Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
It's not a slam at you when people are rude -- it's a slam at the people they've met before.
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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It is usually when men are at their most religious that they behave with the least sense and the greatest cruelty.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell.
A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince;
but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain.
The best political weapon is the weapon of terror.
Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don't ask for their love; only for their fear.
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.
Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty;
but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.
The greatest cruelty is our casual blindness to the despair of others.
Cruelty is all out of ignorance. If you knew what was in store for you, you wouldn't hurt anybody, because whatever you do comes back much more forceful than you send it out.
They have a Right to censure, that have a Heart to help: The rest is Cruelty, not Justice.
There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.
In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.
Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
With the first act of cruelty committed in the name of revolution, with the first murder, with the first purge and execution, we have lost the revolution.
Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.
Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.
Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's business to interfere when they see it.
Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.
Besides, wouldn't it be wonderful if no one ever had to worry about the random cruelty of fatal illness or the woes of old age attacking them or their loved ones?
The unlimited creativity of humanity has created cruelty so chilling that death itself has become a welcomed and kind benefactor.
Nothing in the nature around us is evil.
This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.
It is rude to silence a fool, and cruelty to let him go on.
It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will not make us humane but cruel; that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual condition will make us consent to it.
The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous.
Is the capacity for cruelty inherent in all of us?
Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind - it is only the difference in the victim.
In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy.
There's a cruelty to childhood, there's an anger.
To insult someone we call him "bestial.
" For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.
Farewell, fair cruelty.
Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin.
Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
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.
My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.
I believe in preventing cruelty to all living beings in any form.
If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
The unlimited creativity of humanity has been bridled and abducted by fear, creating a real-life nightmare of cruelty and indifference so chilling that death itself has become a welcomed and kind benefactor.
Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization;
it is the best part of refinement and, in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man's cruelty and baseness.
The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.
Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. The roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread. But the time must come when inhumanity protected by custom and thoughtlessness will succumb before humanity championed by thought. Let us work that this time may come.
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!
Decisiveness is often the art of timely cruelty.
Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life;
it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
It is an insult to God to believe in God.
For on the one hand it is to suppose that he has perpetrated acts of incalculable cruelty. On the other hand, it is to suppose that he has perversely given his human creatures an instrument -- their intellect -- which must inevitably lead them, if they are dispassionate and honest, to deny his existence. It is tempting to conclude that if he exists, it is the atheists and agnostics that he loves best, among those with any pretensions to education. For they are the ones who have taken him most seriously.
Cruelty has a Human Heart, And jealousy a Human Face;
Terror the Human Form Divine, And secrecy the Human Dress. The Human Dress is forged Iron, The Human Form a Fiery Forge, The Human Face a Furnace seal d, The Human Heart its hungry gorge.