Retribution Quotes

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William Goldman
“My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

Brandon Sanderson
“Just because I do not accept the teachings of the devotaries does not mean I've discarded a belief in right and wrong."
"But the Almighty determines what is right!"
"Must someone, some unseen thing, declare what is right for it to be right? I believe that my own morality -- which answers only to my heart -- is more sure and true than the morality of those who do right only because they fear retribution.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

Kahlil Gibran
“An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.”
Kahlil Gibran

Anne Lamott
“Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.”
Anne Lamott

Robert Jordan
“But men often mistake killing and revenge for justice. They seldom have the stomach for justice.”
Robert Jordan

J.M. Coetzee
“(I)f we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.”
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace

Michelle Hodkin
“The first thing I noticed when I woke up was that I was covered in blood.

The second thing I noticed was that this didn’t bother me the way it should have.

I didn’t feel the urge to scream or speak, to beg for help, or even to wonder where I was. Those instincts were dead, and I was calm as my wet fingers slid up the tiled wall, groping for a light switch. I found one without even having to stand. Four lights slammed on above me, one after the other, illuminating the dead body on the floor just a few feet away.

My mind processed the facts first. Male. Heavy. He was lying face down in a wide, red puddle that spread out from beneath him. The tips of his curly black hair were wet with it. There was something in his hand.

The fluorescent lights in the white room flickered and buzzed and hummed. I moved to get a better view of the body. His eyes were closed. He could have been asleep, really, if it weren’t for the blood. There was so much of it. And by one of his hands it was smeared into a weird pattern.

No. Not a pattern. Words.


My gaze flicked to his hand. His fist was curled around a small tape recorder. I moved his fingers—still warm—and pressed play. A male voice started to speak.

"Do I have your attention?" the voice said.

I knew that voice. But I couldn’t believe I was hearing it.”
Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Howard Zinn
“I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture. It is a cruel and useless substitute for the elimination of those conditions--poverty, unemployment, homelessness, desperation, racism, greed--which are at the root of most punished crime. The crimes of the rich and powerful go mostly unpunished.

It must surely be a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit that even a small number of those men and women in the hell of the prison system survive it and hold on to their humanity.”
Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Kate Quinn
“Paulinus, everyone knows. Say the word, and I'll run the bitch over with my chariot”
Kate Quinn, Mistress of Rome

John Grisham
“Mr. Buckley, let me explain it this way. And I'll do so very carefully and slowly so that even you will understand it. If I was the sheriff, I would not have arrested him. If I was on the grand jury, I would not have indicted him. If I was the judge, I would not try him. If I was the D.A., I would not prosecute him. If I was on the trial jury, I would vote to give him a key to the city, a plaque to hang on his wall, and I would send him home to his family. And, Mr. Buckley, if my daughter is ever raped, I hope I have the guts to do what he did.”
John Grisham, A Time to Kill

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Vengeance, retaliation, retribution, revenge are deceitful brothers—vile, beguiling demons promising justifiable compensation to a pained soul for his losses. Yet in truth they craftily fester away all else of worth remaining.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, The Tarishe Curse

Vera Nazarian
“Karma has been a pop culture term for ages. But really, what the heck is it?

Karma is not an inviolate engine of cosmic punishment. Rather, it is a neutral sequence of acts, results, and consequences.

Receiving misfortune does not necessarily indicate that one has committed evil. But it is a sufficient indicator of something else.

And that something else can be anything, as long as it is a logical consequence of what has come before.

Consider: if you fall into a well, you are not a bad person who deserves to suffer—you are merely someone who took a wrong step. Or someone who had one drink too many. Or got a head rush due to poor circulation. Or forgot to wear your glasses. Or—

The reasons are plentiful, and all plausible. But the chain of cause and effect goes way, way back into the deepest hoariest recesses of your personal past.

So never rule out retribution. But never expect it.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Dennis R. Miller
“For some offenses, there is only retribution." Nora Hawks, "One Woman's Vengeance.”
Dennis R. Miller

“In it's purest form, an act of retribution provides symmetry. The rendering payment of crimes against the innocent. But a danger on retaliation lies on the furthering cycle of violence. Still, it's a risk that must be met; and the greater offense is to allow the guilty go unpunished.”
Emily Thorne

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Vengeance is a monster of appetite, forever bloodthirsty and never filled.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, The Tarishe Curse

Lisa Gardner
“You can be the hunter, or you can be the hunted.”
Lisa Gardner, The Neighbor

James  Jones
“He could not believe that any of them might actually hit somebody. If one did, what a nowhere way to go: killed by accident; slain not as an individual but by sheer statistical probability, by the calculated chance of searching fire, even as he himself might be at any moment. Mathematics! Mathematics! Algebra! Geometry! When 1st and 3d Squads came diving and tumbling back over the tiny crest, Bell was content to throw himself prone, press his cheek to the earth, shut his eyes, and lie there. God, oh, God! Why am I here? Why am I here? After a moment's thought, he decided he better change it to: why are we here. That way, no agency of retribution could exact payment from him for being selfish.”
James Jones, The Thin Red Line

Orson Scott Card
“I stole their future from them; I can only being to repay by seeing what I can learn from their past.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

Kailin Gow
“Bullies - when you pick on someone you think is smaller than you, or weaker than you, think again. That person you pick on may be the next President, the next Tycoon, the next General or someone who one day will own you; think again. And ask yourself, is it worth it? Is it worth being mean to someone when it is worth much more to be nice.”
Kailin Gow, Bitter Frost

George Gordon Byron
“Time and Nemesis will do that which I would not, were it in my power remote or immediate. You will smile at this piece of prophecy - do so, but recollect it: it is justified by all human experience. No one was ever even the involuntary cause of great evils to others, without a requital: I have paid and am paying for mine - so will you.”
George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron: Selected Letters and Journals

Tamara Rose Blodgett
“Somewhere deep inside, his humanity had been shaken by something so unnatural, so foreign in its essence, his very being withdrew from it...”
Tamara Rose Blodgett, Death Weeps

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“If our desire for justice is not rooted primarily in the pursuit of restoration, then reconciliation will be nearly impossible to achieve. It is precisely because grace is undeserved that makes it grace.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“If our social justice is guided by retribution, we will simply perpetuate the use and abuse of power to inflict violence.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“By making God more monstrous than us, we circumvent the need for redemption.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Richelle E. Goodrich
“A red-cape game of retribution is dangerous when a fresh bull with bigger horns waits in the shadows.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, The Tarishe Curse

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“When you repay evil with evil, you become evil.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

“It's when you use natural disasters to escape retribution, that you are tempting Mother Nature.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Ernesto Sabato
“Y esto me hace pensar en la necesidad de inventar previamente algún sistema que permita detectar la canallería en personajes respetables y medirla con exactitud para descontarle a cada individuo la cantidad que merece que se le descuente. Una especie de canallómetro que indique con una aguja la cantidad de mierda producida por el señor X en su vida hasta este Juicio Final, la cantidad a deducir en concepto de sinceridad o de buena disposición, y la cantidad neta que debe tragar, una vez hechas las cuentas.”
Ernesto Sabato, Informe sobre ciegos

Kelley Armstrong
“A strike within the realm of the professional never justifies retribution in the realm of the personal”
Kelley Armstrong, Rituals

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