Quotes About Evil

Quotes tagged as "evil" (showing 241-270 of 1,666)
Marc Bekoff
“Often, the greater our ignorance about something, the greater our resistance to change.”
Marc Bekoff, Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect

Alain Badiou
“Evil is the moment when I lack the strength to be true to the Good that compels me.”
Alain Badiou, Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil

Scott Lynch
“Crooked Warden, I will fear no darkness for the night is yours," muttered Locke, pointing the first two fingers of his left hand into the darkness. The Dagger of the Thirteenth, a thief's gesture against evil. "Your night is my cloak, my shield, my escape from those who hunt to feed the noose. I will fear no evil, for you have made the night my friend."

"Bless the Benefactor," said Jean, squeezing Locke's left forearm. "Peace and profit to his children.”
Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies

Idowu Koyenikan
“There is no denying that there is evil in this world but the light will always conquer the darkness.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

Robert Louis Stevenson
“The most racking pangs succeeded: a grinding in the bones, deadly nausea, and a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death. Then these agonies began swiftly to subside, and I came to myself as if out of a great sickness. There was something strange in my sensations, something indescribably sweet. I felt younger, lighter, happier in body; within I was conscious of a heady recklessness, a current of disordered sensual images running like a millrace in my fancy, a solution of the bonds of obligation, an unknown but innocent freedom of the soul. I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

“The world is a goddamned evil place, the strong prey on the weak, the rich on the poor; I’ve given up hope that there is a God that will save us all. How am I supposed to believe that there’s a heaven and a hell when all I see now is hell.”
Aaron B. Powell, Doomsday Diaries III: Luke the Protector

Robert Cormier
“Everybody sins, Francis. The terrible thing is that we love our sins. We love the thing that makes us evil.”
Robert Cormier, Heroes

Teresa of Ávila
“I am quite sure I am more afraid of people who are themselves terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself.”
Teresa of Ávila, The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself

C. JoyBell C.
“You can feel anything. All is free for you to feel. But I guarantee you that if you allow yourself to feel envy and then to swim in it, that envy will destroy you and the people around you. Envy is unlike anger. Envy is not a right wing nor a left wing, it is not on either end of the balancing beam. Nobody needs it and I can assure you that once you give yourself to it, you will be eaten up. Envy can even eat up nations, casting them up against each other and pull a whole nation down into an internal collapse.”
C. JoyBell C.

David Gemmell
“There is a darkness in you. In all of us, probably. Beasts we keep chained. Ordinary men have to keep the chains strong, for if we let the beast loose then society will turn upon us with fiery vengeance. Kings though...well, who is there to turn upon them? So the chains are made of straw. It is the curse of kings, Helikaon, that they can become monsters. And they invariably do.”
David Gemmell, Shield of Thunder

Paulo Coelho
“Isn't wine prohibited here?" the boy asked. "It's not what enters men's mouths that's evil," said the alchemist. "It's what comes out of their mouths that is.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Reinhold Niebuhr
“Ultimately evil is done not so much by evil people, but by good people who do not know themselves and who do not probe deeply.”
Reinhold Niebuhr
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

“The world needs more anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough.”
Bede Jarrett

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

Robert Frost
“I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
A luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.”
Robert Frost, The Poetry of Robert Frost

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

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

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

Rick Yancey
“The monstrous act by definition demands a monster.”
Rick Yancey

John Patrick Shanley
“If I could, Sister James, I would certainly choose to live in innocence. But innocence can only be wisdom in a world without evil. Situations arise and we are confronted with wrongdoing and the need to act.”
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

Ayn Rand
“In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.”
Ayn Rand

Elizabeth Goudge
“For she had discovered that as well as the evil web there was another. This too bound spirits together, but not in a tangle, it was a patterned web and one could see the silver pattern when the sun shone upon it. It seemed much frailer than the dark tangle, that had a hideous strength, but it might not be so always, not in the final reckoning.”
Elizabeth Goudge, The Child from the Sea

Ayn Rand
“In the many months of his absence, she never wondered whether he was true to her or not; she knew he was. She knew, even though she was too young to know the reason, that indiscriminate desire and unselective indulgence were possible only to those who regarded sex and themselves as evil.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Was aus Liebe getan wird, geschieht immer jenseits von Gut und Böse. (What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.)”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

Craig Ferguson
“That's why Credit card companies are evil. Are they sponsoring the show tonight? ... They are Evil.”
Craig Ferguson

Rumiko Takahashi
“In the hearts of men lies both good and evil. The two coexist. Some men become good, and others become evil. It is the way of this world.
-Kikyo”
Rumiko Takahashi

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

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