Quotes / Cycle of Revenge

"Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is fourteen, almost a woman. Obella is twelve, on the brink of maidenhood. They worship you, as Dorea and Loreza worship them. If you should die, must El and Obella seek vengeance for you, then Dorea and Loree for them? Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, where does it end?"
Ellaria Sand, A Song of Ice and Fire

"It all goes back and back, to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance in our steads."
Tyrion Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire

"Young man, since you broke Grampa's teeth, he gets to break yours."
Homer's punishment for Bart, The Simpsons, "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie" note 

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

"Isaac was my friend!" he cried, he begged them in his fear
But centuries of hatred have ears that cannot hear
An eye for an eye was all that filled their minds
And another eye for another eye, 'til everyone is blind
Tommy Sands, ''There Were Roses"

"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 good, it kills the soul and then poisons it too."
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

"Maybe it had to be done... but 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."

And in this mass-produced savagery, one truth is constant. With each shattered life, the same vow is uttered: "I will have revenge." And no assassin can ever walk away from that. He must draw his beam and stand against the madness.

"Make her pay"
— Minor Arc Words from Homestuck

"Grammy Flash used to say that the trouble with "an eye for an eye" is that everyone ends up blind."

"ENOUGH!! There will be no more bloodshed today. I see now why your Alliance and Horde cannot stop fighting. Every reprisal is itself an act of aggression, and every act of aggression triggers immediate reprisal."
Taran Zhu, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

"Humans rejected your father and taught him to hate... then he destroyed me and I was filled with hatred as well! It's a vicious cycle that never ends, Nadira!"

Obi-Wan Kenobi: (about Melida/Daan) There are so many dead. But there's no clear reason why they fight. Battle follows battle, each one conducted to avenge the one before. What is the real dispute?
Qui-Gon Jinn: Perhaps they have forgotten it. The hatred is bred in their bones. Now they fight over meters of territory, or to avenge a wrong that happened a hundred years before.
Jedi Apprentice, "The Defenders of the Dead"

The Soviet Socialist Republic of Grzkjistan was a remote, harsh, mountainous, extremely tribal nation whose economy was based primarily on revenge. The Grzkjistanis spent their adult lives thinking up and carrying out elaborate plots to kill and maim each other in connection with bitter, centuries-old grudges, many of them involving goats.

"You just want cruelty to beget cruelty. You're not superior to people who were cruel to you. You're just a whole bunch of new cruel people. A whole bunch of new cruel people, being cruel to some other people, who'll end up being cruel to you. The only way anyone can live in peace is if they're prepared to forgive. Why don't you break the cycle?"
The Doctor, Doctor Who

"You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once - there has to be a limit."
Edward Said

"Vengeance has consumed you. It's consuming them. I am done letting it consume me."
T'Challa/Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War

But beware
For when you quench your blood thirst
Others will seek their vengeance on you
And they won't rest until you're dead
Dethklok, "Murmaider"

"Blood leads only to blood, and violence begets violence. Nothing more. Revenge is simply another name for murder."

Mendez: Governor, somewhere along the line of history, this bloody chain-reaction has got to stop. A destroys B...B destroys C...C destroys A and is destroyed by D, who destroys E...and before anyone knows where they are there'll be nobody left to know anything...anywhere.

"... I was dragged into that twisted world and I lost my family!... I realized I was a walking contradiction. Now I am doing the same things a terrorist does. Instead of cutting the chains of violence, I made the choice to fight back. Because I believe that in order to prevent such tragedies from happening again the world needs to change from its very foundations... I'll accept my punishment for not stopping the killing... after I've changed the world."
Lockon Stratos, Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Tyrion: How long does it go on?
Cersei: Until we've dealt with all our enemies.
Tyrion: Every time we deal with an enemy, we create two more.
Cersei: Then I suppose it will go on for quite a long time.

"The war between Heaven and Hell is an ever-turning wheel of vengeance. Any atrocity you could name was committed in the name of avenging some previous act. The wheel won't stop turning until either one side is wiped out completely, or our mutual annihilation."
"It's like trying to use blood to clean up blood"
Lakritz, Slightly Damned