“Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.” — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
“Underneath all his preoccupations with sex, society, religion, etc. (all the staple abstractions that allow the forebrain to chatter) there is, quite simply, a man tortured beyond endurance by the lack of tenderness in the world.” — Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet
“There is nothing more atrociously cruel than an adored child.” — Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
“I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.” — Leo Rosten, Captain Newman, M. D.