Good And Evil Quotes

Quotes tagged as "good-and-evil" (showing 1-30 of 611)
J.K. Rowling
“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Sarah J. Maas
“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we've faced them.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Charles Dickens
“I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.”
Charles Dickens

George Bernard Shaw
“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
George Bernard Shaw

Libba Bray
“What if evil doesn't really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?”
Libba Bray, Rebel Angels

Terry Pratchett
“People couldn't become truly holy, he said, unless they also had the opportunity to be definitively wicked.”
Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Derek Landy
“The fact is that we have no way of knowing if the person who we think we are is at the core of our being. Are you a decent girl with the potential to someday become an evil monster, or are you an evil monster that thinks it's a decent girl?"

"Wouldn't I know which one I was?"

"Good God, no. The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Martin Luther King Jr.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Jim Butcher
“You know how confusing the whole good-evil concept is for me.”
Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty

Terry Pratchett
“I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are good people and bad people. You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Robert Louis Stevenson
“In each of us, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose – what we want most to be we are.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins
“The best men are not consistent in good—why should the worst men be consistent in evil?”
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

Neil Gaiman
“There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock the guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don't.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Arthur Conan Doyle
“Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

Stephen R. Lawhead
“To see evil and call it good, mocks God. Worse, it makes goodness meaningless. A word without meaning is an abomination, for when the word passes beyond understanding the very thing the word stands for passes out of the world and cannot be recalled.”
Stephen R. Lawhead, Arthur

Joyce Carol Oates
“And this is the forbidden truth, the unspeakable taboo - that evil is not always repellent but frequently attractive; that it has the power to make of us not simply victims, as nature and accident do, but active accomplices.”
Joyce Carol Oates

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

Oscar Wilde
“I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Poor God, how often He is blamed for all the suffering in the
world. It’s like praising Satan for allowing all the good that happens.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Ian Fleming
“Today we are fighting Communism. Okay. If I'd been alive fifty years ago, the brand of Conservatism we have today would have been damn near called Communism and we should have been told to go and fight that. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.”
Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

Sabaa Tahir
“You—you were like me. You were a child. A normal child. And that was taken from you.”

“Does that bother you?”

“Well, it certainly makes you harder to hate.”
Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes

Stephen King
“All right I think we've been down here in the dark long enough. There's a whole other world upstairs. Take my hand, Constant Reader, and I'll be happy to lead you back into the sunshine. I'm happy to go there because I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It's you I'm not entirely sure of.”
Stephen King, Full Dark, No Stars

Marion Zimmer Bradley
“And I must believe that man has the power to know the right, to choose between good and evil and know that his choice has made a difference...”
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

Mikhail Lermontov
“I was modest--they accused me of being crafty: I became secretive. I felt deeply good and evil--nobody caressed me, everybody offended me: I became rancorous. I was gloomy--other children were merry and talkative. I felt myself superior to them--but was considered inferior: I became envious. I was ready to love the whole world--none understood me: and I learned to hate.”
Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time

Nora Roberts
“Evil cannot and will not be vanquished by evil. Dark will only swallow dark and deepen. The good and the light are the keenest weapons.”
Nora Roberts, Heaven and Earth

Joe Hill
“There's only room for one hero in this story-and everyone knows the devil doesn't get to be the good guy.”
Joe Hill, Horns

Kahlil Gibran
“You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps.
Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping.
For those who limp go not backwards.
But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.”
Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Ursula K. Le Guin
“War as a moral metaphor is limited, limiting, and dangerous. By reducing the choices of action to “a war against” whatever-it-is, you divide the world into Me or Us (good) and Them or It (bad) and reduce the ethical complexity and moral richness of our life to Yes/No, On/Off.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

“Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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