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English citations of schadenfreude

  • 1897, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Bailey Saunders (translator), "Human Nature", The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer,
    But it is Schadenfreude, a mischievous delight in the misfortunes of others, which remains the worst trait in human nature.
  • 1991, Jon Vitti, “When Flanders Failed”, in The Simpsons, season 3, episode 3:
    Lisa: Dad, do you know what Schadenfreude is?
    Homer: No, I do not know what shaden-frawde is. [sarcasm] Please tell me, because I'm dying to know.
    Lisa: It's a German term for `shameful joy', taking pleasure in the suffering of others.
  • 2003, August 12, Ben Affleck in People magazine: Affleck Admits Gigli “Wasn't Good”.
    “I think there was a certain amount of ‘Schadenfreude,’ a certain amount of a critical slam dunk contest that it turned into, like some (critic) was saying ‘I have been saving up this one turn of phrase all summer.’”
  • 2004, Russell Spears, Colin Wayne Leach, Intergroup Schadenfreude: Conditions and Consequences, in Larissa Z. Tiedens, Colin Wayne Leach (editors), The Social Life of Emotions, page 348,
    We then proceed to assess whether expressions of schadenfreude are more contingent on contextual factors that constrain schadenfreude by affecting the legitimacy of the emotional experience itself or its public expression.
  • 2006 July 19, Tom Shales, “It Takes ‘Talent’ To Kill This Trend”, Washington Post, page C01.
    The early editions of the show supplied that crazy fix of schadenfreude that “American Idol” delivers in its audition phases, when the tone-deaf singers and oblivious klutzes take the stage and perform hilarious exercises in stupefied mortification.
  • 2006 July 31, James Carney, “The Rise and Fall of Ralph Reed,” Time magazine, page 53.
    “Ralph Reed got nailed for being a phony,” says a fellow G.O.P. operative in Washington, with more than a little schadenfreude.
  • 2010, Ivan Nyklíček, Ad Vingerhoets, Marcel Zeelenberg, Emotion Regulation and Well-Being, page 130,
    Perhaps the archetypal malicious emotion is schadenfreude: the pleasure one feels at the misfortune or downfall of another.
  • 2010, Lars Fr. H. Svendsen, Kerri A. Pierce, A Philosophy of Evil, page 103,
    What about schadenfreude? Isn't taking pleasure in another's suffering the same thing as taking pleasure in evil because it's evil?
  • 2017 Amanda Killman, "Beastern Standard Time", Bunsen is a Beast
    This stinks, because just as my joy is based on based on other people's misery, my misery is based on other people's joy. The Germans call it schadenfreude.