The proverb "revenge is a dish best served cold" is credited to the 18th century novel les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), written by the French official and army general Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (although it never actually appears in the original text). Although the first time this phrase is believed to have been used in its English form was in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Before taking revenge I tend to think "what would I do if someone took this form of revenge against me?". This tends to spin off into bad places and usually prevents me from doing anything. The power of own vengeful streak stops me from being vengeful if you like.
Heller would have been chuffed.
January has April's showers
And 2 and 2 always makes a 5
My personal computer smashing fantasy involved lobbing a brick through the monitor of my hubby's machine. I didn't do it because then I wouldn't have a computer to use either. It wasn't about revenge as much as frustration. I had lots of little kids and I was trapped in the house all day with very little adult conversation. When Don would come home, instead of helping with the kids or talking to me, he would get on the computer. It made me angry. Now that the kids are bigger and I have my own computer the problem is solved.
The idea of revenge appeals to me a great deal. I don't tend to indulge my fantasies because my religious beliefs forbid it and I have a strong belief in karma. I feel guilty when I take pleasure in the misfortunes of those I believe have wronged me or others, but the guilt doesn't quite outweigh the pleasure.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers
There are some people I would love to take some sort of revenge on, though I haven't for a couple of reasons. there really isn't any way I could get revenge on some of the people I really want to do damage to, plus if I did bother trying to get some sort of revenge it wouldn't feel very good afterwards, it would just stir up a lot of negative emotions, including a lot of anger, which would drag me down for awhile.
My preference, and the way I'll probably run my life from now on, is to have enough power in situations that I don't ever end up taking the sort of damage from somebody that would have me wanting revenge. Since a lot of anger comes from frustrations, staying in control prevents some of that also.