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)

Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
- Aesop
(Keywords: Evil, Ruin, Will)

You know George M. Steinbrenner III is the center of all evil in the universe.
- Ben Affleck
(Keywords: Evil, Universe)

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)

We all say, 'You don't have to run around playing all these tournaments and trying to conquer the world like Dr. Evil.'
- Stuart Appleby
(Keywords: Evil, Trying, World)

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)

When the devil grows old he turns hermit.
- Ludovico Ariosto
(Keywords: Devil, Old)

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)

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Evil, Eye)

They give themselves to God when the Devil will no longer have them.
- Sophie Arnould
(Keywords: God, Devil, Will)

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 greatest evil is physical pain.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Evil, Pain)

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)

People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: People, Devil, Fool, Neighbors)

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

To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil.
- Pearl Bailey
(Keywords: Devil, Talk)

Be good to others, that will protect you against evil.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Evil, Will)

Piety is the most solid goodness, and the vilest of what is evil is vice.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Evil, Goodness, Piety, Vice)

Cursed is the man who dies, but the evil done by him survives.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Evil, Man)

To fight against the infidels is Jihad; but to fight against your evil self is greater Jihad.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Evil, Fight, Self)

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)

Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.
- Hosea Ballou
(Keywords: Religion, Devil, Persecution)

Here we are in the 70's when everything really is horrible and it really stinks. The mass media, everything on television everything everywhere is just rotten. You know it's just really boring and really evil, ugly and worse.
- Lester Bangs
(Keywords: Evil, Media, Television, Ugly)

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)

The world is not dialectical - it is sworn to extremes, not to equilibrium, sworn to radical antagonism, not to reconciliation or synthesis. This is also the principle of evil.
- Jean Baudrillard
(Keywords: Evil, Extremes, Radical, World)

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.
- Anne Baxter
(Keywords: Home, Devil, Duty, Idleness, Labor, Profit, Sin, Temptation)

The press don't like to say nice things because nice is boring. It's much better to label me the devil. What we do is not brain surgery. We are entertainers, plain and simple, and we're responsible to bring that money back, to make a profit.
- Michael Bay
(Keywords: Money, Devil, Press, Profit)

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)

You can make yourself feel better about yourself if you project your shadow side, if you project your own potential for evil onto someone else. By annihilating them and, therefore, your shadow, you bring yourself into some state of purity or reformation.
- Jennifer Beals
(Keywords: Evil, Potential, Project, Purity, Shadow, State)

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