Quotes: Vengeance, Revenge

(revenge may be sweet except for the one on the receiving end)

revenge (verb), revenges; revenged; revenging
To inflict punishment in return for an injury or an insult: "Even though Jim paid the waiter, he revenged the humiliation that he suffered from the accusation that he didn't pay for the meal by never going to that restaurant again."
vengeance (VEN juhns) (s) (noun), vengeances (pl)
1. Infliction of punishment in return for a wrong committed; retribution: Angry protestors in the country want to inflict vengeance on the president for sending snipers to shoot and to kill so many rebels who were demonstrating against the government.

Henry attacked his sister's husband to get vengeance for her murder.

2. With great force or effort: The winter storm struck with a vengeance, destroying many trees and homes.

Sharon set to work with a vengeance and finished her assignment in three hours instead of the usual eight hours.

3. Etymology: from Anglo-French vengeaunce, Old French vengeance, "revenge"; from vengier, "to take revenge"; from Latin vindicare, "to set free, to claim, to avenge".
Punishment inflicted in return for an offense or injury.
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An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
—Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
—W. H. Chapin

Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.
—Walter Weckler

Revenge is a form of behavior which shows that you can never get ahead of a person by trying to get even with him.
—Evan Esar

Revenge does not long remain unrevenged.
—German Proverb

A fitting revenge is paying your doctor bill with a check signed illegibly.
—E. C. McKenzie

Vengeance is a dish that should be eaten cold.
—English Proverb

If revenge is sweet, why does it leave such a bitter taste?
—E. C. McKenzie

Revenge is the sword that wounds the one who wields it.
—E. C. McKenzie

Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.
—Austin O’Malley (1858-1932) U.S. physician and writer

A rude customer gave an airline employee at the check-in counter a hard time, criticizing everything, before he left in a huff. The next in line sympathetically commented about the airline employee’s ordeal. “Oh, don’t worry about it,” replied the checker. “He’s flying to Los Angeles, but his baggage will be going to Toronto, Canada.”
—Author is unknown

Before you set out for revenge, be sure to dig two graves.
—Chinese Proverb

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