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Before setting out on the path of revenge, first dig two graves.
Chinese proverb
All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
The Bible (King James Version), Matthew 26:52
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Mohandas K. (Mahatma) Gandhi
Revenge is like a ghost. Its thirst cannot be quenched... until the last man standing has fallen.
Vladimir Makarov, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
X: For every vengeance there is an equal and opposite revengeance. This is the one law of animated cartoon motion that also applies to the physical world at large. For that reason, we need the relief of watching it happen to a duck instead.
Revenge is never full, it kills the soul and then poisons it.
Don Ramon, El Chavo Del Ocho
Justice belongs to those who claim it, but let the claimant beware lest he create new injustice by his claim and thus set the bloody pendulum of revenge into its inexorable motion.
Gowachin aphorism
Perhaps it had to be done...but still, vengeance begets vengeance!
Travis Touchdown, No More Heroes
Did you honestly think you could take so many lives and never suffer retribution? Have you never even seen a kung-fu movie, spy flick or western? Shakespeare, for God's sake! Not only did you murder my father, but my two brothers as well! That is why I took your best friend's life. Make sense, Travis? It's called poetic justice.
Make her pay
—Minor Arc Words from Homestuck
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
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