Cruelty Quotes

Erich Fromm

The cruelty itself is motivated by something deeper: the wish to know the secret of things and of life.


Being yourself is an old myth,
being fake in this world of cruelness is a new trick

Malcolm Bradbury

But you are involved in the world, and your actions have consequences for other people, and if you don't recognize that, then that's the supreme kind of cruelty. Everyone shares someone else's fate to some extent.

Shannon A. Thompson

He's been through so much and to watch that boy suffer makes me wish this world wasn't so cruel.

Yukio Mishima

True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys.

Nalini Singh

Emotion without reason lets people walk all over you; reason without emotion is a mask for cruelty.

Brené Brown

Cruelty is easy, cheap and rampant.

Sylvia Plath

I am not cruel -
only truthful.

Yevgeny Zamyatin

Cruel', O'Kelly laughed, 'it's cruel to tell children the truth. If anything convinces me of God's mercy, then it's his gift of making us unable to lie.

Patrick Rothfuss

No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.

Nenia Campbell

What was it about us, as humans, that drove us to make apologies for beautiful things?

Sandra Chami Kassis

People often speak of hell, not wanting to go there, avoiding it..etc. I never had that problem because hell is a state of mind. Look around you; rape, murder, wars, hatred, friend; you're already there!!

Mark Knopfler

We prayed these wars would end all wars -
In war we know is no romance."

(Done With Bonaparte)

Gregory Maguire

Waking up was a daily cruelty, an affront, and she avoided it by not sleeping.

Steven James

Here is the paradox of the thing we call freedom: the farther we wander from God and the more we try to break free from him, the more enchained we become. Every step we take away from Him leads us farther from the freedom of Jesus and closer to the cruelty of Cain.

Henryk Sienkiewicz

Nevertheless, in this sea of human wretchedness and malice there bloomed at times compassion, as a pale flower blooms in a putrid marsh.

T.S. Eliot

April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.

Christopher Hitchens

We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.

C.J. Sansom

Have you ever thought what a God would be like who actually ordained and executed the cruelty that is in [the biblical Book of Revelation]? A holocaust of mankind. Yet so many of these Bible-men accept the idea without a second thought.

Karen Joy Fowler

I didn't want a world in which I had to choose between blind human babies and tortured monkey ones. To be frank, that's the sort of choice I expect science to protect me from, not give me.

Rachel Carson

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is... we cannot expect things to be much better in this world... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.

Cornelia Funke

The world was a terrible place, cruel, pitiless, dark as a bad dream. Not a good place to live. Only in books could you find pity, comfort, happiness - and love. Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn't ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.

Thomas Hardy

Sometimes a woman's love of being loved gets the better of her conscience, and though she is agonized at the thought of treating a man cruelly, she encourages him to love her while she doesn't love him at all. Then, when she sees him suffering, her remorse sets in, and she does what she can to repair the wrong.

Walter Scott

It was woman that taught me cruelty, and on woman therefore I have exercised it.

Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch

You look at love, and especially woman, as something hostile, something against which you put up a defense, even if unsuccessfully. You feel that their power over you gives you a sensation of pleasurable torture, of pungent cruelty. This is a genuinely modern point of view.

Bertrand Russell

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

Honoré De Balzac

Cruelty and fear shake hands together. An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.

Laurence Overmire

Live with an open mind and an open heart. Always choose love over fear and kindness over cruelty.

Alison Larkin

I, on the other hand, interrupt people because my thoughts fly out of my mouth. My handbag's full of rubbish. And I want to do something that matters with my life. Right now I'd like to write plays, sing in musicals, and/or rid the world of poverty, violence, cruelty, and right-wing conservative politics.

Jonathan Schell

It appears that no one is so unfortunate that he or she is exempt from spending cuts, while at the same time no one is so fortunate as to be ineligible for a tax cut

Bryant McGill

Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man's cruelty and baseness.

Keith Hollihan

It’s comforting to me,” he added, “that beauty can come from violence, if only in metaphor.

Patrick Rothfuss

Denna is a wild thing," I explained. "Like a hind or a summer storm. If a storm blows down your house, or breaks a tree, you don't say the storm was mean. It was cruel. It acted according to its nature and something unfortunately was hurt. The same is true of Denna.

Michael Bassey Johnson

A little inhumanity does not describe you as heartless, rather, it is a way of telling others that you have a heart that can get angry.

Raheel Farooq

Revenge is possible only if you spare the enemy.


I have a high art: I hurt with cruelty those who would wound me.

W.E.B. Du Bois

Eastward and westward storms are breaking,-great, ugly whirlwinds of hatred and blood and cruelty. I will not believe them inevitable.

William Shakespeare

But man, proud man,
Dress'd in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd -
His glassy essence - like an angry ape
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
Would all themselves laugh mortal.

Amit Kalantri

Killing a cruelty is not a cruelty.

Walter Benjamin

There is no document of civilization that is not also a document of barbarism.

Mike Carey

And for Peter... well, sometimes cruelty is kindness in disguise. Sometimes pain is the best teacher. Sometimes it does you no harm to realize that there's a limit to what you can get away with.

Enock Maregesi

Uko wapi ubinadamu wa watu?

N.K. Jemisin

We can never be gods, after all-but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.

Susan Sontag

10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction.

Ashley Montagu

The indifference, callousness, and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering towards animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of human spirit.

Silje Akselberg Iversen

True monsters are not those lurking under the bed, but the ones sleeping in it.

Nadège Richards

There goes the girl with the wings," they say. "The damned dreamer with her eyes shut to the world."

"There goes the misguided soul with her heart buried in the ground."

They taunt. They lie. They lie. THEY LIE.

I don't pretend to understand life. THEY LIE.

Nenia Campbell

Subjugation requires vigilance; if you relax your brutality even for a moment, the people you're oppressing will revolt at the first sign of weakness. That's why dictatorial regimes are always a slippery slope of cruelty doomed to end in failure.

Caroline Kepnes

The only thing crueler than a cage so
small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so
large that a bird thinks it can fly.

Donna Lynn Hope

No, we aren't civilized, even in our business suits and high heels. People are as mean as ever, and as predictable. Underneath it all, we are not so different from what lurks in the wild, perhaps we're worse.

Olga Tokarczuk

(...) ograniczenie umysłowe i okrucieństwo ludzkie nie zna granic.

Federico Chini

Remorse shows the difference between a cruel person and one that is not.

Anne Holm

Violence and cruelty were just a stupid person's way of making himself felt, because it was easier to use your hands to strike a blow then to use your brain to find a logical and just solution to a problem.

Henry A. Giroux

Torture when inflicted on children
becomes indefensible. Even among those who believe that torture is a defensible
practice to extract information, the case for inflicting pain and abuse upon children
proves impossible to support.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.

Ford Madox Ford

All feminine claws, he said to himself, are sheathed in velvet; but they can hurt a good deal if they touch you on the sore places of the defects of your qualities-even merely with the velvet.

Alexander Berkman

Inhumanity is the keynote of stupidity in power.

Michael Bassey Johnson

We cherish reprobates, not for their cruelty, but for their little show of patronage.

Oscar Wilde

Perhaps in nearly every joy, as certainly in every pleasure, cruelty has its place.

Oscar Wilde

in every pleasure, cruelty has its place...

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