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Retribution Quotes by Calvin Klein, Stanislaw Lem, Henry Rollins, Lord Acton, Dolly Parton, Rodney Crowell and many others.

AIDS is an absolutely tragic disease. The argument about AIDS’ being some kind of divine retribution is crap.
Calvin Klein
Have it compose a poem — a poem about a haircut! But lofty, noble, tragic, timeless, full of love, treachery, retribution, quiet heroism in the face of certain doom! Six lines, cleverly rhymed, and every word beginning with the letter s!
Stanislaw Lem
All by yourself, unable to express the pain of your distress with your deeper inside. You alienate yourself and everybody else.
Henry Rollins
The mills of God grind slowly.
Lord Acton
Understanding isn’t learned from punishment and anger. An iron has no gentle touch, and love ain’t learned from hate.
Dolly Parton
A fist in the face is all you deserve from love you’ve misplaced.
Rodney Crowell
His laws once broken, His justice and the very nature of those laws bring the immutable retribution; but if we turn penitently to Him, He enables us to bear our punishment with a meek and docile heart, ‘for His mercy endureth forever.
Elizabeth Gaskell
The message of reconciliation, of nation-building, of granting amnesty, indemnity, has struck a powerful, favorable chord. And people can understand that we’re here not for purposes of retribution but to forget the past and to build our country.
Nelson Mandela
I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies.
Sheryl Crow
I mean, if a person acts irresponsibly in his own life, he will pay the consequences. And it’s not so much divine retribution as it’s built into the law of nature.
Pat Robertson
I shall add that only he who has decided to commit suicide can start a nuclear war in the hope of emerging a victor from it. No matter what the attacker might possess, no matter what method of unleashing nuclear war he chooses, he will not attain his aims. Retribution will inevitably ensue.
Leonid Brezhnev
Too much of nothing, it just makes a fellow mean.
Bob Dylan
My homie lost his family and snapped, shot up half the block to bring them back.
Tupac Shakur
Vengeance and revenge are just two words for pain.
Michelle Shocked
I believe in one, incomprehensible God, the immortality of the soul and eternal retribution for our acts.
Leo Tolstoy
Got a brand new semi-automatic weapon with a laser sight. Oh, I’m praying that somebody tries to break in here tonight.
Al Yankovic
Heaven often regulates effects by their causes, and pays the wicked what they have deserved.
Pierre Corneille
Somebody said he came from New Orleans, where he got in a fight over a Cajun queen. And a crushing blow from a huge right hand, sent a Louisiana fella to the Promised Land.
Jimmy Dean
All emphasis in American prisons is on punishment, retribution, and disparagement, and almost none is on rehabilitation.
Conrad Black
If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Richard Nixon.
Paul Begala
Drinking in a honky tonk, just kicking hippies asses and raising hell.
Jerry Jeff Walker
Let’s just kill everyone and let God sort them out.
Marilyn Manson
Humans were made to work in sweet to earn a living. Those that try to get rich or live at the expense of others all get divine retribution somewhere along the line. That’s the lesson. unfortunately we forget the lessons quickly and then we have to learn them all over again.
Jet Black
I wanna piss on his head, I want his family dead.
Tupac Shakur
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.
John Locke
If an offender has committed murder, he must die. In this case, no possible substitute can satisfy justice. For there is no parallel between death and even the most miserable life, so that there is no equality of crime and retribution unless the perpetrator is judicially put to death.
Immanuel Kant
I’m battling with myself and every day it’s a war.
I don’t want to throw rice. I want to throw rocks.
Dolly Parton
All who have their reward on Earth, the fruits Of painful superstition and blind zeal, Naught seeking but the praise of men, here find Fit retribution, empty as their deeds.
Don DeLillo
Passing too eagerly upon a provocation loses the guard and lays open the body; calmness and leisure and deliberation do the business much better.
Jeremy Collier
I was ready to approach her with my English charm, when her brass knuckled boyfriend grabbed me by the arm.
Elton John
You beef wit me, I’m-a even the score equally. Take you on Jerry Springer and beat your ass legally.
Andy Harp’sВ RETRIBUTIONВ is a stunner: В a blow to the gut and shot of adrenaline. В Here is a novel written with authentic authority and bears shocking relevance to the dangers of today. В It reminds me of Tom Clancy at his finest. Put this novel on your must-read list-anything by Harp is now on mine.
James Rollins
Retribution is just outstanding.
Douglas Preston
Justice can span years. Retribution is not subject to a calendar.
Rod Serling
To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.
Louis D. Brandeis
The light that stopped the night felt like forgiveness.
Dar Williams
Those neon light nights, couldn’t stay out of fights, keeps a-haunting me in memories. There is one in every crowd, for crying out loud, why was is always turning out to be me?
Waylon Jennings
That was clearly a tackle aimed at getting revenge – or maybe it was just out-and-out retribution.
Joe Royle
No shame, no solution, no remorse, no retribution, just people selling t-shirts.
Don Henley
Excess always carries its own retribution.
Must someone, some unseen thing, declare what is right for it to be right? I believe that my own morality – which answers only to my heart – is more sure and true than the morality of those who do right only because they fear retribution.
Brandon Sanderson
Real morality is not the product of fearing a spanking. But what does fundamentalist hell-belief encourage? It retards any developing moral judgment by freezing moral maturity right at the most primitive, most childish, stage: the fear of retribution-and fundamentalism threatens one hell of a spanking.
Robert M. Price
His frustration running very high, he takes it out on the ones he loves because it’s safe.
John Mellencamp
To be left alone, and face to face with my own crime, had been just retribution.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
She used my toothbrush to clean the toilet.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Campuses should be places where students are able to make mistakes without fear of retribution. If there is no margin for error, it is impossible to receive a meaningful education.
Kirsten Powers
Drew a mustache on your picture, threw your ring away.
Sam the Sham
I don’t care if half the league strikes. Those who do will encounter quick retribution. All will be suspended, and I don’t care if it wrecks the league for 10 years. This is the United States of America, and one citizen has as much right to play as another.
Ford Frick
Condemned to violence, arrested by pain. Inside the soul lies a man insane.
Ozzy Osbourne
So deeply inherent is it in this life of ours that men have to suffer for each other’s sins, so inevitably diffusive is human suffering, that even justice makes its victims, and we can conceive no retribution that does not spread beyond its mark in pulsations of unmerited pain.
George Eliot
God’s mills grind slow, But they grind woe.
William Rounseville Alger
Retribution is really a stone age concept.
Thomas Metzinger
Plans to exact retribution are never going to make us safer.
Marshall B. Rosenberg
There is such a thing as tempting the gods. Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster. The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep.
Meg Greenfield
No. There is no balance, and no retribution, and no rules. The rules and balances you blather about are hopeful creations of a man fearing death.
Dave Eggers
Down by the river, I shot my baby dead.
Neil Young
I’ll break your face, have your ass mumbling to the jay, you going against me dawg you makin a mistake. I’ll split your wig and leave you open like a mickeal jackson jacket with all them zippers.
Curtis Jackson
A woman should not have to fear retribution from her employer, and the District of Columbia should be able to pass laws to protect against that retribution.
Jan Schakowsky
Mustafa Ali has never beaten me in any way, shape or form. Singles match or tag team match, Ali has never beaten me, so that’s part of why I’m so excited that he’s decided to join Retribution.
Cedric Alexander
(I)f we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.
J. M. Coetzee
The lesson from the smith and wesson is depressin’.
The Notorious B.I.G.
You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.
Nelson Mandela
When they finally put you in the ground, I’ll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down.
Elvis Costello
The votes elected officials make should be based on the best interests of the American people, not the fear of retribution when shadowy groups spend millions of dollars on negative advertisements.
Bernie Sanders
I don’t know karate, but I know crazy.
James Brown
The best revenge is to always survive yourself.
Henry Rollins
A proper criminal justice system exacts justice – that is, punishes criminals for their crimes. Rehabilitation and deterrence are worthy goals, but they are secondary to retribution.
Michael J. Knowles
A traitor commits his crime but once. The rest/is retribution.
Marie Howe
The divine power moves with difficulty, but at the same time surely.
Why would our president close the embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.
Jeb Bush
It’s impossible for minorities, impossible for people of color to be ever guilty of hate crimes. Because their only crimes are justified. Their crimes are justifiable. It’s retribution and payback for years and decades and maybe even centuries of oppressive behavior at the hands of the white majority.
Rush Limbaugh
Fundamentalist Muslim terrorists kill three thousand Americans, but America isn’t supposed to respond, because if we respond, they’ll respond. We always hear about ‘karmic retributions’ and the ‘cycle of violence’ only after we’ve been hit.
Ann Coulter
You can bring your enemies to their knees with the possible exception of the North Vietnamese.
James Taylor
You’re so consumed with how much you get, you waste your time with hate and regret.
Madonna Ciccone
Polling only works in a country without a depressed, frightened populace. Where the public trusts authorities enough to tell them the truth without fear of retribution.
Rick Perlstein
Forgiveness doesn’t diminish justice; it just entrusts it to God.В He guarantees the right retribution.
Max Lucado
When white men were willing to put their own offspring in the kitchen and corn field and allowed them to be sold into bondage as slaves and degraded them as another man’s slave, the retribution of wrath was hanging over this country and the South paid penance in four years of bloody war.
Rebecca Latimer Felton
Excess always carries it’s own retributions.
I see now that my faith was becoming an ally rather than an enemy because I could vent anger freely, even toward God, without fearing retribution.
Gerald Lawson Sittser
We must repay goodness and wickedness: but why exactly to the person who has done us a good or a wicked turn?
Friedrich Nietzsche
No penance serves to renew them, no massive transfusions of trust. Why not even revenge can undo them, so twisted these vows and so crushed.
Leonard Cohen
A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.
Edgar Allan Poe
As soon as she hit the door we start blastin’, I saw her brains hit the floor, raw laughin’.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Our history will be what we make of it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up with us. So, just once in a while let us exhault the importance of ideas and information.
Edward R. Murrow
When my nine goes buck, it will bust your head like a watermelon dropping 12 stories up.
Ice Cube
My trigger finger itching, positioned at your dome, one twitch and it’s on. No remorse or second thoughts.
Snoop Dogg
It is a long time,’ repeated his wife; ‘and when is it not a long time? Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.’ ‘It does not take a long time to strike a man with Lightning,’ said Defarge. ‘How long,’ demanded madame, composedly, ‘does it take to make and store the lightning? Tell me?
Charles Dickens
The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy.
Marcus Aurelius
I do see more and more people who are moving away from traditional religions that exclude others and have hatred as their basis, as part of their ideologies, that conceptualize an angry God that is going to take retribution on all the people who are not a certain way.
Wayne Dyer
Both cyber and old-fashioned human-intelligence industrial espionage has occurred for decades without any significant retribution by the United States.
Robert C. O’Brien
Those who put their faith in fire, in fire their faith shall be repaid.
Gordon Lightfoot
My baby she’s a long and lean, you mess with her you see a man get mean.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The poor homosexuals — they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is extracting an awful retribution (AIDS).
Pat Buchanan
Heaping glowing coals on another person’s head is usually misunderstood and comes to nothing because the other person knows just as well that he is in the right and has also given some thought on his own part to heaping coals.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Our current criminal justice system has no provision for restorative justice, in which an offender confronts the damage they have done and tries to make it right for the people they have harmed. […] Instead, our system of “corrections” is about arm’s-length revenge and retribution, all day and all night.
Piper Kerman
This violent rage that turned inward cannot be helped by drink.
Lou Reed
Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.
Charles Dickens
When poor and ordinary Americans who commit crimes are prosecuted and imprisoned, that is Justice. When the same thing is done to Washington elites, that is Ugly Retribution.
Glenn Greenwald
The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep.
Meg Greenfield
there is a law of retribution in all things, direct or indirect, visible or invisible.
Miles Franklin
What goes around, comes around.
Willie Nelson
A doctor, a judge, or a piece of paper shouldn’t have the power to tell someone who he or she is. We should all have the absolute and inalienable right to define ourselves, in our own terms and in our own languages, and to be able to express our identity and perspectives without fear of consequences and retribution.
Chelsea Manning
We’re out playing ball in the gym, I put boogers on the basketball and pass it to him.
Biz Markie
They wanna hang us, see us dead, or enslave us, keep us trapped in the same place we raised in. Then they wonder why we act so outrageous, run around stressed out and pull out gauges.
Dr. Dre
There are real facts in my poems, but facts mixed up in the perverse stubborn stew of imagination, add a pinch or two of revenge and retribution, a dash of amplification and reparation.
Philip Schultz
This is how the great post-partisan, post-racial, New Politics presidency ends – not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a desperate election-eve plea for ethnic retribution.
Charles Krauthammer
I’d love to spit some Beechnut in that dude’s eye and shoot him with my ole forty-five.
Hank Williams, Jr.
The ways of the gods are long, but in the end they are not without strength.
As they croak, I see myself in the pistol smoke.
Every time I scratch my nails down someone else’s back, I hope you feel it.
Alanis Morissette
One who has sinned cannot escape retribution in any other way than by repentance corresponding to his sin.
Marcus Eremita
RETRIBUTION, n. A rain of fire-and-brimstone that falls alike upon the just and such of the unjust as have not procured shelter by evicting them.
Ambrose Bierce
Domestic abuse is wrong, but domestic retribution is okay.
Dov Davidoff
No more Mr. Nice Guy.
Alice Cooper
Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.
Eric Hoffer
Jealousy endlessly eats through my mind, and jealously endlessly makes me be unkind.
Lou Reed
Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I have no doubt that the lies Trump told on the campaign trail will come crashing back at him in karmic retribution.
Marianne Williamson
But grant the wrath of Heaven be great, ’tis slow.
[Lat., Ut sit magna tamen certe lenta ira deorum est.]
I went and got a tire tool out of my truck, and straightened him out as cold as a block of ice. It was an attitude adjustment, and it’ll work every time.
Hank Williams, Jr.
Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
Hosea Ballou
On channels terrified of accusations of bias, or political retribution, comics making jokes about the growing power base of far-right politicians aren’t taking the ‘easy’ route.
Frankie Boyle
I will fight against the division politics of revenge and retribution. If you put me to work for you, I will work to lift people up, not put them down.
Hillary Clinton
God gives each his due at the time allotted.
An eye for an eye til everyone is blind.
Kathy Mattea
I’m gonna get me a gun, all those people who put me down you better get ready to run.
Cat Stevens
Memory is earth’s retribution for man’s sins.
Augusta Jane Evans
Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small.
Friedrich von Logau
But as some muskets so contrive it
As oft to miss the mark they drive at,
And though well aimed at dock or plover
Bear wide, and kick their owners over.
John Trumbull
Instead, our system of “corrections” is about arm’s-length revenge and retribution, all day and all night. Then its overseers wonder why people leave prison more broken than when they went in.
Piper Kerman