21 Greatest Quotes About Cruelty

A child cannot, thank Heaven, know how vast and how merciless is the nature of power, with what unbelievable cruelty people treat each other. James Baldwin
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell. Bertrand Russell
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. Tennessee Williams
Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others. Cesar Chavez
We are cruel enough without meaning to be. John Updike
Perhaps in nearly every joy, as certainly in every pleasure, cruelty has its place. Oscar Wilde
Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. Arthur Schopenhauer
There must have been a moment, at the beginning, where we could have said -- no. But somehow we missed it. Tom Stoppard
The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn. Pope John Paul II
Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves. Paul Tillich
It’s much easier to be cruel than one might think. Jonathan Safran Foer
Cruelty depends on an understanding of cruelty, and the ability to choose against it. Or to choose to ignore it. Jonathan Safran Foer
It's not cruelty, maybe, but a desire to understand that motivates them. Veronica Roth
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
Mitleid mit den Thieren hängt mit der Güte des Charakters so genau zusammen, daß man zuversichtlich behaupten darf, wer gegen Thiere grausam ist, könne kein guter Mensch seyn. Arthur Schopenhauer
All tyranny, bigotry, aggression, and cruelty are wrong, and whenever we see it, we must never be silent. Ingrid Newkirk
And she was sorry. She knew better. Cruelty never helped the turning of the world. Patrick Rothfuss