Revenge and Vengeance

 "If thou didst ever thy dear father love-Revenge his most foul and unnatural murder"

-Hamlet, Act One, Scene Five

"My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth"

-Hamlet, Act Four, Scene Four

 In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Prince Hamlet has come home from school to discover chaos in Denmark. Hamlet's recently deceased father, King Hamlet, has been replaced already by his uncle Claudius at the throne and at his mother's bedside. While Hamlet is already in a state of grief and disgust over the "incestuous sheets" resulting from the new union of his mother and uncle, he discovers that his father was murdered and determinedly sets his course for revenge and vengeance. The plot unfolds and Denmark it seems is tainted by crime and lies and young Hamlet is determined to seek justice 

"Behold, on wrong Swift vengeance waits"

-Homer, The Odyssey 

"Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged."

-Samuel Johnson

"Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt"

-Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh