Quotes About Evil

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Mahatma Gandhi
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Gregory Maguire
“People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us... It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.”
Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Albert Einstein
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”
Albert Einstein

Mae West
“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”
Mae West

Edmund Burke
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Baltasar Gracián
“Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.”
Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Man is the cruelest animal.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

George Carlin
“May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.”
George Carlin

Elizabeth Gaskell
“How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters

Veronica Roth
“Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil.”
Veronica Roth, Allegiant

Jim Butcher
“Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.”
Jim Butcher, Vignette

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

Mahatma Gandhi
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
Mahatma Gandhi, The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas

Mikhail Bulgakov
“But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if
evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows
disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the
shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings.
Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because
of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

James Patterson
“Well, that's an evil smile...”
James Patterson, The Angel Experiment

Rachel Hawkins
“Let's just say you may regret that second piece of cake.'
Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.”
Rachel Hawkins, Hex Hall

Laurell K. Hamilton
“Neither love nor evil conquers all, but evil cheats more.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, Cerulean Sins

Margaret Atwood
“Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.”
Margaret Atwood, Surfacing

T.S. Eliot
“Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.”
T.S. Eliot

J.R.R. Tolkien
“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them.
“Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them.”
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

J.K. Rowling
“I know [Umbridge] by reputation and I'm sure she's no Death Eater-"
"She's foul enough to be one..."
"Yes, but the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Terry Pratchett
“Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.”
Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

Jarod Kintz
“I want to protect innocent people from sin by locking them in cages, where the evil can't get to them.”
Jarod Kintz, There are Two Typos of People in This World: Those Who Can Edit and Those Who Can't

Richard Adams
“Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Blaise Pascal
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Jim Butcher
“Most of the bad guys in the real world don't know that they are bad guys. You don't get a flashing warning sign that you're about to damn yourself. It sneaks up on you when you aren't looking.”
Jim Butcher

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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