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Revenge Quotes: 140+ Famous Quotes You Must Read

Revenge Quotes: 140+ Famous Quotes You Must Read

Sometimes you’ll meet people who will hurt you. Sometimes people who are close to you will hurt you.

That’s life, you never know who you can trust. 

Some people think that shouldn’t be an excuse for us to hurt someone else, while others think that we’ll find peace only in revenge.

No matter what your opinion about revenge is, you can find inspiration in revenge quotes

Below you will find our list of wise, famous, funny and inspirational quotes about revenge, so check it out. 

Famous revenge quotes

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1. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

2. “I will hurt you for this. I don’t know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.” – George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

3. “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

4. “Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” – Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian

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5. “Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can’t get away with screwing people over your whole life, I don’t care who you are. What goes around comes around. That’s how it works. Sooner or later the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve.” – Jessica Brody, The Karma Club

6. “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

7. “Revenge proves its own executioner.” – John Ford, The Broken Heart

8. “When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.” – Mary Higgins Clark

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9. “We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged” – Heinrich Heine

10. “People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

11. “When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself.” – Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

12. “Always stay gracious, the best revenge is your paper.” – Beyoncé

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13. “For as long as we harbor resentment or seek revenge, the wound of the offense is renewed. Why wound yourself further for someone’s offense.” – Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

14. “I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.” – Muhammad Ali, The Greatest My Own Story

15. “I don’t like it, but my hands are tied. I just want you to know this: if I ever get the chance to betray you, I will. If the opportunity arises to pay you back, I’ll take it. You’ll never be able to trust me.” – Darren Shan, A Living Nightmare

16. “Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.” – William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

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17. “An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.” – Kahlil Gibran

18. “To exact revenge for yourself or your friends is not only a right, it’s an absolute duty.” – Stieg Larsson

19. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” – Confucius

20. “But men often mistake killing and revenge for justice. They seldom have the stomach for justice.” – Robert Jordan

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21. “There is nothing worse than having an enemy who is a total loser. It’s incredibly frustrating when seeking revenge against one, because you come to the realization that there is really nothing you can do to make the person’s life worse than it already is. They have nothing to take, there is no way to screw them over if you have been their victim. It’s maddening.” – Ashly Lorenzana

22. “Live well. It is the greatest revenge.” – The Talmud

23. “Darkness… When everything that you know and love… is taken from you so harshly… all you can think about is anger, hatred, and even revenge… and no one can save you.” – Orochimaru

24. “The best revenge is living well.” – Jerry Seinfeld

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25. “Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.” – Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

26. “Revenge is like politics, one thing always leads to another until bad has become worse, and worse has become worst.” – Jonas Jonasson

27. “Revenge is Always Sweet, it’s the Aftertaste that’s Bitter.” – Joshua Caleb

28. “Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.” – Paul Gauguin

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29. “Revenge is not sweet; it is gloomy and a waste of time.” – Anna Bayes, Through His Lens

30. “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.” – Josh Billings

31. “There is no such thing as justice, all the best that we can hope for is revenge.” – Emilie Autumn

32. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a burn for a burn, a life for a life, that’s how all this got started, and that’s how it’s going to end.” – Jenny Han, Fire with Fire

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33. “Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.” – Benjamin Franklin

34. “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” – Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

35. “Revenge is like sex, Mister Dresden. It’s best when it comes on slow, quiet, until it all seems inexorable.” – Jim Butcher, Grave Peril

36. “Justice is about making them pay for [her] pain. Revenge is making them pay for yours.” – Erica O’Rourke, Torn

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37. “Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.” – Francis Bacon

38. “A need for revenge can burn long and hot. Especially if every glance in a mirror reinforces it.” – Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

39. “We learn our lessons; we get hurt; we want revenge. Then we realize that actually, happiness and forgiving people is the best revenge.” – Madonna

40. “I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I’ve come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end…” – Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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41. “Justice, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Some see an innocent victim. Others will see evil incarnate getting exactly what’s deserved.” – Emily Thorne

42. “Revenge is the act of passion; vengeance of justice.” – Samuel Johnson

43. “She’d said that revenge was not sweet, that it was bloody. She was wrong. It *was* sweet. For one fleeting, glorious moment you felt incredible satisfaction. Then it was gone, empty, and you had to go on living. The power high that filled me with her light had faded, and all I tasted now were bitter ashes.” – Sunny, Mona Lisa Blossoming

44. “There is nothing wrong with revenge. The wrong has already been done, or there would be no need to even the score.” – Ashly Lorenzana

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45. “But I want to be better than the lessons they taught me. I want my love to be greater than my hate, my mercy to be stronger than my vengeance.” – Amy Engel, The Book of Ivy

46. “If I ask God to punish my enemy with vengeful prayers, then He is fair to allow the enemy to do the same for me.” – Toba Beta

47. “Success is the best revenge.” – Kanye West

48. “Revenge is never the answer.” – Kasie West, The Fill-In Boyfriend

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49. “Do not seek power for revenge. Seek power in order to avoid situations that would make you want revenge.” – Salla Simukka, As Red as Blood

50. “Revenge is an infection of the spirit.” – Jonathan Maberry, Rot & Ruin

51. “Two wrongs don’t make a right, but neither does one. Revenge may seem petty by day, but on some nights she becomes Justice.” – Ashly Lorenzana

52. “If karma doesn’t catch up, God will surely pick up the slack.” – Anthony Liccione

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53. “Revenge is self-defeating. It will eat away you until there is nothing left.” – Chris Bradford, The Way of the Warrior

54. “Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.” – Scott Adams

55. “It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

56. “Once bitten twice shy? Sure, but… why not get a bigger dog and bite them back?” – A.A. Bell, Hindsight

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57. “I want revenge, but I don’t want to screw up my karma.” – Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

58. “I have found that there are two ways of dealing with men. Either you treat them with respect, or you kill them. Anything in between merely breeds resentment and the desire for revenge.” – Paul Kearney

59. “An eye for an eye is never enough. Never, never, never.” – Adrian Phoenix

60. “Funny thing about revenge. It could make a killer out of a nun.” – Kevis Hendrickson

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61. “My father’s answer was revenge–has always been revenge–and the outcome was just, but not better. Nothing is fixed.” – Brenna Yovanoff, The Space Between

62. “The old law about an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

63. “I’ve learned that from a war ignited by revenge, nothing can be born, but sorrow.” – Shinobu Ohtaka

64. “Vengeance is a monster of appetite, forever bloodthirsty and never filled.” – Richelle E. Goodrich, The Tarishe Curse

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65. “For the righteous, the revelation is a joyous event, the realization of a divine truth. But for the wicked, revelations can be far more terrifying, when dark secrets are exposed and sinners are punished for their trespasses.” – Emily Thorne

66. “Revenge writing is a female genre. Men who have been left by women or made cuckolds by rivals either lick their wounds in humiliated silence or start the Trojan Wars. Having no other power or public voice, the betrayed woman reaches for her pen.” – Frances Wilson, The Courtesan’s Revenge

67. “If you have to injure someone, then make it so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” – Michael Scott

68. “I won’t argue with you, but still it’s secretly turning me into a hateful person. I figure that the best revenge, though, is to leave people to their own devices, and they will make their own lives hell.” – Deedee Ramone

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69. “Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim.” – Emil Cioran

70. “Every blade has two edges; he who wounds with one wounds himself with the other.” – Victor Hugo

71. “Revenge is not worthy of you. If you concentrate on revenge, you will keep those wounds fresh that would otherwise have healed.” – Adeline Yen Mah

72. “Revenge in the hands of your enemies is a loaded gun. You can beg them for mercy, wave the white flag of surrender, but the only true elixir for the vitriol they bestow is a measure of hatred dispensed of your own.” – Addison Moore, Wicked

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73. “Revenge is a dish best eaten cold and there is no sweeter dish than outliving an enemy.” – Don Darkes, 6692 Pisces the Sailfish

74. “So revenge is obviously a deeply messed-up expression of vindictiveness. It is hard to even call it “evil.” It is just plain insanity. A result of deeply messed-up thinking.” – Venkatesh G. Rao, Be Slightly Evil: A Playbook for Sociopaths

75. “Revenge,’ he said, ‘is a human invention. It serves no purpose.” – John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Old Dreams Die

76. “I neither revenge nor forgive, I just choose to ignore.” – Irfa Rahat

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77. “By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing over it, he is superior.” – Francis Bacon

78. “”There are six reasons anyone does anything: Love. Faith. Greed. Boredom. Fear…” he said, ticking them off on his fingers; but he lingered on the last, drawing a deep breath before he said, “Revenge.”” – Ally Carter, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

79. “Revenge is what I want. Nothing but pure unadulterated revenge. But my mother brought me up to be a lady.” – J.P. Donleavy, The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms: The Chronicle Of One Of The Strangest Stories Ever To Be Rumoured About Around New York

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80. “When it comes to world news, attitude is what marks the distinction between justice and vengeance. Justice is pure, but vengeance brings more ruin.” – Criss Jami, Killosophy

81. “Only remember this: to seek justice is a good and noble thing, to seek revenge out of hatred is something that will devour your very soul.” – James Mace

82. “If you seek revenge, it means you’re scared or you feel guilty for what happened in some way. It’s okay to be angry with someone, but don’t think about revenge. It’s like a disease that eats you up.” – David Miller

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83. “Spending plenty of time on something can be the most sophisticated form of revenge.” – Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

84. “If you want a revenge, don’t hold it. It poisons you. Either you just let the grudge go, or make him chary.” – Toba Beta

85. “Justice belongs to those who claim it, but let the claimant beware lest he create new injustice by his claim and thus set the bloody pendulum of revenge into its inexorable motion.” – Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment

86. “Not only is revenge an empty meal no matter what temperature it’s served at, it is also a meal that is not guaranteed to us outside of storybooks, no matter how valid our claim or desire for it.” – Mark Lawrence, Road Brothers

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87. “When I want to get revenge with someone, I treat them with unexpected kindness. It is the greatest feeling ever.” – Charmaine J. Forde

88. “Revenge gets you nowhere and achieves nothing. It only satisfies the flesh. Let it go.” – Dele Andersen, The Healing Méndez

89. “The best form of revenge is to disappoint the offender who will be gratified by making you a disciple in duplicating evil.” – Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty ‘n’ Worthy African Proverbs – Volume 1

90. “The best revenge, if ya gotta have it, is sweet success.” – Tripsy South, Suicide Tango

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91. “Anything worth having is hard to get, therefore – anything worth losing is hard to let go. Success is revenge.” – DeMario Cash, Cashampioness: How To Achieve The Unlimited Potential Within You

92. “If you feel like you need revenge, getting it won’t help you.” – Steve Maraboli

93. “Writing poems is the best revenge.” – Christina Strigas

94. “I believe in revenge… I’ve lost faith in many things over the years, but not that.” – Kate Quinn, The Alice Network

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95. “The silence of wise people means keeping away from certain things. The silence of the flawed people means waiting for revenge.” – Ehsan Sehgal

96. “Revenge is weak when provocation is the reason to prepare us strong for any battle.” – Alan Maiccon

97. “Loyalty feeds my passion for revenge.” – Robert Black

98. “Nothing will bring me peace except revenge.” – Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

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99. “Revenge provokes revenge which provokes revenge which provokes revenge – forming an unbroken chain of death and destruction linking nations of today to barbarous tribes of thousands and thousands of years ago.” – Kurt Vonnegut

100. “Wronging someone doesn’t right them. Leave vengeance. Don’t become what you hate. Instead, lead by example.” – Akiroq Brost

101. “I don’t seek revenge because the karma bus always arrives on time.” – Fuad Alakbarov

102. “When you repay evil with evil, you become evil.” – Wayne Gerard Trotman

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103. “If only revenge had the power to bring peace.” – Shweta Grewal

104. “The most deceptive thing about revenge is in thinking that we’re not hurt by it, when in fact we’re the ones most hurt by it.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

105. “If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.” – William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

106. “Revenge, I’ve come to learn, is not impulsive, or reactionary, or blind. It’s calculating, patient, and observant. And if it’s going to work, the timing must be perfect.” – Dawn Klehr, If You Wrong Us

107. “Anger is a mischievous destroyer of you, for it contains the particles of revenge.” – Yash Thakur 

Love revenge quotes

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1. “If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” – Shannon L. Alder

2. “Revenge is the smoothest medicine you can apply on your emotional wounds.” – Saurav L. Chaudhari, The Chords of Vengeance: A Reign of Oblivious Classism

3. “Anger doesn’t make things easier. Tears don’t bring back what has been gone. That’s why a smile is always the best revenge.” – Unknown

4. “No need for revenge – Just sit back and wait… Those that hurt you will eventually screw up all by themselves and if you are lucky, God will let you watch.” – Anthony B. Atwam, Priorities of Life: Setting Your Priorities Right

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5. “Deep malevolence is the mother of revenge, a messed-up way of thinking that is even hard to call evil.” – Unknown

6. “You are only opening your heart out to the one who hurt you if you waste your time thinking that they will suffer the consequences of hurting your heart.” – Unknown

7. “Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.” – Euripides, Medea

8. “The best revenge is showing them that life is better after they’re gone.” – Nitya Prakash

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9. “Revenge of a loving female heart – the most dangerous phenomenon in the universe. You can easily make her a cruel barbarian by carelessly touching that heart.” – Elmar Hussein

10. “She smiles at our husband as she moves, and he blushes, overcome by her beauty. But I know what her smile really means…Her smile is her revenge.” – Lauren DeStefano, Wither

11. “Best revenge? Smile, be happy, never let them know it hurt..” – Unknown

12. “Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.” – Albert Einstein.

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13. “You are not permitted to kill a woman who has wronged you, but nothing forbids you to reflect that she is growing older every minute.” – Ambrose Bierce

14. “Forgive and forget. Not revenge and regret.” – Unknown

15. “The energy spent trying to get revenge can be better spent creating an amazing life. Forget about them. Remember you.” – Thema Davis

16. “In revenge and in love woman is more barbaric than man is.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Revenge quotes from Hamlet

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Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. However, it’s not just an ordinary play where the protagonist fights with his enemies and dies at the end. 

It’s a play about a revenging hero who plans his vengeance in a strange way. He truly believes that only revenge can bring him peace and he is ready to achieve it no matter what.

Here are some revenge quotes from that play that you might find inspirational.

1. “I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”

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2. “How all occasions do inform against me, And spur my dull revenge.”

3. “And so he goes to heaven. And so am I revenged. —That would be scanned. A villain kills my father, and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven.”

4. “Haste me to know ‘t, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge.”

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5. “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.”

6. “Revenge should have no bounds.”

7. “O, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!”

8. “I dare damnation: To this point I stand, That both the worlds I give to negligence, Let come what comes; only I’ll be revenged, Most thoroughly for my father.” 

Funny quotes about revenge

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1. “Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.” – Ivana Trump

2. “Revenge is a dish best served published!” – Lisa Kovanda

3. “Revenge is a dish best served with sharp cutlery!” – Greg Curtis

4. “The karma train moves slowly but it will get to you in the end. Make sure you’re at the station and not playing on the tracks!” – Unknown 

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5. “Dear karma, please let me catch a break before I actually have a breakdown.” – Unknown

6. “The pleasure of revenge is like the pleasure of eating chalk and coals.” – Jeremy Taylor 

7. “You call it revenge? Well, I call it returning the favor because it sounds nicer.” – Unknown

8. “Revenge is not how I do things, but accidents will happen.” – Unknown

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9. “Let the man who stole your partner keep them; it is the best revenge.” – Unknown 

10. “Karma is the best revenge. It has no problem getting back in touch with you when needed.” – Unknown 

11. “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” – Alfred Hitchcock

You shouldn’t worry about people who have done you wrong and don’twaste your time seeking revenge against those who hurt you. One thing is for sure—karma will do the payback for you

We hope you liked our collection of famous revenge quotes and that you found some of them helpful too. Now, it’s up to you to decide whether seeking revenge is a good or bad thing for you.

Revenge Quotes: 140+ Famous Quotes You Must Read