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Cruelty can be described as indifference to suffering, and even positive pleasure in inflicting it. Sadism can also be related to this form of action or concept.


  • Man's inhumanity to man
    Makes countless thousands mourn!
  • It is not linen you're wearing out,
    But human creatures' lives.
  • Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.
    • David Hume, The History of England, (1754-62), Volume I, Chapter LXII.
  • If we are to end our wars, we have to dispense with a threatening, vengeful, bloodthirsty God. If we're to have any kind of world brotherhood, we have to dispense with a God who reserves his favors for a chosen few. Life is given to all. The sun shines freely on each of us. Would a God be less kindly? More than this, we must also dispense with our species God, and extend our ideas of divinity outward to the rest of nature which couches us and our religious theorizing with such a gracious and steady support.
    • Jane Roberts in The God of Jane: A Psychic Manifesto, p. 63.
  • Men so noble,
    However faulty, yet should find respect
    For what they have been; 'tis a cruelty
    To load a falling man.
  • Sadism is plainly connected with the need for self-assertion. At the same time it cannot be separated from the idea of defeat. A sadist is a man, who, in some sense, has his back to the wall. Nothing is further from sadism, for example, than the cheerful, optimistic mentality of a Shaw or Wells.
    • Colin Wilson in The Origins of the Sexual Impulse, p. 158.
  • Inhumanity is caught from man,
    From smiling man.
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night V, line 158.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 152-53.
  • Contre les rebelles c'est cruauté que d'estre humain, et humanité d'estre cruel.
    • It is cruelty to be humane to rebels, and humanity is cruelty.
    • Attributed to Charles IX; according to M. Fournier, an expression taken from a sermon of Corneille Muis, Bishop of Bitoute. Used by Catherine De Medicis.
  • An angel with a trumpet said,
    "Forever more, forever more,
    The reign of violence is o'er!"
  • Je voudrais bien voir la grimace qu'il fait à cette heure sur cet échafaud.
    • I would love to see the grimace he [Marquis de Cinq-Mars] is now making on the scaffold.
    • Louis XIII; see Histoire de Louis XIII, IV, p. 416.
  • Gaudensque viam fecisse ruina.

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