Quotation Explorer - 'Cruel'

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. - Immanuel Kant
Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths. - Moliere
Toward no crime have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief. - James Russell Lowell
And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms. - William Bradford
I must be cruel, only to be kind. - William Shakespeare
For he who sees a need but waits to be asked is already set on cruel refusal. - Dante Alighieri
I despise common sense. I’ve seen the world from every possible angle. This cruel, ridiculous, beautiful world. - Lacie Baskerville Pandora Hearts
In a cruel world kindness is certainly an unsafe virtue - Munia Khan
There are few uglier traits of human nature than this tendency—which I now witnessed in men no worse than their neighbours—to grow cruel, merely because they possessed the power of inflicting harm. - Nathaniel Hawthorne
No code of ethics and no effort are justifiable a priori in the face of the cruel mathematics that command our condition. - Albert Camus
The life is cruel death to me without you. - Veronica Franco
Poverty is often equated with liability. How cruel this world is? - Moutasem Algharati
I must be cruel, only to be kind:Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind. - William Shakespeare
To deny a developing mind access to its specialty is cruel. To judge one's worthiness in the specialties of others is equally inhuman.
Gossip and reputation make sure that what comes around-a person who is cruel will find that the others are cruel hack to him, and a person who is kind will find others are kind in return. Gossip paired with reciprocity allow karma to work here on earth, not in the next life. - Jonathan Haidt
10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction. - Susan Sontag
It's more cruel to give someone false hope than telling the bitter truth - Unknown
If you can't be liked being kind, then be hated being cruel. - Joshua Teya
Distributed file systems are a cruel hoax.
Dawn is a precious time of day. It reminds us that every glory must fade, and that all things, cruel or sweet, come to an end. - Simon Higgins
Nature is cruel and pitiless, so are successful states and people - Habyarimana Bangambiki
I don't know what's wrong with this world, but I do know what's right with it: Love. I have studied enough history to see that no matter how cruel the behavior of tyrants and no matter how dark the moments have been, Love has always prevailed. Always. - Steve Maraboli
The capacity of passion is both cruel and divine - George Sand
It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. - Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s much easier to be cruel than one might think. - Jonathan Safran Foer
I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me. - John Cleese
There are a lot of myths which make the human race cruel and barbarous and unkind. Good and Evil, Sin and Crime, Free Will and the like delusions made to excuse God for damning men and to excuse men for crucifying each other. - Clarence Darrow
This man has talent, that man geniusAnd here's the strange and cruel difference:Talent gives pence and his reward is gold,Genius gives gold and gets no more than pence. - W.H. Davies
The capacity for passion is both cruel and divine. - George Sand
Age is a cruel monster and time is no friend - Oluseyi Akinbami
The world could be a little less cruel, if we nurture each other while we grow; learn understanding while we transform and maintain a humble attitude whilst we succeed. - Nikki Rowe
War is cruel and you cannot refine it.
I don't believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals. - Gary Larson
If you want to make a difference, the next time you see someone being cruel to another human being, take it personally. Take it personally because it is personal. - Mavis Leno
There comes a moment in life when one must acknowledge that you just can't keep looking back into your past for reasons to keep someone in your present and future. Regardless of how much looking that cruel reality in the eye hurts...memories can't be enough. - Eiry Nieves
The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television. - Unknown
It is a relief to discover that although there might be axe murderers and kidnappers in the world, most people seem a lot like us: sometimes afraid and sometimes brave, sometimes cruel and sometimes kind. - Sharon Creech
Goodbye cruel world. - Gloria Shayne
People have many cruel expectations from writers. People expect novelists to live on a hill with three kids and a spouse, people expect children's story writers to never have sex, and people expect all great poets to be dead. And these are all very difficult expectations to fulfill, I think. - C. JoyBell C.
Looking back on it now, I'd say one's thirties are a cruel age. At this point, I think of them as a time I whiled away unaware of the tide that can suddenly pull you out, beyond the shallows, into the sea of hardship, and even death - Takashi Hiraide
After a cruel childhood, one must reinvent oneself. Then reimagine the world. - Mary Oliver
While boasting of our noble deeds we're careful to concealthe ugly fact that by an iniquitous money system we havenationalized a system of oppression which, though more refined,is not less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery. - Horace Greeley
It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late. - W. Somerset Maugham
All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership. - Ann Landers
Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves. - Albert Einstein
Be cruel to me , cause I'm a fool for you. - Alex Turner
He who makes fun of a short and fat man’s weight is much less cruel than he who makes fun of his height. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East -- you're as good as dead. - Elton John
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. - Anatole France
Man had created God in his own image, not the other way around. He had done it through sheer terror, and who could blame him? Unfortunately he had made too good a job. The god he had invented was just as cruel and careless as man himself. Not a deity to whom one should seriously address a prayer. - Richard Herley
But without wisdom, imagination is like a cruel taskmaster. - William Paul Young
Claudius, you're luckier than you realize. Guard your appointment jealously. Don't let anyone usurp it.""What do you mean, girl?""I mean that people don't kill their butts. They are cruel to them, they frighten them, they rob them, but they don't kill them. - Robert Graves
Behind everyday reality, there is a deeper reality so cruel that it condemns to death those who crime is no greater than the pursuit of their own curiosity.("Shem-El-Nessim: An Inspiration In Perfume") - Chris Bell
Never be cruel to anyone; no one deserves it. - Debasish Mridha
Humankind has turned to world into a cruel and inhospitable place. The thing that makes it all bearable is the potential for loving companionship. - Christopher Earle
Humankind has turned the world into a cruel and at times inhospitable place. The thing that makes it all bearable is the potential for loving companionship. - Christopher Earley
Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is nothing more remorseless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than truth. - William C. Redfield
Don't let a cruel word escape your mouth. There's no greater sin than breaking a heart. - Kamand Kojouri
The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another. - Albert Schweitzer
Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.
Hence it is clear how much more cruel the pen is than the sword. (Hinc Gham Sit Calmus Saevior Ense Patet) - Robert Burton
The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason. - Hunter S. Thompson
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it. - George Santayana
God works in mysterious, inefficient, and breathtakingly cruel ways. - Penn Jillette
But to go to school in a summer morn,O! It drives all joy away;Under a cruel eye outworn,The little ones spend the dayIn sighing and dismay. - William Blake
Open the doors of your heart and they will come…And for every cruel arrow,Sweet caresses of delirium alsoTo nourish your soul. - Scott Hastie
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. - Tennessee Williams
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion. - Edward Abbey
Nakao: Koizumi, I'm so sorry I said such cruel things.Otani: What's that?Nakao: The whispering of your heart. - Heikichi Nakao Otani
Ah, cruel fate, how swiftly joy and sorrow alternate! - Raimbaut de Vaqueyras
I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong. - Leo Rosten
When you feel life is getting too cruel and insensitive…Look for a newspaper or poor streets…You will automatically gain perspective and start loving your Life.~Kritika Sharma - Kritika Sharma
Soft feathers cannot make a cruel bird kind - Munia Khan
In all the works on pedagogy that ever I read and they have been many, big, and heavy I don't remember that any one has advocated a system of teaching by practical jokes, mostly cruel. That, however, describes the method of our great teacher, Experience. - Charles Sanders Peirce
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony. - Benjamin Britten
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. -, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924) - Anatole France
People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A stern discipline pervades all nature, which is a little cruel that it may be very kind. - Edmund Spenser
Words are drunk, the writer is sober;Priests are cruel, the butcher is noble. - Siddharth Bhatnagar
Fate had a cruel sense of humor. It had been all his fault, anyway, whatever Mick or Gillia told him. Careless preoccupation and utter stupidity. Boyhood ignorance and negligence. He was only getting what he deserved, over and over again, for the rest of his life. If only in his dreams. - V.S. Carnes
That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended - civilizations are built up - excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and the cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin. - C.S. Lewis
Folly is often more cruel in the consequences than malice can be in the intent. - Aldous Huxley
If you are distant and misanthropic, selfish or cruel, you will find yourself alone in life and death. - Ann Brashares
The fear that permeated every fiber of my being was relentless, it was cruel, and it was my best hope for getting through this. - Hiroshi Sakurazaka
CRUEL HARVEST by is a compelling, riveting, unforgetable memoir that will keep you turning the pages. Published by Thomas Nelson and due for release August 2012. Kidnapped from an orphanage Frances is dragged across the country working in the fields. Youtubefrangrubb to see video book trailer. - Fran Elizabeth Grubb
I was taught to follow the light, but the light got me lost, I was taught to see the light, but the light blinded my sight.It was the light who gave me judgment, and the judge was cruel and sick,I was taught to love the light, but darkness woke me up, and I was free. - Quetzal
If to be truthful is to be cruel, then lying must surely be an act of kindness. And so, kindness is a lie. - Hikigaya Hachiman
Reality is harsh. It can be cruel and ugly. Yet no matter how much we grieve over our environment and circumstances nothing will change. What is important is not to be defeated, to forge ahead bravely. If we do this, a path will open before us. - Daisaku Ikeda
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
I am not cruel —only truthful. - Sylvia Plath
Real life's nasty. It's cruel. It doesn't care about heroes and happy endings and the way things should be. In real life, bad things happen. People die. Fights are lost. Evil often wins. - Darren Shan
Rejection is one thing - but rejection from a fool is cruel. - Morrissey
Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh and cruel. But that's why there's us. Champions. It doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world was what it should be, to show it what it can be. - Joss Whedon
Fate is cruel but maybe not random. Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn't mean we have to bow and gravel to it. - Donna Tartt
I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind. - William Shakespeare
It's a cruel and random world, but the chaos is all so beautiful. - Hiromu Arakawa
War is a profession by which a man cannot live honorably; an employment by which the soldier, if he would reap any profit, is obliged to be false, rapacious, and cruel. - Niccolo Machiavelli
To revive sorrow is cruel. - Sophocles
Whenever people say "we mustn't be sentimental", you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, "we must be realistic", they mean they are going to make money out of it.
Nature is not cruel, pitiless, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous -- indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose. - Richard Dawkins
The rather difficult antagonists towards the Faith consist not nearly of the cruel and heartless, nihilistic intellectuals who hate God and humanity, but the well-meaning spirits who for the most part lack Spiritual understanding. - Criss Jami
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt. - Graham Greene
Cowards are cruel, but the brave Love mercy, and delight to save. - John Gay
We are faithful as long as we love, but youdemand faithfulness of a woman without love, and the giving ofherself without enjoyment. Who is cruel there--woman or man? - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
We are all doomed to seek our own happiness; we can't help ourselves. We are all, the cruel and the gentle alike, condemned to seeking that happiness in the dark. We use our need as the blind use a walking stick, to determine the safety of every forward step. - Jesse Browner
If one speaks or acts with a cruel mind, misery follows, as the cart follows the horse... If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows, as a shadow follows its source. - the Dhammapada
What if the actual sin was that despite the fact of knowing how cruel and unfair this world is; we still bring children to life? - Sandra Chami Kassis
The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter. - W. Somerset Maugham
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who love it. - George Santayana
A man who writes a story is forced to put into it the best of his knowledge and the best of his feeling. The discipline of the written word punishes stupidity and dishonesty. A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. - John Steinbeck
What cruel creatures men are. Our bodies tell us to love so many, but there's room in our hearts for so few. - Brian K. Vaughan
Freedom without the strength to support it and, if need be, defend it, would be a cruel delusion. And the strength to defend freedom can itself only come from widespread industrialisation and the infusion of modern science and technology into the country's economic life. - Jamsetji Tata
Every persisting marriage is based on fear', said Peregrine. 'Fear is fundamental, you dig down in human nature and what's at the bottom? Mean spiteful cruel self-regarding fear, whether it makes you to put the foot in it or whether it makes you to cower... - Iris Murdoch
Only love of a good woman will make a man question every choice, every action. Only love makes a warrior hesitate for fear that his lady will find him cruel. Only love makes a man both the best he will ever be, and the weakest. Sometimes all in the same moment. -Wicked - Laurell K. Hamilton
Please don´t drown into his fears, his concrete fists don´t let him again, break the bridge of your nose with his cruel born hits. Then disappear into that mask of misery. - Anthony Liccione
Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves. We lose as much to life as we do to death. - Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Life was indeed cruel; but it was better to glorify the Will than deny it. - John N. Gray
Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless. - Shannon L. Alder
That's why for you, you have the right to be cruel to me. No matter how much you make me worry or how much danger you put me in, just as much as you like. But these are not enough 'compensation.' Even if I have to sacrifice my left over life for you, I would not utter a word of complaint. - Matsuri Hino
It is the honey which makes us cruel enough to ignore the death of a bee - Munia Khan
Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. - Leo Buscaglia
Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it. - Mark Twain
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