Harsh Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old harsh quotes, harsh sayings, and harsh proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Harsh words live in the dungeon of the heart.     

Norman Mailer

Harsh reality is always better than false hope.     

Julian Fellowes

Sometimes the harshest lessons were the most valuable.     

S.M. Stirling

Harshness is for the good of a boy, soft-heartedness will ruin him.     

Ihara Saikaku

Do not say anything harsh: what you have said will be said back to you.     

Gautama Buddha

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.     

Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is no harsher means of punishment, than to answer malice with kindness.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

Don't judge anyone harshly until you yourself have been through his experiences     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not judge yourself harshly. Without mercy for ourselves we cannot love the world.     

Gautama Buddha

If you find yourself under lethal attack don't be kind. Be harsh. Be tough. Be ruthless.     

Jeff Cooper

Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers, which are always repulsed by the anvil.     

Claude Adrien Helvetius

The harshest tyranny is that which acts under the protection of legality and the banner of justice.     

Baron de Montesquieu

We set up harsh and unkind rules against ourselves. No one is born without faults. That man is best who has fewest.     


Certain souls may seem harsh to others, but it is just a way, beknownst only to them, of caring and feeling more deeply.     

Marquis De Sade

Your harshest critic is always going to be yourself. Don't ignore that critic but don't give it more attention than it deserves.     

Michael Ian Black

The harshness and choice of words can cut deeply. Republicans need to show compassion and to be reasonable when talking to any ethnic group.     

Henry Bonilla

Do not speak harshly to any one; those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for blows will touch thee.     

The Dhammapada

There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being smart.     

Hunter S. Thompson

Be harsh with yourself at times.     

Seneca The Younger

It's the intent, not the word, that makes something harsh.     

Lisa McMann

In the harsh face of life faith can read a bracing gospel.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

There's a harsh reality - nothing lasts forever. You have to be ready to grow, and grow fast.     

Pras Michel

It is harsh enough for each man to bear his own wound. But he who leads bears the wounds of all who follow him.     

Lloyd Alexander