Cruelty Quotes

Cruelty Quotes by Lucy Worsley, George Bernard Shaw, Steven Pinker, David Clement-Davies, Jeff Lindsay, Charles Spurgeon and many others.

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Torture and cruelty are the words that come to mind when people think of the Tower. Here it was that the princes were murdered, Guy Fawkes racked and Henry VIII’s queens executed.
Lucy Worsley
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw
As every student in Philosophy 101 learns, nothing can force me to believe that anyone except me is conscious. This power to deny that other people have feelings is not just an academic exercise but an all-too-common vice, as we see in the long history of human cruelty.
Steven Pinker
Yes,’ growled Fell, ‘for animals do not know what they do, but man has knowledge of his cruelty.
David Clement-Davies
It revealed a cruelty that really made one wonder if the universe was such a good idea after all.
Jeff Lindsay
Darkness is the fit hour for beasts of prey, and ignorance the natural dwelling place of cruelty.
Charles Spurgeon
You are quite correct in saying that I banned the export of monkeys on a humanitarian basis and not because the number was lessening… I believe in preventing cruelty to all living beings in any form.
Morarji Desai
The gods retain their threefold task: they must exorcize the terrors of nature, they must reconcile men to the cruelty of Fate, particularly as it is shown in death, and they must compensate them for the sufferings and privations which a civilized life in common has imposed on them.
Sigmund Freud
I think there’s a lot of catastrophe in this world and a lot of cruelty and a lot of carelessness.
Adrien Brody
This is one of the cruelties of the theatre of life; we all think of ourselves as stars and rarely recognize it when we are indeed mere supporting characters or even supernumeraries.
Robertson Davies
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
George Eliot
Feminism has fought no wars … killed no opponents … set up no concentration camps … starved no enemies … practiced no cruelty. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions, for safety in the streets … for reforms in the law.
Dale Spender
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated: the field of politics supplies the alchymists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.
John Quincy Adams
Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.
Cesar Chavez
Much more may a judge overweigh himself in cruelty than in clemency.
Philip Sidney
It is said that the greatest cruelty is drawn from those with the kindest hearts.
Terry Goodkind
Cruel impulses stir all about my kindly heart.
Mason Cooley
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.
Anna Sewell
There is no cruelty greater than a woman’s to a man who loves her and whom she does not love; she has no kindness then, no tolerance even, she has only an insane irritation.
W. Somerset Maugham
In the long run even the most despotic governments with all their brutality and cruelty are no match for ideas. Eventually the ideology that has won the support of the majority will prevail and cut the ground from under the tyrant’s feet. Then the oppressed many will rise in rebellion and overthrow their masters.
Ludwig von Mises
I have watched men suffer the anguish of imprisonment, defy appalling human cruelty… break for a moment, then recover inhuman strength to defy their enemies once more.
John McCain
When I was at university in the Fifties, Latin America was full of dictators. Trujillo was the emblematic figure because, of course, of his cruelty, corruption, extravagance, and theatricalities.
Mario Vargas Llosa
What has marked Chinese society is its level of cruelty, not just revolutions and wars. We ought to reject it totally, otherwise in another upheaval there will be further cruelty.
Jung Chang
There is a need for subjects who find intense pleasure in commodification of violence and a culture of cruelty.
Henry Giroux
The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.
Albert Einstein
Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!
Robert Burns
Every moral act of love, of mercy, and of sacrifice brings to pass the end of the world where hatred, cruelty, and selfishness reign supreme.
Nikolai Berdyaev
The business of love is cruelty which, by our wills, we transform to live together.
William Carlos Williams
Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
I can not help it; as I draw near to you, you, in your turn will draw near to others, and learn the rapture of that cruelty, which yet is love; so, for a while, seek to know no more of me and mine, but trust me with all your loving spirit.
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Cruelty is a mystery, and a waste of pain.
Annie Dillard
As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behavior toward creatures, all men were Nazis.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Scientific civilisation has destroyed the soul of the world.
Alexis Carrel
No one’s perfect,” I whisper. “It doesn’t work that way. One bad thing goes away, and another bad thing replaces it.” I traded cowardice for cruelty; I traded weakness for ferocity.
Veronica Roth
People who need therapy are in Afghanistan. They’ve seen horrible human cruelty and degradation, but they don’t have time or the money for therapy.
David Chase
It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
Mark Twain
Hollywood, Twitter, our friends – they all contribute to a community of snark. The more we engage in the way that everyone else engages, the more followers, likes, and RTs we get. But we can’t rail against the cyberbullies without acknowledging what we also contribute to a culture of cruelty.
Julie Plec
Sometimes it seemed to me a cruelty that so much was unresolved between us; at other times, a blessing that a hope of reunion lingered.
Robin Hobb
Cruelty is, in theory, a perfectly adequate ground for divorce, but it may be interpreted so as to become absurd.
Bertrand Russell
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.
Kate Millett
I am a simple vessel with complex overtones, opinionated on occasions but willing to listen. Comfortable with reclusiveness and devoted to privacy and family. Patriotic to a fault and allergic to cruelty, ignorance and bad music.
Bernie Taupin
In London, ‘Equus’ caused a sensation because it displayed cruelty to horses; in New York, because it allegedly displayed cruelty to psychiatrists.
Peter Shaffer
It is Satan’s constant effort to misrepresent the character of God, the nature of sin, and the real issues at stake in the great controversy. His sophistry lessens the obligation of the divine law and gives men license to sin.
Ellen G. White
The cold, inconsiderate of persons, tingles your blood, benumbs your feet, freezes a man like an apple.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
People respond better to kindness than cruelty. Why, it’s even caught on in the workplace, that bastion of self-hatred and disrespect.
Cheri Huber
Have you ever thought what a God would be like who actually ordained and executed the cruelty that is in [the biblical Book of Revelation]? A holocaust of mankind. Yet so many of these Bible-men accept the idea without a second thought.
C.J. Sansom
Growing up, the two things that made my blood boil were religious intolerance and animal cruelty. I’ve never understood it. I can’t stand to have an animal in pain.
Ricky Gervais
I see that the path of progress has never taken a straight line, but has always been a zigzag course amid the conflicting forces of right and wrong, truth and error, justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy.
Kelly Miller
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
What I do not know and cannot even hope to understand before I die is why human beings are willfully, coldly, matter-of-factly cruel to each other … What nerve has atrophied in the torturer, or worse is sensually moved?
Storm Jameson
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.
Arthur Schopenhauer
It’s not just about being against cruelty. It’s about being for compassion.
Nathan Runkle
Human dignity begins to assert itself only at the point where man is distinguishable from the beast by pity for it.
Richard Wagner
Of course, English is a very powerful language, a colonizer’s language and a gift to a writer. English has destroyed and sucked up the languages of other cultures – its cruelty is its vitality.
Louise Erdrich
What I find most deplorable is cruelty of spirit – racism, casteism, and religious or social prejudice.
Amala Akkineni
There is no greater compliment to the Jews than the fact that the degree of their unpopularity is always the scientific measure of the cruelty and silliness of the regime under which they live.
Sinclair Lewis
You are Christians; find out what is true and false in Christianity – and you will then find out what is true. Find out what is true and false in your environment with all its oppressions and cruelties, and then you will find out what is true. Why do you want philosophies?
Jiddu Krishnamurti
It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy.
Mercy Otis Warren
The secret of poetry is cruelty.
Jon Anderson
As we put into all our schools more humane education, and foster the spirit of justice and kindness toward the “lower” creatures, just as soon shall we reach the roots not only of cruelty but of crime.
Miriam A. Ferguson
I don’t believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.
Gary Larson
Occasional kindness does not cancel out cruelty. Hitting is never acceptable under any circumstances.
Sam Horn
I think he is an extremely accessible character. In Data there is no potential for cruelty.
Brent Spiner
Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.
Alexander Hume
I do not celebrate the appointment of women to high positions in regimes where cruelty is a favored tool of governance by a patriarchy; if they accept, they are nothing short of foot soldiers of that patriarchy and the violence it has instituted.
Mona Eltahawy
Truth without compassion is Cruelty.
Antero Alli
It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy
Mercy Otis Warren
Human cruelty and treachery surpassed all understanding. There were no answers. Only excuses.
Dean Koontz
Even the most sensitive person can get used to even the most insensitive thing. Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.
Rick Yancey
Unlike other vices, cruelty, alas, is never boring.
Mason Cooley
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell
In my opinion, one of the greatest animal-welfare problems is the physical abuse of livestock during transportation…. Typical abuses I have witnessed with alarming frequency are; hitting, beating, use of badly maintained trucks, jabbing of short objects into animals, and deliberate cruelty.
Temple Grandin
I think my cruelty hides beneath the surface a lot more than Sue Sylvester’s.
Jane Lynch
Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.
Mark Twain
Freedom is never granted. It is earned by each generation… In the face of tyranny, cruelty, oppression, extremism, sometimes there is only one choice. When the world looks to America, America looks to you, and you never let her down.
Hillary Clinton
Cruelty signifies rigor, implacable intention and decision, irreversible and absolute determination.
Antonin Artaud
All tyranny, bigotry, aggression, and cruelty are wrong, and whenever we see it, we must never be silent.
Ingrid Newkirk
If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he CAN do something about it.
L. Ron Hubbard
Cruelty is a mystery, and the waste of pain. But if we describe a word to compass these things, a world that is a long, brute game, then we bump against another mystery: the inrush of power and delight, the canary that sings on the skull.
Annie Dillard
Opinions which justify cruelty are inspired by cruel impulses.
Bertrand Russell
It is hard to conceive of the utter demoralization, of the political blindness and immorality, of the patriotic dishonesty, of the cruelty and degradation of a people who supplemented the incomparable Declaration of Independence with the Fugitive Slave Law.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Girlhood is often marred by schoolgirl cruelty, a grim rite of passage in which parents sometimes cruelly collude. Mothers and fathers must take a stand against petty or protracted hostility between girls.
Rachel Simmons
We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.
Rachel Carson
Fear is isolating for those that fear. And I have come to believe that fear is a cruelty to those who are feared.
Eula Biss
I am sometimes asked, ‘Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?’ I answer: ‘I am working at the roots.’
George Thorndike Angell
Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance, and cruelty.
Raisa Gorbacheva
The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, helpless, faithful animal race form the blackest chapter in the whole world’s history.
R. Edward Freeman
Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.
All I have left is my anger at the foolishness of the world. The unnecessary cruelties, the pomposity and vanity of people who should know better. Most of the time I just want to shake some sense into the world.
Stephen Hunt
Battling evil, cruelty, and injustice allows us to retain our identity, a sense of meaning, and ultimately our freedom.
Chris Hedges
Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
You are about to enter the realms of human beings. Be prepared for cruelty and kindness, for friendship and hatred. People are made of all possibilities and conditions.
Stuart Hill
My history of the Jesuits is not elegantly written, but is supported by unquestionable authorities, is very particular and very horrible. Their restoration is indeed “a step toward darkness,” cruelty, perfidy, despotism, death and I wish we were out of danger of bigotry and Jesuitism.
John Adams
The moon, also, is merciless: she would drag me
Cruelly, being barren.
Her radiance scathes me. Or perhaps I have caught her.
Sylvia Plath
Human cruelty took the form of a pact with the deity. A solemn oath was made to kill everything, in which people forbade themselves any display of reason or compassion. A city or a land was devoted to destruction and it was believed an insult to God if one did not observe the abominable oath.
Ernest Renan
As a society, we are typically deeply disassociated from animal cruelty, but more than ever, animal protection organizations are telling the backstory.
Wayne Pacelle
Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.
Robinson Jeffers
The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.
Thomas Paine
Animal rights activists talk about cruelty and torture, some backing their assertions by publishing out-of-date photographs of ‘experiments’ banned long ago. This is a misrepresentation. The work we do is performed with compassion, care, humanity and humility. I have never seen an animal suffer pain.
Robert Winston
I think of the people who commit these acts as children. They’re in their 20s, but like certain children, they have been told only one story, over and over. Like most children, they believe in an easily identifiable good and evil, and like most children, they are capable of unthinkable cruelty.
Michael Cunningham
If one of the arguments against eating meat is to do with cruelty and animal intelligence, then lab meat avoids that. There’s also the environmental argument for it.
Margaret Atwood
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
Many people have accused me of such ferocious cruelty that (they allege) I would like to kill again the man I have destroyed. Not only am I indifferent to their comments, but I rejoice in the fact that they spit in my face.
John Calvin
After all I’ve done for you’ has alienated more children from their parents than any act of parent cruelty.
Dorothy Rowe
No man-made law will ever eliminate cruelty and evil from every human heart.
Bob Casey, Jr.
We are opposed to all cruelty, so as advocates of non-violence, opponents of oppression, people who abhor the cruelty inherent in slaughtering we say the only ethical way to consume flesh is to pick up the carcass of an animal who has died naturally or been killed accidentally, say by being hit by a car, and eat that.
Ingrid Newkirk
By what standard of morality can the violence used by a slave to break his chains be considered the same as the violence of a slave master?
Walter Rodney
Amongst all other vices there is none I hate more than cruelty, both by nature and judgment, as the extremest of all vices.
Michel de Montaigne
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
Whoever possesses the will to suffering within himself has a different attitude towards cruelty: he does not regard it as inherently harmful and bad.
Friedrich Nietzsche
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
It’s terrible because people see stars like JLo and BeyoncГ© wearing fur and they don’t think about the cruelty that goes into it.
Pamela Anderson
This is the ultimate cruelty, isn’t it? That I can talk and talk and to anyone listening, it’s only air–too rich a diet to be swallowed by a mundane world.
David Henry Hwang
Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.
Rick Yancey
The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.
George W. Bush
The excuse or toleration of cruelty upon any living creature by a woman is a deadly sin against the grandest force in nature – maternal love … In not a single instance known to science has the cure of any human disease resulted necessarily from this fallacious method of research.
Elizabeth Blackwell
An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.
Eve Ensler
Liberal of cruelty are those who pamper with promises; promisers destroy while they deceive, and the hope they raise is dearly purchased by the dependence that is sequent to disappointment.
Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann
In a cruel land, you either learned to laugh at cruelty or spent your life weeping.
Robert Jordan
The oligarchic character of the modern English commonwealth does not rest, like many oligarchies, on the cruelty of the rich to the poor. It does not even rest on the kindness of the rich to the poor. It rests on the perennial and unfailing kindness of the poor to the rich.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The greatest cruelties of our century have been the impersonal cruelties of remote decision, of system and routine, especially when they could be justified as regrettable operational necessity.
Eric Hobsbawm
Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
Harriet Ann Jacobs
I don’t inflict horrors on readers. In my research, I’ve uncovered truly terrible documentations of cruelty and torture, but I leave that offstage. I always pull back and let the reader imagine the details. We all know to one degree or another the horrors of war.
Alan Furst
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.
Jane Goodall
Cruelty, very far from being a vice, is the first sentiment Nature injects in us all.
Marquis de Sade
It is a curious thing how poets tend to become ascetics…. Even a debauch for them is a self-flagellation. They go on the loose in cruelty against themselves, admitting that they are pandering to, and despising, the lower self.
D. H. Lawrence
I was brought up in a way that was based purely on the senses. Everything in my upbringing was a reaction to growing up on an organic farm or to the emotions of animal cruelty, as well as the visuals of my mum’s and my father’s art – he was also an art collector.
Stella McCartney
What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: A day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustices and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham.
Frederick Douglass
I know the power of going to Mount St. Helens, and to see that level of devastation is quite something – the power of tsunamis, etc. But it’s human cruelty, the base level of humanity, that scares me most.
John Hillcoat
Even when someone fails, there’s never an underlying nastiness or cruelty. We’re an affectionate show and we’re not poking fun at anyone. Strictly’ is feel-good television at its finest.
Tess Daly
All the cruelty and torment of which the world is full is in fact merely the necessary result of the totality of the forms under which the will to live is objectified.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.
Paul Rodriguez
Every work of art should give utterance, or indicate, the awful blind strength and the cruelty of the creative impulse, that is why they must all have what are called errors, both of taste and style.
Christina Stead
The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
Bertrand Russell
There is no shortage of ways that people profit indirectly from the misery and cruelty in other places. Even now, the shirts we wear and the tomatoes we eat. There are unfortunately unfair and inhumane conditions – including literal slavery – all over the world.
Ben H. Winters
When the preponderance of human beings choose to act with justice and generosity and kindness, then learning and love and decency prevail. When the preponderance of human beings choose power, greed, and indifference to suffering, the world is filled with war, poverty, and cruelty.
Mary Doria Russell
I pity those born of the lighter side. They have no understanding of how seductive cruelty is. The music made out of screams and pleas for mercy. Mmmm. Nothing better. (Noir)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.
Cesar Chavez
Tolerance of Cruelty in any form is a degraded state of mind and soul. When we freely allow the massacre and prolonged torture of defenseless creatures, it increases our receptivity to human cruelty and war and steals our humanity, peace and soul. Very little speeds and greases your way to Hell, like animal cruelty.
Russell Boyd
He who abstains from anything animate … will be much more careful not to injure those of his own species. For he who loves the genus will not hate any species of animals.
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.
Jean Rostand
When we think of cruelty, we must try to remember the stupidity, the envy, the frustration from which it has arisen.
Edith Sitwell
She’d been acutely aware that terror, betrayal, and cruelty had a human face, but she had not sufficiently appreciated that courage, kindness, and love had a human face as well.
Dean Koontz
I think there is a complicated side effect to overcoming evil in that we are forever changed by it. I think after we ingest some of the cruelty of the world, it takes years off of our lives, but it also gives us wisdom and a little grace, hopefully a sense of compassion.
Adam Rapp
But don’t you find the concept of love unusual? (Alix) Not at all. Love I understand completely. It’s hatred that puzzles me. I don’t comprehend finding pleasure in cruelty. (Vik)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
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
Sentimentality, the ostentatious parading of excessive and spurious emotion, is the mark of dishonesty…the wet eyes of the sentimentalist betray his aversion to experience, his fear of life, his arid heart; and it is always, therefore, the signal of secret and violent humanity, the mark of cruelty.
James A. Baldwin
It’s not cruelty, maybe, but a desire to understand that motivates them.
Veronica Roth
Knowledge acquired in biological research is seldom directly applicable to human beings … The results of scientific research, obtained under these conditions, cannot be applied directly to human beings who vary widely in their hereditary make-up, in their environment, and in their past health record.
John Boyd Orr
They’re all cruel,’ he said. ‘The world I come from, the world you come from, and this one, too. Maybe the people don’t see the cruelty in your world right away, it’s better hidden, but it’s there all the same.
Cornelia Funke
Human beings may well be unable to break free of the dictatorship of greed that spreads like a miasma over the world, but no longer will we be an inarticulate and ignorant humanity, confused by our enslavement to superior cruelty and weaponry.
Alice Walker
Cruelty depends on an understanding of cruelty, and the ability to choose against it. Or to choose to ignore it.
Jonathan Safran Foer
There’s a certain edge about cruelty. If you’re honest about it, most people wince, but say it had to be said.
Pete Waterman
The theatre breeds its own kind of cruelty, and its sadism takes on a keener edge since it can be enjoyed under the innocent guise of critical judgment.
Moss Hart
Not only is it important for me to create a 100% cruelty-free brand, but also send out a very clear message to both consumers and companies out there: testing on animals in the name of beauty is cruel and unnecessary.
Kat Von D
To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.
Edmund Burke
Our line of work is very cynical, and a lot of it is driven by cynicism, cruelty, and meanness. It’s easier to believe the negative stuff than the positive stuff. The feel-good stories don’t usually spend a lot of time on the front pages.
Shawn Michaels
I’m totally against animal cruelty. I don’t have clothes, shoes or bags made from any animal products.
Leona Lewis
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.
John Berger
He who possesses greatness is cruel towards his secondary virtues and considerations.
Friedrich Nietzsche
One line typed twenty years ago
can be blazed on a wall in spraypaint
to glorify art as detachment
or torture of those we
did not love but also
did not want to kill.
Adrienne Rich
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is such a reassuring thing. The world is in God’s hands; it is his world. We sinners have messed things up and the amount of human division and cruelty is so terrible, but fortunately God is God.
Matthew Levering
What people need to understand is, that if they are eating animals, they are promoting cruelty to animals.
Pamela Anderson
These small indignities and minor cruelties take a toll. They add to the burden of stress and fatigue that is already present in the workplace and they have real consequences on the every day lives of workers.
P. M. Forni
We cannot have two hearts, one for the animals and one for men. In cruelty towards the former and cruelty to the latter there is no difference but in the victim.
Alphonse de Lamartine
All cruelty springs from weakness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Animal life, sombre mystery. All nature protests against the barbarity of man, who misapprehends, who humiliates, who tortures his inferior brethren.
Jules Michelet
Even should it be conclusively proved that human beings benefit directly from the suffering of animals, its infliction would nevertheless be unethical and wrong.
Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding
I’ve always been fascinated by accounts of seemingly ‘normal’ people who have committed horrendous acts of cruelty and violence. You hear it on the news all the time.
Richard Montanari
CARNIVOROUS, adj. Addicted to the cruelty of devouring the timorous vegetarian, his heirs and assigns.
Ambrose Bierce
Cruelty is the luxury of those who have nothing to do, like drugs or racing stables.
Marguerite Yourcenar
The ways are two: love and want of love. That is all.
It’s not that bullying is any worse today. The impulse for cruelty is the same impulse. The only difference is that the tools to achieve that have become more sophisticated.
Jodee Blanco
Violence does even justice unjustly.
Thomas Carlyle
Fortified plant-based milks are delicious and contain all the calcium, protein, and vitamin D of dairy products but with none of the cholesterol, lactose, hormones, or cruelty found in cow’s milk.
Ingrid Newkirk
When you’re a kid it’s people’s cruelty that makes you cry, then when you’re an adult it’s their kindness.
Glen Duncan
Classic is our daring, classic our cowardice. Classic is our cruelty, classic our charity.
Robert Ardrey
It’s very important that we have a president who is mindful of the cruelty that is perpetrated on animals.
Barack Obama
I don’t understand how people can take a gentle, loving life and treat it with such cruelty.
Mark Ruffalo
… the only argument against vivisection that will be seen to have lasting power – that we do not improve human society by means that debase human character.
Jon Wynne-Tyson
As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behavior toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.
Thomas Paine
Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell.
Francois Mauriac
There is no denying that unhappiness – even violence – exists in some arranged marriages. Or that some arranged marriages are borne out of cruelty. And part of that six percent global divorce rate can be attributed to the powerful stigma against divorce that’s present in countries where arranged marriage is common.
Elizabeth Flock
Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it’s not acceptable.
Jodie Foster
President Trump’s threat to weaponize federal funding is not only unconstitutional but emblematic of the cruelty he seeks to impose on our most vulnerable communities.
Kevin de Leon
Like my parents, I have never been a regular church member or churchgoer. It doesn’t seem plausible to me that there is the kind of God who watches over human affairs, listens to prayers, and tries to guide people to follow His precepts – there is just too much misery and cruelty for that.
Benjamin Spock
Any time we read a newspaper or take any look at the world around us, we are aware of the cruelty and violence that dominates our world.
Marianne Williamson
Evanlyn smiled grimly as she thought how once she might have objected to the cruelty of the bird’s death. Now, all she felt was a sense of satisfaction as she realized that they would eat well today. Amazing how an empty belly could change your perspective, she thought.
John Flanagan
All cruelty springs from weakness.
Seneca the Younger
Those who conduct themselves with morality, integrity and consistency need not fear the forces of inhumanity and cruelty.
Nelson Mandela
In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.
Leon Trotsky
There is something going on now in Mexico that I happen to think is cruelty to animals. What I’m talking about, of course, is cat juggling.
Steve Martin
Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.
When I was a child, going to a circus with wild animal acts was a rite of passage. These days, it’s an act of complicit cruelty.
K. A. Applegate
Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.
Henry Beston
In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy. There’s a cruelty to childhood, there’s an anger.
Maurice Sendak
The sort of seeing cruelty and callousness of that sort from young people is heartbreaking.
Barack Obama
I think because of their terrible past, particularly this century, the Chinese have come to accept cruelty more than many other people, which is something I feel very unhappy about
Jung Chang
Men are cruel, but Man is kind.
Rabindranath Tagore
Our zeal works wonders, whenever it supports our inclination toward hatred, cruelty, ambition.
Michel de Montaigne
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
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov
Parsons always seem to be specially horrified about things like sunbathing and naked bodies. They don’t mind poverty and misery and cruelty to animals nearly as much.
Susan Ertz
I’ve always thought cruelty is a failure of imagination.
Ian Mcewan
He’s ours now. Not made by evil, but birthed by human cruelty. (Mortent Leader)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
cruelty to animals is contrary to man’s duty to himself, because it deadens in him the feeling of sympathy for their sufferings, and thus a natural tendency that is very useful to morality in relation to other human beings is weakened.
Immanuel Kant
In Philadelphia, I inadvertently came upon an edition of Robert Ingersoll’s Essays and Lectures. This was an exciting discovery; his atheism confirmed my own belief that the horrific cruelty of the Old Testament was degrading to the human spirit.
Charlie Chaplin
The cruelty, war and violence, this is evil, wrong and dark and that’s what we should hide from the children, not a human body!
David LaChapelle
Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.
Andrea Dworkin
To insult someone we call him ‘bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, ‘human’ might be the greater insult.
Isaac Asimov
If you betray me, Leta…Kill me. Be kind and don’t let me live in the shadow of your cruelty. I can’t take another blow like that. I’m not that strong. (Aiden)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
I am very sad for men and women trapped in any relationship where there is cruelty, dominance, inequity. I long for the liberation of all people.
Jasmine Guy
Mediation and reconciliation work is about a profound quest for justice and social transformation. But at the same time, they are about service, solidarity, about exploring and rediscovering the human spirit that has been lost or shattered through human conflict, cruelty, ignorance and greed.
Hizkias Assefa
Nothing shocks our moral feelings so deeply as cruelty does. We can forgive every other crime, but not cruelty. The reason for this is that it is the very opposite of compassion.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Vengeful as nature herself, she loves her children only in order to devour them better and if she herself rips her own veils of self-deceit, Mother perceives in herself untold abysses of cruelty as subtle as it is refined.
Angela Carter
For there are deeds which have no form, sufferings which have no tongue.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.
Ellen DeGeneres
Every small wrong, every minor act of cruelty, every act of petty bullying was symbolic of a greater wrong. And if we ignored these small things, then did it not blunt our outrage over the larger wrongs?
Alexander McCall Smith
I just came home and said, ‘I’m a vegetarian.’ My parents were very kind about it. And then, I became a vegan a year or two after that. Animal cruelty really got to me.
Emily Deschanel
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.
James A. Baldwin
My own experience has taught me not to underestimate the power of those who protest against cruelty. I’d also say that there may be a tendency to view the animal-rights opposition in somewhat distorted fashion as a new development, as the product of a very recent enlightenment about the rights due to animals.
Bette Ford
Reason cannot save us, nothing can; but reason can mitigate the cruelty of living.
Philip Rieff
If there is a person behaving more destructively in popular culture than Mario Lavandeira, I cannot think of one. He has used cruelty as a crass mechanism to build up his own celebrity and has utilized political correctness to protect himself while using it as a weapon to dehumanize those he doesn’t agree with.
Andrew Breitbart
Cruelty is the highest pleasure to the cruel man; it is his love.
Walter Savage Landor
We, as human beings, have the capacity for extreme cruelty.
Lupita Nyong’o
It’s not just that life is cruel, but that in the very process of our birth we submit to life’s cruelty
Shashi Deshpande
I think that any time anybody gets rid of oppression, intervention, exploitation, cruelty – that’s positive.
Assata Shakur
The things I feared were not in the sky, but in the nature and in the touch of humanity. The cruelty of children . . . the blindness of the unpitiful – these were my terrors. But not the crash of thunder overhead, not the bolts of fire from the clouds.
Ellen Glasgow
Any reports of animal cruelty should be thoroughly investigated and those operators held accountable.
Dick Durbin
Group conformity scares the pants off me because it’s so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn’t want to – or can’t – join the Big Parade.
Bette Midler
If everyone in the world sat quietly at the same time, closed their eyes and concentrated as hard as they could on peace and goodwill, all the killing and cruelty in the world would continue. And probably increase.
George Carlin
I cannot tell and I shall never know how many words of mine might have given birth to cruelty in place of love and kindness and charity.
Clarence Darrow
The strangest thing about life is not its frightful cruelty, but that it can be gentle.
Storm Jameson
Man is the cruelest animal.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I revear all the gods but those that delight in cruelty. If Ra’s light is kindly in your eyes than may his light shine on us all.
Elizabeth Moon
My own belief is that in most ages and in most places obscure psychological forces led men to adopt systems involving quite unnecessary cruelty, and that this is still the case among the most civilized races at the present day.
Bertrand Russell
Cruelty is cruelty, whether it’s cruelty to children, to the elderly, to dogs and cats, or to chickens.
Russell Simmons
The more we come in contact with animals and observe their behaviour, the more we love them, for we see how great is their care of the young.
Immanuel Kant
Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion go hand in hand.
Bertrand Russell
Unless we have courage to recognize cruelty for what it is – whether its victim is human or animal – we cannot expect things to be much better in the world.
Rachel Carson
As I get older, all sorts of things become less funny. Once one has children, any cruelty involving children becomes far less amusing than when one was at the mercy of one’s friends’ and relatives’ children.
P. J. O’Rourke
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
It was woman that taught me cruelty, and on woman therefore I have exercised it.
Walter Scott
There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
James Russell Lowell
One night I couldn’t sleep and I was up and just Googling random stuff and I’m like, ‘Hmmm, PETA.’ I saw all the videos and I just thought it was horrible, Pickler told People. It’s animal cruelty. A lot of it has to do with knowing what happens to the animals and it really bothered me and so I will not eat meat.
Kellie Pickler
Have you ever stopped to think how much unhappiness and downright cruelty are laid to the loving kindness of the Lord? And always by His most ardent followers, it seems.
Nella Larsen
Trumpcare would be devastating for millions of American families, but perhaps no one will bear the brunt of its cruelty more than older Americans.
Raja Krishnamoorthi
A thousand kindnesses do not make up for a thousand blows.
Louise Bogan
There is more to the culture of cruelty than simply ethically challenged policies that benefit the rich and punish the poor, particularly children, there is also the emergence of a punishing state, a governing through crime youth complex, and the emergence of the school-to-prison pipeline as the new face of Jim Crow.
Henry Giroux
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas A. Edison
Conceptually, I always took issue with bullies and those who took advantage of others, whether it was a teacher’s cruelty to a student, or a student who picked fights with others.
Pierce Brown
My idea of our civilization is that it is a shoddy, poor thing and full of cruelties, vanities, arrogances, meannesses and hypocrisies.
Mark Twain
Compassion to an offender who has grossly violated the laws is, in effect, a cruelty to the peaceable subject who has observed them.
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.
Bartolome de las Casas
Cruelty will continue existing on the face of the Earth as long as we have not learned to put ourselves in the place of others.
Samael Aun Weor
Never believe that animals suffer less than humans. Pain is the same for them that it is for us. Even worse, because they cannot help themselves.
Louis J. Camuti
[There has been] every kind of cruelty practiced upon all sorts of people in the name of religion.
Bertrand Russell
Poor little librarians of the world, those girls, secretly lovely, their looks marred forever by the cruelty of a pair of big dark eyeglasses!
Michael Chabon
Military necessity does not admit of cruelty – that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, . . . nor of torture to extort confessions.
Abraham Lincoln
Vladimir Nabokov liked to examine cruelty and the human condition. That didn’t mean he was cruel; there’s no evidence he kicked puppies just for the fun of it. Similarly, ‘Black Mirror’ likes to examine possible dystopias, but that doesn’t mean the show is cynical enough to endorse them.
Jeff Vandermeer
In the real world, as lived and experienced by real people, the demand for human rights and dignity, the longing for liberty and justice and opportunity, the hatred of oppression and corruption and cruelty is reality.
John McCain
An infallible characteristic of meanness is cruelty.
Samuel Johnson
No woman kills herself for love, and rarely for shame. It is the cruelty of hope that does a woman in; for no matter how many men a woman has given herself to, she never holds her life cheap until she foolishly believed it to be valued.
Sheri Holman
all tamed animals are nervous, we have given them reason to be, not only by cruelty but by our love too, that presses upon them. They have not been able to be entirely indifferent to this and untouched by it.
Stevie Smith
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
For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.
Barack Obama
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.
Boris Pasternak
Sin is cruelty and injustice, all else is peccadillo. Oh, a sense of sin comes from violating the customs of your tribe. But breaking custom is not sin even when it feels so; sin is wronging another person.
Robert A. Heinlein
Love has its place, as does hate. Peace has its place, as does war. Mercy has its place, as do cruelty and revenge.
Meir Kahane
When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
Marv Levy
The factory meat industry has polluted thousands of miles of America’s rivers, killed billions of fish, pushed tens of thousands of family farmers off their land, sickened and killed thousands of U.S. citizens, and treated millions of farm animals with unspeakable and unnecessary cruelty.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
Paul McCartney
The cruelties of property and privilege are always more ferocious than the revenges of poverty and oppression. For the one aims at perpetuating resented injustice, the other is merely a momentary passion soon appeased.
C. L. R. James
I think I know a thing or two about the way people love, but I don’t know anything about hatred, psychosis, cruelty. Or maybe I don’t have the guts to admit that I do.
Zadie Smith
There is an aristocracy of the sensitive. They represent the true human tradition of permanent victory over cruelty and chaos.
E. M. Forster
Vivisection is wrong because it is an abuse of man’s power over the helpless, involving pain and suffering. The name for this is cruelty, and cruelty is immoral, no matter what the reason for its introduction.
Jon Evans
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
Howard Zinn
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
Alice Walker
War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
William Tecumseh Sherman
Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind – it is only the difference in the victim.
Alphonse de Lamartine
I am profoundly fascinated by cruelty, fear, horror and death. My films show my preoccupation with violence, the pathology of violence.
Fritz Lang
I worked at a group home for a survival job years ago, and kids who have a rough home life have always tugged at my heart-strings. I also care a lot about animal cruelty.
Mike Colter
Sometimes what we call love is just a settling of old scores, or a seeking of forbidden pain, or a circuitous path to the kingdom of cruelty, or she may simply have confused lack of capital with heroism while searching for rescue without knowing from what.
Anne Roiphe
How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty?
Bertrand Russell
I cruelly hate cruelty, both by nature and reason, as the worst of all the vices. But then I am so soft in this that I cannot seea chicken’s neck wrung without distress, and cannot bear to hear the squealing of a hare between the teeth of my hounds.
Michel de Montaigne
I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and women trample themselves and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amidst the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail.
Charles A. Beard
Is it because you are sunk in the cruelty of superstition, or feel no interest in the honor of your Creator, that you listen to the horrid tales of the Bible, or hear them with callous indifference?
Thomas Paine
This hideous doctrine of eternal torment after death has probably caused more terror and misery, more cruelty and more violation of natural human sympathy, than any belief in the history of mankind. Yet this doctrine was taught unambiguously by Jesus.
Margaret E. Knight
Love compels cruelty To those who do not understand love.
T. S. Eliot
Scenes of blood and cruelty are shocking to our ear and heart. What man has nerve to do, man has not nerve to hear.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
I vividly remember the summer of 1964 with its voter registration drives, boiling racial tensions, and the erupting awareness of the cruelty of racism. I was never the same after that summer.
Sue Monk Kidd
Girls at war opt for a quieter cruelty than fistfights and drive-by shootings. Girls circumvent the corporeal and go straight for each other’s souls. The bleeding is harder to stanch.
Jillian Lauren
Wars, therefore, are to be undertaken for this end, that we may live in peace, without being injured; but when we obtain the victory, we must preserve those enemies who behaved without cruelty or inhumanity during the war.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Queen has done all she could on the dreadful subject of vivisection, and hopes that Mr. Gladstone will speak strongly against such a practice which is a disgrace to humanity.
Queen Victoria
I always felt that with luxury came cruelty. I do my best to live a happy, prosperous life, but I don’t indulge in a lot of luxury.
Alison Eastwood
I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.
James Stewart
To be a vegetarian is to disagree – to disagree with the course of things today… starvation, cruelty – we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it’s a strong one.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Sadistic literature is not only inhumane. It is anti-human.
Storm Jameson
The heart of the matter is that some people like to cause injury or death to living things. And many of those who do not are indifferent to those who do.
Norman Cousins
A medical profession founded on callousness to the pain of the other animals may eventually destroy its own sensibility to the pain of humans.
Brigid Brophy
There is no more evil thing in this world than race prejudice, none at all. […] It justifies and holds together more baseness, cruelty, and abomination than any other sort of error in the world.
H. G. Wells
Have you any idea of what you’ve unleashed? (Hades) Cruelty, pestilence, wrath, violence, ultimate suffering…what other gifts did the gods bestow on him?
Sherrilyn Kenyon
When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
Gautama Buddha
‘I’m a Celebrity’ is not my cup of tea whatsoever. I don’t like the animal cruelty in it, to be honest.
Rachel Riley
Here is the paradox of the thing we call freedom: the farther we wander from God and the more we try to break free from him, the more enchained we become. Every step we take away from Him leads us farther from the freedom of Jesus and closer to the cruelty of Cain.
Steven James
We protest to our last breath against the purveyors of hatred, cruelty and violence.
Ephraim Mirvis
I felt shame for living in a nation of unprecedented prosperity-a nation that spends a smaller percentage of income on food than any other civilization has in human history-but in the name of affordability treats the animals it eats with cruelty so extreme it would be illegal if inflicted on a dog.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Other people are as alive as you are. Cruelty is a failure of imagination.
Noah Richler
It is impossible to found a civilization on fear and hatred and cruelty. It would never endure.’ ‘Why not?’ ‘It would have no vitality. It would disintegrate. It would commit suicide.
George Orwell
Imagination is the first faculty wanting in those that do harm to their kind.
Margaret Oliphant
There is a certain right by which we many deprive a man of life, but none by which we may deprive him of death; this is mere cruelty.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Mohammed praises [instances of] tretchery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge, and bigotry that are utterly incompatible with civilized society.
David Hume
Johannes had once said that violence and cruelty were just a stupid person’s way of making himself felt, because it was easer to use your hands to strike a blow than to use your brain to find a logical and just solution to the problem.
Anne Holm
Sadly, of course, there is real evil in the world. You watch the news, and you see all of the people suffering and so much cruelty.
Angelina Jolie
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein
Julie Orringer is the real thing, a breathtaking chronicler of the secrets and cruelties underneath the surface of middle-class American life. These are terrific stories-wise, compassionate and haunting.
Dan Chaon
It seems to me that as economics drives politics and money markets set policies, what we have is an enormously powerful emergence of both a police state on the one hand and an incredible culture of cruelty on the other. All of the sudden, shared hopes are replaced by shared fears.
Henry Giroux
People nearly always believe, and are willing to back it up with weapons and cruelty, that their religion and way of life is better than the other person’s.
Caroline B. Cooney
In my stories, I controlled what happened in a way I couldn’t in real life. My characters lived through the horror and degradation of the cruelty of others and they not only survived, they thrived. They gave me hope and laughter, and they kept me going in spite of everything else. They were my heroes.
Sherrilyn Kenyon
The more intense has been the religion of any period and the more profound has been the dogmatic belief, the greater has been the cruelty and the worse has been the state of affairs.
Bertrand Russell
The Universe, so far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine; its extent, its order, its beauty, its cruelty, makes it alike impressive.
George Santayana
If love goes too far, it turns into cruelty.
Haruo Shirane
All of us in society are supposed to believe that cruelty to animals is wrong and that it is a good thing to prevent needless suffering. So if that is true, how can meat be acceptable under any but the most extraordinary circumstances, such as perhaps roasting the bird who died flying into a window?
Ingrid Newkirk
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.
Eleanor Roosevelt
To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle [….] Without cruelty there is no festival.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Humor borne out of cruelty happens to be the easiest and therefore lowest form of comedy: It is cheap stuff and it does not elevate the candidate, nor make him a more fundamentally sympathetic character.
Alex Wagner
I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
Abraham Lincoln
People talk about the horrors of war, but what weapon has a man invented that even approaches in cruelty some of the commoner diseases? ‘Natural’ death, almost by defintion, means something slow, smelly and painful.
George Orwell
One of the frustrating tics of our society’s progressive vanguard is the assumption that every evil it discovers was entirely invisible in the past, that this generation is the first to wrestle with dominance and cruelty.
Ross Douthat
Today, I marvel at the vegan foods in the supermarket, at the cruelty-free clothing choices in stores, and at the fantastic alternatives to dissection in schools, the modern ways to test medicines without killing rabbits and beagles, the many forms of entertainment involving purely human performers.
Ingrid Newkirk
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas Jefferson
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.
Gary Yourofsky
The great blessing and great cruelty of youth is that there seems to be time enough.
Catherynne M. Valente
The states in which we infuse a transfiguration and a fullness into things and poetize about them until they reflect back our fullness and joy in life… three elements principally: sexuality, intoxication and cruelty all belonging to the oldest festal joys.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Remember this: For all the ugliness in the world there is far more beauty. For all the cruelty there is far more kindness. And remember one more thing: Those who remind you of this simple fact-keep them close
Dalia Mogahed
we do know now, all of us, that the most appalling cruelties are committed by apparently virtuous governments in expectation of a great good to come, never learning that the evil done now is the sure destroyer of the expected good.
Katherine Anne Porter
I think of the security of cages. How violence, cruelty, oppression, become a kind of home, a familiar pattern, a cage, in which we know how to operate and define ourselves.
Eve Ensler
What a nasty act of cruelty, giving a dying man his last wish. Don’t you realize he doesn’t want it? His real wish is not to die.
Steve Toltz
It is ill-manners to silence a fool and cruelty to let him go on
Benjamin Franklin
War should we waged without love of violence, cruelty, or enmity.
Saint Augustine
The difference between coarse and refined abuse is the difference between being bruised by a club and wounded by a poisoned arrow.
Samuel Johnson
Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalised medium of reason, that’s all we have between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feelings.
Felix Frankfurter
Women are necessarily capable of almost anything in their struggle for survival and can scarcely be convicted of such man-made crimes as “cruelty.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Very early in my childhood I associated poverty, toil, unemployment, drunkenness, cruelty, quarreling, fighting, debts, jail with large families.
Margaret Sanger
The vast carnival of cruelty called animal exploitation goes on and on – and it is all so needless, even counter-productive. There is already an adequate (often superior) non-animal substitute for virtually everything obtained by animal suffering and slaughter.
H. Jay Dinshah
What is it the Bible teaches us? – raping, cruelty, and murder. What is it the New Testament teaches us? – to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.
Thomas Paine
The obscene and vulgar stories in the Bible are as repugnant to our ideas of the purity of a Divine Being, as the horrid cruelties and murders it ascribes to Him are repugnant to our ideas of His justice.
Thomas Paine
I feel like I was transformed by the kindness of people who had every reason to show me cruelty and the transformative power of their decision to treat me like a human being, that was so huge, that anytime somebody wants me to talk about that I feel like I absolutely want to do that.
Megan Phelps-Roper
I think the suffering, violence and cruelty and Guantanamo and the rest is going to go on and on in Iraq.
Clare Short
It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement.
Henry Ward Beecher
God doesn’t take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly.
Pat Summitt
She had borne so long the cruelty of belonging to him and not being claimed by him.
D. H. Lawrence
I wish no living thing to suffer pain.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is disgusting. My attitude is not derived from any intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred.
Albert Einstein
Those who experiment on animals should never be able to quiet their own conscience by telling themselves that these cruelties have a worthy aim.
Albert Schweitzer
People nearly always believe, and are willing to back it up with weapons and cruelty, that their religion and way of life is better than the other person’s
Caroline B. Cooney
A pacifism which can see the cruelties only of occasional military warfare and is blind to the continuous cruelties of our social system is worthless.
Mahatma Gandhi
It’s the worst kind of cruelty — the thoughtless kind. You can’t cope with it.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change.
Martin Amis
Human emotions are a gift from our animal ancestors. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself.
Thomas Harris
Cruelty is a tyrant that’s always attended with fear.
Thomas Fuller
Since we can’t count on the meat, egg, and dairy industries to protect animals from the most egregious forms of cruelty, what can we, as consumers, do? Opting out of paying someone to allow animals to die in a barn fire or at the slaughterhouse seems pretty reasonable.
Ingrid Newkirk
What immensely touches me and moves me is cruelty against children and elder people. That is something I am sensitive about, I don’t cry otherwise.
Sajid Khan
The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel. The rabbit shrieks dying in the green meadows. The mountains clench their great hands full of hidden fire. There are sharks in the sea, and there is cruelty in men’s eyes.
Ursula K. Le Guin
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.
Alexander von Humboldt
Why is there ever this perverse cruelty in humankind, that makes us hurt most those we love best?
Jacqueline Carey
We leave a stain, we leave a trail, we leave our imprint. Impurity, cruelty, abuse, error, excrement, semen – there’s no other way to be here. Nothing to do with disobedience. Nothing to do with grace or salvation or redemption. It’s in everyone. Indwelling. Inherent. Defining. The stain that is there before its mark.
Philip Roth
I fell in love once, if love be that cruelty which takes us straight to the gates of Paradise only to remind us they are closed for ever.
Jeanette Winterson
Any community that remains an abstraction is an easy target for prejudice and cruelty, but any community that becomes fully humanized is much harder to treat in that way.
Andrew Solomon
I believe the NME have deliberately tried to characterise me as a racist in a recent interview in order to boost their circulation. I abhor racism and cruelty of any kind and will not let this pass.
Steven Morrissey
As a society, there are times when we need to stand together against indecency and cruelty.
Jemele Hill
too great pity is the greatest cruelty.
St. Catherine of Siena
Man’s inhumanity to man is only surpassed by his cruelty to animals
George Bernard Shaw
After dealing with so much dark energy and investigating violent people for my job, I value creatures with pure souls – animals, especially dogs. I believe a higher power/god created these creatures to give us balance from people who can be truly evil. I am an active voice and supporter against animal cruelty.
Zak Bagans
In order to obtain and hold power a man must love it. Thus the effort to get it is not likely to be coupled with goodness, but with the opposite qualities of pride, craft and cruelty.
Leo Tolstoy
When I was a teenager, I used to love the Bronte books, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Jane Eyre.’ In those books, the women do usually manage to heal the men, but in life, I’ve found it’s often the woman gets wounded. Instead of healing a man, she gets affected by his cruelty.
Jocelyn Moorhouse
Cruelty to animals is as if humans did not love God.
John Henry Newman
We are killing a living thing just so that we can wear it? I think fake leather is also beautiful and lasts longer. All I am saying is that if you like wearing leather stuff, put in some extra effort and explore the market. Take on fake leather and stop being part of this cruelty.
Harshvardhan Rane
In order to get the power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness, but with qualities which are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, cruelty.
Leo Tolstoy
Evil almost always starts with small cruelties.
Will Schwalbe
Rather than dull our consciences to the unmitigated violence of abortion, the passage of time has only enabled us to see and, frankly, better understand the innate cruelty of abortion and its horrific legacy – victims – while making us more determined than ever to protect the weakest and the most vulnerable.
Chris Smith
The victimization of children is nowhere forbidden; what is forbidden is to write about it.
Alice Miller
Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.
Albert Schweitzer
I remember reports that the American and English newspapers were very happy about the fact that so many were killed in Dresden. There are many instances of barbarity and cruelty on the part of the Allies which I could tell you.
Julius Streicher
Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time.
Renata Adler
If only the peace I feel right nowcould be stored up and released laterwhen cruelty surrounds mein the darkduring nightmares.
Margarita Engle
Anything less than full justice is cruelty.
William Penn
You may occasionally be hurt by the sort of cavalier cruelty of commentary if you go into online forums, so there’s definitely a maturity about not seeking validation from everyone, every single time.
Guillermo del Toro
The only thing that really depresses me is animal cruelty.
Ricky Gervais
If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.
Malala Yousafzai
Shelter dogs should be adopted into loving homes, not used in cruel experiments. That’s why I support the Cruelty Free International global dog campaign.
Eric McCormack
Misfortune is no excuse for cruelty.
Ned Vizzini
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: “Mother, what was war?”
Eve Merriam
Goodness, real goodness, has it’s own sort of cruelty to it.
Cassandra Clare
Why does shame and self-loathing become cruelty to the innocent ?
Anne Rice
Cruelty and wrong are not the greatest forces in the world. There is nothing eternal in them. Only love is eternal.
Elisabeth Elliot
Women? In order to realize how far these charming creatures we idealize can carry their cruelty, we must see them among themselves!
Honore de Balzac
Just as a person who is always asserting that he is too good-natured is the very one from whom to expect, on some occasion, the coldest and most unconcerned cruelty, so when any group sees itself as the bearer of civilization this very belief will betray it into behaving barbarously at the first opportunity.
Simone Weil
Men so noble, However faulty, yet should find respect For what they have been: ’tis a cruelty To load a falling man.
William Shakespeare
There is an accumulative cruelty in a number of men, though none in particular are ill natured.
E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same colour.
Khaled Hosseini
Jesus comes among us, in our all division, not to instruct, comfort or inspire but to die. In doing so, He answers the sum of our self-regard, stupidity and cruelty.
Richard Coles
We can never be gods, after all–but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.
N.K. Jemisin
Cast down, O Lord, all the forces of cruelty and wrong. Defeat all selfish and worldly-minded schemes, and prosper all that is conceived among us in the spirit of Christ and carried out to the honour of His blessed name. Amen.
John Baillie
There’s a lot of cruelty going on all the time, and I’m not just talking about inter-human cruelty. I’m talking about whole species becoming extinct, asteroids hitting planets, black holes gobbling up stars.
Barbara Ehrenreich
To exult over the miseries of an unhappy creature is inhuman.
Hugh Blair
I don’t want to torture anything. It’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world… While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.
Jessica Chastain
In recent years, we have seen the United States back away from pressuring the Castro regime, under the misguided view that placating them with an open hand would yield progress. That naivete has invited only more cruelty and oppression in return.
Mitt Romney
Emotion without reason lets people walk all over you; reason without emotion is a mask for cruelty.
Nalini Singh
Cruelty was the devil, and most people were, in one way or another, cruel. Tyranny, suppression, persecution, torture, slavery, war, neglect – all were cruel. The world was acid and sour with hate, fat with greed, yellow with the triumph of the strong and the rich.
Rose Macaulay
When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.
Ingrid Newkirk
The power of women! I’ve never felt so full of mysterious power. Men are a joke. We’re so weak physically, so helpless with things. Still, even today. But we’re stronger than they are. We can stand their cruelty. They can’t stand ours.
John Fowles
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I think as the beauty industry moves forward, you will start to see more brands opening their eyes and becoming vegan. Excluding a huge part of the beauty consumers who only buy vegan, isn’t right and if you can make just as high-quality makeup, why not stop cruelty?
Jeffree Star
Something in him was broken, and through that break spilled a blind cruelty, a need to hurt and to push away
Cassandra Clare
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
Charles Darwin
When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner
William Shakespeare
If we could learn even a little to like ourselves, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.
John Steinbeck
My work is basically an outgrowth of the anger I feel about the human condition. The aspects of it that make me angry are our capacity for cruelty and the ability people have to ignore situations they don’t like.
Bruce Nauman
Cruelty might be very human and very cultural, but it is not acceptable and it is not an option.
Jodie Foster
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
The civilised cultures are the most cruel. It’s the same with education – often it breeds sadistic forms of cruelty.
Nellie McKay
Artaud sought to remove aesthetic distance, bringing the audience into direct contact with the dangers of life. By turning theatre into a place where the spectator is exposed rather than protected, Artaud was committing an act of cruelty upon them.
Antonin Artaud
What you hold in your hand is proof of man’s power – against which our strength means nothing. It has the force of 100 spears. I warn you, man’s ingenuity goes hand-in-hand with their cruelty. No creature is as devious or violent.
Charlton Heston
The truth doesn’t have to do with cruelty, the truth has to do with mercy.
Ken Kesey
The religion of Christianity Is mixed of sweetness and cruelty Reject this Sweetness, for she wears A smoky dress out of hell fires.
Stevie Smith
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
William Blake
Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies.
Mark Twain
Sin is cruelty and injustice, all else is peccadillo.
Robert A. Heinlein
She was the storm, she was the lightning, she was the adult world with all its power and all its secrets and all its foolish casual cruelty.
Neil Gaiman
I have seen Tasmanian devils battle over a carcass. I have seen lionesses crowding a kill, dingoes on the trail of a feral piglet, and adult croc thrashing its prey to pieces. But never, in all the animal world, have I witnessed anything to match the casual cruelty of the human being.
Terri Irwin
It’s extraordinary how little two people can understand each other and how cruel two people who are fond of each other can be to each other – there is practically no cruelty so awful because their power to hurt is so great.
May Sarton
Philosophy is the only excuse God has for his cruelty and vanity.
Kedar Joshi
If obedience invariably leads to cruelty, disobedience is our moral duty.
Martin Firrell
You want to free the world, free humanity, from oppression? Look inside, look sideways, look at the hidden violence of language. Never forget that language is where the other, parallel violence, the cruelty exercised on the body, originates.
Ariel Dorfman
I am not, and have never been, a supporter of cockfighting or any other forms of animal cruelty.
Matt Bevin
If one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but if a lot of people are unkind to animals (especially in the name of profit) the cruelty is condoned and will be defended by otherwise intelligent people.
Ruth Harrison
After the separation of children from families seeking to join the United States was embraced as the official policy of our government, we should ask ourselves what story we will tell. President Trump’s story is one of cruelty – that we may do something unfathomable to deter families from coming to America.
Ben Rhodes
April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.
T. S. Eliot
If price spikes don’t change eating habits, perhaps the combination of deforestation, pollution, climate change, starvation, heart disease and animal cruelty will gradually encourage the simple daily act of eating more plants and fewer animals.
Mark Bittman
The hatred and cruelty which have their source in selfishness are ineffectual things compared with the venom and ruthlessness born of selflessness.
Eric Hoffer
Man is worse than an animal when he is an animal.
Rabindranath Tagore
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
I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.
[On Christianity:] Its lip-service and its empty rites have made it the easiest of all tasks for the usurer to cloak his cruelties, the miser to hide his avarice, the lawyer to condone his lies, the sinner of all social sins to purchase the social immunity from them by outward deference to churches.
I have buckets of sympathy for the obese, often subject to cruelty, ridicule, denunciation, and contempt.
Lionel Shriver
As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Life has shown me all too often that there is no rhyme or reason to the cruelty inflicted upon humanity.
Cassia Leo
Regarding lack of vision or disabilities of the organ of sight, it has long been known among researchers that it is the effect of extreme cruelty in a past life.
Max Heindel
Women are hypocrites. Women are opportunists. Women are liars. They are abusers and bullies and manipulators. They are capable of cruelty, callousness, and evil. Just like men.
Bari Weiss
The truly frightening flaw in humanity is our capacity for cruelty – we all have it.
Gillian Flynn
My personal belief is that because technology and economic logic has gotten so sophisticated, cruelties can be perpetrated now that would have been unimaginable two or three hundred years ago.
David Foster Wallace
There is a cruelty that lurks in some men’s souls which is only released when they have other men in their power.
Morgan Llywelyn
Tis a cruelty to load a fallen man.
William Shakespeare
Compassion begets compassion, cruelty begets cruelty. What we give we will ultimately receive. Nonhumans help make us human. They teach us respect, compassion, and unconditional love. When we mistreat animals, we mistreat ourselves. When we destroy animal spirits and souls, we destroy our own spirits and souls.
Marc Bekoff
Never was the victory of patience more complete than in the early church. The anvil broke the hammer by bearing all the blows that the hammer could place upon it. The patience of the saints was stronger than the cruelty of tyrants.
Charles Spurgeon
Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody’s business to interfere when they see it.
Anna Sewell
It might be said that all knowledge is linked to the essential forms of cruelty.
Michel Foucault
In its artless cruelty, Dallas is superior to any “intelligent” critique that can be made of it. That is why intellectual snobberymeets its match here.
Jean Baudrillard
If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
Francis of Assisi
Throughout the play everything possible was done to show the virtue, innocence and helplessness of the poor, and the abandoned cruelty, the heartless self-indulgence of the rich.
Joyce Cary
In the killing of animals there is cruelty, rage, and the accustoming of oneself to the bad habit of shedding innocent blood.
Joseph Albo
Experience has taught me that the only cruelties people condemn are those with which they do not happen to be familiar.
Ellen Glasgow
I got a divorce eleven years later on the grounds of cruelty, which is still not easy in England.
Dinah Sheridan
Fewer people than you might think seem to have truly enjoyed their formative education and, for those who did not, one theme in particular recurs: the breathtaking cruelty of children.
Dawn Foster
All just laws condemn cruelty.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Cruelty isn’t softened by tears; it feeds on them.
Publilius Syrus
There is no telling to what extremes of cruelty and ruthlessness a man will go when he is freed from the fears, hesitations, doubts and the vague stirrings of decency that go with individual judgment.
Eric Hoffer
You always fashioned yourself as the Empire’s harshest Fist, didn’t you, Korbolo Dom? As if cruelty’s a virtue.
Steven Erikson
[St. Patrick] was a terror to any snake that came in his path, whether it was the cold, slimy reptile sliding along the ground or the more dangerous snake that oppresses men through false teachings. And he drove the snakes out of the minds of men, snakes of superstition and brutality and cruelty.
Arthur Brisbane
To inflict cruelties on defenceless creatures, or condone such acts, is to abuse one of the cardinal tenets of a civilized society – reverence for life.
Jon Evans
Each act of cruelty is eternally a part of the universe; nothing that happens later can make that act good rather than bad, or can confer perfection on the whole of which it is a part.
Bertrand Russell
It’s a terrible cruelty of predatory capitalism: both parents now have to work. A family has to have two incomes in order to buy the things that are desirable in our culture. So the degradation of motherhood – the sense that motherhood isn’t itself a calling – also arises from economic pressure.
James Hillman
I lived in the Republic of Ireland. I wrote a book about the North but as an outsider. The hatreds there were not mine. I never felt them. I liked how open in most ways Catalan nationalism was, compared to Irish nationalism. I disliked the violence and cruelty in Ireland.
Colm Toibin
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.
Bryant H. McGill
The recklessness with which we sacrifice our sense of decency to maximize profit in the factory farming process sets a pattern for cruelty to our own kind.
Jonathan Kozol
Let none count themselves wise who have not with the nerves of their imagination felt the pain of the vivisected.
John Cowper Powys
Until women assume their rightful place on earth there will never be an end to wars, cruelty and oppression.
Frederick Lenz
The thinking man must oppose all cruelties no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo.
Albert Schweitzer
To be a Jew is to be strong with a strength that has outlived persecutions. It is to be wise against ignorance, honest against piracy, harmless against evil, kind against cruelty
Phyllis Bottome
It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime, and cruelty too
Sigmund Freud
As an old creative industry full of cruelty and moral sense, British journalism once flourished on the imperative that people required the truth in order to survive. But people don’t require that now. They want sensation and they want it for nothing.
Andrew O’Hagan
Cruelty is fed, not weakened, by tears.
I was thanking him for…well, for something I’m not sure I can explain even now. For showing me that something besides cruelty could be found in the world, I suppose.
Arthur Golden
Life happened. In all its banality, brutality, cruelty, unfairness. But also in its beauty, pleasures and delights. Life happened.
Thrity Umrigar
I think that the Cold War was an exceptional and unnecessary piece of cruelty.
Jane Smiley
People talk sometimes of a bestial cruelty, but that’s a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel. The tiger only tears and gnaws, that’s all he can do. He would never think of nailing people by the ears, even if he were able to do it.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Novelists who treat violence and cruelty as something to be exploited for their effect, or to enjoy the pleasure of an evacuation, are carriers of a singularly unpleasant disease.
Storm Jameson
There used to be such a thing as a sick joke, or laughing at misfortune, because comedy and laughter are a way of coping. And there is a kind of cruelty to it, but you can separate finding something horrible funny, and what you really think of it.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell
But you are involved in the world, and your actions have consequences for other people, and if you don’t recognize that, then that’s the supreme kind of cruelty. Everyone shares someone else’s fate to some extent.
Malcolm Bradbury
Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use, and the regular exercise of choosing kindness over cruelty would change us.
Jonathan Safran Foer
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.
Brigitte Bardot
The cruelty of death lies in the fact that it brings the real sorrow of the end, but not the end. The greatest cruelty of death: an apparent end causes a real sorrow. Our salvation is death, but not this one.
Franz Kafka
The America that never cared or felt guilty about portraying us as undignified people on their television screen, or in some old history book that never stated truthfully the facts of our invasion or the cruelty we had to endure for generations.
Leonard Peltier
That slow poison [slavery] is daily contaminating the minds and morals of our people. Every gentlemen here is born a petty tyrant, practiced in acts of despotism and cruelty.
George Mason
Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.
Louis J. Camuti
Thinking about the fathomless cruelty with which man has treated his fellow man, but also ice cream.
Dov Davidoff
I have learned that neither kindness or cruelty by themselves, or independent of each other, create any effect beyond themselves.
Edward Albee
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
Peter Kay
It seems to me that a man who is incapable of humor is capable of cruelty.
Bette Greene
I think it’s a real gift to be faced with man’s potential for extreme cruelty but also man’s resilience and the fact that love really does conquer everything. It’s the only answer to these kinds of atrocities and it’s not a passive thing.
Lupita Nyong’o
“Sentimentalist” is the abuse with which people counter the accusation that they are cruel, thereby implying that to be sentimental is worse that to be cruel, which it isn’t.
Brigid Brophy
London has always been a haven for victims of cruelty, and been improved by them. Yet I can see it changing now. Outsiders are demonised, there are little bits of legislation, people are scared.
Emma Thompson
True benevolence or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.
Joseph Addison
I swore that I would not suffer from the world’s grief and the world’s stupidity and cruelty and injustice and I made my heart as hard in endurance as the nether millstone and my mind as a polished surface of steel. I no longer suffered, but enjoyment had passed away from me.
Sri Aurobindo
It is cruelty in war that buyeth conquest.
Philip Sidney
We took advantage of [the Indians’] ignorance and inexperience to incline them the more easily toward treachery, lewdness, avarice, and every sort of inhumanity and cruelty, after the example and pattern of our ways.
Michel de Montaigne
Inhumanity is caught from man, From smiling man.
Edward Young
These birds and animals and fish cannot speak, but they can suffer, and our God who created them, knows their sufferings, and will hold him who causes them to suffer unnecessarily to answer for it. It is a sin against their Creator.
George Q. Cannon
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
An animal is not cruel; it lives wholly in the instant leap on its prey, in the present taste of marrow or blood. Cruelty begins with the memory, and the pleasures of the memory are impure; they draw their strength along levels where no sun has reached.
Storm Jameson
Most animal experimentation is useless.
Henry Heimlich
The truth of the matter is the real story are the people who rise above all of this incredible cruelty. Otherwise that cruelty wins.
George Clooney
An artist who is too self-centered is liable to exhibit faults he abhors: carelessness, callousness, and even downright cruelty.
Eric Maisel
Cruelty is more cruell, if we defer the pain.
George Herbert
What makes [photography] obscene is its terrible cruelty. Happiness may be fleeting, but it’s the reason we go on living. Photography is the joy that precedes pain, the moment of life just before death.
Nobuyoshi Araki
If anyone has seen the horrific and unwatchable footage of the Chinese cat and dog trade – animals skinned alive – then they could not possibly argue in favour of China as a caring nation. There are no animal protection laws in China and this results in the worst animal abuse and cruelty on the planet. It is indefensible.
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.
George Eliot
Detested sport, That owes its pleasures to another’s pain.
William Cowper
If you hit a Talib, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty. You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education.
Malala Yousafzai
We can either see our circumstances as a set of random cruelties and then allow those hardships to turn us into bitter victims; or we can recognize the fact that, though we may never comprehend why hard things happen, they do, and when they do, we can reach for a larger purpose beyond the pain.
Amy Purdy