I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature.
It is not mere cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement.
Many people, of course, use “sentimentalism” as a term of abuse for other people’s decent feelings, and “realism” as a disguise for their own brutality.
The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain, is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into the minds of ordinary men.
Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can’t get out of it if we would.
Whenever people say “we mustn’t be sentimental”, you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, “we must be realistic”, they mean they are going to make money out of it.
Scarcely anything awakens attention like a tale of cruelty. The writer of news never fails… to tell how the enemies murdered children and ravished virgins; and, if the scene of action be somewhat distant, scalps half the inhabitants of a province.
Man’s inhumanity to man Makes countless thousands mourn!
The difference between coarse and refined abuse is the difference between being bruised by a club and wounded by a poisoned arrow.
Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.