Evil Quotes

Evil Quotes by Mark Ravenhill, Thomas Paine, Michael Tobias, George Eliot, Kurt Vonnegut, Herbert Hoover and many others.

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We are now so far advanced in our denial of evil that we want to rationalise it away.
Mark Ravenhill
Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins … Society is in every state a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine
I find contemporary Holocausts against other species so unbearable as to make life itself a fundamental question mark. Are we a demonic, suicidal species? Can good conquer evil? And if so, when will that renaissance of virtue occur? This is truly “psychology today.”
Michael Tobias
No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
George Eliot
How subservient to Jesus, or to a humane God Almighty, were the leaders of this country back in the 1840’s, when Marx said such a supposedly evil thing about religion? They had made it perfectly legal to own human slaves, and weren’t going to led women vote or hold public office, God forbid, for another eighty year.
Kurt Vonnegut
The worst evil of disregard for some law is that it destroys respect for all law.
Herbert Hoover
We should have learnt by now that laws and court decisions can only point the way. They can establish criteria of right and wrong. And they can provide a basis for rooting out the evils of bigotry and racism. But they cannot wipe away centuries of oppression and injustice – however much we might desire it.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Every evil has its good, and every ill an antidote.
Dorothea Dix
Of two evils, it is perhaps less injurious to society, that good doctrine should be accompanied by a bad life, than that a good life should lend its support to a bad doctrine.
Charles Caleb Colton
During many a single week, I daresay, more money is spent in New York upon useless and evil things than would suffice to run the kingdom of Denmark for a year.
H. L. Mencken
For every life and every act consequence of good and evil can be shown and as in time results of many deeds are blended so good and evil in the end become confounded.
T. S. Eliot
But what is the greatest evil? If you are going to epitomize evil, what is it? Is it the bomb? The greatest evil that one has to fight constantly, every minute of the day until one dies, is the worse part of oneself.
Patrick McGoohan
Selfishness, if but reasonably tempered with wisdom, is not such an evil trait.
Giovanni Ruffini
Despair makes us serve evil as much as good.
Perhaps this is the root of all evil, that gardeners are not put in charge of our schools.
Helen DeWitt
Religion as a human phenomenon is as riddled through with potential for both good and evil as any other phenomenon.
Richard John Neuhaus
I feel it’s in people’s nature to want to stop evil and embrace the good.
Chen Guangcheng
You see with your eyes. This means you can be misled by charm, by outward appearance. By webs of glamour, by surface pretences. I do not see with my eyes. I see good and I see evil. Nothing else.
Neil Gaiman
There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report.
Richard Le Gallienne
It is a persistent evil to persecute a man who belongs to the grace of God. It is a calamity without remedy to hate the happy.
Father Lucifer, you never looked so sane.
Tori Amos
Brimstone once told me that to stay true in the face of evil is a feat of strength.
Laini Taylor
It is hardly possible to maintain seriously that the evil done by science is not altogether outweighed by the good. For example, if ten million lives were lost in every war, the net effect of science would still have been to increase the average length of life.
G. H. Hardy
The most unrealistic thing I’ve ever read in comics is when some group of characters calls themselves the Brotherhood of Evil or the Masters of Evil. I don’t believe any character believes their goals to be truly evil.
Len Wein
Everyone has the best of feelings towards mankind in general, but not towards the individual man. We’ll kill men, but we want to save mankind. And that isn’t right, your Reverence. The world will be an evil place as long as people don’t believe in other people.
Karel Capek
Just as we won the Cold War in part by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so, too, must we take on the ideology of radical Islam.
Donald Trump
God turns on its head one form of evil – suffering – in order to defeat another form of evil – that is, our transgressions. It happened at the cross, and it occurs in the lives of followers of Christ every day.
Joni Eareckson Tada
We are not to be isolated but insulated, moving in the midst of evil but untouched by it.
Vance Havner
So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one’s fatherland is to wish evil to one’s neighbors. The citizen of the universe would be the man who wishes his country never to be either greater or smaller, richer or poorer.
If you believe that God overrules all things for good, and only permits apparently evil happenings for good and the achievement of great ends unbeknown to you, then all is well. All is well because you believe in the sovereignty of God.
Henry Thomas Hamblin
They were still all beautiful and there was still enchantment and wonder, but she had crossed a line and now the fairy tale was green with corruption and evil.
Stephen King
The most personal thing I’ve put in [Touch of Evil] is my hatred of the abuse of police power. It’s better to see a murderer go free than for a policeman to abuse his power.
Orson Welles
Falsehoods of convenience or vanity, falsehoods from which no evil immediately visible ensues, except the general degradation of human testimony, are very lightly uttered, and once uttered are sullenly supported.
Samuel Johnson
Evil to him who evil thinks.
Edward III of England
I used to suppose that certain evils could never befall a being in possession of a sound mind; that true virtue supplies us with energy which vice can never resist; that it was always in our power to obstruct, by his own death, the designs of an enemy who aimed at less than our lives.
Charles Brockden Brown
Riches cannot be gathered without sin and evil means.
Guru Nanak
The people who whine about Fox News are hypocrites – they say they’re totally tolerant, but when they run into someone who doesn’t share their assumptions, they say, ‘Fox News is evil, and it must be stopped.
Greg Gutfeld
The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.
Ursula K. Le Guin
I believe that there is a greater power in the world than the evil power of military force, of nuclear bombs — there is the power of good, of morality, of humanitarianism.
Linus Pauling
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
Our cautious ancestors, when yawning, blocked the way to the entrance of evil spirits by putting their hands before their mouths. We find a reason for the gesture in the delicacy of manner which forbids an indecent exposure.
George H. Mead
Boredom is nothing but the experience of a paralysis of our productive powers and the sense of unaliveness. Among the evils of life, there are few which are as painful as boredom, and consequently every attempt is made to avoid it.
Erich Fromm
In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe.
Lydia Sigourney
An evil life is a kind of death.
I’m not saying that I don’t experience people in life as evil, but writing is not a place of alienation; writing is the place where we can try to be human.
Etgar Keret
Of course Evil’s afoot. If it had switched to the metric system it’d be up to a meter by now.
Jim Butcher
A society like the Church, which claims to be Divine is perhaps more dangerous on account of the ersatz good which it contains then on account of the evil which sullies it. Something of the social labelled divine: an intoxicating mixture which carries with it every sort of license. Devil disguised.
Simone Weil
Fear is a greater evil than evil itself.
Saint Francis de Sales
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.
If a man were to place himself in an attitude to bear manfully the greatest evil that can be inflicted on him, he would find suddenly that there was no such evil to bear; his brave back would go a-begging.
Henry David Thoreau
The case of Afghanistan vs. the Soviet Union is the clearest case of good against evil that I’ve seen in my lifetime. I thought it was terrific the way they got their country back.
William T. Vollmann
More evil gets done in the name of righteousness than any other way.
Glen Cook
I’ve never said this to a girl before.” I bit my lip, waiting. “Well…” He looked down. “I’m not sure how to say this.” He took a deep breath and announced, “I really like fighting evil with you.
Joan Bauer
The real evil isn’t the objects of technology but the tendency of technology to isolate people into lonely attitudes of objectivity. It’s the objectivity, the dualistic way of looking at things underlying technology, that produces the evil.
Robert M. Pirsig
It’s much less interesting as an actor playing someone who’s purely good or purely evil.
Michael Chiklis
Christ has conquered death, not only by suppressing its evil effects, but by reversing its sting. By virtue of Christ’s rising again, nothing any longer kills inevitably, but everything is capable of becoming the blessed touch of the divine hands, the blessed influence of the will of God upon our lives.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
It does happen, of course, that the priesthood has been on bad terms with womankind for some three thousand years. You see, Buddhism teaches that women are evil. Fiends. Messengers of hell. I’ve spent years immersed in the scriptures, so it’s no accident that you and I fight all the time.
Eiji Yoshikawa
O visions ill foreseen! Better had I Liv’d ignorant of future, so had borne My part of evil only.
John Milton
All attempts by the State to bias the conclusions of its citizens on disputed subjects, are evil.
John Stuart Mill
To humanity, which sometimes seems to be lost and dominated by the power of evil, selfishness and fear, the risen Lord gives the gift of His love which forgives, reconciles and reopens the soul to hope.
Pope John Paul II
Visualization is often used for evil – twisting insignificant data changes and making them look meaningful. Don’t do that crap if you want to be my friend. Present results clearly and honestly. If something isn’t working – those reviewing results need to know.
John Tukey
We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found.
Tzvetan Todorov
One is weary of hearing about the omnipotence of money. I will say rather that, for a genuine man, it is not evil to be poor.
Thomas Carlyle
Money should never be separated from values. Detached from values it may indeed be the root of all evil. Linked effectively to social purpose it can be the root of opportunity.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Of what use to destroy the children of evil? It is evil itself we must destroy at the roots.
Eleanor Farjeon
The greatest weapon we have against evil is doing good in Jesus’ name.
Kay Warren
Some issues stay fresh every time you open them up. It’s like evil magical Tupperware — it stays fresh forever.
Laurell K. Hamilton
To be afraid is to have more faith in evil than in God.
Emmet Fox
Love sometimes elevates, creates new qualities, suspends the working of evil inclinations; but only for a day. Love, then, is an Oriental despot, whose glance lifts a slave from the dust, and then consigns him to it again.
Sophie Swetchine
Biblical references about knowledge and good and evil often get tangled up.
James Rollins
I’ve learned that nobody is either all good or all evil. We all make mistakes, but we all are also capable of accomplishing extraordinary things.
Kelly Stables
Black illusion is all I ever see.
Ozzy Osbourne
Ah, child and youth, if you knew the bliss which resides in the taste of knowledge, and the evil and ugliness that lies in ignorance, how well you are advised to not complain of the pain and labor of learning.
Christine de Pizan
That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.
John Fowles
There is a constant struggle between good an evil in the world. It is up to good people to choose the right side
Nelson Mandela
The problem of good and evil is not the problem of good and evil, but only the problem of evil. In opposition to good there are evil characters, but there are no good characters in opposition to evil. Evil is arguable, but good is not. Therefore the Devil always wins the argument.
Laura Riding
Lo, how to conquer evil thoughts?Easy! One thing, just try -Imagine you are the ocean vast,You are the boundless sky.
Sri Chinmoy
I think the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Have you ever had a single moment’s thought about my responsibilities?
Stanley Kubrick
whoever gives the common people food to eat is a good person whoever lets the common people starve is a bad person.
Hualing Nieh Engle
Vainly you talk about voting it down. When you have cast your millions of ballots, you have not reached the evil. It has fastened its root deep into the heart of the nation, and nothing but God’s truth and love can cleanse the land. We must change the moral sentiment.
Frederick Douglass
She’ll carelessly cut you and laugh while you’re bleeding.
Billy Joel
Wisdom is known only by contrasting it with folly; by shadow only we perceive that all visible objects are not flat. Yet Philanthropos would abolish evil!
Ambrose Bierce
How much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of Creation? What in the world was running through that warped, evil, scatological mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements?
Joseph Heller
As you sell your soul and sow your seeds, and you wound yourself and your loved ones bleed. And your habits grow and your conscience feeds, on all that you thought you should be.
Don McLean
Do not desire to hear about the misfortunes of those who oppose you. For those who listen to such speech later reap the fruits of their evil intention.
Marcus Eremita
You can’t be serious,” Eve said. “Guys. People get eaten in places like this. At the very least, we get locked in a room and terrible, evil things get done to us and put on the Internet. I’ve seen the movies.” “Eve,” Michael said. “Horror movies are not documentaries.
Rachel Caine
Evil then results from imperfection.
Philip James Bailey
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
Philibert Joseph Roux
I’d have to say, and I think that most Christians would hold the view, that there is such a thing as evil, and there are evil forces at work. You can articulate that by talking about Satan or the Devil; that’s sound, Scriptural teaching.
Peter Hollingworth
Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.
Leonardo da Vinci
Drugs are marvelous–it’s life that’s evil. And sometimes the only way to face it is to get completely twisted.
E. Jean Carroll
The mouse had fallen in with evil cats.
Dante Alighieri
Evil is easily discovered; there is an infinite variety; good is almost unique. But some kinds of evil are almost as difficult to discover as that which we call good; and often particular evil of this class passes for good. It needs even a certain greatness of soul to attain to this, as to that which is good.
Blaise Pascal
A despairing heart is the true prophet of approaching evil; his actions may weave the webs of Fortune, but not break them.
Francis Quarles
It must be that evil communications corrupt good dispositions.
The competitive nation-state system, with all its capacity for good and evil, is spreading in the Third World and is transforming that world.
Robert Gilpin
I was named for my grandmother. It’s an evil-eye name, to protect you from bad things.
Stana Katic
Violence, and evil, doesn’t always come dressed in black, and it doesn’t always look like Charles Manson. Nor does it always come to us as obvious and arrogant[…]. Often it comes to us with the simple plea to be reasonable.
Derrick Jensen
To prevent evil is the great end of government, the end for which vigilance and severity are properly employed.
Samuel Johnson
Communism is evil. Its driving forces are the deadly sins of envy and hatred.
Peter Drucker
David Frankfurter’s valuable, well-written study takes us to the far reaches of demonology. In documenting the harm done by labeling others evil, he poses a challenge to those of us who believe, however regretfully, in the necessity of the concept.
Robert Jay Lifton
Nothing is evil which is according to nature.
Marcus Aurelius
It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.
Anthony Burgess
Food is not evil, but gluttony is. Childbearing is not evil, but fornication is. Money is not evil, but avarice is. Glory is not evil, but vainglory is. Indeed, there is no evil in existing things, but only in their misuse.
Maximus the Confessor
We’re all God. I’m not a god or the God, but we’re all God and we’re all potentially divine – and potentially evil.
John Lennon
America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.
William S. Burroughs
People forget the good, because the bad has more punch.
Louise Erdrich
Triviality is evil – triviality, that is, in the form of consciousness and mind that adapts itself to the world as it is, that obeys the principle of inertia. And this principle of inertia truly is what is radically evil.
Theodor Adorno
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
Oscar Wilde
Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.
Ayn Rand
It is not because food, clothes and property are inherently evil that Christians today must lower their standard of living. It is because others are starving. Creation is good. But the one who gave us this gorgeous token of his affection has asked us to share it with our sisters and brothers.
Ronald J. Sider
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Thomas A. Edison
What are you to us, you who are cut off from God, a fugitive for Heaven, and a slave of evil? You dare not do anything to us: Christ, the Son of God, has dominion over us and over all. Leave us, you thing of bane. We are made steadfast by the uprightness of His Cross. Serpent, we trample on your head.
Seraphim of Sarov
An evil plan does mischief to the planner.
I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
Mahatma Gandhi
‘The Gambler’ by Dostoevsky. It was the first time I realised that it was possible to have good and evil in one person. It led me to read a lot of Russian literature.
Sue Townsend
It was reasonable to struggle, to suffer, perhaps even to die, for a more just, a more compassionate society, but not in a world with no future where, all to soon, the very words “justice,” “compassion,” “society,” “struggle,” “evil,” would be unheard echoes on an empty air.
P. D. James
Within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good. When we come to see this, we take a different attitude toward individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A calculated, malignant, devastating evil has arisen in our world, … Civilization cannot ignore the wrongs that have been done. America will not tolerate their being repeated. Justice has a new mission, a new calling against an old evil.
John Ashcroft
When the soul, through its own fault… becomes rooted in a pool of pitch-black, evil smelling water, it produces nothing but misery and filth.
Saint Teresa of Avila
I am perhaps a late follower of Zoroaster and I believe that the foundation of life is built upon the struggle between the two opposing forces of Good and Evil.
Eugenio Montale
We cannot expect to be happy always … by experiencing evil as well as good we become wise.
Hans Christian Andersen
Christian society is like a bundle of sticks laid together, whereof one kindles another. Solitary men have fewest provocations to evil, but, again, fewest incitations to good. So much as doing good is better than not doing evil will I account Christian good-fellowship better than an hermitish and melancholy solitariness.
Joseph Hall
Let a good person do good deeds with the same zeal that an evil person does bad ones.
Sholom Rokeach
Mothers and schools plant the seeds of nearly all the good and evil which exists in the world.
Benjamin Rush
Allow the purity of evil to guide you.
The Undertaker
The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.
George Santayana
Children, after being limbs of Satan in traditional theology and mystically illuminated angels in the minds of educational reformers, have reverted to being little devils; not theological demons inspired by the evil one, but scientific Freudian abominations inspired by the unconscious.
Bertrand Russell
The godly have some good in them, therefore the devil afflicts them; and some evil in them, therefore God afflicts them.
Thomas Watson
The young are in great danger. Much evil results from their light and trifling reading. Much time is lost which should be spent in useful employment. Some would even deprive themselves of sleep that they might finish some ridiculous love story.
Ellen G. White
The only good thing we can do, the only goodness we can be sure of, is our own goodness as individuals and the good that we can individually do. As groups we often do evil that good may come and very often the good does not come and all that is left is the evil we have pointlessly done.
Marghanita Laski
If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.
C. S. Lewis
Stopping at her house is a neighbor boy with evil on his mind, cause he’s been peeking in Angie’s room at night through her window blind.
Helen Reddy
People’s good deeds we write in water. The evil deeds are etched in brass.
William Shakespeare
Like sin itself, Satan appeals to the senses. He originated and perfected the art of disguising evil as good.
Charles R. Swindoll
He incurs a fearful amount of guilt who in the least promotes the aim of the Evil One by trampling upon a tender conscience in a child.
Charles Spurgeon
My brother, are war and battle evil? Necessary, however, is the evil; necessary are the envy and the distrust and the back-biting among the virtues.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I would be the last to condemn the thousands of sincere and dedicated people outside the churches who have labored unselfishly through various humanitarian movements to cure the world of social evils, for I would rather a man be a committed humanist than an uncommitted Christian.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
Francis Bacon
Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate.
Anthony Burgess
If every man, …ceased to hate and blame every other man for his own failures and shortcomings, we would see the end of every evil in the world, from war to backbiting.
Grace Metalious
Pain is no evil, unless it conquers us.
Charles Kingsley
Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game.
Ray Lewis
Self-esteem is the goddamn root of all evil.
Roseanne Barr
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.
Money’s a necessary evil, there to give you moments. It gives me things I couldn’t have – nice things – but happiness? That’s a not a question of money and fame. Quite the opposite.
Dani Alves
The United States is evil. It has to be brought down, it has to be eliminated from the world scene. They are the ones who have made the world the hell that it is.
Bobby Fischer
For particulars, as everyone knows, make for virtue and happiness; generalities are intellectually necessary evils. Not philosophers but fretsawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society.
Aldous Huxley
Anthony looked down at his evil clutches — hands, he reminded himself, hands — and grinned anew.
Julia Quinn
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
Thomas Paine
Every form, not being the whole, must, of necessity, be imperfect; less than the whole, it cannot be identical with the whole, and being less than the whole and, therefore, imperfect by itself, it shows imperfection as evil, and only the totality of a universe can mirror the image of God.
Annie Besant
Evil can be opposed without being mirrored. Oppressors can be resisted without being emulated. Enemies can be neutralized without being destroyed.
Walter Wink
The Frenchman Jean-PaulSartre … had a dialectical mind good as a machine for cybernetics, immense in its way, he could peel a nuance like an onion, but he had no sense of evil, the anguish of God, and the possible existence of Satan.
Norman Mailer
The underlying reason for this is the Europeans’ fear that Islamists could gain power. Many still consider authoritarian Arab regimes to be the lesser evil.
Alvaro de Vasconcelos
Savage, despicable evil. That’s what we were fighting in Iraq.
Chris Kyle
According as a man acts and walks in the path of life, so he becomes. He that does good becomes good; he that does evil becomes evil. By pure actions he becomes pure; by evil actions he becomes evil.
So far any one shuns evils, so far as he does good.
Emanuel Swedenborg
Derivatives in and of themselves are not evil. There’s nothing evil about how they’re traded, how they’re accounted for, and how they’re financed, like any other financial instrument, if done properly.
James Chanos
The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature.
Swami Vivekananda
I’d like to do more Shakespeare. I’d like to do Iago in Othello. I look so benign. It would be interesting to see that black evil come out of my soul.
Kyle MacLachlan
If the fiercest conglomerate monsters had souls, with all that implied, who could condemn them as evil?
Piers Anthony
I’ve so got my plate full with Resident Evil and then The Three Musketeers, I’m just not involved with Castlevania. I’m not personally involved with the movie at all. I’m not producing that. After these two films, then I’m having a holiday.
Paul W. S. Anderson
The evil influence of Satan would destroy any hope we have in overcoming our mistakes. He would have us feel that we are lost and that there is no hope. In contrast, Jesus reaches down to us to lift us up.
James E. Faust
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.
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks / Had I from old and young! / Instead of the cross, the Albatross / About my neck was hung.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Specialization is the great evil of civilization.
Wendell Berry
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
Samuel Butler
When good befalls a man he calls it Providence, when evil fate.
Knut Hamsun
One man’s wickedness may easily become all men’s curse.
Publilius Syrus
At a simple level, good is that which helps people-evil is that which hurts people. At a higher level, good is that which is in harmony with divine purpose-evil is that which is out of harmony with divine purpose.
Peace Pilgrim
Things every person should have: •A nemesis. •An evil twin. •A secret headquarters. •An escape hatch. •A partner in crime. •A secret identity.
Wil Wheaton
To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.
Abbie Hoffman
The principal office of history I take to be this: to prevent virtuous actions from being forgotten, and that evil words and deeds should fear an infamous reputation with posterity.
…the essence of the evil government is that it anticipates bad conduct on the part of its citizens. Any government which assumes that the population is going to do something evil has already lost its franchise to govern.
Philip K. Dick
In my country of South Africa, we struggled for years against the evil system of apartheid that divided human beings, children of the same God, by racial classification and then denied many of them fundamental human rights.
Desmond Tutu
Most of those evils we poor mortals know From doctors and imagination flow.
Charles Churchill
Psychology describes. The Bible prescribes. ‘Turn from evil. Let that be the medicine to keep you in health.’ Pr 3:7,8.
Elisabeth Elliot
Almost every thing, especially of governmental policy, is an inseparable compound of the two [good and evil].
Abraham Lincoln
Love, not anger, brought Jesus to the cross. Golgotha came as a result of God’s great desire to forgive, not his reluctance. Jesus knew that by his vicarious suffering he could actually absorb all the evil of humanity and so heal it, forgive it, redeem it.
Richard J. Foster
We sometimes feel the shadows have got hold of us, the shadows of evil. But still, it’s up to us to fight.
Dan Totheroh
Take this to heart and doubt not that you are the one who killed Christ. Your sins certainly did, and when you see the nails driven through his hands, be sure that you are pondering, and when the thorns pierce his brow, know that they are your evil thoughts.
Martin Luther
It is one thing to fear God as threatening, with a holy reverence, and another to be afraid of the evil threatened.
John Owen
Truly it is reasonable to make a great distinction between the faults that come from our weakness and those that come from our wickedness.
Michel de Montaigne
If you cannot hate evil, you cannot love good.
Maxwell Struthers Burt
The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you would live happily, do not exaggerate life’s evils, nor slight her blessings.
Joseph Joubert
Those who voluntarily put power into the hands of a tyrant … must not wonder if it be at last turned against themselves.
Evil men by their own nature cannot ever prosper.
Snakes are sometimes perceived as evil, but they are also perceived as medicine. If you look at an ambulance, there’s the two snakes on the side of the ambulance. The caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, there’s the two snakes going up it, which means that the venom can also be healing.
Nicolas Cage
I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.
George Bernard Shaw
There has always been a strong relationship between music and religion. It is because they both plug directly into the heart and can have real power for good or evil.
Peter Gabriel
We should live totally in the face of the night and of the Evil.
Martin Heidegger
In India it is regarded as a good idea to dart in front of an oncoming car, for the car is sure to kill the evil spirits who are pursuing you, and all the rest of your life you will have good luck.
Robertson Davies
Whoever lives among many evils just as I, how can dying not be a source of gain?
I do not believe evil men are led by God. I believe there are plots of evil. We live in a sinful world, and there are a lot of things that happen as a result of sin.
Anne Graham Lotz
No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is an opportunity for full discussion. Only an emergency can justify repression.
Louis D. Brandeis
It is not enough simply to try to resist evil or empty our lives of sin. We must also fill our lives with righteousness
Ezra Taft Benson
You do not see clearly the evil in yourself, else you would hate yourself with all your soul. Like the lion who sprang at his image in the water, you are only hurting yourself, O foolish man. When you reach the bottom of the well of your own nature, then you will know that the vileness was from yourself.
Evil was predictable, always painfully expected.
Ted Dekker
The difference between a crime of evil and a crime of illness is the difference between a sin and a symptom.
Malcolm Gladwell
War is good when good survives and evil is crushed. If you don’t crush evil then evil will get you.
Ted Nugent
I’d like to write a series that, in an adventurous and fun way, teaches kids a way to discern between good and evil, to establish a foundation on moral absolutes.
Frank Peretti
No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.
Zeno of Citium
Quaternions came from Hamilton after his really good work had been done, and though beautifully ingenious, have been an unmixed evil to those who have touched them in any way.
Lord Kelvin
Evil is simply
a grammatical error:
a failure to leap
the precipice
between “he”
and “I.
Linda Pastan
Evil and good are everywhere, like shadow and substance; inseparable (for men) yet not hostile, only opposed.
Thomas Carlyle
Evil influence is like a nicotine patch, you cannot help but absorb what sticks to you.
E. A. Bucchianeri
Horror is always the same. It changes with the culture and changes with technology. The stories are always the same. There are just two basic stories in horror, two simple ones — evil is outside and evil is in here [points to his heart].
John Carpenter
Life is too short to spare an hour of it in the indulgence of this evil passion.
Alphonse de Lamartine
The authors of great evils know best how to remove them.
True, it is evil that a single man should crush the herd, but see not there the worse form of slavery, which is when the herd crushes out the man.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Not good vs evil. Only good vs evil is inside of you
Mindy Sterling
Love of money is the mother-city (metropolis) of all evils.
Bion of Borysthenes
Let not the tongue give utterance to the evil that is in thine heart, but command thy tongue to be silent until good shall prevail over evil.
Brigham Young
Seek for good, but expect evil.
Miguel de Cervantes
There was in the House only one dissenting vote, from Barbara J. Lee, a Democrat from California, who warned that military action could not guarantee the safety of the country and that ‘as we act, let us not become the evil we deplore.
Chris Hedges
For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.
Saint Peter
Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil deeds of men.
The target of preventive war must have several characteristics. It must be virtually defenceless; it must be important enough to be worth the trouble; it must be possible to portray it as the ultimate evil and an imminent threat to our survival.
Noam Chomsky
There aren’t many benefactors who don’t say, like Satan: All these things will I give you if you bow down and worship me.
Nicolas Chamfort
History is full of instances of people who challenged the mighty forces of evil and they were not only fighting a lonely battle but were left alone to die.
Asghar Ali Engineer
We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.
And in his third essay Herodius (not Herodotus, a mistaken pronunciation, perhaps) said ‘We can contend with the evil that men do in the name of evil, but heaven protect us from what they do in the name of good.’
Richard Boone
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is nothing good or evil save in the will.
You may be educated abroad, you may be a great scientist, politician, but you always have a sneaking fear that if you don’t go to temples or do the ordinary things that you have been told to do, something evil might happen, so you conform. What happens to the mind that conforms? Investigate it, please.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not gives advantage to the danger; it is less folly not to endeavor the prevention of the evil thou fearest than to fear the evil which thy endeavor cannot prevent.
Francis Quarles
In the twentieth century, men — all of us — find themselves compelled to commit or condone evil for the sake of preventing an evil believed to be greater. And the tragedy is that we do not know whether the evil we condone will not in the end be greater than the evil we seek to avert– or be identified with.
Emil Fackenheim
The human race will have no respite from evils until those who are really philosophers acquire political power or until, through some divine dispensation, those who rule and have political authority in the cities become real philosophers.
As the culture war is about irreconcilable beliefs about God and man, right and wrong, good and evil, and is at root a religious war, it will be with us so long as men are free to act on their beliefs.
Pat Buchanan
All the reasons which made the initiation of physical force evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative.
Ayn Rand
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine
There’s nothing wrong or evil about having a bad day. There’s everything wrong with making others have to have it… with you.
Neil Cavuto
All the best, Sydney P.S. “The Red Hurricane” is what I named the car. P.P.S. Just because I like you, it doesn’t mean I still don’t think you’re an evil creature of the night. You are.
Richelle Mead
We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
Patton Oswalt
These are the evils which result from gossiping habits.
The evil lot who did that thing on September 11 did it because they wanted to create a war between America and Islam. And by invading Iraq, we gave them what they hoped for.
Billy Bragg
The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.
It is a great evil, as well as a misfortune, to be unable to utter a prompt and decided ‘no’.
Charles Simmons
It is because good is always stronger than evil. Always remember that, Antonio. The smallest bit of good can stand against all the powers of evil in the world and it will emerge triumphant.
Rudolfo Anaya
One of the things I know from the study of history is that history surprises you. History is not written. It’s not inevitable.The victory of evil is not certain.
Salman Rushdie
The will of man without the grace of God is not free at all, but is the permanent prisoner and bondslave of evil since it cannot turn itself to good.
Martin Luther
One of my themes is that there is good and evil in everyone. I was not out to make these guys heroes. I really don’t believe in heroes. The best of people have a dark side and it’s a constant struggle for the better side to survive and to thrive.
William Friedkin
Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
Bertrand Russell
It seems to me that any ideology is bad because it is inevitably reductive and identifies other ideologies as evil, and itself with truth, whereas both truth and goodness are always transcendent.
Alexander Schmemann
The food thing is crazy to me. In this town the beer thing is also crazy to me. Frankly even with Brightest Young Things, it’s such a celebration of [beer and food], all this stuff. I don’t think it’s bad or evil, but there’s something out of bounds. It’s like, “A bar opened!” Who cares? Think about that.
Ian MacKaye
You pronounced your words as if you don’t acknowledge the shadows, or the evil either. Would you be so kind as to give a little thought to the question of what your good would be doing if evil did not exist, and how the earth would look if the shadows were to disappear from it?
Mikhail Bulgakov
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.
John Dalberg-Acton
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.
John Dalberg-Acton
Don’t be evil- apparently people like it better than “Be good”.
Larry Page
Give a truly good person power, and they’re still a good person. Give a bad person power, and they’re still a bad person. The question is always about the person in between. The one that isn’t evil, or good, but just ordinary. You don’t always know what an ordinary person is like on the inside.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Just remember that you’re on my list, Marcone. Soon as I get done with all the other evils in this town, you won’t be the lesser of them anymore.” Marcone stared at me with half-lidded eyes and said, “Eek.
Jim Butcher
To combat the depression by a forced credit expansion is to attempt to cure the evil by the very means which brought it about.
Friedrich August von Hayek
Ignorance: the root of all evil.
In the 1930s one was aware of two great evils – mass unemployment and the threat of war.
James Meade
I love the Underworld movies because the vampires arent automatically evil, yet neither are they basically humans with fangs.
Jeaniene Frost
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than the dissolution of the Union. It would be an accumulation of all the evils we complain of, and I am willing to sacrifice everything but honor for its preservation.
Robert E. Lee
We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.
Donald Knuth
I see the canvas and I begin… It’s a necessary evil to get into the work, and it’s pretty marvelous to be able to get out of it.
Willem de Kooning
Desire for increased wealth is not evil… it is simply the desire for more abundant life; it is aspiration.
Wallace D. Wattles
Choice is the essence of ethics: if there were no choice there would be no ethics, no good, no evil; good and evil have meaning only insofar as man is free to choose.
Margaret Thatcher
There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.
Edmund Burke
An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through.
William Makepeace Thackeray
The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Mother of the universe is the Mother of all. From Her have come out both good and evil.
Sarada Devi
Every man, however obscure, however far removed from the general recognition, is one of a group of men impressible for good, and impressible for evil, and it is in the nature of things that he cannot really improve himself without in some degree improving other men.
Charles Dickens
To have a film where there’s an evil figure and a good person fights against the evil figure and everything becomes a happy ending, that’s one way to make a film. But then that means you have to draw, as an animator, the evil figure. And it’s not very pleasant to draw evil figures.
Hayao Miyazaki
I never revolted in vain, as a rebel or as a tyrant, but I rose seeking reformation for the nation of my grandfather Mohammad. I intend to enjoin good and forbid evil, to act according to the traditions of my grandfather, and my father Ali Ibn Abi-Talib.
Husayn ibn Ali
Let us not become the evil that we deplore.
Barbara Lee
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
Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up in that one word, weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil doing; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality. Let them know what they really are.
Swami Vivekananda
The vice and drunkenness among the lowering laboring classes is growing to frightful excess, and the multitudes of low Irish Catholics … restricted by poverty in their own country run riot in this … as long as we are overwhelmed with Irish immigrants, so long will the evil abound.
John Pintard
I called to wish you an unhappy birthday because you’re evil and you lie and if you should die I may feel slightly sad, but I won’t cry.
Steven Morrissey
Certainly I’m not saying that you sit down and patiently accept injustice. I’m talking about a very strong force, where you stand up with all your might against an evil system, and you are not a coward.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.
Samuel Johnson
The belief that it is useless to employ partial and palliative means against radical evils, because they only remedy them in part, is an article of faith never preached unsuccessfully by meanness to simplicity, but it is none the less absurd.
Theodor Mommsen
Good and evil appear to be joined in every culture at the spine.
Flannery O’Connor
When I was sixteen, I wrote the first hundred or so pages of a novel about a piano that was haunted by the ghost of an evil blues musician.
Jonathan Tropper
A low view of God is the cause of a hundred lesser evils. A high view of God is the solution to ten thousand temporal problems.
Aiden Wilson Tozer
Where there is no opposition to evil, it multiplies.
Joyce Meyer
What we committed in the Indies stands out among the most unpardonable offenses ever committed against God and mankind and this trade [in Indian slaves] as one of the most unjust, evil, and cruel among them.
Bartolome de las Casas
Angel, saint, Devil’s spawn, good or evil, you’ve got me pinned to the wall and labeled as yours until the day I die. And if you die first, then it won’t be long before I follow.
Virginia C. Andrews
The acknowledgement of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.
Stefan Molyneux
Were it possible so to accelerate the intercourse between every part of the globe that all its inhabitants could be united under the superintending authority of an ecumenical Council, how great a portion of human evils would be avoided.
James Madison
There are evil spirits who suddenly fix their abode in man’s unguarded breast, causing us to commit devilish deeds, and then, hurrying back to their native hell, leave behind the stings of remorse in the poisoned bosom.
Friedrich Schiller
If half an onion is black with rot, it is a rotten onion. A man is good or he is evil. (Melisandre of Asshai)
George R. R. Martin
To govern according to the sense and agreement of the interests of the people is a great and glorious object of governance. This object cannot be obtained but through the medium of popular election, and popular election is a mighty evil.
Edmund Burke
I do not know what is happening. The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay; and all my limbs are light, and a hope and joy are come to me that no reason can deny. […] I do not believe that darkness will endure!
J. R. R. Tolkien
Against war one might say that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished malicious. In its favor, that in producing these two effects it barbarizes, and so makes the combatants more natural. For culture it is a sleep or a wintertime, and man emerges from it stronger for good and for evil.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Those whose spiritual awareness has been awakened never make a false move. They don’t have to avoid evil. They are so replete with love that whatever they do is a good action. They are fully conscious that they are not the doer of their actions, but only servants of God.
Big institutions in this imperial state, in this evil US empire, prepare their politicians to become criminals.
Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be done in the name of good.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Evil is the moment when I lack the strength to be true to the Good that compels me.
Alain Badiou
Evil to some is always good to others
Jane Austen
With the end of the cold war, all the ‘isms’ of the 20th century – Fascism, Nazism, Communism and the evil of apartheid-ism – have failed. Except one. Only democracy has shown itself true the help of all mankind.
Jack Kemp
There is not much to be got anywhere in the world. It is filled with misery and pain; if a man escapes these, boredeom lies in wait for him at every corner. Nay more; it is evil which generally has the upper hand, and folly that makes the most noise. Fate is cruel and mankind pitiable.
Arthur Schopenhauer
To cure us of our immoderate love of gain, we should seriously consider how many goods there are that money will not purchase, and these the best; and how many evils there are that money will not remedy, and these the worst.
Charles Caleb Colton
The evil and suffering in this world are greater than any of us can comprehend. But evil and suffering are not ultimate. God is. Satan, the great lover of evil and suffering, is not sovereign. God is.
John Piper
The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.
Albert Einstein
All evils are equal when they are extreme.
Pierre Corneille
In order to purify yourself, you have to understand yourself, Father Trais went on. Everything out in the world is also in you. Good, bad, evil, perfection, death, everything. So we study our souls.
Louise Erdrich
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We conservatives fight evil; the Left fights carbon emissions
Dennis Prager
Every person has the choice between Good and Evil. Choose Good, and stand against those who would choose Evil.
Friedrich Kellner
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
Anybody tells you that money is the root of all evil doesn’t have any.
Ben Affleck