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Torture Quotes by Ogden Nash, Kofi Annan, Stephen Fry, Lawrence M. Krauss, Simone de Beauvoir, Oneohtrix Point Never and many others.

Some tortures are physical And some are mental, But the one that is both Is dental.
Ogden Nash
This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have endured the unimaginable. This is an occasion for the world to speak up against the unspeakable. It is long overdue that a day be dedicated to remembering and supporting the many victims and survivors of torture around the world.
Kofi Annan
How to seperate the humiliation from the loss, that’s the catch. You can never be sure if what tortures you is the pain of being without someone you love or the embarrassment of admitting that you have been rejected.
Stephen Fry
Donald Trump’s candidacy has been a source of anxiety for many reasons, but one stands out: the ability of the president to launch nuclear weapons. When it comes to starting a nuclear war, the president has more freedom than he or she does in, say, ordering the use of torture.
Lawrence M. Krauss
Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.
Simone de Beauvoir
I’m down for indefinitely chilling as long as I’m not self-aware during it. That seems like it could be torture on some level but a lot of people pray for that so who knows.
Oneohtrix Point Never
Strange how blind people are! They are horrified by the torture chambers of the Middle Ages, but their arsenals fill them with pride!
Bertha von Suttner
Who has not seen how women bully women? What tortures have men to endure compared to those daily repeated shafts of scorn and cruelty with which poor women are riddled by the tyrants of their sex?
William Makepeace Thackeray
The delights of this life are not its own, but our fear of the ascent into a higher life; the torments of this life are not its own, but our self-torment because of that fear.
Franz Kafka
To me, torture would be watching sports on television.
Quentin Tarantino
I was on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday. The question was, ‘You’re on the torture rack, they’re going to kill you, who are you going to vote for? Mitt Romney, or Barack Obama? I said, ‘Look, I’ve climbed Mount Everest. I know how to do what it takes. Take this to the bank: I would rather die.’
Gary Johnson
Torture can destroy the social fabric of communities, degrade a society’s institutions, and undermine the integrity of its political systems.
Peter Maurer
When we go to war, our politicians will be guided by our popular will. And if we believe that torture ‘got’ bin Laden, then we will be more prone to accept the view that a good ‘end’ can justify brutal ‘means.’
Alex Gibney
Because animals are property, we consider as ‘humane treatment’ that we would regard as torture if it were inflicted on humans.
Gary L. Francione
At the end, we brought her to New York, where I was living, for a series of experimental tortures that increased the misery of her days without increasing the number of them.
John Green
The martyr endured tortures to affirm his belief in truth but he never asserted his disbelief in torture.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Torture has been privatized now, so you have obviously the whole scandal in America about the abuse of prisoners and the fact that, army people might be made to pay a price, but who are the privatized torturers accountable too?
Arundhati Roy
If I had the capabilities of being something other than I am, I would. It’s no fun being an artist. You know what it’s like, writing, it’s torture.
John Lennon
I feel like the thing that I’ve learned a lot is when you’re involved in something, you don’t always get to appreciate it for what it is as much. You’re focused on the details and how you can make it better. It’s kind of torture.
With Hillary Clinton as our commander in chief, our international relations will not be reduced to a business transaction. I also know that our armed forces will not become an instrument of torture and they will not be engaged in murder or carry out other illegal activities.
John R. Allen
Shamefully we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management.
Edward Kennedy
An actress, around 40, on television, that’s where you get the most torture, I think.
Lisa Kudrow
How guilt refined the methods of self-torture, threading the beads of detail into an eternal loop, a rosary to be fingered for a lifetime.
Ian Mcewan
In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.
Luis Bunuel
I don’t know if I’ve got the capacity for all of the creativity that I want to put out there, which is annoying and frustrating – it’s kinda like torture.
Paolo Nutini
Mr. Solomon was right the worst kind of torture is watching someone you love get hurt.
Ally Carter
I am the wound and the knife!
I am the slap and the cheek!
I am the limbs and the rack,
And the victim and the executioner!
I am the vampire of my own heart.
Charles Baudelaire
People ask, “What could possibly cause a normal person to torture her own child?” Well, the answer is: Nothing could cause a normal person to torture their own child. The reason that we see that happening is that there are people who don’t care, who don’t love – even their own children.
Martha Stout
One line typed twenty years ago
can be blazed on a wall in spraypaint
to glorify art as detachment
or torture of those we
did not love but also
did not want to kill.
Adrienne Rich
Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
Barack Obama
Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one’s life well and happily.
Wilhelm Reich
A Communist officer told a Christian he was beating, ‘I am almighty, as you suppose your God can be. I can kill you.’ The Christian answered, ‘The power is all on my side. I can love you while you torture me to death.’
Richard Wurmbrand
To suggest that God specifically created a worm to torture small African children is blasphemy as far as I can see. The Archbishop of Canterbury doesn’t believe that.
David Attenborough
To discover depravity in those whom we have loved, is one of the most exquisite tortures to a virtuous mind, and the conviction is often rejected before it is finally admitted.
Ann Radcliffe
Every religion oppresses women. I talk about the Koran because I know this book best. It allows for torture and other mistreatment, especially for women. And I despise the Sharia laws. They cannot be changed. They must be thrown out, abolished.
Taslima Nasrin
Sitting and waiting for something to happen was the worst kind of torture.
Sara Zarr
Beyond my desire to boycott the torture factories, I am also way happier when I eat a plant-based diet, and I feel about a thousand times more energetic.
Olivia Wilde
Here was a torture that Greek inventors of the Feast and the Stone had omitted from their Hades: the Blanket of Self-Deception. A lovely warm blanket as far as it covered the soul in torment, but it never quite covered everything.
Jonathan Franzen
Forget the noose. Forget the Iron Maiden. Forget the electric chair or the guillotine. The mind was mankind’s most painful torture chamber, the blessed liberty to cogitate offering either doom or salvation, depending on one’s disposition.
Tiffanie DeBartolo
It’s sheer torture. I have to be up with the chickens every day and go to work on my body. I hate it, but I do it.
Eva Gabor
Barack Obama isn’t the first politician to break a promise, torture the truth or outright lie to the American people. But, he certainly is among the most accomplished at it.
Bob Beauprez
One man’s magic is another man’s gluey torture session.
Jackie Earle Haley
PersonallyВ I didn’t believe God had a private torture chamber. Hell was being cut off from God, cut off from his power, his energy, Him.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Penology…has become torture and foolishness, a waste of money and a cause of crime…a blotting out of sight and heightening of social anxiety.
Paul Goodman
Oh, torture. Torture. My pubic hairs went gray.
Steven Spielberg
Heartbreak has an archetypal core, all heartbroken individuals suffer from the same kind of torture.
Ginette Paris
They’ll torture you for months before killing you if you run” Otis shrugged, as if this was an everyday occurrence.
Heather Brewer
No matter how bad you make the torture scenes, the reality was much worse. Because you cannot put on screen 70 days and nights with no sleep. And this is the easiest part of the torture.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Extreme torture is mute, and so we sat silent, petrified, like columns of marble buried under the sand of an earthquake. Neither wished to listen to the other because our heart-threads had become weak and even breathing would have broken them.
Khalil Gibran
Each human being can at once be a fighter and forgiver. When self-doubt tortures him, he most play the role of a fighter. And when his own ignorance humiliates him, he must play the role of a forgiver.
Sri Chinmoy
Mothers who force their daughters into interested marriage, are worse than the Ammonites who sacrificed their children to Moloch–the latter undergoing a speedy death, the former suffering years of torture, but too frequently leading to the same result.
John Wilmot
What’s surprising is that the people who fought against torture here are the communists.
Jean-Marie Le Pen
Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.
Matt Groening
They want me to give another concert but I have no desire to do so. You cannot imagine what a torture the three days before a public appearance are to me.
Frederic Chopin
Clarinet n. An instrument of torture operated by a person with cotton in his ears. There are two instruments worse than a clarinet – two clarinets.
Ambrose Bierce
John Kerry gave the enemy for free what I and many of my comrades in North Vietnam in the prison camps took torture to avoid saying.
Paul Galanti
It may perhaps be said that it signifies nothing to a man what is done to him after he is dead; but it signifies much to the living; it either tortures their feelings or hardens their hearts.
Thomas Paine
Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.
Paulo Coelho
This work is a torture on the rump but a joy to the heart.
Eduardo Galeano
Paul, we are going to kill you. That is cool, then I will go to Christ. Ok Paul, we are going to let you live. That is great, then I can witness Christ. Ok, then we will torture you. That is fine, then I will receive a reward in Heaven one day.
Tony Evans
The US has attacked countries like Grenada, Panama, Libya… the list of victims of US terrorism is almost infinite. And the US government’s participation in torture, whether in El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile… is well-documented and widely known.
Assata Shakur
Intolerance has always been one of the cornerstones of Christianity – the glorious heritage of the Inquisition. It’s no coincidence that most of my abusive mail – sentencing me to exquisite Oriental tortures and relegating me to hell-fire and damnation -comes from self-admitted Catholics.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair
To those human beings who are of any concern to me, I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill treatment, indignities, profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, and the wretchedness of the vanquished.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I did a lot of research on what solitary confinement does to you, how you become acclimated to being surrounded by people again after being by yourself for such a long time. It’s really a horrific thing. It’s definitely worth considering it as torture. We’re just not meant to be in solitary confinement.
Bill Skarsgard
It would be advisable to think of progress in the crudest, most basic terms: that no one should go hungry anymore, that there should be no more torture, no more Auschwitz. Only then will the idea of progress be free from lies.
Theodor Adorno
Among the tortures and devestations of life is this then – our friends are not able to finish their stories.
Virginia Woolf
If it’s torture flying one airline and [yours] is a pleasant experience, it certainly helps your revenue.
David Neeleman
Torture is banned but in two-thirds of the world’s countries it is still being committed in secret. Too many governments still allow wrongful imprisonment, murder or ‘disappearance’ to be carried out by their officials with impunity.
Peter Benenson
Forget the threat of Hell’s infernal flames. The true torture would condemn a man to wait and wait and wait – for an eternity
Sharon Kay Penman
Images break with a small ping, their destruction is as wonderful as their being, they are essentially instruments of torture exploding through the individual’s calloused capacity to feel undifferentiated emotions full of longing and dissatisfaction and monumentality.
E. L. Doctorow
Thinking is a great joy for a good writer and a great torture for the bad one!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Marriage is an exercise in torture.
Frances Conroy
I cannot be a teacher without exposing who I am.
Paulo Freire
There is such a torture, happily unknown to ancient tyranny, as talking a man to death. Marcus Aurelius advises to assent readily to great talkers–in hopes, I suppose, to put an end to the argument.
Laurence Sterne
I told the people before they tortured me, please, don’t torture me. I didn’t do anything. They say, we have to torture you very much. Then when they tortured me, I told them everything they want to hear. I signed confession. That said, the ball was in their court. You know, I very much surrender to my lot.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
God discovers the martyr and confessor without the trial of flames and tortures, and will hereafter entitle many to the reward of actions which they had never the opportunity of performing.
Joseph Addison
In the wake of 9/11, we were desperate to bring those responsible for the brutal attacks to justice. But even that urgency did not justify torture. The United States must be held to a higher standard than our enemies, yet some of our actions did not clear that bar.
Dianne Feinstein
The best authorities are unanimous in saying that a war with H-bombs might possibly put an end to the human race. It is feared that if many H-bombs are used there will be universal death, sudden only for a minority, but for the majority a slow torture of disease and disintegration.
Bertrand Russell
There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart – an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime
Edgar Allan Poe
When you go card dead its torture just sitting there.
Doyle Brunson
I’m exceptionally email un-savvy, so to reply to my emails is like a torture. It’s like literally, half of all my emails, I get my secretary to type out for me. And the personal ones, I avoid and just pick up the phone and call them.
Karan Johar
You know, in my music career there was a moment where the irony was just so heavy. There were people in my audience that were the reason I developed neuroses. These people that tortured my life were using my art, my poetry, as fuel for them, to torture other people.
Fred Durst
My motivation is paying the mortgage. No joke. Honestly. I still suffer with nerves and think, ‘Why am I putting myself through this torture?’ It’s not actually the love of winning – it’s that building of a partnership with a horse. Just riding horses every day keeps me going. And that threat of losing the mortgage.
Lee Pearson
Love doesn’t happen in an instant. It creeps up on you and then it turns your life upside-down. It colours your waking moments and fills your dreams. You begin to walk on air and see life in brilliant new shades. But it also brings with it a sweet agony, a delicious torture.
Vikas Swarup
Torture is torture and humiliation is humiliation only when you choose to suffer.
Chuck Palahniuk
What has here happened is that the instinct of cruelty, which has turned inwards, has become self-torture, and all man’s animal instincts have been reinterpreted as guilt towards God. Every Nay man utters to his nature, to his real being, he flings out as a Yea, an affirmation of reality applied to God’s sanctity
Georg Brandes
What torture, this life in society! Often someone is obliging enough to offer me a light, and in order to oblige him I have to fish a cigarette out of my pocket.
Karl Kraus
The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
Maria Montessori
Going to the blackboard at school was the worst torture.
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
Fancy tortures more people than does reality
I abhor anything that constitutes torture. Water-boarding, its perfectly clear to me it is torture. I never supported extraordinary rendition to torture, always said that Guantanamo should be closed. There is no clash of ideals and pragmatism there.
David Miliband
It is the policy of the United States not to engage in torture, and there are federal criminal laws that prohibit torture.
John Yoo
The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture them. The more we love them, and the more cleverly we torture them along the lines of their greatest vulnerability and fear, the better the story.
Janet Fitch
I don’t believe in a recipe for success. You have to work hard; you may not always get it right – you have to bounce back from situations, and you have to be really focused and determined. It’s important to have fun as well. Work shouldn’t be a torture.
Giles Deacon
They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience.
Mahatma Gandhi
If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.
Ronald Coase
When my father was arrested, we didn’t know where they had him. My mother found him at the house of torture. It was called Villa Triste.
Oriana Fallaci
The alternative position to whether torture is acceptable – that’s not an alternative position, that’s barbarism. The question here is not whether torture is acceptable or whether it works. It should be simply seen as a war crime. There’s no other position on torture.
Henry Giroux
If there is aught of good in the style, it is the result of ceaseless toil in rewriting. Everything comes out wrong with me at first; but when once objectified in a crude shape, I can torture and poke and scrape and pat it till it offends me no more.
William James
Because golf exposes the flaws of the human swing – a basically simple maneuver – it causes more self-torture than any game short of Russian roulette.
Grantland Rice
When improv is bad, it’s excruciating to watch, and to be involved with it is a unique type of torture.
Zach Woods
The new CIA torture report is 6 million pages long. It’s almost as long as a George Clooney pre-nup.
David Letterman
My decision to view the world through novels, as it were, which is a typically European way of looking at things, became a heavy burden for me. But I took it on consciously, even though it was torture for me.
Orhan Pamuk
Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.
Ida B. Wells
…for the human brain can become the best torture house of all those it has invented, established and used in a millions of years, in millions of lands, on millions of howling creatures.
Vladimir Nabokov
To teach is part of the very fabric of learning.
Paulo Freire
You run on the treadmill. But you need to stop watching The Food Network when you’re doing it. That is how you torture yourself.
Jimmy Fallon
People with an investment in government power will torture logic like a medieval inquisitor rather than face the facts. … There’s a simple way to keep money out of politics: Keep politics out of our money.
Sheldon Richman
If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.
Tryon Edwards
To explore the whole sphere of the modern soul, to have sat in every nook- my ambition, my torture, and my happiness
Friedrich Nietzsche
Is your face a beautiful blossom or a sweet torture? I have no complaints but my heart is tempted to let you hear of its sorrows.
Your blessing in life is when you find the torture you’re comfortable with.
Jerry Seinfeld
It should be forbidden and severely punished to remove cancer by cutting, burning, cautery, and other fiendish tortures. It is from nature that the disease comes, and from nature comes the cure, not from physicians.
Everything is vain and tortures the spirit instead of calming and satisfying it.
Johann Georg Hamann
George W. Bush legalized torture, but Obama is legalizing impunity. He promised to roll stuff back, but he is institutionalizing these things forever. It is terrifying and the left doesn’t seem to recognize it.
Naomi Wolf
I will criticize President Obama on this level: it’s a good thing I’m not president because I would prosecute every person that was involved in that torture. I would prosecute the people that did it. I would prosecute the people that ordered it. Because torture is against the law.
Jesse Ventura
Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.
Charles Horton Cooley
Airports and ‘leg room’ on planes are a form of medieval torture.
Mary E. Pearson
Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it’s a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive.
John Grisham
Governments that block the aspirations of their people, that steal or are corrupt, that oppress and torture or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgement of their own people, or where warranted, the reach of international law.
William Hague
It must be observed that fishing with any living bait is to be condemned for the same reason as fishing with a worm: in all such instances we torture two animals at once for our amusement.
Thomas Young
Torture, including practices like waterboarding, violates the legal and moral standards of all civilized nations.
Jerrold Nadler
You know, your sarcasm isn’t appreciated right now. I’ve been drugged, beaten, nearly raped, saved, drugged again, hijacked, and now threatened by you. Tell me, what else should I look forward to? Torture, or just a good maiming? (Kiara)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
The last few centuries have seen the world freed from several scourges-slavery, for example; death by torture for heretics; and, most recently, smallpox. I am optimistic enough to believe that the next scourge to disappear will be large-scale warfare-killed by the existence and nonuse of nuclear weapons.
Luis Walter Alvarez
Women have a hard time of it in this world. They are oppressed by man-made laws, man-made social customs, masculine egoism, the delusion of masculine superiority. Their one comfort is the assurance that, even though it may be impossible to prevail against man, it is always possible to enslave and torture a man.
H. L. Mencken
Modern man likes to pretend that his thinking is wide-awake. But this wide-awake thinking has led us into the mazes of a nightmare in which the torture chambers are endlessly repeated in the mirrors of reason.
Octavio Paz
The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better.
Pope Francis
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.
Haim Ginott
We have a very clear position in the U.K. against torture, and we should maintain that.
Theresa May
Urging humans to be superhumans, on pain of death and torture, is the urging of terrible self-abasement at their repeated and inevitable failure to keep the rules.
Christopher Hitchens
Women are their own worst enemies. And guilt is the main weapon of self-torture . . . Show me a woman who doesn’t feel guilty and I’ll show you a man.
Erica Jong
That torture is wrong can never be the conclusion to any line of reasoning because it has to be a fundamental premise. Witnessing to the humanity of the other is the place where all moral reasoning must begin.
Giles Fraser
If torture is going to be administered as a last resort in the ticking-bomb case, to save enormous numbers of lives, it ought to be done openly, with accountability, with approval by the president of the United States or by a Supreme Court justice.
Alan Dershowitz
I would suffer all the humiliation, all the torture, the absolute ostracism and even death, to prevent violence
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I do not think that torture is necessary. But it may be the case that interrogation methods that go beyond questioning, but do not arise to the level of torture, may be necessary to get actionable intelligence from high-ranking al Qaeda leaders.
John Yoo
I’ve been water-boarded, and I speak from experience, and it’s torture.
Jesse Ventura
I have made up my mind that if there is a God, he will be merciful to the merciful. Upon that rock I stand. That he will not torture the forgiving. Upon that rock I stand. That every man should be true to himself, and that there is no world, no star in which honesty is a crime. Upon that rock I stand.
Robert Green Ingersoll
If one writes or reads novels from the point of view of psychology, it is very inconsistent and petty to want to shy away from even the slowest and most detailed analysis of the most unnatural lusts, gruesome tortures, shocking infamy, and disgusting sensual or spiritual impotence.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
With torture ,as with making love, foreplay is the all important factor
Jeffrey Archer
We rarely know what motivates somebody in their work, and it’s usually a particular moment in their life. For me, that moment is my brother’s incarceration and the ways in which this country has decided to neglect, abuse, and sometimes torture people with severe mental illness, especially if they’re black.
Patrisse Cullors
People say you need to be strong, smart, and lucky to survive hard times, war, a natural disaster, or physical torture. But I say emotional abuse—anxiety, fear, guilt, and degradation—is far worse and much harder to survive.
Lisa See
Who shrinks from knowledge of his calamities but aggravates his fear; troubles half seen, shall torture all the more.
Seneca the Younger
Although the teachers or the students are not the same, the person in charge of education is being formed or re-formed as he/she teaches, and the person who is being taught forms him/herself in the process. …There is, in fact, no teaching without learning.
Paulo Freire
Her absence had felt like torture–almost a form of personal punishment. He had nobody to discuss his feelings with, and for the first time he realised with appalling clarity what a destructive hold she had over him.
Steig Larsson
The quivering flesh, though torture-torn, may live, but souls, once deeply wounded, heal no more.
Ebenezer Elliott
My position on the POW issue has been widely misquoted and taken out of context. What I originally said and have continued to say is that the POW’s are lying if they assert it was North Vietnamese policy to torture American Prisoners.
Jane Fonda
I just made the decision that I was going to try comedy, and if didn’t work, then I knew it didn’t work. Then I would go back and do whatever. But at least I wouldn’t torture myself the rest of my life, wondering whatever would have happened.
Bob Newhart
Ronnie had it right calling it Torture. That is a much more accurate description the way I see it.
Ronald Coase
From the moment I start a new novel, life’s just one endless torture. The first few chapters may go fairly well and I may feel there’s still a chance to prove my worth, but that feeling soon disappears and every day I feel less and less satisfied.
Emile Zola
Animal life, sombre mystery. All nature protests against the barbarity of man, who misapprehends, who humiliates, who tortures his inferior brethren.
Jules Michelet
We can also allow our Soulmate to pass us by,without accepting him or her,or even noticing. Then we will need another incarnation in order to find that Soulmate. And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: loneliness.
Paulo Coelho
I’m a Midwesterner! Not being able to have a cheeseburger once in a while would be torture!
Jessica Capshaw
Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torture.
Ayn Rand
All art is solitary and the studio is a torture area.
Alexander Liberman
Beware of the problem of testing too many hypotheses; the more you torture the data, the more likely they are to confess, but confessions obtained under duress may not be admissible in the court of scientific opinion.
Stephen Stigler
I am very depressed and deeply disgusted with painting. It is really a continual torture.
Claude Monet
Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.
Torture can be a two edged sword.
Christine Feehan
Get arrested. Destroy the property of those who torture animals. Liberate those animals interned in the hellholes our society tolerates.
Jerry Vlasak
Many times I see you as a portrait of torture.
Ira Glass
How great the lie right to the top: We don’t torture people in America and people who say we do simply know nothing about our country.
George W. Bush
The function of education has never been to free the mind and the spirit of man, but to bind them; and to the end that the mind and spirit of his children should never escape, Homo Sapiens has employed praise, ridicule, admonition, accusation, mutilation, and even torture to chain them to the culture pattern.
Jules Henry
Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.
Marva Collins
Doctors cut, burn, and torture the sick, and then demand of them an undeserved fee for such services.
Given the choice of apathy or someone liberating mink, burning down a research torture-laboratory, or killing a vivisectionist or other DIRECT murderer of animals, I will choose the aforesaid actions over apathy any day of the week.-
Gary Yourofsky
Consciousness is an end in itself. We torture ourselves getting somewhere, and when we get there it is nowhere, for there is nowhere to get to.
D. H. Lawrence
We used to flock to watch gladiators, public torture and executions. In more recent times, our appetite for mortal violence has been sublimated in sports, photorealistic video games, film and literature.
Kenneth Oppel
Beauty is what attracts men naturally, but really I think we dress for other women, not necessarily for men. We torture ourselves every single day, and I wish that we wouldn’t because we should all just get along, really.
Odette Annable
As a child, I used to ‘torture’ other kids by making them be in my shows. I would sell tickets to neighbors and organize performances.
Jasmila Zbanic
In life eternal, there is perfect joy and light, without pain or torture, and there is communion with God Himself and His angels.
Jan Hus
The torture and other sadistic abuses of prisoners in Iraq have done immense damage already to America’s reputation in the world, and the worst may be yet to come. Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management.
Edward Kennedy
Animal rights activists talk about cruelty and torture, some backing their assertions by publishing out-of-date photographs of “experiments” banned long ago. This is a misrepresentation. The work we do is performed with compassion, care, humanity and humility. I have never seen an animal suffer pain.
Robert Winston
Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
If a symbolic language dies, it tortures us like a nightmare, like a thousand piece orchestra grating on our nerves and tearing our mind to pieces.. .It is a corpse with no symbolic power or strength.
Asger Jorn
White men should exhibit the same insensibility to moral tortures that red men do to physical torments.
Theophile Gautier
That’s a weird way to torture yourself. Just watch a movie, over and over, that you hate. That’s really funny – that’s probably exactly what hell is like.
Rob Huebel
Obama had the audacity to say, ‘I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States.’ Ladies and gentlemen, torture in the United States has always been illegal.
Rush Limbaugh
In spite of muzzling the press, imprisoning thousands, and engaging in torture, kidnapping and murder, the Socialist government was still vulnerable to the accusation of being “soft on Basques.
Mark Kurlansky
Of course, there is nothing intrinsic linking any religion with any act of violence. The crusades don’t prove that Christianity was violent. The Inquisition doesn’t prove that Christianity tortures people. But that Christianity did torture people.
Salman Rushdie
Sadistic literature is not only inhumane. It is anti-human.
Storm Jameson
I think there would be less torture with a warrant requirement than without one.
Alan Dershowitz
I have said repeatedly that America doesn’t torture and I’m going to make sure that we don’t torture. Those are part and parcel an effort to regain America’s moral stature in the world.
Barack Obama
Are we not all flung into the world for no other purpose than to hate each other, and so to torture ourselves and one another?
Leo Tolstoy
So much torture, bloodshed, deceit. You cannot make your young people practice torture twenty-four hours a day and not expect to pay a price for it.
Jean-Paul Sartre
And we must fight back! President Snow says he’s sending us a message? Well, I have one for him. You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that? Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!
Suzanne Collins
In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.
Mother Teresa
Love is a reciprocal torture.
Marcel Proust
When you know what’s most important to you, making a decision is quite simple. Most people, though, are unclear about what’s most important in their lives, and thus decision making becomes a form of internal torture.
Tony Robbins
If I was whisked away… I think I could put up with anything, except not seeing the Australian landscape. It would be a torture to have it cut off.
Arthur Boyd
To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.
Ayn Rand
No conditions justify torture.
Norman Finkelstein
There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet’s bombast!
Jean de la Bruyere
Those who have arrived at any very eminent degree of excellence in the practice of an art or profession have commonly been actuated by a species of enthusiasm in their pursuit of it. They have kept one object in view amidst all the vicissitudes of time and torture.
John Knox
Citizens of Rome might boast that the claim of ‘Civus romanus sum’ set them apart from barbarians and slaves, and it was true up to a point, but Roman citizens lived in a society that accepted pain, cruelty, and torture as the norm, and in which there was no suggestion of equality at birth or mercy in the afterlife.
Michael Korda
Well, to the people who pray for me to not only have an agonising death, but then be reborn to have an agonising and horrible eternal life of torture, I say, ‘Well, good on you. See you there.’
Christopher Hitchens
Nothing says you care for me better than offering to torture my enemies.
Maria V. Snyder
Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal its horrors. They indoctrinate children with hatred. I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate.
Albert Einstein
There is still much debate about whether torture has been effective in eliciting information – the assumption being, apparently, that if it is effective, then it may be justified.
Noam Chomsky
I wonder… if the Republican Party really wants to be branded right now as the party of tax cuts and torture? I mean that’s what they’re selling.
Chris Matthews
In an era where the White House is abusing power, is excusing and authorizing torture and is spying on American citizens, I find Judge [Samuel] Alito’s support for an all-powerful executive branch to be genuinely troubling.
Samuel Alito
Victims should come first.
Maria Julia Hernandez
There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, & experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction.
For the world is founded and built up on death, and the reality of death is neither to be questioned nor feared. Death is a dark dream, but it is not a nightmare. It is mankind’s lack of pity, mankind’s fatal propensity for torture, that is the nightmare.
Mary Webb
From the heart of the fountain of delight rises a jet of bitterness that tortures us among the very flowers.
Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is one of history’s great tragedies that American conservatism, born in part in resistance to Soviet torture, should end by endorsing it in America, by Americans.
Andrew Sullivan
The universe appears to me like an immense, inexorable torture-garden…Passions, greed, hatred, and lies; social institutions, justice, love, glory, heroism, and religion: these are its monstrous flowers and its hideous instruments of eternal human suffering.
Octave Mirbeau
Transplant is a life-changing ‘experience. Organ donation transforms lives. It is torture for you, torment for you as an individual in need.
Andy Cole
Wit implies hatred or contempt of folly and crime, produces its effects by brisk shocks of surprise, uses the whip of scorpions and the branding-iron, stabs, stings, pinches, tortures, goads, teases, corrodes, undermines.
Edwin Percy Whipple
I saw the various museum displays including scenes of torture while feeling heartfelt remorse and sorrow over the great pain and suffering inflicted on South Koreans by Japan’s colonial rule.
Junichiro Koizumi
We go in to liberate Cuba, but Cuba still isn’t free; we don’t really think through what we’ll do after the initial treaty is signed, but we’re still occupying. There’s chaos and torture and finally an outcry.
Sarah Vowell
The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. Indifference creates evil. Hatred is evil itself. Indifference is what allows evil to be strong, what gives it power.
Elie Wiesel
I mean… mankind has for hundreds of years known that torture is not a very smart way to get information. It’s horrible that we’re going back to medieval times.
Stellan Skarsgard
There have been poverty, pestilence, and famine, which were due to man’s inadequate mastery of nature. There have been wars, oppressions and tortures which have been due to men’s hostility to their fellow men.
Bertrand Russell
Writers are doubters, compulsives, self-flagellants. The torture only stops for brief moments.
Erica Jong
The enslavement, humiliation, torture, and ultimate destruction of thousands upon thousands of human beings for a project for which there was ultimately no purpose is a horror that’s very hard to imagine, far less understand.
Richard Flanagan
Torture anywhere is an affront to human dignity everywhere…
I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture.
George W. Bush
The Auschwitz praxis was based on a new principle: for one portion of mankind, existence itself is a crime, punishable by humiliation, torture, and death. And the new world produced by this praxis included two kinds of inhabitants, those who were given the “punishment” and those who administered it.
Emil Fackenheim
There are two proper ways to use garlic: pounding and blooming. Neither involves a press, which is little more than a torture device for a beloved ingredient, smushing it up into watery squiggles of inconsistent size that will never cook evenly or vanish into a vinaigrette. If you have one, throw it away!
Samin Nosrat
I am on a strict diet now and medication. It’s torture, I simply cannot eat every two hours, which is the way all nutrition plans work these days. I lose weight but the minute I start eating again, I rapidly put it back.
Shabana Azmi
The use of torture on suspected terrorists after Sept. 11 has already earned a place in American history’s hall of shame, alongside the Alien and Sedition Acts, Japanese internment during World War II, and the excesses of the McCarthy era.
Jacob Weisberg
There’s no Hell mentioned in the Old Testament. The punishment of the dead is not specified there. It’s only with gentle Jesus, meek and mild, that the idea of eternal torture for minor transgressions is introduced.
Christopher Hitchens
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The conscious mind is the editor, and the subconscious mind is the writer. And the joy of writing, when you’re writing from your subconscious, is beautiful – it’s thrilling. When you’re editing, which is your conscious mind, it’s like torture.
Steve Martin
All this happiness on display is suspect… If they think – and they could be right – that continued torture and summary executions, ethnic cleansing and occasional genocide are preferable to an invasion, they should be sombre in their view.
Ian Mcewan
I think if you’re looking for a pure expression of evil, torture is pretty – is a pretty good candidate.
Mark Danner
I think the difference between being miserable and finding happiness is just a matter of perspective. If you live your life defining yourself by what other people think of you, it’s a form of self-torture.
Sarah Silverman
I have no fear of the Hereafter. An orthodox hell could hardly be more torture than my life has been.
Robert E. Howard
A bad outfit can really get me down. If I’m wearing something really normal and boring, it’s like torture.
Alexa Chung
I’ve already told you: the only way to a woman’s heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure.
Marquis de Sade
So,high heels weren’t a modern invention. I couldn’t believe women had been putting up with these torture devices for centuries.
Karen Chance
Making sure that when my child went to school people were enlightened enough not to torture them, you know?
Jennifer Beals
Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.
Albert Einstein
Yet it is awful to love a person who is a torture to you. And a fascinating person who loves you and won’t hear of anything but your loving him and living right by his side through all eternity!
Agnes Smedley
It’s part of the job of the actor to torture the director.
Harrison Ford
I am one of the few people I know of who has argued in print that torture may be an ethical necessity in our war on terror.
Sam Harris
To live a life which is a perpetual falsehood is to suffer unknown tortures.
Victor Hugo
We have found ways… to torture and maim animals and make their lives a misery, almost a living hell… in the multinational food industry… and in laboratories where often the most important thing being researched is the latest in lipstick or face cream.
David Oderberg
The war against terrorism is a war against those who engage in torture.
Ed Markey
The United States does not torture.
George W. Bush
Where Young must torture his invention To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.
Jonathan Swift
A dungeon horrible, on all sides round, As one great furnace, flamed; yet from those flames No light, but rather darkness visible Serv’d only to discover sights of woe, Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace And rest can never dwell, hope never comes That comes to all; but torture without end.
John Milton
I know so many songs. I’m like a walking karaoke torture machine.
Evan Dando
love, which is a madness, and a scourge, and a fever, and a delusion, and a snare, is also a mystery, and very imperfectly understood by everyone except the individual sufferer who writhes under its tortures.
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Military necessity does not admit of cruelty – that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, . . . nor of torture to extort confessions.
Abraham Lincoln
O joy of suffering! To struggle against great odds! to meet enemies undaunted! To be entirely alone with them! to find how much one can stand! To look strife, torture, prison, popular odium, death, face to face! To mount the scaffold! to advance to the muzzles of guns with perfect nonchalance! To be indeed a God!
Walt Whitman
At best, I consider flying an unavoidable necessity, a time to resurrect forgotten prayers and contemplate the end of all joy in a twisted howling heap of machinery; at worst, I rank it right up there with psychotic episodes and torture at the hands of malevolent strangers.
T.C. Boyle
Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, destroy you as an artist. It’s a black wall. It’s a thief.
Dave Grohl
If I can’t enjoy the full and total happiness of love, then I want to drain its torments, its tortures to the dregs; then I want the woman I love to mistreat me, betray me, and the more cruelly the better. That too is a pleasure.
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile.
Napoleon Bonaparte
People get all upset about torture, but when you get right down to it, it’s really a pretty good way of finding out something a person doesn’t want you to know.
George Carlin
A lot of powerful people in Washington may think it’s a crazy-leftist-fringe position to think the intellectual authors of a torture regime should be investigated and prosecuted.
John Cusack
Once you have lived with another, it is a great torture to have to live alone.
Carson McCullers
Torture is illegal. Torture is banned by various provisions of the law. I support that.
Mike Pence
Teach me, 0 God, not to torture myself, not to make a martyr out of myself through stifling reflection, but rather teach me to breathe deeply in faith.
Soren Kierkegaard
Aside from the occasional genocide, oppression, evil and torture, etc., it is inarguable that public policy could be implemented more rapidly in an autocracy.
David Harsanyi
It’s the boredom that kills you. You read until you’re tired of that. You do crossword puzzles until you’re tired of that. This is torture. This is mental torture.
Jack Kevorkian
The man doesn’t want me messing with it and, no offense, I wouldn’t anger him. I’ve seen what he can do and it’s the stuff horror movies are made of. Body part flailing, blood. Lots of blood and torture. (Berith)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
There are clues in the script… he will say “I think drugs are immoral”‘… but the guy who says that kills, tortures, pimps and has whores working for him. There is this strange morality going on, which is rather like the Mafia.
David Suchet
In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Brazilian bikini wax is torture. To show a little appreciation, you could trim your nose hair. And your nut sack.
Kathryn Hahn
Some people who meet me might think I starve myself, because there’s such an assumption that being thin involves putting yourself through torture and punishing your body, but I’m just naturally skinny – you should watch me demolish a ploughman’s lunch.
Tamsin Egerton
I spent four years in the Marine Corp, and a big part of the Marine Corp, especially in boot camp, is torture. The military is not going to like me saying that, but that’s what it is. Boot camp is one of the most torturous things I’ve ever been through.
Travis Aaron Wade
All they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with a rope and torture a confession out of it. They begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means.
Billy Collins
When stuck years ago in a job I hated, my only friend was the public bench. As the tedious mornings dragged on, how I would long for the lunch hour, when I would be able to escape the torture of the office and stroll over to the churchyard and into the comforting wooden embrace of one of its benches.
Tom Hodgkinson
We had a small farm growing up. It was my grandfather’s farm, and we didn’t torture the animals, and we didn’t feed them stuff we wouldn’t eat.
Sandra Lerner
There is no worse torture than knowing intellectually about love and the way.
Reading a book you are not enjoying is a torture not to be undertaken without a reward. I leave plays at the interval, too!
Mariella Frostrup
My style of singing has always been referred to ‘soul’ singing when it fact it’s more influenced by English R&B Blues Shouting. I’m closer to Led Zeppelin as a vocalist than to Ella Fitzgerald. It was torture dealing with major labels.
Alison Moyet
Option 1: Attempt to back out. Probable result: Death after painful torture. Option 2: Do the job and hope. Probable result: Death but probably no torture (good)
Nalini Singh
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
Denis Diderot
It’ll be your own torture,” he said, serious. “I hope to God it’ll torture you to madness.
Anthony Burgess
Nothing whatever but the constitutional law, the political structure, of these United States protects any American from arbitrary seizure of his property and his person, from the Gestapo and the Storm Troops, from the concentration camp, the torture chamber, the revolver at the back of his neck in a cellar.
Rose Wilder Lane
Torture is such a slippery slope; as soon as you allow a society or any legal system to do that, almost instantly you get a situation where people are being tortured for very trivial reasons.
Iain Banks
Life is too short to torture yourself for no reason.
Martin Starr
The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education.
John Updike
I had the misfortune of getting what skateboarders call hippers. It’s when you fall on your hip again and again and again, just the same spot. It turns into like a blue purple bruise and it’s just torture because I had to keep on doing the same move, going around in the pool again.
Emile Hirsch
What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry.
Bertrand Russell
Man should regard lower animals as being in the same dependent condition as minors under his government … For a man to torture an animal whose life God has put into his hands, is a disgrace to his species.
Ed Buckner
We must have done something very wicked before we were born, or else we must be going to be very happy indeed when we are dead, for God to let this life have all the tortures of expiation and all the sorrows of an ordeal.
Alexandre Dumas-fils
[Deadpool] is definitely squirm-inducing. It’s a pretty hard R, violence-wise. But cartoony, also. Maybe fast-forward through to torture scenes.
Doug Benson
When we lose our individual independence in the corporateness of a mass movement, we find a new freedom — freedom to hate, bully, lie, torture, murder and betray without shame and remorse.
Eric Hoffer
In the Averoff prison hospital I saw men who had had the bones in their feet broken by the severity of the torture.
Mikis Theodorakis
Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan For that deep wound it gives my friend and me; Is’t not enough to torture me alone, But slave to slavery my sweet’st friend must be?
William Shakespeare
If any mention was made of homicide, madness, adultery, and intolerable tortures, we would let the church-bells ring louder, the church-organ swell its peal and drown the hideous sound. The sugar they raised was excellent: nobody tasted blood in it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the ‘naturals,’ the ones who somehow know how to teach.
Peter Drucker
Don’t tell anyone, but on the pagan day of the sun god Ra, I kneel at the foot of an ancient instrument of torture and consume ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh. …And if any of you care to join me, come to the Harvard chapel on Sunday, kneel beneath the crucifix, and take Holy Communion.
Dan Brown
There are nations, where people live in captivity, fear and silence. I believe, one day from prison camps and torture cells and from exile the leaders of freedom will emerge. The world should stand with those oppressed people until the day of their freedom finally arrives.
Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
The United States is now relearning an ancient lesson, dating back to the Roman Empire. Brutalizing an enemy only serves to brutalize the army ordered to do it. Torture corrodes the mind of the torturer.
James Risen
Hell has no benefits, only torture.
John Milton
Bin Laden’s death and the debate over torture.
John McCain
Being a detective isn’t all about torture and murder and monsters. Sometimes it gets truly unpleasant…The fate of the world may depend on whether or not you can bring yourself to visit your relatives.
Derek Landy
I am very lucky that I get to go to work and laugh all day for my day job, and then go home and torture my artistic self.
Reid Scott
On March 5, 2011, protesters stormed the Egyptian state security headquarters. In real time, activists shared their discoveries on Twitter as they moved through a building that had until recently been one of the Mubarak regime’s largest torture facilities.
Rebecca MacKinnon
I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me: and to me High mountains are a feeling, but the hum of human cities torture.
Lord Byron
I’ve learned powerful lessons about the nature of forgiveness from human rights defenders. For example, for the greater good of his country, Kofi Woods emerged from a torture chamber in Liberia to later defend the very men who had brutalized him.
Kerry Kennedy
Not all the Americans in Iraq are those who torture and murder, or course they’re not, I don’t know how many are doing it, I know it is systematic throughout the United States military I think that’s been revealed.
John Pilger
In Turkey, we have lived almost everything that could be lived; war and torture… The war concept was consumed to its limits. But there is only one way we have not tried: negotiations, peace, and talking.
Osman Baydemir
I hate wearing anything tight. A corset is my idea of torture.
Raquel Zimmermann
I cannot write a speech. The pen is an extinguisher upon my mind and a torture to my nerves. I am the most habitual extemporaneous speaker that I have ever known.
Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II
The aim of torture is to destroy a person as a human being, to destroy their identity and soul. It is more evil than murder.
Inge Genefke
Now it is nothing but torture.
Sigmund Freud
SORCERY, n. The ancient prototype and forerunner of political influence. It was, however, deemed less respectable and sometimes was punished by torture and death.
Ambrose Bierce
Was she really beautiful? Was she at least what they call attractive? She was exasperation, she was torture.
Vladimir Nabokov
Imparting education not only enlightens the receiver, but also broadens the giver – the teachers, the parents, the friends.
Amartya Sen
There is something about the photographs that is endlessly disturbing. The fact that we like to think of them as torture actually hides what is really deeply offensive about them.
Errol Morris
Trust me no tortures which the poets feign
Can match the fierce unutterable pain
He feels, who night and day devoid of rest
Carries his own accuser in his breast.
The purpose of torture is not getting information. It’s spreading fear.
Eduardo Galeano
But still there are moments when a brother and sister can lay down their instruments of torture for a moment and speak as civilized human beings and Bruno decided to make this one of those moments.
John Boyne
So much had been surrendered! And to such little purpose! There had been mad wilful rejections, monstrous forms of self-torture and self-denial, whose origin was fear and whose result was a degradation infinitely more terrible than that fancied degradation from which, in their ignorance, they had sought to escape.
Oscar Wilde
Because animals are property, we consider as “humane treatment” that we would regard as torture if it were inflicted on humans.
Gary L. Francione
I want everybody to worship the God of love instead of worshipping the God of hate and torture. But in the meantime, we don’t want to force Jesus Christ on anybody and look that we are trying to force our beliefs onto others.
Mosab Hassan Yousef
So that is what hell is. I would never have believed it. You remember: the fire and brimstone, the torture. Ah! the farce. There is no need for torture: Hell is other people.
Jean-Paul Sartre
They can romanticize us so, mirrors, and that is their secret: what a subtle torture it would be to destroy all the mirrors in the world: where then could we look for reassurance of our identities?
Truman Capote
The right of an individual to refuse to kill, to torture, or to participate in the preparation for the nuclear destruction of humanity seems to me to be fundamental.
Sean MacBride
Men who would face torture without a word become blasphemous at the short fourteenth. It is clear that the game of golf may well be included in that category of intolerable provocations which may legally excuse or mitigate behaviour not otherwise excusable.
A. P. Herbert
The suffering caused by the terrorists is the real torture.
Jean-Marie Le Pen
I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo.
Ann Coulter
We’re all afraid of suffering or agony or torture. It’s only natural in some ways. It’s only human, let’s say. I don’t know how natural it is. It probably is conditioning.
Some men are too dull to feel what might happen. Others torture themselves with maybes and populate their dreams with horrors more terrible than their worst enemy could inflict upon them.
Mark Lawrence
I had these cheap alien toys and I made up stories for them. They were space pirates. They didn’t have names so I made up names. These were the first stories I wrote. Even as a little kid I was thinking about torture.
George R. R. Martin
There is nothing intrinsic linking any religion with any act of violence. The crusades don’t prove that Christianity was violent. The Inquisition doesn’t prove that Christianity tortures people. But that Christianity did torture people.
Salman Rushdie
In more than half the nations of our world, torture certifies that the form of government is tyranny. Only tyranny, no matter how camouflaged, needs and employs torturers. Torture has no ideology.
Martha Gellhorn
If the knowledge of torture of others makes you sick, it is a case of sympathy… It can be argued that behaviour based on sympathy is in an important sense egoistic, for one is oneself pleased at others’ pleasure and pained at others’ pain, and the pursuit of one’s own utility may thus be helped by sympathetic action.
Amartya Sen
It’s not acceptable to torture people for being themselves.
Once the concentration camps and the hell-holes of the world were in darkness. Now they are lit by the light of the Amnesty candle; the candle in barbed wire. When I first lit the Amnesty candle, I had in mind the old Chinese proverb: ‘Better light a candle than curse the darkness.’
Peter Benenson
Auditions are just torture. I’m trying to get better at it. It’s a very difficult thing to do. You go into a tiny room with a camera with somebody who is doing this with 100 other people, and they’re so bored, and then you have to be like, ‘Hey! I’m gonna show you what I got!’
Kurt Braunohler
Cruelty was the devil, and most people were, in one way or another, cruel. Tyranny, suppression, persecution, torture, slavery, war, neglect – all were cruel. The world was acid and sour with hate, fat with greed, yellow with the triumph of the strong and the rich.
Rose Macaulay
When I feel like I’m not doing what I am supposed to as a mother, I will torture myself. I don’t know how to deal with it. I find some consolation in the fact that all mommies feel it. If there was a way to cure mommy guilt, I would bottle it and be a bazillionaire.
Angie Harmon
When love grows diseased, the best thing we can do is to put it to a violent death. I cannot endure the torture of a lingering and consumptive passion.
George Etherege
I’m very ticklish. They say being tickled is a form of torture.
Melissa Sagemiller
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without charge, under torture, which is what solitary confinement is.
Noam Chomsky
People love that monkey torture.
Thomas Lennon
The natural man inevitably rebels against mathematics, a mild form of torture that could only be learned by painful processes of drill.
Woodrow Wilson
When love grows diseased, the best thing we can do is to put it to a violent death; I cannot endure the torture of a lingering and consumptive passion.
George Etherege
A healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more hearty indignation for the boy who bullies girls or small boys, or tortures animals.
Theodore Roosevelt
I loved performing in the ‘High School Musical’ movies – that didn’t seem like work – but the gym felt like torture!
Ashley Tisdale
What is play and delightful one kind of child is coercion and torture for another, and will not take no matter how much coercion is applied.
Rebecca Goldstein
Which is more important – experience or memory of experience? If you could have an hour of ecstasy that you’d forever remember as torture, or an hour of torture that you’d forever remember as ecstasy, which would you prefer?
Daniel Gilbert
The people who kill and torture and tell lies in the name of their sacred causes, these are never the publicans and the sinners. No, they’re the virtuous, respectable men, who have the finest feelings, the best brains, the noblest ideals.
Aldous Huxley
Sometimes you do a sound installation, and the first day or two it is very exciting. Then you are hearing this every day for a month, and it becomes like a torture.
Jeffrey Deitch
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.
Elbert Hubbard
If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.
Lord Byron
Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.
W. E. B. Du Bois
I abhor anything that constitutes torture. Water-boarding, it’s perfectly clear to me it is torture. I never supported extraordinary rendition to torture, always said that Guantanamo should be closed. There is no clash of ideals and pragmatism there.
David Miliband
I do not like punishments. You will never torture a child into duty; but a sensible child will dread the frown of a judicious mother more than all the rods, dark rooms, end scolding school-mistresses in the universe.
Henry Kirke White
Of course, no one doubts McCain’s personal tenacity, from braving torture to overcoming cancer. Yet plenty of nonpartisan observers doubt his credibility.
Ari Melber
The basic premise of religion– that if you live a good life, things will go well for you– is wrong. Jesus was the most morally upright person who ever lived, yet He had a life filled with the experience of poverty, rejection, injustice, and even torture.
Timothy Keller
The whole macho thing has to be reexamined. Because in my view, the Bush administration was weak, not strong. To engage in a policy of torture is a weak policy. Because ultimately, it encourages the terrorists. It undermines our own values. It corrupts our system. And it doesn’t get good intelligence.
Alex Gibney
Better be with the dead,
Whom we to gain our peace, have sent to peace,
Than on the torture of the mind to lie
In restless ecstasy.
William Shakespeare
One of the most horrible, yet most important, discoveries of our age has been that, if you really wish to destroy a person and turn him into an automaton, the surest method is not physical torture, in the strict sense, but simply to keep him awake, i.e., in an existential relation to life without intermission.
W. H. Auden
I don’t want to torture anything. It’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world… While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.
Jessica Chastain
Torture is illegal, both in the U.S. and abroad. So – and that is true for the Bush administration and for any other administration.
Jane Mayer
While the Japanese droned on in a high-pitched voice, I blinked out the desperate message over and over. TORTURE…TORTURE…
Jeremiah Denton
Just saw a t-shirt at the gym said, body by torture. That’s a lot less ironic if you’re a political prisoner in the Middle East.
Dov Davidoff
The male, for all his bravado and exploration, is the loyal one, the one who generally feels love. The female is skilled at betrayal and torture and damnation.
Charles Bukowski
Do you ask what sort of a maid I desire or dislike, Flaccus? I dislike one too easy and one too coy. The just mean, which lies between the two extremes, is what I approve; I like neither that which tortures nor that which cloys.
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
Edgar Lee Masters
I am an artist, and I understand the pros and cons of being an artist, and the pressures of being an artist, and how much being an artist can be torture to people around you; you know, you friends and your family and how material you can be, and how it’s hard to take criticism and all the things like that.
David S. Goyer
Of all parties I now see only one party- The Anarchist- which respects human life, and loudly insists upon the abolition of capital punishment, prison torture and punishment of man by man altogether.
Peter Kropotkin
I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves. That is not a virtue but a vice.
Carl Jung
I have never felt as violated in myself as I had since the DoD team started to torture me to get me admit to things I haven’t done.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
No, Father, I’ve a very different idea of love. And until my dying day I shall refuse to love a scheme of things in which children are put to torture.
Albert Camus
Central to everything I am and believe and have written is my astonishment, naive as it seems to people, that you can use human speech both to bless, to love, to build, to forgive and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate.
George Steiner
I read what I like to write: romantic suspense. I also love thrillers and novels of suspense, but I can’t handle extreme violence and torture.
Jayne Ann Krentz
More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given
Bertrand Russell
When we live our lives with the authenticity demanded by the practice of teaching that is also learning and learning that is also teaching, we are participating in a total experience…. In this experience the beautiful, the decent, and the serious form a circle with hands joined.
Paulo Freire
When you play in smaller places with a smaller symphony, sometimes there’s a difference in quality. Sometimes it’s murderous. Sometimes it’s real torture. Other times, you get a wonderful surprise. But there’s never a dull moment.
Anne Murray
The cruelty of a Fijian god, who, represented as devouring the souls of the dead, may be supposed to inflict torture during the process, is small compared with the cruelty of a God who condemns men to tortures which are eternal.
Herbert Spencer
Christians often threaten atheists with eternal torture. But if we say that they’re delusional, they will tell us that we’re being rude.
Mark Thomas
An economist is a surgeon with an excellent scalpel and a rough-edged lancet, who operates beautifully on the dead and tortures the living.
Nicolas Chamfort
Loneliness is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.
Paulo Coelho
Expect to feel pleasure. Knowledge is sexy. Expect to feel pain. Knowledge is torture.
Jeff Noon
Evil spawns evil. The first experience of torture gives an understanding of the pleasure in tormenting others.
Mikhail Lermontov
To be fair to the Inquisition, they only used confessions extracted after the torture had ended, which let them claim that admissions had been freely given; the fact that the torture would have started again if they hadn’t confessed was a minor detail.
Simon Hoggart
When the horrors of anarchy force us to set up laws that forbid us to fight and torture one another for sport, we still snatch at every excuse for declaring individuals outside the protection of law and torturing them to our hearts content.
George Bernard Shaw
When you have girl children they torture you!
Pat Benatar
A question: when is a bed not a bed? When it is angled lie-flat. My back hurts, my legs ache and my clothes are all rumpled – and all because the airline, which claimed to have a bed, actually offered up a torture machine which I prefer to call a slide.
Richard Quest
Congress has taken an action now that makes it absolutely improper and illegal to use waterboarding… or any other form of torture by our military and by our other departments and agencies.
Jeff Sessions
Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn.
George Bernard Shaw
Sleep is a most useful and most salutary operation of nature. Scarcely any minor annoyance angers me more than the being suddenly awakened out of a pleasant slumber. I understand that in Italy they torture poor people by depriving them of sleep. `Tis a torture that cannot long be endured.
Martin Luther
Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.
Emil Cioran
In 2008, while the film version of my book ‘Choke’ was coming to market, my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. That meant that I had to appear in public to promote a comedy about a son trying to save his dying mother – the plot of Choke – while privately I was caring for my own dying mother. It was torture.
Chuck Palahniuk
Human beings make use of torture when they get chaotic and confused. And Americans certainly got chaotic, vengeful and confused after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
You spend hours alone, only with your thoughts, and you torture yourself. It’s a tendency of many writers to temper the self-destructive act of writing with other self-destructive acts. I certainly was one of those people for a long time.
Ben Gibbard
I walked along Nevsky Avenue.Actually it was more torture, humiliation, and bilious irritation than a stroll.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
I mean, we sit around and we go, you know, ‘Torture doesn’t work.’ Well, it’s been around for 5,000 years. Most stuff that doesn’t work goes the way of the dodo pretty quick, like waterbeds and 8-tracks and things like that.
Adam Carolla
The racist dog policemen must withdraw immediately from our communities, cease their wanton murder and brutality and torture of black people, or face the wrath of the armed people.
Huey Newton
Waterboarding isn’t torture. We do waterboarding to our own soldiers in the military.
Tom Cotton
To live without you, only that would be torture.” “A day alone, only that would be death.
Charles Addams
What girls do to each other is beyond description. No chinese torture comes close.
Tori Amos
Forbearance in the face of fate, beauty constant under torture, are not merely passive. They are a positive achievement, an explicit triumph.
Thomas Mann
In the past it would take you weeks, if not months, to identify how Iranian activists connect to each other. Now you know how they connect to each other by looking at their Facebook page. KGB … used to torture in order to get this data.
Evgeny Morozov
… there is no valid teaching from which there does not emerge something learned and through which the learner does not become capable of recreating and remaking what has been taught.
Paulo Freire
One of the biggest things that needs to change is the educational system. Universities are still teaching a system to students that destroys the biosphere.
Ray Anderson
Torture and other forms of cruel or humiliating treatment are an affront to humanity, and the physical and psychological scars can last a lifetime.
Peter Maurer
This world that I live in is empty and cold/the loneliness cuts me and tortures my soul.
Waylon Jennings
There is torture of mind as well as body; the will is as much affected by fear as by force. And there comes a point where this Court should not be ignorant as judges of what we know as men.
Felix Frankfurter
I just don’t believe in helping people who are going to torture me. Though I don’t see any bamboo slivers. How can you possibly torture someone without bamboo slivers?
Laurell K. Hamilton
I’m not afraid of hard work. I like it! It’s the other bit – the not working – I find more problematic. If I’m not busy, I just get antsy. I’ve been this way since I was a child. Sitting still is like torture for me.
Pixie Lott
I’ve always viewed makeup as the gateway drug to animal activism. It really doesn’t require any sacrificing or changing anything other than just replacing products that were once used to torture animals with ones that perform just as well and are cruelty-free.
Kat Von D
I escaped the torture of my childhood home by reading. To this day it is still one of my greatest pleasures.
Colleen McCullough
Anglers boast of the innocence of their pastime; yet it puts fellow-creatures to the torture. They pique themselves on their meditative faculties; and yet their only excuse is a want of thought.
Leigh Hunt
It is also asserted that the election settled the matters of the war and the torture of prisoners. These are dead issues that no longer need be addressed.
Andrew Greeley
I do not believe that God tortures any person simply for its own sake. I believe that God enables all things to work for the greater good.
James McGreevey
It is a tragic hour, that hour when we are finally driven to reckon with ourselves, when every avenue of mental distraction has been cut off and our own life and all its ineffaceable failures closes about us like the walls of that old torture chamber of the Inquisition.
Willa Cather
Abject poverty, political instability, torture, and other abuses push thousands across our border. There is not a deterrent imaginable that equals the conditions that force their migration.
Greg Boyle
The Gucci woman – you know what she’s after. The Saint Laurent woman – she’s going to torture you a little bit. You might have sex, but she will drip a little hot wax on you first.
Tom Ford
It is cruelty to children to keep five-year-olds sitting still, gazing into vacancy even for one hour at a time. We have little idea of the torture we thus inflict.
Ellen Swallow Richards
I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more. Penniless, and at the end of my supply of the drug which alone makes life endurable, I can bear the torture no longer; and shall cast myself from this garret window into the squalid street below.
H. P. Lovecraft
I was never one of those actors who believed, ‘I’m so gonna be an ingenue.’ I already knew that wasn’t gonna happen, and I decided not to torture myself with it.
Keala Settle
When the dominant media invites the torturers on their programs to defend the nature of torture and then label that as “just another position,” these media apparatuses have really sunken into hell. They’ve become something really vile and despicable. And yet they do it with a smile.
Henry Giroux
I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that America doesn’t torture. And I’m gonna make sure that we don’t torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America’s moral stature in the world.
Barack Obama
Of course,Behaviourism ‘works’. So does torture.
W. H. Auden
As a person i couldnt say, although i am well apuainted with tales of his atrocities. every time brom and i crossed paths with him, he was trying to kill us. or ratar, capture, torture, and then killus, none of which are productive to establishing a close relationship” _ Jeod
Christopher Paolini
I don’t believe that torture works.
Gina Haspel
The teacher pretended that algebra was a perfectly natural affair, to be taken for granted, whereas I didn’t even know what numbers were. Mathematics classes became sheer terror and torture to me. I was so intimidated by my incomprehension that I did not dare to ask any questions.
Carl Jung
I find getting my nails done the most tedious thing. I’m such a fidgety person; it’s like torture. Everybody loves massages; I don’t know what my problem is. I feel like I have to talk to the masseuses.
Anna Kendrick
I have cowlicks, so my hair has always been a source of torture for me.
Jim Norton
It is not an opinion that “enhanced interrogation techniques” are torture. It is a legal fact. And it is also a legal fact that the president is a war criminal.
Andrew Sullivan
I ran through most of college and ran through most of grad school. When I was writing my dissertation for my Ph.D., it was literally the only hour of the day that I wasn’t working. It was nine months of torture, but I made sure I got out to run.
Jane McGonigal
We are America; we don’t torture. And the moment that is not the case, I want off the train.
Shepard Smith
The doctrine of eternal punishment is in perfect harmony with the savagery of the men who made the orthodox creeds. It is in harmony with torture, with flaying alive, and with burnings.
Robert Green Ingersoll
[W]e are the heirs of a past of rope, fire, and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
You can call your turkey organic and torture it daily.
Jonathan Safran Foer
The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who “disappeared”. That’s what the candle is for
Peter Benenson
The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is him/herself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow.
Paulo Freire
Perversity is the human thirst for self-torture.
Edgar Allan Poe
By the age of 24, I found myself convicted in prison in Egypt, being blacklisted from three countries in the world for attempting to overthrow their governments, being subjected to torture in Egyptian jails, and sentenced to five years as a prisoner of conscience.
Maajid Nawaz
Contrary to what certain governments say, human rights are universal. Arbitrary detention, torture and discrimination hurt the human dignity of anybody, whatever his or her country of origin, religion, descent, or any other ground.
Shirin Ebadi
One of the marks of a great teacher lies not only in an ability to impart knowledge but also in knowing when to encourage a student to go off on his own.
Yo-Yo Ma
I think anyone who comes upon a Nautilus machine suddenly will agree with me that its prototype was clearly invented at some time in history when torture was considered a reasonable alternative to diplomacy.
Anna Quindlen
When you work this intensely on something, the recording process becomes a bit like cabin fever. I shut everything out and, for a while, I totally lost perspective. To an outsider, I imagine the whole recording process sounds like torture.
Washed Out
To torture a man you have to know his pleasures.
Stanislaw Lem
A prisoner in the Inquisition is never allowed to see the face of his accuser, or of the witnesses against him, but every method is taken by threats and tortures, to oblige him to accuse himself, and by that means corroborate their evidence.
John Foxe
There’s no business that’s too small for government to torture
John Stossel
She had won the battle against her memories. But one form of torture remained, untouched by the years, the torture of the word “why?
Ayn Rand
No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace.
H. P. Lovecraft
There’s been a lot of experience with torture in history. It doesn’t work.
Molly Ivins
I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
Paul Wellstone
I have no doubt that if an actual ticking bomb situation were to arise, our law enforcement authorities would torture. The real debate is whether such torture should take place outside of our legal system or within it. The answer to this seems clear: If we are to have torture, it should be authorized by the law.
Alan Dershowitz
The torture that they are coming up with in China is so creative. They have this other method where they’ll take a bamboo and they’ll plant it in your anus and just let it grow. So patient. Man, watch out for China, I say. They have all the ambition as we do but none of the heart.
Kristen Schaal
The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe… All is registered in the ‘boundless heart’ of the bodhisattva. Through our deepest and innermost reponses to our world – to hunger and torture and the threat of annihilation – we touch that boundless heart.
Joanna Macy
I think I’m a tough person, but for sure, I would talk under torture.
Sophie Marceau
The less said about the putter the better. Here is an instrument of torture, designed by Tantalus and forged in the devil’s own smithy.
Tony Lema
Pointe shoes are torture devices. I mean, ballerinas get used to it, but it was definitely a new experience for me. They feel medieval. I was very happy to stop wearing them.
Natalie Portman
Sleep is the most moronic fraternity in the world, with the heaviest dues and the crudest rituals. It is a mental torture I find debasing… I simply cannot get used to the nightly betrayal of reason, humanity, genius.
Vladimir Nabokov
The United States government does not authorise or condone torture of detainees. Torture, and conspiracy to commit torture, are crimes under US law, wherever they may occur in the world.
Condoleezza Rice
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
Francis Bacon
I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it.
John McCain
Perhaps the right to authenticity and the reverence of authenticity should be reserved for people like John McCain. John McCain who at his most authentic chose to stay and face years of torture rather than leave before his brothers.
Krystal Ball
IF you torture a single chicken and are caught, you’re likely to be arrested. If you scald thousands of chickens alive, you’re an industrialist who will be lauded for your acumen.
Bill Vaughan
Even the classics that we read to our young children are full of wolves’ fangs and burning ovens and bloody feet and ice shards piercing hearts. Even the New Testament climaxes with an act of unspeakable torture. Might as well just read to our kids from the Amnesty Annual Report and be done with it.
Geraldine Brooks
You become a monk and you practice and the teacher tells you what to do. If you find that you have a resistance to that, and the resistance is strong, it just means you’re not interested. Why put yourself through some sort of torture. It means you weren’t that interested.
Frederick Lenz
No force, no torture, no intrigue can eradicate Marxism-Leninism from the minds and hearts of men.
Enver Hoxha
The healthy man does not torture others.
Carl Jung
To me, torture would be, “I can’t think what to write in the next sentence. I’m stuck.” Torture would be if you didn’t have the next idea.
Steve Martin
I can’t make things I don’t feel passionately about. I’ve never been able to. Years ago when I was going through college, I was trying to earn some extra money by making motel paintings and it was the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life, psychically. It was just torture.
Michael C. McMillen
The blessing in life is when you find the torture you are comfortable with. That’s marriage, it’s kids, it’s work, it’s exercise. Find the torture you’re comfortable with and you’ll do well. You’ve mastered that, you’ve mastered life.
Jerry Seinfeld
If waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.
Christopher Hitchens
If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendour of beauty of with which I was in love would one day flood back into my heart, there to ignite a flame that would torture me without end, how gladly would I have put out the light in my eyes.
A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
Walter Bagehot
When I was a kid, the Patriots were my team, but I didn’t really care, you know what I mean? I got taken to a game once by a friend and it was the coldest I’ve ever been in my life. It was torture.
Adam Granduciel
…personal torture instructor…I mean physical therapist.
Simone Elkeles
Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. You turn a corner in the dark and there he is. You congeal into a bundle of inanimate fear. You become the very soul of anesthesia. But there is no escaping him. It is your turn now.
Henry Miller
Animals do feel like us, also joy, love, fear and pain but they cannot grasp the spoken word. It is our obligation to take their part and continue to resist the people who profit by them, who slaughter them and who torture them.
Denis de Rougemont
This is not to condone torture, which is still prohibited by the Torture Convention and federal criminal law.
John Yoo
Hell means torture; torture means badness. Goodness cannot create or produce badness. Hell does not belong to God; it has been invented by the horrific and sick minded people.
Mehmet Murat Ildan
One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.
Margaret Mead
No torture has yet been devised that could get a liberal to mention the poor, beleaguered Kurds dancing in the streets because Saddam is gone.
Ann Coulter
And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: loneliness.
Paulo Coelho
The rule of the game was never assume that anybody, however honorable, would be able to stand up under torture. If Mr. X, who knew where I was, was caught for some reason, I should move.
Abraham Pais
It appears that legal positions that you have supported have been used by the administration, the military, and the CIA to justify torture and Geneva Convention violations by military and civilian personnel.
Edward Kennedy
Torture is not torture when there’s any hope of relief.
Tahereh Mafi
Beauty is what attracts men naturally, but really I think we dress for other women, not necessarily for men. We torture ourselves every single day, and I wish that we wouldnt because we should all just get along, really.
Odette Annable
When I was a teenager, I was fat. I was shy. I wore glasses. I had a big eyebrow and hair all over my body. They were years of torture.
Gloria Estefan
The teacher that I was for decades, and that I still am in a certain way, wondered what was meant by the word education. I was truly dumbfounded at the very thought of dealing with such an essential and extensive subject.
Abdoulaye Wade
I crave ideas, and when an idea hits me, it grips me and it tortures me until I master it.
Gene Simmons
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
Henrik Ibsen
The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.
Carl Jung
Be a little aware before you are trapped! Marriage is a trap: you will be trapped by the woman and the woman will be trapped by you. It is a mutual trap. And then legally you are allowed to torture each other forever.
I take the most wrenchingly painful moments of my life, brush them off and present them for the amusement of others. Luckily for me, my childhood was torture.
Aisha Tyler
Anyway, the [Barack] Obama administration took four years to say they weren’t gonna do anything on George W. Bush. There were all kinds of people that wanted to prosecute him over the torture, quote, unquote, at Guantanamo Bay.
Rush Limbaugh
We want to go in for suffering, and there may be torture. If we put the women in front the Government may hesitate to inflict on us all the penalty that they might otherwise inflict.
Mahatma Gandhi
In Venezuela, we either accept domination, total oppression and torture… from Maduro’s regime, or we choose freedom, democracy, and prosperity for our people.
Juan Guaido
I want everybody to worship the God of love instead of worshipping the God of hate and torture. But in the meantime we don’t want to force Jesus Christ on anybody and look that we are trying to force our beliefs onto other.
Mosab Hassan Yousef
Less than fifteen per cent of the people do any original thinking on any subject. The greatest torture in the world for most people is to think.
Luther Burbank
To a lot of us, literature’s eternal significance had seemed beyond arguing – like, say, the illegality of government-sponsored torture.
Darin Strauss
Nothing says you care for me better than offering to torture my enemies.” He grinned. “No sense doing things halfhearted. And to think, some girls have to endure listening to poetry.
Maria V. Snyder
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Thomas A. Edison
squats are a form of torture designed by people who don’t need to do squats in the first place
Nora Roberts
Guantanamo is still open, but it’s unlikely that serious torture is going on at Guantanamo. There is just too much inspection.
Noam Chomsky
We do, and there is a law in the United States – the Torture Convention – that prohibits the United States from deporting an individual to a country where there is a reasonable expectation that he will be subjected to torture – physical, mental or otherwise.
Jonathan Shapiro
I truly believe that if torture had worked and there was a case to be made for it, we would see that on the front pages of the American press.
Robert Baer
If you wanted to torture me, you’d tie me down and force me to watch our first five videos.
Jon Bon Jovi
For those for whom the sex act has come to seem mechanical and merely the meeting and manipulation of body parts, there often remains a hunger which can be called metaphysical but which is not recognized as such, and which seeks satisfaction in physical danger, or sometimes in torture, suicide, or murder.
Marshall McLuhan
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a disturbing, fantastically-made movie. It will make you hate torture.
Michael Moore
We have to get the Diamond. And Cesare’s head.” They looked at me. “Why the head?” Doolittle asked. “Because it’s easy to carry and I can torture it for a long time.” And I didn’t just say it out loud, did I? I checked their faces. Yep, I did.
Ilona Andrews
Nearly all of Latin America, from Chile to Mexico, is one long rack of torture. Financed, equipped, and refined by the U.S. government.
Edward Abbey
You can’t pray away the gay, but you can torture a conflicted closet case to death.
Dan Savage
Death is not as terrible as you think. It comes to you as a healer. Sleep is nothing but a counterfeit death. What happens in death we can picture in sleep. All our sufferings vanish in sleep. When death comes, all our mortal tortures cease; they cannot go beyond the portals of death.
Paramahansa Yogananda
When we hear a candidate for president call for rounding up 12 million immigrants, banning all Muslims from entering the United States, when he embraces torture, that doesn’t make him strong, it makes him wrong.
Hillary Clinton
As I say the UK’s position on the issue of torture and the use of torture has not changed. Our policy is the same as it has been. We condemn torture.
Theresa May
Open your newspaper – any day of the week – and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government.
Peter Benenson
When you torture a person for long periods you might get a very passionate human rights defender but most probably you will get a beast whose only concern is to seek his revenge in the best way possible.
Yanar Mohammed
Torture yourself about your failures. And then get back to work.
Tony Kushner
There was a time when I didn’t at any minute have the slightest idea how I could reach the next one. Yes, one can wage war in this world, ape love, torture one’s fellow man, or merely say evil of one’s neighbour while knitting. But, in certain cases, carrying on, merely continuing, is superhuman.
Albert Camus
My take on the torture thing and even drones is: If we’re going to get into assassination and torture, the second question is the morality, but the first is the effectiveness of it.
Robert Baer
Heterosexuality has been forcibly and subliminally imposed on women. Yet everywhere women have resisted it, often at the cost of physical torture, imprisonment, psychosurgery, social ostracism, and extreme poverty.
Adrienne Rich
We need to empower women: provide them with work for their own income, and teach them to become independent of men so they will never have to have their children suffering the same torture.
Waris Dirie
Torture, as the art of discovering the truth, is barbaric nonsense; it is the application of a material means to a spiritual end.
Charles Baudelaire
Tolerance of Cruelty in any form is a degraded state of mind and soul. When we freely allow the massacre and prolonged torture of defenseless creatures, it increases our receptivity to human cruelty and war and steals our humanity, peace and soul. Very little speeds and greases your way to Hell, like animal cruelty.
Russell Boyd
One of America’s greatest strengths is the soft power of our value system and how we treat prisoners of war, and we don’t torture.
Tom Ridge
Congress’s definition of torture in those laws – the infliction of severe mental or physical pain – leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation.
John Yoo
Tourette’s is involuntary in that it is impossible not to do. And it’s torture to know what you’re doing and not be able to stop it.
Dash Mihok
Only in America can you be Pro-Death Penalty, Pro-War, Pro-Unmanned Drone Bombs, Pro-Nuclear Weapons, Pro-Guns, Pro-Torture, Pro-Land Mines, AND still call yourself ‘Pro-Life.’
John Fugelsang
I am convinced that boredom is one of the greatest tortures. If I were to imagine Hell, it would be the place where you were continually bored.
Erich Fromm
The International Committee of the Red Cross visits roughly half a million detainees in nearly 100 countries each year. It’s our job to try to prevent and put an end to torture and ill-treatment.
Peter Maurer
We continue to see undeniable evidence that abuse and torture has been widespread and systematic, yet high-level government officials have not been held accountable for creating the policies that led to these atrocities.
Anthony Romero
This stuff on enemy combatants, the Bush Administration has fought like a tiger to avoid having to produce any evidence to a judge to show why somebody is locked up in perpetuity. Another example of that is the torture scandal.
James Bovard
Through prayer we can carry in our heart all human pain and sorrow, all conflicts and agonies, all torture and war, all hunger, loneliness and misery, not because of some great psychological or emotional capacity, but because God’s heart has become one with ours.
Henri Nouwen
People shouldn’t stay married because of the kids. That’s torture for everyone.
Sofia Vergara
If we want to protect people against dictators or repression or torture, don’t you need that rule to be universal so as to not end up with a situation where we do so only when it is comfortable, profitable and safe?
Donald Tusk
What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer
Bertrand Russell
I’ve been through practices during which I’ve felt as though medieval torture would have been easier.
Jonny Bairstow
I’m against torture. I’m also against terrorism.
Tim Kennedy
For there’s nothing we read of in torture’s inventions, Like a well-meaning dunce, with the best of intentions.
James Russell Lowell
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a great piece of filmmaking and does a valuable public service by raising difficult questions most Hollywood movies shy away from, but as of this writing, it seems that one of its central themes – that torture was instrumental to tracking down bin Laden – is not supported by the facts.
Peter Bergen
If we condone torture, we yield the moral high ground to our enemies and encourage anyone who hates us to stoop to using that subhuman level against us. We reap whatever we sow.
Rick Warren
Amnesty International continues to report that extra judicial tortures and murders continue. This is not democracy that we are exporting to Mexico, and this is certainly not what the Mexican workers signed up for.
Stephen F. Lynch
It’s really fun to go back and forth from acting projects to directing projects. You don’t have as much responsibility when you’re acting, but you have more fun. But then you miss having that responsibility, and so you go back and torture yourself and make a movie.
Katie Aselton
In Italy, the Inquisition was condemning people to death until the end of the eighteenth century, and inquisitional torture was not abolished in the Catholic Church until 1816. The last bastion of support for the reality of witchcraft and the necessity of punishment has been the Christian churches.
Carl Sagan
As to harmonizing the theory of evolution with the Biblical account of creation, I do not believe it can be done, and I do not see why it should be. The story of Genesis is beautiful, and profoundly significant as symbolism: there is no good reason to torture it into conformity with modern theory.
Will Durant
Life is too long to be good at C++ – if you had spent all that time to become good at it, you would essentially have to work with it, too, to get back the costs, and that would just be some long, drawn-out torture.
Erik Naggum
If you back out of a convention… you can’t dodge your obligation. Torture is still not acceptable.
Peter Maurer
I don’t believe that we should limit waterboarding – or, quite frankly, any other alternative torture technique – if it means saving Americans’ lives.
Aaron Schock
Like, the idea that I had to spend the rest of my life behind a desk and not be able to express myself the way I wanted to express myself. To me, that is torture. I mean if people out there that do love that then more love to them, but it just wasn’t for me.
Aleister Black
The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?
George Orwell
The steep decline in America’s image and standing after 9/11 is a direct reflection of global distaste for the instruments of American hard power: the Iraq invasion, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, torture, rendition, Blackwater’s killings of Iraqi civilians.
Shashi Tharoor
What right can give anyone authority to inflict torture upon a citizen when it is still unknown whether he is innocent or guilty?
Catherine the Great
The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental , nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink
George Orwell
If the practice is torture for the al Qaeda operative who masterminded the killing of three thousand Americans, why weren’t there court-martials in the cases of those thousands of servicemen similarly treated as part of their training?
Jose Rodriguez
Basically I can’t sleep without every single song I’m writing repeating endlessly, but I’m loving it again. Embracing the torture, as I’m assaulted by my own thoughts. Like a locust giving birth to earworms. Eeeeew!
Lady Gaga
Christianity did not come with tidings of great joy, but with a message of eternal grief. It came with the threat of everlasting torture on its lips. It meant war on earth and perdition hereafter.
Robert Green Ingersoll
In every painting a whole is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration.
Wassily Kandinsky
Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible.
Don Roff
The reason you write [songs] is because there’s something you want to say that is important to you – enough to go through all the torture of writing.
Emmylou Harris
The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most.
Thomas Merton
You cannot change the conclusion of the brain by torture, nor by social ostracism. But I will tell you what you can do by these and what you have done. You can make hypocrites by the million.
Robert Green Ingersoll
If you torture a man as I was tortured he will learn more about love than you could ever В­imagine, and that has left me В­vulnerable.
Nick Yarris
I think certain people like to torture me because they think I’ve had it easier than I actually have and they think: ‘Oh, she’s got this, she’s got that, she’s always had everything perfect,’ and it’s sooo not true.
Mariah Carey
If only meat weren’t so delicious! Sure, meat may pave the way to a heart attack. Yes, factory farms torture animals. Indeed, producing a single hamburger patty requires more water than two weeks of showers. But for those of us who are weak-willed, there’s nothing like a juicy burger.
Nicholas Kristof
The nurse knocked softly on the door of the examining room and wheeled in a shiny silver tray displaying neatly arranged instruments of torture.
Jennifer Echols
It’s very much like a torture sometimes, the process of trying to get rid of an accent.
Penelope Cruz
I think most diets are torture, which is why I don’t believe in them. But, as is true with exercise, when you make a change and feel the benefits, you want to stick with it.
Khloe Kardashian
The deplorable thing is that the people who were tortured yesterday, torture today.
B. Traven
Writers often torture themselves trying to get the words right. Sometimes you must lower your expectations and just finish it.
Don Roff
Unemployment, with its injustice for the man who seeks and thirsts for employment, who begs for labour and cannot get it, and who is punished for failure he is not responsible for by the starvation of his children–that torture is something that private enterprise ought to remedy for its own sake.
David Lloyd George
For a woman, forty is torture, the end.
Grace Kelly
We should be able to refuse to live if the price of living be the torture of sentient beings.
Mahatma Gandhi
No, no, I don’t watch football. The last time I tried watching was the last Super Bowl. The problem I have is, you know, the graphic nature of my imagination; when I watch and see them meeting head onto head, helmet onto helmet, what flashes through my mind is what’s going on in their brains. It’s like torture to me.
Bennet Omalu
So, if I give any credit, besides giving all credit to God, for being totally healthy, it’s just my workout and how much torture I put my body through in the offseason.
Ray Lewis
If you want to learn a thing, read that. If you want to know a thing, write that; if you want to master a thing, teach that.
Harbhajan Singh Yogi
It’s a torture chamber, if we had to play it every day I don’t think I’d be playing golf.
Ian Woosnam
All these poses of classical torture ruined my mind like a snake in the orchard. I did go from wanting to be someone, now I’m drunk and wearing flip-flops on Fifth Avenue.
Rufus Wainwright
Please, don’t torture me with cliches. If you’re going to try to intimidate me, have the courtesy to go away for a while, acquire a better education, improve your vocabulary, and come back with some fresh metaphors.
Dean Koontz
Don’t torture yourself… that’s my job
Carolyn Jones
Anybody can claim to be a member of the ALF when rescuing animals, destroying “tools of torture” (such as research equipment) or financially depleting a corporation that abuses animals.
Charlotte Laws
It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
John Henry Newman
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
Karl A. Menninger
Most men, I think, wonder about their courage. How would they act in combat? Under torture?
Richard Cohen
I’m a Philadelphia sports fanatic. I still watch Phillies games on my iPad, which is basically admitting to having daily torture sessions.
Steve Capus
I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers, and I do better with that than I do with torture.
Jim Mattis
Letter-writing I imagine is counted as ‘work’ from which you must abstain, and I scribble this letter simply from the self-satisfied notion that you will like to hear from me. You see, I have asked no questions, which are the torture-screws of correspondence. Hence you have nothing to answer.
George Eliot
The CIA held about a hundred detainees from 2002 to 2008; about a third of them underwent interrogations that have been variously described as enhanced, tough or torture. The toughest technique was water boarding, used on three detainees, the last in early 2003.
Michael Hayden
Sorry. I’m not, like, medieval torture expert guy.
A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
Patricia Neal
I suppose what’s happened recently has confirmed suspicions I voiced in the book, and I think made clearer some of those things that I point out. For instance I have a section of the book where I talk about the possibility of torture.
Peter Singer