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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!
  • It is not linen you're wearing out,
    But human creatures' lives.
  • 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.
  • Men so noble,
    However faulty, yet should find respect
    For what they have been; 'tis a cruelty
    To load a falling man.
  • 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!"
  • 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.

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