Stories | Themes | Seeking revenge

Anger and bitterness towards those who have shamed or wronged you can lead to some people wanting to take revenge.

However while thoughts of revenge and retaliation may initially bring relief, they can quickly become obsessive and ultimately deeply destructive. Repetitive revenge fantasies can actually increase someone’s torment and even turn the victim into the aggressor.

Forgiveness grows out of our ability to transform the impulse for revenge into a bigger search for meaning.

Salimata Badgi-Knight

"Circumcising us was their way of seeking revenge - repeating a crime which had been done to them."

Irina Krasovskaya

"If I think about them too much I start to dream of revenge so then I have stop myself because I know revenge will destroy me."

Geoff Thompson

"When you have tried and been failed by the judiciary and blood-lust turns you into a monster, what are you left with?"

Margaret McKinney

"If I'd known who Brian's killers were I would have gone out and killed their children. I wanted them to know how it felt."

Robi Damelin

"The first words that came out of my mouth were, 'do not take revenge in the name of my son'."

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