Susan Sontag on Mercy

10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction.

~ Susan Sontag

Michael Lewis on Cruelty

What do you find most irritating in other people?

Irritation. People who are constantly irritated by little things are very irritating. The most upsetting quality is cruelty.

~ Michael Lewis / Financial Times, December 15, 2017

Seneca on Weakness

“Every impulse to cruelty is born from weakness.”

~ Seneca