Cruelty can be described as indifference to suffering, and even positive pleasure in inflicting it. Sadism can also be related to this form of action or concept.
- Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
- Robert Burns, Man Was Made to Mourn (1786).
- Detested sport,
That owes its pleasures to another's pain.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book III, line 326.
- It is the law of life that if you are kind to someone you feel happy. If you are cruel you are unhappy. And if you hurt someone, you will be hurt back.
- It is not linen you're wearing out,
But human creatures' lives.
- Thomas Hood, Song of the Shirt (1843).
- Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.
- David Hume, The History of England, (1754-62), Volume I, Chapter LXII.
- The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, History of England (1849-1861), Volume I, Chapter II.
- I must be cruel, only to be kind.
- Men so noble,
However faulty, yet should find respect
For what they have been; 'tis a cruelty
To load a falling man.
- See what a rent the envious Casca made.
- You are the cruell'st she alive,
If you will lead these graces to the grave
And leave the world no copy.
- If ever henceforth thou
These rural latches to his entrance open,
Or hoop his body more with thy embraces,
I will devise a death as cruel for thee
As thou art tender to't.
- Inhumanity is caught from man,
From smiling man.
- Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night V, line 158.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 152-53.
- Contre les rebelles c'est cruauté que d'estre humain, et humanité d'estre cruel.
- It is cruelty to be humane to rebels, and humanity is cruelty.
- Attributed to Charles IX; according to M. Fournier, an expression taken from a sermon of Corneille Muis, Bishop of Bitoute. Used by Catherine De Medicis.
- An angel with a trumpet said,
"Forever more, forever more,
The reign of violence is o'er!"
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Occultation of Orion, Stanza 6.
- Je voudrais bien voir la grimace qu'il fait à cette heure sur cet échafaud.
- I would love to see the grimace he [Marquis de Cinq-Mars] is now making on the scaffold.
- Louis XIII; see Histoire de Louis XIII, IV, p. 416.
- Gaudensque viam fecisse ruina.
- He rejoices to have made his way by ruin.
- Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia, I. 150.