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Hatred and History – “Disgrace” – J.M. Coetzee

December 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, African, Crime, Fiction, History, Literature, Revenge

Halfway home, Lucy, to his surprise, speaks. ‘It was so personal,’ she says. ‘It was done with such personal hatred. That was what stunned me more than anything. The rest was … expected. But why did they hate me so? I had never set eyes on them.’ He waits for more, but there is no [...]

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Better Get a Lawyer – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Crime, Parenting, Revenge, Sociology

The Harrises and Klebolds both hired attorneys. They had good reason: the presumption of guilt quickly landed on their shoulders. Investigators didn’t expect to charge them, but the public did. National polls taken shortly after the attack would identify all sorts of culprits contributing to the tragedy: violent movies, video games, Goth culture, lax gun [...]

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“Revenge is Sour” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 11th, 2011 · No Comments · History, Human Rights, Power, Revenge, War, WW2

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. In enlightened minds maybe…

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An Angry Man is a Stupid Man – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe 

September 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Colonialism, Quotes, Revenge

Chris was smiling a mirthless smile. An angry man is always a stupid man. Make a thorough fool of him, my dear girl, he thought.

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“The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Leadership, Politics, Quotes, Revenge

While Hawke praised Unsworth as an ‘excellent choice’ with an ‘impeccable background’, Hayden’s reaction was rather different. Hayden was evidently settling some old scores arising from his 1982-83 leadership battle with Hawke when he bemused a Bangkok press conference with some droll remarks, likening the ‘verve and style’ of ‘my mate Barrie’ to ‘a dreary [...]

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Too Vast for Malice – “Thoughtlines” – Bob Carr

June 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Humanism, Philosophy, Politics, Revenge

Abraham Lincoln: “Do nothing in malice. What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing.”

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Great Power to do Evil – “Power Without Glory” – Frank Hardy

June 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Literature, Morality, Political Fiction, Politics, Power, Quotes, Revenge

Honore de Balzac: A man can inspire terror only if he has great power to do evil.

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All Men Hate the Wretched - “Frankenstein” – Mary Shelley

May 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Revenge

‘I expected this reception,’ said the dæmon. ‘All men hate the wretched; how then must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. You purpose to kill [...]

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AM – “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” – Harlan Ellison

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Philosophy, Revenge

Oh, Jesus sweet Jesus, if there ever was a Jesus and if there is a God, please please please let us out of here, or kill us. Because at that moment I think I realized completely, so that I was able to verbalize it: AM was intent on keeping us in his belly forever, twisting [...]

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Hatred – “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” – Harlan Ellison

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Philosophy, Revenge

We had given AM sentience. Inadvertently, of course, but sentience nonetheless. But it had been trapped. AM wasn’t God, he was a machine. We had created him to think, but there was nothing it could do with that creativity. In rage, in frenzy, the machine had killed the human race, almost all of us, and [...]

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