Spite Quotes

Quotes tagged as "spite" (showing 1-30 of 57)
Carrie Fisher
“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ”
Carrie Fisher

Anne Lamott
“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Janet Fitch
“I understood why she did it. At that moment I knew why people tagged graffiti on the walls of neat little houses and scratched the paint on new cars and beat up well-tended children. It was only natural to want to destroy something you could never have.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

D.H. Lawrence
“I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze."

(Letter to Cynthia Asquith, November 1913)”
D.H. Lawrence, Letters

Sam Kean
“Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius.”
Sam Kean, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

J.M. Barrie
“Nobody really wants us. So let us watch and say jaggy things, in the hope that some of them will hurt.”
J.M. Barrie
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Criss Jami
“An encouraged person will eventually get his drive from encouragement; he becomes more dependent. A person that never really receives encouragement learns to move out of spite; he becomes more independent.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Donald Barthelme
“He is mad about being small when you were big, but no, that's not it, he is mad about being helpless when you were powerful, but no, not that either, he is mad about being contingent when you were necessary, not quite it... he is insane because when he loved you, you didn't notice.”
Donald Barthelme

Criss Jami
“Never rebel for the sake of rebelling, but always rebel for the sake of truth.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“...There are also those who inadvertently grant power to another man's words by continuously trying to spite him. If a man gets to the point where he can simply say, 'The sky is blue,' and people indignantly rush up trying to refute him saying, 'No, the sky is light blue,' then, whether they realize it or not, he has become an authority figure even to such adversaries.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Patrick Süskind
“He decided in favor of life out of sheer spite and malice.”
Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Criss Jami
“A sign of power in a man is not only when people follow what he suggests, but also when people make a conscious effort to do the exact opposite of what he suggests.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Anton Chekhov
“To harbor spiteful feelings against ordinary people for not being heroes is possible only for narrow-minded or embittered man.”
Anton Chekhov, Selected Stories

Natsuo Kirino
“My talent was the uncompromising ability to feel spite.”
Natsuo Kirino, Grotesque
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Criss Jami
“When it comes to world news, attitude is what marks the distinction between justice and vengeance. Justice is pure, but vengeance brings more ruin.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Robert Ludlum
“How gratifying to be there when arrogance collapses. How much more so to be the instrument. (Alfred Gillette)”
Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity
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Jennifer    Ryan
“Human nature defeats me sometimes, how greed and spite can lurk so divisively around the utmost courage and sacrifice.”
Jennifer Ryan, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

Gloria Whelan
“I felt as if I had no control over what I said, as if loathsome, ugly words were waiting inside me like snakes and toads looking for a chance to sneak out before I could stop them.”
Gloria Whelan, Summer of the War

Joyce Cary
“Why,' I said, quite surprised by my own eloquence in inventing all this stuff, 'it happens every day. The old old story. Boys and girls fall in love, that is, they are driven mad and go blind and deaf and see each other not as human animals with comic noses and bandy legs and voices like frogs, but as angels so full of shining goodness that like hollow turnips with candles put into them, they seem miracles of beauty. And the next minute the candles shoot out sparks and burn their eyes. And they seem to each other like devils, full of spite and cruelty. And they will drive each other mad unless they have grown some imagination. Even enough to laugh.”
Joyce Cary, The Horse's Mouth

Phil Volatile
“When Pisces go to war, there’s never a shortage of broken hearts.”
Volatalistic Phil, White Wedding Lies, and Discontent: An American Love Story

“I would never do anything just for spite.”
Justin Timberlake
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Anne Bonny
“If you would have fought like a man you wouldn't have to die like a dog."
(Anne Bonny to John "Calico Jack" Rackham)”
Anne Bonny
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Sarah Waters
“Your heart—as you call it—and hers are alike, after all: they are like mine, like everyone's. They resemble nothing so much as those meters you will find on gas-pipes: they only perk up and start pumping when you drop coins in.”
Sarah Waters
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Wendy Brant
“when you hate a girl because she gets to kiss the boy you like, any little imperfection can become a spiteful nickname”
Wendy Brant, Zenn Diagram

Simone Weil
“The wish to see others suffer exactly what we are suffering. It is because of this that, except in periods of social instability, the spite of those in misfortune is directed against their fellows. That is a factor making for social stability.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

“Those who kow-towed to the prosecution and denounced the Nazi regime got it in the neck just the same. It serves them right.”
Herman Göring

E.A. Bucchianeri
“... if people purposely set out to become your enemies, what an awful place they must be in to be that spiteful.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

Chris Cleave
“Then I’m tempted to die just to … spite him.”

“That’s the spirit that will win us the war.”
Chris Cleave, Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Lorna Reid
“People are petty, spiteful creatures. What they can't use, hurt, steal, or control, they'll usually destroy.”
Lorna Reid, Darkwalkers

Tracy K. Smith
I am you, one day out of five,
Tired, empty, hating what I carry
But afraid to lay it down, stingy,
Angry, doing violence to others
By the sheer freight of my gloom,
Halfway home, wanting to stop, to quit
But keeping going mostly out of spite.

Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems

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