"I want you to listen very carefully. There's one thing better than friends. Killing the guy that killed your friends."
— Axe Cop, Axe Cop
Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.
— Joseph Joubert
Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.
— Walter Weckler
Revenge is the sword that wounds the one who wields it.
— E. C. McKenzie
"Revenge is never a straight line. It's a forest, and like a forest it's easy to lose your way...to get lost...to forget where you came in."
— Hattori Hanzo, Kill Bill
All the old knives That have rusted in my back, I drive in yours.
— Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)
"Look, even if you think we're still enemies, we're enemies with a common interest: revenge. You like revenge, right? Everybody likes revenge!"
"Then it will happen this way: You make the kill. But your pain doesn't die with Harvey, it grows. So you run out into the night to find another face, and another, and another, until one terrible morning you wake up and realize that revenge has become your whole life. And you won't know why."
— Bruce Wayne to Dick Grayson, Batman Forever
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
"Revenge is like a poison, if we let it consume us, it will turn us into something ugly."
— Aunt May, Spider-Man 3
You act as though payback makes you a noble man
Is that a fact?
"I'm an avenger!"
— Uchiha Sasuke (fairly often), Naruto
The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He cannot only forgive, he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be but the past.
— Robert E. Lee
Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.
— Paul Gauguin
— Goliath, Gargoyles Abridged
"If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"
— Shylock, The Merchant of Venice
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
"Evil wakes in vengeance. Be careful what you choose."
— Dahila, Silent Hill
Columbus: You know, they say, he who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves.
"Vae Victus - suffering to the conquered. Ironic that now I was the one suffering. Not anything as pedestrian as physical pain. Rather the cruel jab of impotent anger - the hunger for revenge. I didnít care if I was in Heaven or Hell - all I wanted was to kill my assassins. Sometimes you get what you wish for. The Necromancer Mortanius offered me a chance for vengeance. And like a fool, I jumped at his offer without considering the cost. Nothing is free. Not even revenge."
— Kain, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
"There is no greater release than that from vengeance sated."
— Kain, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
"The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge."
"Mine wasn't the most original approach to the problem. An eye for an eye, the first principle of revenge. Old as dirt, still going strong. 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."
"EFREET! I have come for you! Face me NOW!"
— Tibicenas returning to the Djinn world for revenge against the Efreet in AdventureQuest Worlds
Properly speaking, there is no such thing as revenge. Revenge is an act which you want to commit when you are powerless and because you are powerless: as soon as the sense of impotence is removed, the desire evaporates also.
— George Orwell
They say when you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. They underestimate me.
"Any prize I want huh? I'll take revenge. Try having your face ripped apart. See what you ask for."
— Frank "No Face" McCutcheon, Twisted Metal Black
"Grammy Flash used to say that the trouble with "an eye for an eye" is that everyone ends up blind."
"No it doesn't! Cause there's still gonna be one guy with one eye! How's the last blind guy gonna stab out the last one eye'd guy's eye? All the one-eye'd guy has to do is run and hide, and the blind guy won't be able to find him. Gandhi was wrong! Just no one has the balls to say it..."
— Billy, Seven Psychopaths
"Revenge is a sucker's game."
— David Xanatos, defying this trope in Gargoyles
Buzz Lightyear: I just want you to know that, even though you tried to terminate me, revenge is not an idea we promote on my planet.
Woody: Oh, well, that's good.
Buzz Lightyear: [leans in] But we're not on my planet... [grabs Woody's collar] Are we?
"Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance."
"That's why you left the temple and ran away, isn't it? The Great Tournament was too much responsibility. But vengeance...that's so much simpler."
Four years ago my partner - my friend - was killed and I took about as much revenge as any man can take. It cost me everything I had: what was left of my family, everything. Somehow I thought it would ease the pain but it doesn't. And somewhere in your heart you really have to accept that... and then you can begin to forgive yourself.
— Jack Bauer, 24: Live Another Day
Revenge is the foundation of justice. Justice began with revenge, and revenge is still the only justice some beings can ever hope for.
"Torak... You seek vengeance. But don't let it take over your spirit. Vengeance burns, Torak. It burns your heart. It makes the pain worse. Don't let that happen to you."
"Love turned to rage in that moment. So I hunted down, and murdered Grant Ward. Not to serve any good. Not to serve any belief. I wanted revenge. I wanted to feel him die. That's the sin that gave your devil new life."
—Phil Coulson, AgentsOfSHIELD