Quotes / Best Served Cold

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    Anime and Manga 

It's unfortunate you had to see this, boy. This moment'll always haunt you. You will be consumed by hatred for me. Challenge me, when you're ready to duel a god!
Justice, Afro Samurai

    Film - Live-Action 

Ilsa: Richard, we loved each other once. If those days meant anything at all to you—
Rick: I wouldn't bring up Paris if I were you. It's poor salesmanship.

I'm not a "gentleman." Your husband's only trying to be funny calling me one. I don't even know what a gentleman is. You see, my idea of a "gentleman"... Well, Mrs. Kane, if I owned a newspaper and I didn't like the way somebody was doing things, some politician say, I'd fight him with everything I had. Only, I wouldn't show him in a convict's suit with stripes so his children could see the picture in the paper, or his mother.
Jim Gettys, Citizen Kane

You see, it's the slow knife, the knife that takes its time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between the bones. That's the knife that cuts deepest.
Talia al Ghul, The Dark Knight Rises

Tony: You're not still pissed about the Switzerland thing, are you?
Killian: How can I be pissed at you, Tony? I'm here to thank you. You gave me the greatest gift that anybody's ever given me: Desperation. If you think back to Switzerland — you said you'd meet me on the rooftop, right? — Well for the first 20 minutes, I actually thought you'd show up. And the next hour, I... well I considered taking that one-step shortcut to the lobby, if you know what I mean. But as I looked out over that city, nobody knew I was there, nobody could see me, no one was even looking... I had a thought that would guide me for years to come. Anonymity, Tony. Thanks to you, it's been my mantra ever since.

I loved my father. So naturally, I challenged his murderer to a duel. I failed. But he gave me these. (points to facial scars) I was eleven years old. And when I was strong enough, I dedicated my life to the study of fencing, so the next time we meet, I will not fail. I will go up to the six-fingered man and say: "Hello!. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

Anything goes wrong, you're gonna turn around and I'll be gone. Okay? And if that happens, from this day on, any time your kid leaves this house to go to school, go play, see a friend, to buy a fuckin' comic book, you're gonna have to ask yourself: "Is today Jimmy Shaker day?"
Jimmy Shaker, Ransom

This is a sad old world, you know. Anyway, that's only my opinion. But the central point is this, Jack: You see, when men like you — and those dickheads from MI-6 or CIA or whatever sewers you came from — when you take away not only my life, but the innocent lives of my dear beloved wife Natasha and my little boy who's only six, you see... I mean, what can I say?
Dr. Edward Bailey, Red 2

Ah Kirk, my old friend, have you ever heard the Klingon proverb that tells us "revenge is a dish best served cold?" It is very cold in space.
Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.
Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo

You’ve heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There's an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind.
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Dune

At long last it ended. Halaster Blackcloak lay panting and drenched with sweat. He stared up into dusty darkness. The rags of his shredded robes clung to him.
"Revenge" he announced calmly, as he forced his last shudders into oblivion, "will now commence."
He did not, however, move for a long time, even when the cold made him shiver. He lay still, remembering every last detail of Nergal's movements, words, and reactions, the archdevil's precise appearance... and what spells would make the best weapons against such a one.
Just as patiently, he recalled the drawbacks and precise effects of each suitable spell and his best tactics for using them in Avernus. At length, he smiled coldly and told the darkness, "It seems Halaster Blackcloak would make a good devil himself."

For six thousand years and forever, you have held us down. Each of us alive and watching, and waiting, and waiting, undying all that time. You didn't know, but not knowing is no excuse. And you have taken our freedom away in slow increments, until in a sudden flurry of three centuries you sped it all up, and took away our last escapes, and made our world yours.
One day, we whispered. We had whispered it forever.
When it came, the time was not one day but many, stretched out over months, a luxuriant, languorous release, in pieces, in parts and parcels, and the more infuriating the more wonderful, liberatory for that.

Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.

"Do you remember how you burned me? I cursed you for a hundred years, Thibor. Now it is your turn to curse me – for the rest of time. Or until you stiffen into a stone in the dark earth."
And without further ado, I filled in his grave.
Faethor Ferenczy, Necroscope II: Wamphyri

    Live-Action TV 

Over the last two years, I have accepted my share of responsibility for the death of my family. This is the day you accept your share.
Victor Drazen, 24

Devon: You know, revenge is a dish best served cold. Like sashimi... or pizza.
Jack: You prefer cold pizza?
Devon: The morning after? It's the best.
Jack: Better than hot pizza? That's insane.
30 Rock

So, sailor boy finally came back for a yo-ho-ho, did he? Took him long enough. I know revenge is best served cold and all, but his must've been frozen solid.
Spike, Angel, "Why We Fight"

Mike: Revenge is a waste of time.
Fiona: Well, so is watching TV and eating candy — you do it because it feels good.
Burn Notice, "Hot Spot"

Grissom: Are you a terrorist?
Walter Gordon: Depends. Are you terrified?
Grissom: Look, I really don't want to talk to you. Where is my guy?
Gordon: Oh, so... he is "your guy," huh?
Grissom: Yes, he is. Where is he buried?
Gordon: Are you two close?
Grissom: That's none of your business.
Gordon: What does Nick Stokes mean to you? How do you feel when you see him in that coffin? Does your soul die every time you push that button? How do you feel, knowing that there's nothing you can do to get him out of that hell? Helpless? Useless? Impotent? Good. Welcome to my world.
CSI, "Grave Danger"

In love, you take leave of your senses, but in hate, you must be present to calculate your actions.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal

You'll never know when it will happen, but it will happen. Each swallow of wine you take; every key you turn; every 'friend' you make. You'll never have a moment of peace.
Lionel Luthor, Smallville, "Gone"

Gus: Do you care to know why I stopped you from killing Hector?
Mike: Like you said, it wasn't in your interest.
Gus: A bullet to the head would've been far too humane.


They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
Leonard Cohen, "First We Take Manhattan"

    Tabletop Games 

You want to know why I'm laughing? Cause this shit's hilarious. I'd been hearing rumors saying that some Tzimisce pointed the Tremere Goratrix toward the Embrace. At first, I wondered why somebody would be that stupid, then it hit me; it was pure genius. The Tremere took their first blood from a Tzimisce before Tremere himself drained Saulot. That means the entire clan has portions of the Eldest in them. So, when the Eldest emerges from torpor, both clans are going to be eaten inside fucking out. And who says we don't have patience or cunning when it comes to revenge?
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Tzimisce (revised)


I will carry hell to your doorstep; you will rue the day
You will reap the hate you've sown no matter how hard you pray
It's a place without any mercy, fashioned in cold blood
Stones of fear and stones of doubt
No forgiveness, no way out
Only justice
Then, amen
— "Hell to Your Doorstep", The Count of Monte Cristo: The Musical

So never kick a dog, because it's just a pup—
You'd better run for cover when the pup grows up!
Les Misérables, "Little People"

    Video Games 

The way I figure it, in this business, a lot of your kind comes around. And if I kill each one that comes, eventually I should hit the jackpot sooner or later.
Dante, Devil May Cry

You have made a habit in using others for your own ends. Now, the Sierra Madre is your reward. Whether you used blackmail or force, or even played to Vera's greed, it will not help down here in the Vault. Greed has led you here. I hope it leaves you as empty as you left me.
Frederick Sinclair, Fallout: New Vegas

The cardinal rule in going after someone with an intention to kill was not to make it personal — which it almost always ended up being anyway. It did with me. I took my time, cruising around the city in the snow. There was no hurry, I knew what I had to do now.

He brought us to this land of freedom , this America. But then he and my brother went back to Africa to continue the war. And that's when it happened... You killed my benefactor and sent my brother home a cripple. I vowed revenge and joined FOX-HOUND. I knew it was my best chance to meet you, and I prayed for the day that I would.
Dr. Naomi Hunter, Metal Gear Solid

Zazz: Time for some REVENGE! Right, Master?
Master Zik: Correct! Revenge is a dish best deserved cold!
Zomom: Aw man, now you made me hungry! Let's hurry up and destroy him!


Sarda: I made you what you are today so you'd know exactly how insignificant you are when all that power fails to stop me from killing you.
Black Mage: That's messed up, Sarda.
Sarda: Oh? The thought of it kept me warm for billions of years.

    Web Original 

When I began, my Charmander was level five
Fighting in grass, I hardly made it out alive
Pidgey hurt me with Gust and Sand-Attack
Now I am back, Charizard is level 82
His Fire Blast is going to roast all of you
Look out! Critical hit! Pidgey must be in bits...

“The question of who the most vindictive people of Calernia are has long been debated. Some say it is the Arlesites, who will duel to the death over the use of the wrong adjective in a verse. Others say it is those of the Free Cities, where the moving of a border by half a mile will spawn a war lasting three generations. Others yet say it is the Praesi, who indulge in political assassination the way other nations enjoy a cup of good wine. I would humbly put forward, however, that the answer is the people of Callow. Steal an apple from a farmer of the Kingdom and fifty years later his grandson will find yours on the other side of the continent, sock him in the eye and take three apples back.”
Extract from “Horrors and Wonders”, famed travelogue of Anabas the Ashuran, A Practical Guide To Evil

    Western Animation 

Sergei: Perhaps it was the haste of a man who longed to take his revenge like is vodka, in one dreadful swallow. But I see now I must take my time. I will plant seeds of revenge and let them grow. Then I'll harvest the vegetables of revenge. And from those vegetables, I will plant more seeds.
Stan: And then you'll get your revenge?
Sergei: No, Smith. From the third or perhaps fourth harvest revenge-plants, I will make a vegetable stew, and season it perfectly. With revenge!

Phantom Limb: Revenge, like gazpacho soup, is best served cold, precise and merciless.
The Monarch: Yeah, yeah, you can never have enough precision in your soup.

    Real Life 

People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.

Concerning the night assault of Lord Asano's ronin, the fact that they did not commit seppuku at the Sengakuji was an error, for there was a long delay between the time their lord was struck down and the time when they struck down the enemy. If Lord Kira had died of illness within that period, it would have been extremely regrettable.
Tsunetomo Yamamoto on why he doesn't believe in this trope, The Hagakure

La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid.
— Old French proverb