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Tuesday July 19, 05

It takes strength to be gentle and kind ~ Who said that?

05:51 PM

"Cruelty is the vice most natural to dullness of mind."
~ H.W. Nevinson (1856-1941)

"Cruelty is the luxury of those who have nothing to do, like drugs or racing stables."
~ Marguerite Vourcenar (1903-)

"Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity."
~ George Eliot (1819-1880)

"La molesse est douce, et sa suite est cruelle. — Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel."
~ John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."
~ Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

"I suppose people in general can be cruel to one another because it's easier to do the wrong thing; kindness takes an effort most are not willing to exert"
~ Kersti Kahar

"Fear is the parent of cruelty."
~ James Anthony Froude (1818-1894)
British historian

"All cruelty springs from weakness."
~ Seneca (4 BC-65 AD)
Spanish-born Roman (Stoic) philosopher, statesman & tutor of Nero

"Cruelty is fed, not weakened by tears."
~ Publilius Syrus (fl. 1st Cent. BC-)
Latin writer of mimes

"Bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel."
~ Renata Adler (1938-)
Italian-born US journalist, novelist, film critic, analytic reviews for The New Yorker magazine

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  • Wow! What a great collection of quotes you have there, RB! :| I wonder why those people found themselves making those statements? Were they themselves targets of idle cruelty? Or maybe it was somone they loved that was being treated cruelly. :( Whatever the reasons, it's a crying shame that people ever find reasons to be cruel to anything, much less to each other.

    I was very cruel to my brother once when I was 15--I forsaked him for a friend--but once I recognized that cruelty (which took very little time at all to do), I repented and have never been cruel to him since.
    alainsane -- Tuesday July 19 2005, @06:51PM (#172150)
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