Torture is any act by which severe pain, whether physical or psychological, is intentionally inflicted on a person as a means of intimidation, a deterrent, revenge, a punishment, or as a method for the extraction of information or confessions.


  • Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?
    • Albert Camus, at the Dominican Monastery of Latour-Maubourg (1948); reported in Resistance, Rebellion and Death (translation by Justin O'Brien, 1961), p. 73.
  • Love the others and you will be loved!” is a saying that might sound as a terrible and unjust accusation against all the innocents that have been hated and perhaps even tortured and killed.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Writings by Fausto Cercignani, 2014, quote 58.
  • I want to make sure that if my government ever does this horrible, terrible, extraordinary thing, that somebody takes responsibility for it and that it be out there in the open and subject to accountability. … Though I understand the danger of legitimating something that should not be legitimated, on balance in a democracy, I prefer accountability.
  • Renfield: I'm loyal to you, Master, I am your slave, I didn't betray you! Oh, no, don't! Don't kill me! Let me live, please! Punish me, torture me, but let me live! I can't die with all those lives on my conscience! All that blood on my hands!
  • Snake: Forgive me. Damn! I gave into my fear. I gave into my pain. I sold your life to save my own... I'm a loser. I'm not the hero you thought I was. I'm nothing! Meryl, I'm sorry! Forgive me.
Otacon: Meryl can't forgive anyone anymore.
Snake: Meryl? Meryl!?
Meryl: Uh, Uh, uhnnn... Snake? Is that you? Snake! You're alive! Thank God!
Snake: Meryl? Meryl, are you okay?
Meryl: Are you okay... Is that all you can say?
Snake: Meryl, it must have been terrible...
Meryl: It wasn't that bad. I didn't give in to the torture.
Snake: Torture?
Meryl:...And things even worse than that... I was fighting too. Just like you.
Snake: You're a strong woman.
Meryl: Fighting them... made me feel closer to you. I felt like you were there with me. It gave me the strength to go on. But I was scared.
Snake: ...I'm sorry.
Meryl: Don't say that... But it made me realize something. During all the pain and shame there was one thing I was sure of... a single hope that I held onto... And that hope kept me alive... Snake, I wanted to see you again...
  • Metal Gear Solid written by Hideo Kojima, Tomokazu Fukushima
  • Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: [looks back, laughing] No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die! There's nothing you can talk to me about that I don't already know!
  • Gold Finger screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn, based of the novel by Ian Fleming
  • Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God's name don't torture me!" For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you impure spirit!" 9Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."
    • Mark 5:5-9
  • There are one or two rules of thumb which are useful in distinguishing sadism from exciting adventure in the comics. Threat of torture is harmless, but when the torture it’s self is shown it becomes sadism. When a lovely heroine is show bound to the stake, comics followers are sure that the rescue will arrive just in the nick of time. The readers wish is to see save the girl, not to see her suffer. A bound or chained person does not suffer even embarrassment in the comics, and the reader, therefore is not being taught to enjoy suffering.
    • William Moulton Marston as quoted in Olive Richard Bryne's, "Don't laugh at the comics" Family Circle, Oct 25, 1940.
  • Stripped of its bizarre excesses, Cameron's experiments, building upon Donald O. Hebb's earlier breakthrough, laid the scientific foundation for the CIA's two-stage psychological torture method.
  • Alfred W. McCoy, as quoted by Klein, N., "The Shock Doctrine", p. 41, Metropolitan Books, New York, 2007
  • They were tortured. My mom. My dad. My sister. It wasn’t the Doctor’s fault, but... you need to be careful. Cos you know the Doctor. He’s wonderful. He’s brilliant. But he’s like fire. Stand too close and people get burnt.
    • Doctor Who The Sontaran Stratagem written by Helen Raynor
  • I mentioned to one of the gaolers my sense of this hardship, as an obstinate guilty person might deny the truth, whilst an innocent one, less courageous, might very readily, to relieve himself from such a state of misery, make a false confession. His answer was laconic: "Lago confess" … "They soon confess."
  • [Tony calls Hesh]
Hesh Rabkin: Yeah.
Tony Soprano: I'm here with my non-shellfish eatin' friend. I gotta tell you somethin', I'm tapped out. This guy won't listen to reason.
Hesh Rabkin: Didn't I tell you, huh? Didn't I warn you to keep away from those fanatics?
Tony Soprano: He's leaving me no options. This guy's willing to go down with the ship like no man I've ever seen.
Hesh Rabkin: Here's a thought... Maybe he's willing to go to the world to come, but if he's stuck here on this earth, I know one thing that no man wants to go through life without.
Tony Soprano: What? Oh. That's a fuckin' brilliant idea.
Hesh Rabkin: Make like a mohel, huh? Finish his bris.
Tony Soprano: Yeah. [hangs up] Paulie! Get the bolt cutters from out of the trunk! Ariel, we're goin' to Plan B.
  • Torture is senseless violence, born in fear... torture costs human lives but does not save them. We would almost be too lucky if these crimes were the work of savages: the truth is that torture makes torturers.
  • Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles. He saved hundreds of thousands of lives, are you going to convict Jack Bauer? Say that criminal law is against him? 'You have the right to a jury trial?' Is any jury going to convict Jack Bauer? I don't think so."
    • Antonin Scalia citing the television program 24 to support torture.[1] Last Week Tonight (06-15-15).
  • Dalek: I am in pain. They torture me, but still they fear me. Do you fear me?
Rose: No.
Dalek: I am dying.
Rose: No, we can help.
Dalek: I welcome death. But I am glad that before I die I have met a human who was not afraid.
Rose: Isn't there anything I can do?
Dalek: My race is dead, and I shall die alone.
  • The one thing we know about torture is that it was never designed in the first place to get at the actual truth of anything; it was designed in the darkest days of human history to produce false confessions in order to annihilate political and religious dissidents. And that is how it always works: it gets confessions regardless of their accuracy.
  • Mitarai: Have you ever seen hundreds of frightened people, waiting in line to be killed in a camp? Have you seen horsemen raid and destroy a village, dancing on the bodies of their victims while singing happy songs? Have you ever seen a gigantic bomb wipe away millions who have never even picked up a weapon?! A civil war, where a mom is hacked down in front of her child, or a child in front of his mom. And the soldier...breaking up a family who loves each other, leading them into a fire...and his eyes enjoying the torture.
  • Tyler Durden: Wrap it around the top of his hackie-sack.
Bob: Man, his balls are ice cold.
[Ricky produces a knfe, moves it down to Jacob's testicles. Jacobs is bug-eyed. Jack, red-faced, keeps his distance.]
Tyler: You're not going to continue your "rigorous investigation." You will publicly state that there is no underground group. Or -- imagine, the rest of your life with your scrotum flapping empty.
Commissioner Jacobs:(mouth taped)... no... please, no...
  • Jig Saw: What would you have done five years ago? Would you have followed the manual then? Would you have broken my jaw with a flashlight?

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