— Zora Neale Hurston American folklorist, novelist, short story writer 1891 - 1960
— Pierre Corneille French tragedian 1606 - 1684
Cléopâtre, act V, scene i.
— Paul Gauguin French Post-Impressionist artist 1848 - 1903
Quote in Avant et Après, (1903); taken from Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals, trans. (1923) Van Wyck Brooks [Dover, 1997, ], p. 2
„For the first time in sixty years, the priests, the old aristocracy and the people met in a common sentiment—a feeling of revenge, it is true, and not of affection; but even that is a great thing in politics, where a community of hatred is almost always the foundation of friendships.“
— Alexis De Tocqueville French political thinker and historian 1805 - 1859
„People ask what I am really trying to do with humor. The answer is, "I'm getting even." … For me, being funny is the best revenge.“
— Art Buchwald journalist, humorist, United States Marine 1925 - 2007
„Revenge is not worthy of you. If you concentrate on revenge, you will keep those wounds fresh that would otherwise have healed.“
— Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society
„... By Allah, we will take revenge! By Allah, we will take revenge! Even if it takes a while, we will take revenge, and every amount of harm against the Ummah will be responded to with multitudes more against the perpetrator...“
— Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 1971
As quoted in Dabiq, issue #12; published November 18, 2015, pg. 2
— Pittacus of Mytilene Greek sage 652
Pittacus made this remark to justify his release of his captured enemy Alcaeus. According to William Shepard Walsh, in Handy-book of Literary Curiosities (1892), p. 392, Epictetus, quoting from the same source, gives the phrase thus: ""Forgiveness is better than punishment; for the one is proof of a gentle, the other of a savage, nature."" As quoted by Diogenes Laërtius in Life of Pittacus, i. 76, citing Heraclitus as his source.