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."
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.
"Perhaps it had to be done...but still, vengeance begets vengeance!"
"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.
"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."
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?
: 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.
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.