Quotes About Evil

Quotes tagged as "evil" (showing 241-270 of 1,267)
Jeff Cooper
“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”
Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle

Arthur Conan Doyle
“The devil’s agents may be of flesh and blood, may they not?”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

“The tyrant is a child of Pride
Who drinks from his sickening cup
Recklessness and vanity,
Until from his high crest headlong
He plummets to the dust of hope.”
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

Michael Connelly
“There were a billion lights out there on the horizon and I knew that all of them put together weren't enough to light the darkness in the hearts of some men.”
Michael Connelly, The Scarecrow

“There is a difference between what is wrong and what is evil. Evil is committed when clarity is taken away from what is clearly wrong, allowing wrong to be seen as less wrong, excusable, right, or an obligatory commandment of the Lord God Almighty.

Evil is bad sold as good, wrong sold as right, injustice sold as justice. Like the coat of a virus, a thin veil of right can disguise enormous wrong and confer an ability to infect others.”
John Hartung

Lisa Unger
“Many people believe that evil is the presence of something. I think it's the absence of something.”
Lisa Unger, Sliver of Truth
tags: evil

Dean Hughes
“War is the greatest evil Satan has invented to corrupt our hearts and souls. We should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war.”
Dean Hughes, Far From Home

Theodor W. Adorno
“Triviality is evil - triviality, that is, in the form of consciousness and mind that adapts itself to the world as it is, that obeys the principle of inertia. And this principle of inertia truly is what is radically evil.”
Theodor W. Adorno, Metaphysics: Concept and Problems

“Your purpose...should always be to know...the whole that was intended to be known.”
Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed

“It seems to me it's always the evil we refuse to see that does us the greatest harm.”
Robert Baer, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
tags: evil

William Peter Blatty
“Yet I think the demon's target is not the possessed; it is us . . . the observers . . . every person in this house. And I think---I think the point is to make us despair; to reject our own humanity, Damien: to see ourselves as ultimately bestial; as ultimately vile and putrescent; without dignity; ugly; unworthy.”
William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist
tags: evil

Kami Garcia
“Evil doesn't always have one face, Ethan.”
Kami Garcia
tags: evil

Andrew Klavan
“A rock is harder than a feather, you can talk and jabber and make exceptions, but in the end, if you have to choose which one is gonna hit you on the head, you'll choose the feather every single time.”
Andrew Klavan, The Truth of the Matter

Tony Hendra
“All evil begins with this belief: that another’s existence is less precious than mine.”
Tony Hendra, The Messiah of Morris Avenue
tags: evil

Henryk Sienkiewicz
“He always smiles, even when contemplating nothing good.”
Henryk Sienkiewicz, In Desert and Wilderness

“Justice is always naive and self-confident; believing that it will immediately win once recognized. That is the reason why the forces of Justice are so poorly organized. On the other hand, the Evil is cynic, sly and fantastically organized. It never ever has the illusion of the ability to stand on its own feet and to win in a fair competition. That is why it is ready to use any kind of means without hesitation. And of course it does - under the banners of the most noble ideas.”
Vladimir Bukovsky

Stephen King
“If God rewards us on earth for good deeds—the Old Testament suggests it’s so, and the Puritans certainly believed it—then maybe Satan rewards us for evil ones.”
Stephen King, Full Dark, No Stars
tags: evil, god

Iain Pears
“The evil done by men of goodwill is the worst of all ... We have done terrible things, for the best of reasons, and that makes it worse.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

Philip Pullman
“Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good.”
Philip Pullman

Dean Koontz
“Imagine that you are more than nothing. Evil made you, but you are no more evil than a child unborn. If you want, if you seek, if you hope, who is to say that your hope might not be answered?”
Dean Koontz, Dead and Alive

Shannon L. Alder
“It is not the hand that rocks the cradle that rules the world; it is the woman that holds the keys to the kingdom.”
Shannon L. Alder

Julius Lester
“Goodness was not a trait you acquired; it was a value you practiced when you were on the verge of doing evil.”
Julius Lester, The Autobiography of God

Keith Ablow
“The roots of any evil deed can be traced to the perpetrator's refusal to experience pain.”
Keith Ablow, Denial
tags: evil

Toba Beta
“If someone slaps you on one cheek,
offer the other cheek also...
but of course if you were able
to stand soberly
after the first slap.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Jarod Kintz
“Money is seen as a great evil. But I've never seen a pile of cash stab someone.”
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

Keith Ablow
“The bad things don't seem to happen to bad people.'
That's because they already did. There's no original evil left in the world.”
Keith Ablow, Denial
tags: evil

Cheyenne McCray
“Jesus Christ.” The fury on Nick’s face was enough to send me reeling and he hit the table hard enough with his hand that it made the plates and the silverware on the table bounce and clatter. “You give me the names and approximate location of those men who gave you that ultimatum and I’ll kill every goddamned one of them.”
I sighed before I said quietly. “I already did.”
Cheyenne McCray, The First Sin

Claire Chilton
“True evil is always petty and often incompetent.”
Claire Chilton
tags: evil, humor

Jane Austen
“Well, evil to some is always good to others.”
Jane Austen, Emma
tags: evil, good

D.H. Lawrence
“Human desire is the criterion of all truth and all good. Truth does not lie beyond humanity, but is one of the products of the human mind and feeling. There is really nothing to fear. The motive of fear in religion is base...”
D.H. Lawrence

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