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    cruelty Quotes

    Hurt people hurt people. That's how pain patterns gets passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.
    — Yehuda Berg
    The world, with all its beauty and adventure, its richness and variety, is darkened by cruelty. Death, if it ends the loveliness, the adventure, ends also that. Death balances the picture.
    — Winifred Holtby
    Someone must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen to me to do so. The awful death roll called every week is appalling, not only because of the lives taken, the cruelty and outrage to the victims, but because of the prejudice it fosters.
    — William Wells Brown
    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
    tags: people  cruelty  war 
    War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
    — William Tecumseh Sherman
    tags: cruelty  war 
    War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it.
    — William Tecumseh Sherman
    tags: cruelty  war 
    Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: beautiful  human  cruelty 
    All the fear in the world, and the violence that comes from the fear, and the hatred that comes from the violence, and the lonliness that comes from the hatred. All the unhappiness, all the cruelty, it gathers like clouds in the air, and grows dark and cold and heavy, and falls like grey snow in thick layers over the land. Then the world is muffled and numb, and no one can hear each other or feel each other. Think how sad and lonely that must be.
    — William Nicholson
    tags: fear  world  sad  violence  dark  hatred  cruelty 
    Whatever littleness and vanity is to be observed in the minds of women, it is, like the cruelty of butchers, a temper that is wrought into them by that life which they are taught and accustomed to lead.
    — William Law
    tags: women  cruelty  mind 
    Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.
    — William Jones
    I had rather, if cruelty has been prevented by the four prints [The Four Stages of Cruelty], be maker of them than of the [Raphael] cartoons.
    — William Hogarth
    tags: cruelty 
    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
    And in that hour, The seeds of cruelty, that since have swell'd To such gigantic and enormous growth, Were sown in human nature's fruitful soil. Hence date the persecution and the pain That man inflicts on all inferior kinds, Regardless of their plaints.
    — William Cowper
    tags: nature  men  pain  growth  human  cruelty 
    The business of love is cruelty which, by our wills, we transform to live together.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: live  cruelty  business 
    Evil almost always starts with small cruelties.
    — Will Schwalbe
    tags: evil  cruelty 
    Beheading, burying and burning humans alive are extreme acts of cruelty. Such crimes against humanity must be investigated and the guilty parties brought to justice. May ALL victims rest in peace!
    — Widad Akrawi
    There was a generation of kids who were just kind of emulating distant heroes and wearing peace symbols, and parents who were thinking of themselves as liberal and removed from barbarity, but it also was the era of Vietnam. I very much was influenced - and I think the whole country was kind of in a state of shock - for the first time seeing the horror and cruelty of war.
    — Wes Craven
    When you have large-scale legitimated violence in a place that is divided as profoundly and bitterly as Kentucky was, the legitimate violence can cause illegitimate violence, a terrible local heartlessness and cruelty that feeds on itself and goes on and on.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: violence  cruelty 
    As a society, we are typically deeply disassociated from animal cruelty, but more than ever, animal protection organizations are telling the backstory.
    — Wayne Pacelle
    People are being forced to confront the realities. At the same time, we have an ever-growing understanding of the intelligence and emotional capacities of animals and an acceptance of the principle that animal cruelty is a moral problem.
    — Wayne Pacelle
    At The Humane Society of the United States, we know how difficult it is to prevent cruelty to animals in movies because so many of the animal welfare problems occur behind the scenes in training, housing, and transportation, long before the animals get on the set.
    — Wayne Pacelle
    It was woman that taught me cruelty, and on woman therefore I have exercised it.
    — Walter Scott
    tags: women  cruelty 
    Cruelty, if we consider it as a crime, is the greatest of all; if we consider it as a madness, we are equally justifiable in applying to it the readiest and the surest means of oppression.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    Cruelty is the highest pleasure to the cruel man; it is his love.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    tags: pleasure  cruelty 
    Cruelty in all countries is the companion of anger; but there is only one, and never was another on the globe, where she coquets both with anger and mirth.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    tags: anger  companion  cruelty 
    Cruelty is no more the cure of crimes than it is the cure of sufferings; compassion, in the first instance, is good for both; I have known it to bring compunction when nothing else would.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty.
    — Walter Raleigh
    tags: men  poverty  power  facts  craft  cruelty 
    O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hath cast out of the world and despised. Thou hast drawn together all the far-stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic jacet!
    — Walter Raleigh
    It is, then, the strife of all honorable men and women of the twentieth century to see that in the future competition of the races the survival of the fittest shall mean the triumph of the good, the beautiful, and the true; that we may be able to preserve for future civilization all that is really fine and noble and strong, and not continue to put a premium on greed and imprudence and cruelty.
    — W. E. B. Du Bois
    There is no society for the prevention of cruelty to women.
    — Voltairine de Cleyre
    tags: women  society  cruelty 
    When I first saw a picture of the crucifixion, I lost respect for my parents. I suddenly realised that this is what the adult world is like - full of cruelty and hypocrisy.
    — Vivienne Westwood
    In other words, I'm against cheating, greed, cruelty, racism, imperialism, religious fundamentalism, treason, and the seemingly limitless capacity for hypocrisy shown by Bush and his administration.
    — Viggo Mortensen
    Cruelty to animals is an enormous injustice; so is expecting those on the lowest rung of the economic ladder to do the dangerous, soul-numbing work of slaughtering sentient beings on our behalf.
    — Victoria Moran
    To the greatest extent possible, I try to make choices that involve the least amount of cruelty and environmental damage. I'm interested in sustainable agriculture, environmental issues, human rights, and my interconnectedness in the web of life. It is a great pleasure for me to find products and practices that have a positive effect on living beings and the environment, rather than a negative one.
    — Vesanto Melina
    Cruelty practiced as a matter of social principle or public policy, and presented to the community as a means to a higher goal is the most obscene and decadent phenomenon of any civilization.
    — Vernon Howard
    Grief, of course, is not something that operates according to a specific time frame, and it seems cold to suggest otherwise. Yet when we do not grasp that God is present in pain, we eventually insist on victory or, worse, blame the sufferer for not "getting over it" fast enough. This is more than a failure to extend compassion; it's an exercise in cruelty.
    — Tullian Tchividjian
    There is no middle way. We cannot compromise on cruelty.
    — Tony Banks, Baron Stratford
    tags: cruelty 
    The inferior creatures groan under your cruelties. You hunt them for your pleasure, and overwork them for your covetousness, and kill them for your gluttony, and set them to fight one with another till they die, and count it a sport and a pleasure to behold them worry one another.
    — Tom Tryon
    tags: fight  pleasure  worries  die  cruelty 
    Being kind to animals is not enough. Avoiding cruelty is not enough. Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages.
    — Tom Regan
    tags: animals  truth  right  cruelty  learn 
    I think cruelty is just loneliness disguised as bitterness.
    — Tom Hiddleston
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