quotations about resentment
Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
CARRIE FISHER, attributed, Encyclopedia Neurotica
She collected and polished resentments as if it were some kind of hobby.
ANNE TYLER, Noah's Compass
Resentments, carried too far, expose us to a fate analogous to that of the fish-hawk, when he strikes his talons too deep into a fish beyond his capacity to lift, and is carried under and drowned by it.
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
When you don't share your problems, you resent hearing the problems of other people.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Invisible Monsters
Resentment and bitterness and old grudges were dead things, which rotted the hands that grasped them.
WINSTON GRAHAM, Jeremy Poldark
Resentment is often a completely appropriate response to injury and wrongdoing. There is no need to beat ourselves up over the resentment we feel; rhetorical criticism should not lead us to willfully darken the sky above us. There are already plenty of clouds.
JEREMY ENGELS, The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy
The bacteria of resentment bred: distance turned to distrust; distrust turned to bitterness; bitterness to hate, which is, after all, a kind of grievous love.
JOHNNY RICH, The Human Spirit
Resentment is an attempt to make our own failure palatable by explaining it in terms of unfair treatment, injustice. But, as a salve for failure, resentment is a cure that is worse than the disease.
MAXWELL MALTZ, Psycho-Cybernetics
Resentment is notable among the emotions for its lack of any specific desire. In this, it is not the same as envy--a kindred emotion--which has the advantage of being quite specific and based on desire. Envy wants, even if it cannot obtain and has no right to do so. If resentment has a desire, it is, typically, the total annihilation, prefaced by utter humiliation, of its target.
ROBERT C. SOLOMON, "Nietzsche, Postmodernism, and Resentment: A Geneological Hypothesis", Nietzsche as Postmodernist: Essays Pro and Contra
Resentment is such an atrocious and sometimes all-consuming emotion. It is one that can literally take a life, usually that of the holder of the resentment.
ROBERT BOICH, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting!
Resentment seems to have been given to us by nature for defense, and for defense only; it is the safeguard of justice, and the security of innocence.
ADAM SMITH, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
As smoking is to the lungs, so is resentment to the soul; even one puff is bad for you.
ELIZABETH GILBERT, Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Pride and resentment are not indigenous to the human heart; and perhaps it is due to the gardener's innate love of the exotic that we take such pains to make them thrive.
HOPE MIRRLEES, Lud-in-the-Mist
Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people ... but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.
STEVE MARABOLI, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame, and worry. Then watch your health, and life, improve.
CHARLES F. GLASSMAN, Brain Drain the Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life
Men are wont to lay aside their resentment when their adversaries suffer.
JOHN WALKER, A Rhetorical Grammar: In which the Common Improprieties in Reading and Speaking are Detected
The trap of resentment. It is probably the worst mental prison in the world. It is the inability to let go of anger and the perceived or real injustices we suffer. Some people let one or two, or maybe ten unpleasant experiences poison the rest of their lives. They let their anger ferment and rot their personality. They end up seeing themselves as victims of their parents, teachers, their peers and preachers.
AYAAN HIRSI ALI, Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations
A long-simmering resentment against the world can burn off more calories than you might imagine.
PAUL RUSSELL, The Coming Storm
Resentment is a natural part of life. In fact, if you do not experience resentment, you are emotionally numb. Thousands of children starve to death every day. How can you not feel resentment, unless you are numb?
SHELLY ARISTIZABAL, This is Your Year: To Design and Live the Life of Your Dreams
Subdue resentment by love.
EUCLID, attributed, Day's Collacon