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Quotes About Cruelty

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Friedrich Nietzsche
“Man is the cruelest animal.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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.”
Cornelia Funke, The Inkheart Trilogy: Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath

Philip Pullman
“I think it's perfectly possible to explain how the universe came about without bringing God into it, but I don't know everything, and there may well be a God somewhere, hiding away. Actually, if he is keeping out of sight, it's because he's ashamed of his followers and all the cruelty and ignorance they're responsible for promoting in his name. If I were him, I'd want nothing to do with them.”
Philip Pullman

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.”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Arthur Schopenhauer
“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

Yukio Mishima
“True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys.”
Yukio Mishima

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.”
Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

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.”
Christopher Hitchens

Tana French
“I've always loved strong women, which is lucky for me because once you're over about twenty-five there is no other kind. Women blow my mind. The stuff that routinely gets done to them would make most men curl up and die, but women turn to steel and keep on coming. Any man who claims he's not into strong women is fooling himself mindless; he's into strong women who know how to pout prettily and put on baby voices, and who will end up keeping his balls in her makeup bags.”
Tana French, Faithful Place

Immanuel Kant
“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Immanuel Kant

Tennessee Williams
“All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.”
Tennessee Williams

Tom Stoppard
“There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said -- no. But somehow we missed it. ”
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Tennessee Williams
“Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable.

--Blanche Dubois”
Tennessee Williams, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire

Thomas Paine
“It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.”
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

William Shakespeare
“I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Tom Hiddleston
“I think cruelty is just loneliness disguised as bitterness.”
Tom Hiddleston

Cassandra Clare
“Goodness, real goodness, has it's own sort of cruelty to it.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Tennessee Williams
“Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable thing in my opinion, and the one thing in which I have never, ever been guilty.”
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

Gary Larson
“I don't believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.”
Gary Larson

Bertrand Russell
“[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.”
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

Robert Jordan
“In a cruel land, you either learned to laugh at cruelty or spent your life weeping.”
Robert Jordan, A Crown of Swords

N.K. Jemisin
“We can never be gods, after all--but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

David Foster Wallace
“I never, even for a moment, doubted what they’d told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubt’s complete absence. They have forgotten.”
David Foster Wallace

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.”
Susan Sontag

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.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Rob Sheffield
“I was helpless in trying to return people's kindness, but also helpless to resist it. Kindness is a scarier force than cruelty, that's for sure. Cruelty isn't that hard to understand. I had no trouble comprehending why the phone company wanted to screw me over; they just wanted to steal some money, it was nothing personal. That's the way of the world. It made me mad, but it didn't make me feel stupid. If anything, it flattered my intelligence. Accepting all that kindness, though, made me feel stupid.

Human benevolence is totally unfair. We don't live in a kind or generous world, yet we are kind and generous. We know the universe is out to burn us, and it gets us all the way it got Renee, but we don't burn each other, not always. We are kind people in an unkind world, to paraphrase Wallace Stevens. How do you pretend you don't know about it, after you see it? How do you go back to acting like you don't need it? How do you even the score and walk off a free man? You can't. I found myself forced to let go of all sorts of independence I thought I had, independence I had spent years trying to cultivate. That world was all gone, and now I was a supplicant, dependent on the mercy of other people's psychic hearts.”
Rob Sheffield, Love is a Mix Tape

Albert Camus
“The truth is that every intelligent man, as you know, dreams of being a gangster and of ruling over society by force alone. As it is not so easy as the detective novels might lead one to believe, one generally relies on politics and joins the cruelest party.What does it matter, after all, if by humiliating one's mind one succeeds in dominating every one? I discovered in myself sweet dreams of oppression.”
Albert Camus, The Fall

Jonathan Safran Foer
“It’s much easier to be cruel than one might think.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

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