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Revenge Quotes to Help us See the Big Picture

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Our latest collection of revenge quotes on Everyday Power.

In life, people will always enjoy hurting others.

Whether physically or mentally, it’s part of human nature for other people to want to hurt you.

As you climb up the ladder of success, you’ll meet different kinds of people, many of whom will try to bring you down.

You’ll meet people who will hate you and say negative things to you.

However, it’s upon you whether or not they hurt you.

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A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that 80% of individuals who engaged in revenge reported feeling more negative emotions afterward, including guilt and shame.

This statistic suggests that seeking revenge may not be as satisfying as one may expect, and it may lead to further negative emotions.

Despite the negative things people may try to do or say to you, you should keep focusing on creating the life of your dreams.

You should care less about their dislike of you because most people shouldn’t really matter to you.

People will look down on you because they think you can’t make it.

They believe that you’re bound to fail.

If you really want to get back at them, achieve the success they laughed at you for thinking you could achieve.

Here are some insightful revenge quotes to remind you that the best way of getting back at people is by living the life of your dreams.

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Revenge quotes to help us see the big picture

According to a survey conducted by OnePoll, the most common forms of revenge are gossiping about the person (51%), ignoring them (47%), and spreading rumors (43%).

This statistic shows that revenge doesn’t always have to be physical or overtly aggressive, and it can take many forms.

1. “The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.” – Eddie Vedder 

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2. “Neglect kills injuries, revenge increases them.” – Ben Franklin

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

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

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5. “It is commonly said that revenge is sweet, but to a calm and considerate mind, patience and forgiveness are sweeter.” – Isaac Burrow

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6. “To seek greatness is the only righteous vengeance.” ― Criss Jami

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7. “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

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8. “Revenge is not sweet; it is gloomy and a waste of time.” ― Anna Bayes

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9. “Always stay gracious, the best revenge is your paper.” – Beyonce

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10. “A man who contemplates revenge keeps his wounds green.” – Francis Bacon

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A study published in the journal Aggressive Behavior found that individuals who believed in the concept of “an eye for an eye” were more likely to engage in retaliatory behavior.

This finding suggests that one’s beliefs about justice and revenge can influence their behavior and how one responds to perceived injustices.

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

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

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13. “Revenge proves its own executioner.” ― John Ford

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14. “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”—Anne Lamott

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15. “Revenge can only be found on the road to self-destruction.”—Wayne Gerard Trotman

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16. “Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim.”—Emile M. Cioran

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17. “Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.” – Samuel Johnson

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18. “Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.” – AUSTIN O’MALLEY

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19. “Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind.” – Juvenal

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20. “The best revenge is to show them that your life is getting better after they’re gone.”– Nishan Panwar

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According to a survey conducted by YouGov, nearly 40% of Americans have sought revenge on someone, and 61% of them said they felt satisfied with the outcome.

The desire for revenge is a common human emotion, and finding healthy ways to express it can be cathartic.

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

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22. “Living well is the best revenge.” – George Herbert

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23. “Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.”—William Makepeace Thackeray

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24. “He that has revenge in his power, and does not use it, is the greater man.” – WELLINS CALCOTT

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25. “Revenge is not a noble sentiment, but it is a human one.”—Rudy Giuliani

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26. “Revenge is what I want. Nothing but pure unadulterated revenge. But my mother brought me up to be a lady.”—J. P. Donleavy

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27. “The man who seeks revenge digs two graves.” – Ken Kesey

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

29. “A need for revenge can burn long and hot. Especially if every glance in a mirror reinforces it.”― Suzanne Collins

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30. “The soul of mercy is better than a soul that is revengeful.”– Angelina Elise

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According to a study conducted by the University of Kentucky, revenge can provide a sense of justice and make individuals feel empowered.

This finding suggests that revenge can be a motivating factor for individuals to take action and assert themselves in situations where they feel wronged or oppressed.

31. “Revenge is never the answer”― Kasie West

32. “Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.” – SCOTT ADAMS

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33. “Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair.” –Friedrich Schiller

34. “Revenge is an infection of the spirit.”― Jonathan Maberry

35. “Success is the best revenge.”― Kanye West

36. “Revenge is backward looking, whereas rationality is forward looking — so the two fail to engage.” – Alan Hamlin

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

38. “I want revenge, but I don’t want to screw up my karma.” ― Susane Colasanti

39. “Revenge is the infliction of pain, in consequence of the neglect or violation of duty.” – ELHANAN WINCHESTER

40. “I’ve learned that from a war ignited by revenge, nothing can be born, but sorrow. – Aladdin” ― Shinobu Ohtaka
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A survey conducted by YouGov found that 41% of Americans believe that revenge is sometimes justified.

This statistic can help to demonstrate that the desire for revenge is not uncommon and that many individuals may find solace in quotes that encourage them to take action in seeking revenge.

41. “A man who desires revenge should dig two graves.” – Unknown

42. “Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” ― Walter Scott

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

44. “An eye for an eye is never enough. Never, never, never.”—Adrian Phoenix

45. “While seeking revenge, dig two graves—one for yourself.”—Douglas Horton

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46. “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

47. “Revenge is never the best driver for a battle, but a common one.” – Janet Morris

48. “Revenge has its own special taste.”– Job

49. “Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist.” – Max Lucado

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

Insightful Revenge quotes

51. “The best revenge, if ya gotta have it, is sweet success.”― Tripsy South

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

53. “Writing poems is the best revenge.”― Christina Strigas

54. “When you repay evil with evil, you become evil.”― Wayne Gerard Trotman

55. “The most deceptive thing about revenge is in thinking that we’re not hurt by it, when in fact we’re the one’s most hurt by it.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

56. “I don’t seek revenge because the karma bus always arrives on time.”― Fuad Alakbarov
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57. “Inner peace is best achieved when you realize the best revenge is no revenge”― Joe Mehl

58. “The best revenge in life is living.”― Melissa McPhail

59. “Revenge is sweet but not nourishing.”― Mason Cooley

60. “Revenge is an orphan in bad company she had learnt. Until it accepts the truth, it may never find grace.”― Sanchit Gupta

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61. “The greatest form of retaliation is not loving your enemy but ignoring them.”― Bongha Lee

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

63. “Loyalty feeds my passion for revenge.”― Robert Black

64. “If only, revenge had the power to bring peace.”― Shweta Grewal

65. “Revenge is empty.”― K. Weikel

66. “In a nutshell, revenge cannot reverse the loss.”― Marina Cantacuzino

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67. “For the Christian, revenge is a dish best not served at all.”― Todd Stocker

68. “Revenge itself may indeed be the best revenge, but slaying one’s enemy does not give back what they stole.”― Emilie Autumn
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69. “However miserable you make us, we shall still have the revenge of thinking that your cruelty arises from your greater misery.”― Emily Brontë

70. “A merciful heart beats contently stronger than many vengeful ones.”― Munia Khan

Thought-provoking revenge quotes

71. “He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself.” — Aesop

72. “The noblest revenge is to forgive.”– Thomas Fuller

73. “Revenge is a confession of pain.” — Latin Proverb

74. “Success is the best revenge for anything. Keep your head down and work hard to achieve.” – Ed Sheeran

75. “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

76. “There is no need for revenge. Living happily ever after is a sign that you have not let the past beat you.” – Leon Brown

77. “Don’t waste time on revenge. The people who hurt you will eventually face their own karma.” – Unknown

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78. “Living well eliminates the need for revenge.” – Kanye West

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

80. “Real revenge is making something of yourself.” – Gerard Way

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

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

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

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

85. “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

86. “Perish the universe, provided I have my revenge!” – Cyrano de Bergerac

87. “Revenge is a dish best eaten cold and there is no sweeter dish than outliving an enemy.” – Don Darkes

88. “I neither revenge nor forgive, I just choose to ignore.” – Irfan Rahat

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

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

Other revenge quotes and sayings

91. “I don’t want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.” – Malala Yousafzai

92. “Spending plenty of time on something can be the most sophisticated form of revenge.” – Haruki Murakami

93. “But the best revenge for naysayers is living well. And living well is doing your job and taking care of your family.” – Jalen Rose

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

95. “A lot of horrible, unfair, untrue things have been said about me. I can only say that the best revenge is success.” – Kate Moss

96. “The best revenge in the world is success.” – Suge Knight

97. “Anything worth having is hard to get, therefore – anything worth losing is hard to let go. Success is revenge.” – DeMario Cash

98. “Why seek revenge? Karma is going to get the bastards anyway.” – Ajahn Brahm

99. “Education is the best revenge.” – Khalid Masood

100. “The best revenge you can have on intellectuals is to be madly happy.” – Albert Camus

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101. “Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.” — Ivana Trump

102. “The best revenge is massive success.” — Frank Sinatra

103. “Our revenge will be the laughter of our children.” — Bobby Sands

104. “Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.” — Patricia Cornwell

105. “When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.” — Sacha Guitry

106. “Revenge and retaliation always perpetuate the cycle of anger, fear and violence.” — Coretta Scott King

107. “Instead of a man of peace and love, I have become a man of violence and revenge.” — Hiawatha

108. “Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

109. “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” — William Shakespeare

110. “Revenge… is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.” — Jeremy Taylor

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111. “The paradox of vengefulness is that it makes men dependent upon those who have harmed them, believing that their release from pain will come only when their tormentors suffer.” Laura Hillenbrand

112. “I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.” – John Steinbeck

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113. “The way of revenge lies simply in forcing one’s way into a place and being cut down. There is no shame in this. By thinking you must complete the job you will run out of time.” Yamamoto Tsunetomo

114. “The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.” William Shakespeare

115. “The nearer I approached to your habitation, the more deeply did I feel the spirit of revenge enkindled in my heart.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

116. “Oh, God,” said Monte Cristo, “your vengeance may sometimes be slow in coming, but I think that then it is all the more complete.” Alexander Dumas

117. “Could all be lies. Could all be part of revenge scheme, planned during his decade behind bars. But if true, then what? […] Never mind. Answers soon. Nothing is insoluble.” – Alan Moore

118. “Our revenge will be achieved not through subjugation but by contagion.” – James Luceno

119. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!” – William Goldman

120. “Consider none your superior, whatever their rank or station in life. Treat all fairly, or they will seek revenge.” – Christopher Paolini

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121. “The greatest revenge is massive success.” — Les Brown

122. “Everyone knows revenge is a dish best served when you’ve had enough time to build up enough vitriol and fury.” — Sophie Kinsella

123. “Revenge. They took too much. You give up and die, or learn how to take back.” — Karen Marie Moning

124. “Revenge is a meal best served cold.” — Denzel Washington

125. “Revenge feels right only to those directly involved. Justice feels right even to outsiders.” — Marilyn vos Savant

126. “The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.” — William Shakespeare

127. “Revenge is just a really good drive for drama and good action.” — Niels Arden Oplev

128. “One ingredient of revenge is always pride.” — Eleanor Dark

129. “The more I think about it, the more I believe there has to be a subtle yet satisfying method of revenge.” — Ellen Hopkins

130. “Happiness is the best revenge, you know? Just be happy. It’s a choice.” — Emily Giffin

Powerful Revenge Quotes 

131. “Revenge is like a ghost. It takes over every man it touches. Its thirst cannot be quenched until the last man standing has fallen.” ― Vladmir Makarov

132. “Revenge is private and personal, and so readily gets out of hand.” ― Ernest Lucas

133. “To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.” ― Marcus Aurelius

134. “It is more noble to forgive, and more manly to despise, than to revenge an Injury.” — Benjamin Franklin

135. “Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.” —  Edward Gibbon

136. “Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.” ― Percy Bysshe Shelley

137. “While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength.” ― Dalai Lama

138. “Revenge can be bitter sweet, but if you sit back and watch, karma can be pure entertainment.” ― Ritu Ghatourey

139. “Living well and ripping your enemy’s still-beating heart out with your bare hands is the best revenge.” ― Michael O’Donoghue

140. “Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within.” ― Sandra Cisneros

Revenge Quotes to Reclaim Your Peace

141. “A woman’s desire for revenge outlasts all her other emotions.” — Cyril Connolly

142. “I tasted too what was called the sweet of revenge – but it was transient, it expired even with the object, that provoked it.” — Ann Radcliffe

143. “After rejection – misery, then thoughts of revenge, and finally, oh well, another try elsewhere.” — Mason Cooley

144. “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

145. “Revenge is a luscious fruit which you must leave to ripen.” — Emile Gaboriau

146. “The best revenge, like the best sex, is performed slowly, and with the eyes open.” — Gregory David Roberts

147. “All calls for justice require that victims feel avenged, and revenge is never just if it’s disproportionate.” — Thane Rosenbaum

148. “No matter how many times people try to criticize you, the best revenge is to prove them wrong.” — Zayn Malik

149. “Every failure made me more confident. Because I wanted even more to achieve as revenge, to show that I could.” — Roman Polanski

150. “The best revenge is to live an awesome life.” — Ramon Bautista

How did you find these revenge quotes?

As you create the life of your dreams, you’ll encounter different kinds of people.

Many people will try to step on you and hurt you.

People will try to raise themselves above you and say negative things to you.

That’s part of our human nature and it’s something you can’t change.

Instead of getting bothered by such people and seeking revenge against them, the best solution is to be the successful individual you told them you’d be.

Hopefully, the quotes above have inspired you to live the life of your dreams no matter what others might say or try to do to you.

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  1. Whit

    October 26, 2022 at 6:02 PM

    This is a great collection. Thank you!

    • Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor

      October 27, 2022 at 12:34 PM

      You’re welcome! We are glad you enjoyed them, and we hope you share the link with your friends on social media!

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