quote by Heinrich Himmler

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.

— Heinrich Himmler

Reckoning Cruelties quotations

Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate, and hate leads to violence. This is the equation.


Cruelties quote All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.

What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.

Cruelties quote The greatest cruelty is our casual blindness to the despair of others.
The greatest cruelty is our casual blindness to the despair of others.
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People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.

If you are not the victim, don't examine it entirely from your point of view because when YOU'RE not the victim, it becomes pretty easy to rationalize and excuse cruelty, injustice, inequality, slavery, and even murder. But when you're the victim, things look a lot differently from that angle.

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.


Religion is based ... mainly upon fear ... fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.

Although I can't stop all cruelty to living creatures on the planet, I can be kinder to every living creature in my life.

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.


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.

If human beings can be trained for cruelty and greed and a belief in power which comes through hate and fear and force, certainly we can train equally well for greatness and mercy and the power of love which comes because of the strength of the good qualities to be found in the soul of every human being.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind.

Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.

The reader may ask himself if this is not cruelty and injustice of a kind so terrible that it beggars the imagination, and whether these poor people would not fare far better if they were entrusted to the devils in Hell than they do at the hands of the devils of the New World who masquerade as Christians.


We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.

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

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.

To me, cruelty is the worst of human sins.

Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.

Human emotions are a gift from our animal ancestors. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself.


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.

Human cruelty knows no limits and that one needs immense courage and a will of iron to help others understand that animals are made of flesh and blood like us, that they suffer the same pains as us, that they deserve the same respect as us and that their continuous slaughter should not be part of human entertainment.

I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.

Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.

Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. Wherever one notices them, they constitute a sign of ignorance and brutality which cannot be painted over even by all the evidence of wealth and luxury.


All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.

Cruelty and wrong are not the greatest forces in the world.

There is nothing eternal in them. Only love is eternal.

A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.

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.

As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.


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

Man's highest duty is to protect animals from cruelty.

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.

Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.