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...us, whether we do it by force or cunning, is to show our superiority to him, and to annul the proof of his superiority to us. That gives our hearts the satisfaction towards which it yearns. So where there is a great deal of pride and vanity, there also will there be a great desire of vengeance. But as the fulfillment of every wish brings with it more or less of a sense of disappointment, so it is with vengeance. The delight we hope to get from it is mostly embittered by compassion.Vengeance taken will often tear the heart and torment the conscience.the motive to it is no longer active, and what remains is the evidence of our malice.
THE CHRISTIAN SYSTEM.
When the Church says that, in the dogmas of religion, reason is totally incompetent and blind, and its use to be reprehended, it is in reality attesting the fact that these dogmas are allegorical in their nature, and are not to be judged by the standard which reason, taking all things _sensu proprio_, can alone apply. Now the absurdities of a dogma are just the mark... Schopenhauer, Arthur
Excerpt from The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Religion, a Dialogue, Etc. · This quote is about vengeance · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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