„Revenge proves its own executioner.“

—  John Ford
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„Revenge proves its own executioner.“

—  John Ford (dramatist), The Broken Heart
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„Despair is like forward children, who, when you take away one of their playthings, throw the rest into the fire for madness. It grows angry with itself, turns its own executioner, and revenges its misfortunes on its own head.“

—  Pierre Charron French theologian and philosopher 1541 - 1603
As quoted in Treasury of Thought : Forming an encyclopædia of quotation from ancient and modern authors (1894) edited by Maturin Murray Ballou, p. 123

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„Publicly humiliating someone for your own gain will only come and haunt you. God’s going to have his revenge.“

—  Madonna American singer, songwriter, and actress 1958
Madonna Interview : Q Magazine, Q, 2003-04-01 http://allaboutmadonna.com/madonna-library/madonna-interview-q-magazine-april-2003,

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„…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 - 2019
2014, 2015, As quoted in Dabiq, issue #12; published November 18, 2015, pg. 2 Source: http://www.clarionproject.org/docs/islamic-state-isis-isil-dabiq-magazine-issue-12-just-terror.pdf

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„I write out of revenge.“

—  William Goldman American novelist, screenwriter and playwright 1931 - 2018

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„Make Europe your revenge.“

—  Konrad Adenauer German statesman, Federal Chancellor of Germany, politician (CDU) 1876 - 1967
To French PM Guy Mollet after British PM Sir Anthony Eden unilaterally cancelled the Suez operation, thus angering Mollet. (6 November 1956), as quoted in Europe's Troubled Peace, 1945-2000 (2006) by Tom Buchanan, p.102, 2nd ed. 2012 p. 84 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=cAHcBeZhm6UC&pg=PA84&dq=revenge

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„Forgiveness is better than revenge.“

—  Pittacus of Mytilene Greek sage
As quoted by Diogenes Laërtius in Life of Pittacus, i. 76, citing Heraclitus as his source. 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."

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