Quotations on Evil

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Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.
- Edward Abbey
(Keywords: Conservative, Evil, Hell, Old)

Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Society, Morality, Consequences, Evil, Man, Misfortune, Poor, Property, Right)

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Democracy, Elections, Evil, Force, Fraud, Majority, Party, Tyranny)

Goodness is something that makes us serene and content; it is magnificent. Those who are not good are evil.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Keywords: Content, Evil, Goodness)

If a man suffers ill, let it be without shame; for this is the only profit when we are dead. You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Deeds, Evil, Man, Profit, Shame, Will, Word)

It will never do to plead sin as an excuse for sin, or to attempt to justify sinful acts by pleading that we have an evil heart. This instead of being a valid apology, is the very ground of our condemnation.
- Archibald Alexander
(Keywords: Heart, Apology, Being, Evil, Sin, Will)

All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
- Scott Alexander
(Keywords: Cheating, Dying, Evil, Losing, Mediocrity)

I believe you can make forces of good and evil work for you, to get what you want.
- GG Allin
(Keywords: Work, Evil, Want)

There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience.
- Saint Ambrose
(Keywords: Conscience, Evil, Mind, Nothing)

Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.
- Martin Amis
(Keywords: Money, Strength, Addiction, Evil, Fiction, Mind)

In a certain sense, this guy - who is one of the most evil people in the book - he's not really that bad at running the show, because he knows what he's doing, he's smart and he's got the big picture in mind. He's like the Godfather.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: People, Evil, Mind, Running, Sense)

All evil comes from the old.They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Men, Ideas, Evil, Old)

Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Conscience, Evil, Right, Wrong)

I spent my first three weeks there on a wing with 21 murderers. I met some very evil people there but also some men who'd had no upbringing, no chance in life.
- Jeffrey Archer
(Keywords: Life, Men, People, Chance, Evil, First)

Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Crime, Evil, Radical)

Evil events from evil causes spring.
- Aristophanes
(Keywords: Causes, Events, Evil, Spring)

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Men, Fear, Evil, Punishment)

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Fear, Anticipation, Evil, Pain)

The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.
- Chester A. Arthur
(Keywords: Money, People, Evil, Public, Value)

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Beginning, Confession, Evil, First)

Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Wife, Opportunity, Act, Adultery, Evil, Living, Man, Obvious, Passion, Reason)

Evil is the interruption of a truth by the pressure of particular or individual interests.
- Alain Badiou
(Keywords: Truth, Evil, Pressure)

Solitude is better than the society of evil persons.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Society, Evil, Solitude)

Terrorism is an evil that threatens all the countries in Europe. Vigorous cooperation in the European Union and worldwide is crucial in order to meet this evil head on.
- Jan Peter Balkenende
(Keywords: Cooperation, Countries, Europe, Evil, Order, Terrorism)

Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
- Benjamin Banneker
(Keywords: Hope, Communication, Evil, Manners)

An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness.
- Clara Barton
(Keywords: Happiness, Evil, Reform, Suffering)

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.
- Georges Bataille
(Keywords: Life, Morality, Evil, Light, Opposition, Questioning)

Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Art, Effort, Evil, Goodness)

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Art, Effort, Evil, Fate)

The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Love, Men, Women, Certainty, Delight, Evil, Lies)

What is their potential for evil; what is their potential for wickedness? That's the only time that those characters become interesting to watch.
- Jennifer Beals
(Keywords: Time, Evil, Potential, Wickedness)

For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: Time, Evil, Nation, Reputation, Waiting, Windows)

Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Keywords: Disorder, Evil, Sin)

As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.
- Jeremy Bentham
(Keywords: Censorship, Evil, Measure, Results)

Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Nature, Cruelty, Evil, Needs, Nothing, Talking)

For centuries the leaders of Christian thought spoke of women as a necessary evil, and the greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most.
- Annie Besant
(Keywords: Women, Thought, Christian, Church, Evil, Leaders, Saints)

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.
- William Beveridge
(Keywords: Democracy, Dictators, Evil, Ignorance, May)

As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.
- Georges Bizet
(Keywords: Adultery, Crime, Evil, Fanaticism, Supernatural, Writing)

It is, alas, chiefly the evil emotions that are able to leave their photographs on surrounding scenes and objects and whoever heard of a place haunted by a noble deed, or of beautiful and lovely ghosts revisiting the glimpses of the moon?
- Algernon H. Blackwood
(Keywords: Deed, Emotions, Evil, Moon)

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair
(Keywords: American, Evil, Friends, Rest, Tragedy, Will, World)

According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Blessings, Deeds, Evil, Result)

Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Awareness, Body, Evil, Mind)

Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Men, Gods, Deed, Evil, Will)

There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Keywords: Ethics, Evil, Infinite)

One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite.
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Keywords: Ethics, Evil, Infinite)

The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world.
- Max Born
(Keywords: Truth, Belief, Evil, Possession, World)

If the guilt of sin is so great that nothing can satisfy it but the blood of Jesus; and the filth of sin is so great that nothing can fetch out the stain thereof but the blood of Jesus, how great, how heinous, how sinful must the evil of sin be.
- William Throsby Bridges
(Keywords: Blood, Evil, Guilt, Nothing, Sin)

The only time in my career prior to that I played an evil character was in 'The Twilight Zone'.
- Morgan Brittany
(Keywords: Time, Character, Career, Evil, Twilight, Zone)

The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.
- Jacob Bronowski
(Keywords: Values, Evil, Injustice, Light, Rules)

If men were basically evil, who would bother to improve the world instead of giving it up as a bad job at the outset?
- Van Wyck Brooks
(Keywords: Men, Evil, Giving, Job, World)



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