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Quotes About Evil

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“When one feels no shame in telling a deliberate lie, there is no evil, I tell you, he will not do.”
― Buddha Gotama, Чёрный список

Martin Luther King Jr.
“I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Sophocles
“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

“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

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

Wendy Higgins
“Patti told me that to truly love someone ,you must hold them in a open hand.That was how I needed to love Kai. It was necessary to uncurl my fingers and let him go”
Wendy Higgins, Sweet Evil

John Steinbeck
“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in a Pearl White serial of continuing thought and wonder. Humans are caught - in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too - in a net of good and evil. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, and they will be the fabric of our last, and this despite any changes we may impose on field and river and mountain, on economy and manners. there is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well - or ill?”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Andrew Sullivan
“ Monsters remain human beings. In fact, to reduce them to a subhuman level is to exonerate them of their acts of terrorism and mass murder — just as animals are not deemed morally responsible for killing. Insisting on the humanity of terrorists is, in fact, critical to maintaining their profound responsibility for the evil they commit.
And, if they are human, then they must necessarily not be treated in an inhuman fashion. You cannot lower the moral baseline of a terrorist to the subhuman without betraying a fundamental value.”
Andrew Sullivan

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

“What is evil?' you ask.

To which I reply, 'Who are you, Friedrich Nietzsche?'

To which you respond, 'Duh, wha? Me no understand.'

Then I put you back in your cage.”
Josh Lieb, I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

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

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

Paulo Coelho
“It's now what enters men's mouths that's evil. It's what comes out of their mouths that is.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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

Nwaocha Ogechukwu
“No matter how an individual views Satan, whether they believe that he is a real character or that he is just the product of literary scholars and imaginations, no one can deny that each one of us has an aspect of the devil within us. By studying the character and nature of Satan, we learn about ourselves; and the more we know about ourselves, the better we can fight our own personal demons—metaphorical or otherwise—in order to create a better tomorrow”
Nwaocha Ogechukwu

Benjamin Disraeli
“The canter is a cure for every evil.”
Benjamin Disraeli

Azar Nafisi
“Once evil is individualized, becoming part of everyday life, the way of resisting it also becomes individual. How does the soul survive? is the essential question. And the response is: through love and imagination.”
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

Ayn Rand
“The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.”
Ayn Rand

Saul Bellow
“Brother raises a hand against brother and son against father (how terrible!) and the father also against son. And moreover it is a continuity-matter, for if the father did not strike the son, they would not be alike. It is done to perpetuate similarity. Oh, Henderson, man cannot keep still under the blows.... A hit B? B hit C?--we have not enough alphabet to cover the condition. A brave man will try to make the evil stop with him. He shall keep the blow. No man shall get it from him, and that is a sublime ambition.”
Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King

“Good is not the opposite of evil, joy is the opposite of evil.”
Michael Ventura, The Zoo Where You're Fed to God
tags: evil, good, joy

Orson Scott Card
“But if you caught my informant,' said Achilles, 'why in the world would Chamrajnagar—or Graff, if it was him—launch the shuttle anyway? Was catching me doing something naughty so important they’d risk a shuttle and it’s crew just to catch me? I find that quite… flattering. Sort of like winning the Nobel Prize for scariest villain.”
Orson Scott Card, Shadow Puppets

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

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

William Penn
“A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it.”
William Penn
tags: evil

Edward Abbey
“Poor Hayduke: won all his arguments but lost his immortal soul.”
Edward Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang

William Beckford
“If she knew me as I really am she would despise me, and certainly not aid or abet my evil designs. To veil their vices from the sight of the good is the only resource of those who are not blind and know themselves to be vicious.' Thus was I confirmed in habits of hypocrisy; and these, for a time, worked only too effectually to my advantage.”
William Beckford, Episodes of Vathek

Robert Smythe Hichens
“For great changes in the human mind are terrible. As we realize them we realize the limitless possibilities of sinister deeds that lie hidden in every human being. A little child that loves a doll can become an old, crafty, secret murderer. How horrible! And perhaps it is still more horrible to think that, while the human envelope remains totally unchanged, every word of the letter within may become altered, and a message of peace fade into a sentence of death.”
Robert Smythe Hichens, the Return of the Soul and Other Stories

Ursula K. Le Guin
“What is evil?" asked the younger man. The round web, with its black center, seemed to watch them both. "A web we men weave." Ged answered.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
tags: evil

George MacDonald
“O, lack and doubt and fear can only come
Because of plenty, confidence, and love!
They are the shadow-forms about their feet,
Because they are not perfect crystal-clear
To the all-searching sun in which they live.
Dread of its loss is Beauty’s certain seal!”
George MacDonald, A Hidden Life and Other Poems

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