Cruelty Quotes

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.- Joseph Addison


Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.- G. K. Chesterton


Fear is the parent of cruelty.- J. A. Froude


Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.- Harriet Ann Jacobs


Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.- George Bernard Shaw


The vast majority of the race, whether savage or civilized, are secretly kind-hearted and shrink from inflicting pain, but in the presence of the aggressive and pitiless minority they don't dare to assert themselves.- Mark Twain


Kindness is the beginning of cruelty. - Frank Herbert


Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood, we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we. - Jean Rostand


It is cruelty to be humane to rebels, and humanity is cruelty. [Fr., Contre les rebelles c'est cruante que d'estre humain, et humanite d'estre cruel] - Robert Burns


So much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness, which in the long run can have a more devastating and destructive effect upon our society than the others. - Anna Eleanor Roosevelt


We have become so accustomed to the religious lie that surrounds us that we do not notice the atrocity, stupidity and cruelty with which the teaching of the Christian church is permeated. - Leo Tolstoy


Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life. - Bertrand Russell


Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton


To insult someone we call him 'bestial.' For deliberate cruelty and nature, 'human' might be the greater insult. - Isaac Asimov


The bust of Colonel Sanders stands as a monument to cruelty and has no place in the Kentucky state Capitol.-Pamela Anderson


The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.-Pope John Paul II


The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.-George W. Bush


The Haitian people are gentle and lovable except for their enormous and unconscious cruelty.-Zora Neale Hurston


The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous.-Aldous Huxley


The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.-Bertrand Russell


The terrorists are fighting freedom with all their cunning and cruelty because freedom is their greatest fear - and they should be afraid, because freedom is on the march.-George W. Bush


The thing which grieves and oppresses my heart with respect to poor Scotland, is the hardness of heart manifest in the levity and cruelty with which they speak of others.-Edward Irving


The truth doesn't have to do with cruelty, the truth has to do with mercy.-Ken Kesey


The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.-Martin Luther King, Jr.


Their prejudice allowed white Southerners to look the other way when blacks were denied their most basic human rights, and it encouraged the worst of them to engage in unspeakable acts of cruelty and violence.-Linda Chavez


There is a ceaseless war against drunkenness and cruelty and vice.-Anthony Blunt


There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.-James Russell Lowell


There's a certain edge about cruelty. If you're honest about it, most people wince, but say it had to be said.-Pete Waterman


This circulating medium has a natural tendency to lessen by degrees the value and the use of money, and finally to render it powerless; and consequently to sweep away all the crushing masses of fraud, iniquity, cruelty, corruption and imposition that are built upon it.-Josiah Warren


To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.-Isaac Asimov


To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.-Maximilien Robespierre


War is cruelty, and none can make it gentle.-Gilbert Parker


War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.-William Tecumseh Sherman


We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.-William E. Gladstone


Even so, one step from my grave, I believe that cruelty, spite, The powers of darkness will in time, Be crushed by the spirit of light.-Boris Pasternak


Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain.-Elizabeth Bowen


Farewell, fair cruelty.-William Shakespeare


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


Fear is the parent of cruelty.-James Anthony Froude


Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.-Phaedrus


Group conformity scares the pants off me because it's so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to - or can't - join the Big Parade.-Bette Midler


I am an optimist because I want to change things for the better and I know that blood has to be spilled and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.-Henry Rollins


I am very sad for men and women trapped in any relationship where there is cruelty, dominance, inequity. I long for the liberation of all people.-Jasmine Guy


I believe in preventing cruelty to all living beings in any form.-Morarji Desai


I couldn't watch Tom and Jerry. The cruelty was too much. I had all these strange images, of tiny animals, all mixed up.-Julie Walters


I got a divorce eleven years later on the grounds of cruelty, which is still not easy in England.-Dinah Sheridan


I see that the path of progress has never taken a straight line, but has always been a zigzag course amid the conflicting forces of right and wrong, truth and error, justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy.-Kelly Miller


I think because of their terrible past, particularly this century, the Chinese have come to accept cruelty more than many other people, which is something I feel very unhappy about.-Jung Chang


I think he is an extremely accessible character. In Data there is no potential for cruelty.-Brent Spiner


I think that if people are instructed about anything, it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid.-Richard Russo


I think the suffering, violence and cruelty and Guantanamo and the rest is going to go on and on in Iraq.-Clare Short


I'm very touched on a deep level by cruelty to animals.-Ali MacGraw


Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time.-Renata Adler


If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.-William Tecumseh Sherman

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