that makes it interesting.” ― Sylvester Stallone

“The intrusions of the white race and the non- compliance with treaty obligations have been followed by atrocities that could alone satisfy a savage and revengeful spirit.” ― Nelson A. Miles

“To take revenge half-heartedly is to court disaster; either condemn or crown your hatred.” ― Pierre Corneille

“Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation.” ― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlege

“Love has its place, as does hate. Peace has its place, as does war. Mercy has its place, as do cruelty and revenge.” ― Meir Kahan

“Violence is almost an everyday occurrence in some Muslim lands: it should not be exacerbated by revenge attacks on more innocent families and communities.” ― Cat Stevens

“I choose not to give energy to the emotions of revenge, hatred or the desire to subjugate.” ― Rosanne Cash

“In the long run, every man will pay the penalty for his own misdeeds. The man who remembers this will be angry with no one, indignant with no one, revile no one, blame no one, offend no one, hate no one.” ―Epictetus

“Remember to honour the hand which reached out for you when you needed it, by being that hand to someone else who is struggling.” ―Greg Dustily

 “When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, ‘Yes, this is how I ought to feel.’” —Harold Kushner

“I never kill insects. If I see ants or spiders in the room, I pick them up and take them outside. Karma is everything.” —Holly Valance

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.” ―Arthur Conan Doyle

 “Karma is a tricky thing. To serve karma, one must repay good karma to others. To serve karma well, one must sometimes deliver bad karma where it is due.” —M.R. Mathias

“Often when someone hurts you, they aren’t hurting you because you are you. They are hurting you because they are them.” —Karen Allanson

“That game of consequences to which we all sit down, the hanger-back not least.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

 “You cannot do harm to someone because someone has done harm to you. You will pay just like they will.” —Ericka Williams

 “There’s a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.” —Sylvester Stallone

 “Karma is justice. It does not reward or punish, because we have to earn all that we receive.” —Mary T. Brown

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.” —Peyton Conway March

. “Everyone gets dumped, and everyone gets hurt, and there’s karma to love in regards to what you’ve done to other people.” —Marina and the Diamonds

 “When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it’s because of karma, some past connection.” —Richard Gere

“Most times, how you treat your children is how they grow up to treat you.” —Terry Mark

“But this was what happened when you didn’t want to visit and confront the past: The past starts visiting and confronting you.” —Bret Easton Ellis

“Your believing or not believing in karma has no effect on its existence, nor on its consequences to you. Just as a refusal to believe in the ocean would not prevent you from drowning.” —F. Paul Wilson

“There are the waves, and there is the wind, seen and unseen forces. Everyone has these same elements in their lives, the seen and unseen, karma and free will.” —Kuna Yin

“People pay for what they do, and, still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.” —James Baldwin

“It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.” —Diasakos Ikeda

“Live a good and honourable life. Then, when you are older, you can look back and enjoy it a second time.” —Dalai Lama

“When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life.” —Keanu Reeves

 “The nearer I approached to your habitation, the more deeply did I feel the spirit of revenge enkindled in my heart.” – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 “I shall revenge myself in the cruellest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.” – John Steinbeck

“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” — William Shakespeare

 “Instead of a man of peace and love, I have become a man of violence and revenge.” — Hiawatha

“Revenge and retaliation always perpetuate the cycle of anger, fear and violence.” — Coretta Scott King

“When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.” — Sacha Guidry

“The best revenge you can have on intellectuals is to be madly happy.” – Albert Camus

“Anything worth having is hard to get, therefore – anything worth losing is hard to let go. Success is revenge.” – Demario Cash

 “A lot of horrible, unfair, untrue things have been said about me. I can only say that the best revenge is success.” – Kate Moss

 “But the best revenge for naysayers is living well. And living well is doing your job and taking care of your family.” – Jalen Rose

“Spending plenty of time on something can be the most sophisticated form of revenge.” – Haruki Murakami

“I don’t want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Revenge is a dish best eaten cold and there is no sweeter dish than outliving an enemy.” – Don Darkes

“Two wrongs don’t make a right, but neither does one. Revenge may seem petty by day, but on some nights she becomes Justice.” – Ashly Lorenzen

 “Every blade has two edges; he who wounds with one, wounds himself with the other.” – Victor Hugo

“When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.” – Mary Higgins Clark

“There is no need for revenge. Living happily ever after is a sign that you have not let the past beat you.” – Leon Brown

“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

 “Success is the best revenge for anything. Keep your head down and work hard to achieve.” – Ed Sheeran

“However miserable you make us, we shall still have the revenge of thinking that your cruelty arises from your greater misery.”― Emily Brontë

 “Revenge itself may indeed be the best revenge, but slaying one’s enemy does not give back what they stole.”― Emilie Autumn

 “The greatest form of retaliation is not loving your enemy but ignoring them.”― Bingham Lee

 “Revenge is weak when provocation is the reason to prepare us strong for any battle.”― Alan Macon

“Revenge is an orphan in bad company she had learnt. Until it accepts the truth, it may never find grace.”― Sanchi Gupta

 “The most deceptive thing about revenge is in thinking that we’re not hurt by it, when in fact we’re the one’s most hurt by it.”― Craig D. Louisburgh

“There is no such thing as justice, all the best that we can hope for is revenge.”― Emilie Autumn

“Revenge is never the best driver for a battle, but a common one.” – Janet Morris

“Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.” – Francis Bacon

“Revenge is backward looking, whereas rationality is forward looking — so the two fail to engage.” – Alan Hamlin

“Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair.” –Friedrich Schiller

“Revenge is what I want. Nothing but pure unadulterated revenge. But my mother brought me up to be a lady.”—J. P. Donleavy

“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”—Anne Lamott

“Fool that I am,” said he, “that I did not tear out my heart the day I resolved to revenge myself”.” ― Alexandre Dumas

“Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.” ― William Makepeace Thackeray

“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

“When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself.” ― Jodi Picoult

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

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

“When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.” ― Mary Higgins Clark

“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” ― Anne Lamott

“Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.” ― Shannon Alder

“Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” ― Walter Scott


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