10-second review: It is better to pass over a wrong than to revenge it.
“Revenge is a kind of wild justice.”
“Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing over it, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pardon.”
“That which is past is gone, and irrevocable; and wise men have enough to do with things present and to come.”
Cosmus, duke of
Job: “Shall we take good at God’s hands, and not be content to take evil also?”
“…a man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.”
Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson.
What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.