Sanctimony, cynicism, anger

Quotations: Sanctimony, cynicism, anger

If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character.
— Paul Newman, American actor (b. 1925)

Never befriend the oppressed unless you are prepared to take on the oppressor.
— Ogden Nash, American poet (1902-1971)

When a man hangs from a tree it doesn’t spell justice unless he helped write the law that hanged him.
— E. B. White, American essayist (1899-1985)

All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it’s truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.
— Dennis Prager, American radio host and author (b. 1948)

Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.
— Anton Chekhov, Russian dramatist and short story writer (1860-1904)

Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.
— Milan Kundera, Czech novelist, poet and playwright (b. 1929)

Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
— Malachy McCourt, Irish-American writer and actor (b. 1931)

My Son, these maxims make a rule An lump them ay thegither: The Rigid Righteous is a fool, The Rigid Wise anither.
— Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-1796)

Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run… Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of hatred and revenge which they [sow] with a large hand will not fail to produce their fruits in time. Like their brother robbers on the highway, they suppose the escape of the moment a final escape and deem infamy and future risk countervailed by present gain.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and U.S. president (1743-1826), letter to Francois de Marbois, 1817

Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another human being, you’re hating part of yourself.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

The jealous are troublesome to others, but torment to themselves.
— William Penn, American colonial leader (1644-1718)

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
— Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)

Any man will usually get from other men just what he is expecting of them. If he is looking for friendship he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all likelihood be accommodated in that.
— John Richelsen

If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, anger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes.
— Sir Thomas More in the movie A Man For All Seasons (1966, screenplay by Robert Bolt)

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
— Henry Adams, American historian, memoirist and diplomat (1838-1918)

Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, public philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
— Thomas Hudson Jones, American sculptor (1892-1969)

Be patient and calm—for no one can catch fish in anger.
— Herbert Hoover, American public servant and 31st president (1874-1964)

Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.
— Jesus (from the Bible, John 8:7)

Hatred is blind, anger is foolhardy, and he who pours out vengeance risks having to drink a bitter draft.
— Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (1802-1870), from The Count of Monte-Cristo, 1844

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral, forty-eight percent indignation, and fifty percent envy.
— Vittorio De Sica, Italian filmmaker (1902-1974)

A knave’s religion is always the rottenest thing about him.
— John Ruskin, British critic and author (1819-1900)

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)

Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), from the Nicomachean Ethics

When a man is wrong and wont admit it, he always gets angry.
— Thomas Haliburton, Canadian writer (1796-1865)

All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
— Alexander Pope, English poet (1688-1744)

You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
— Adlai Stevenson II, American politician, presidential candidate (1900-1965)

Envy someone an’ it pulls you down. Admire them and it builds you up. Which makes more sense?
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
— Indira Gandhi, Indian prime minister (1917-1984)

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
— Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German playwright, poet, novelist (1749-1832)