Best Quotes About Evil

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. -Unknown

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. -Buddha

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. -Thomas Paine

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

To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil. -Pearl Bailey

So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money? -Ayn Rand

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to. -George Santayana

If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil. -Henry Fielding

History will see advertising as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that. -Malcolm Muggeridge

Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things. -David Ogilvy

I did not feel 'evil' when I wrote advertisements for Puerto Rico. They helped attract industry and tourists to a country which had been living on the edge of starvation for 400 years. -David Ogilvy

Young people are threatened… by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire. -Pope John Paul II

In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive. -William Bernbach

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. -Henny Youngman

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

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. -William Inge

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and even if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. -John Stuart Mill

Gossip needn't be false to be evil – there's a lot of truth that shouldn't be passed around. -Frank A. Clark

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness. -Fred Woodworth

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. -Oscar Wilde

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. -William Shakespeare

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others. -Ambrose Bierce

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face. -Nelson DeMille

The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday. -Dennis Gabor

Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance. -Ambrose Bierce

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. -Thomas Jefferson

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. -Albert Camus

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. -George Carlin

I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. -Albert Einstein

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence. -Jim Morrison

People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don't know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult. -Anne Rice

If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons. -Winston Churchill

I have asked myself once or twice lately what was my natural bent. I have no doubt at all: It is to look at each day for the evil of that day and have a go at it, and that is why I have never failed to have an acute interest in each morning's letters. -Geoffrey Fisher

You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the worst of two evils or none at all. So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two. Nixon is impossible. -Harry S Truman

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. -Elie Wiesel

If vaudeville had died, television was the box they put it in. -Larry Gelbart

Transportation made sublimation literal. It conveyed evil to another world. -Robert Hughes

Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness. -Carl Jung

You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville, in clubs and on Broadway. -Danny Kaye

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.

Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us. -Eric Hoffer

The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination. -Richard Hofstadter

January, month of empty pockets! let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not. -Mencius

Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else. -Mencius

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. -John Stuart Mill

If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable. -Horace Mann

Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them. -Horace Mann

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too. -Euripides

Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men. -George Santayana

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. -Francis Bacon

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. -Socrates

With devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself. -Thomas Fuller

The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance. -Herodotus

I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil. -Voltaire

If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors. -Francis Bacon

There is a soul of truth in error; there is a soul of good in evil. -Richard Whately

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil. -Samuel Johnson

Worldly wealth is the Devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun. -Robert Burton

The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough. -Heinrich Heine

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet – the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies. -Michel de Montaigne

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. -Joseph Conrad

Take everything easy and quit dreaming and brooding and you will be well guarded from a thousand evils. -Amy Lowell

A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books. -John Kenneth Galbraith

A dimple on the chin, the devil within. -Pope Paul VI

It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness. -Thornton Wilder

A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. -Thomas Hardy

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. -Aristotle

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. -Thomas Jefferson

The most painful moral struggles are not those between good and evil, but between the good and the lesser good. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. -Aesop

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak. -Eric Hoffer

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good. -Margaret Mead

When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil. -Max Lerner

Two urns on Jove's high throne have ever stood, the source of evil one, and one of good; from thence the cup of mortal man he fills, blessings to these, to those distributes ills; to most he mingles both. -Homer

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. -John Cheever

The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing. -Aleister Crowley

The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power. -John Stuart Mill

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

Lack of money is the root of all evil. -George Bernard Shaw

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. -William Shakespeare

The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil. -H. L. Mencken

An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books. -Samuel Butler

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. -Helen Keller

Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable. -Max Lerner

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. -Mahatma Gandhi

Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both. -Tryon Edwards

Familiarity with evil breeds not contempt but acceptance. -Roy Hattersley

The man who does evil to another does evil to himself, and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it. -Hesiod

Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot always control them afterwards. -Charles W. Chesnutt

Probably the toughest time in anyone's life is when you have to murder a loved one because they're the devil. -Emo Philips

Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems. -Linus Torvalds

The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil. -Maria Montessori

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. -Francis Bacon

It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost. -Stephen King

The devil's voice is sweet to hear. -Stephen King

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. -Mae West

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

Work is a necessary evil to be avoided. -Mark Twain

In America, with all of its evils and faults, you can still reach through the forest and see the sun. But we don't know yet whether that sun is rising or setting for our country. -Dick Gregory

Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false. -Richard Cecil

I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries. -Marie Curie

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it. -Baltasar Gracian

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear. -Buddha

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it. -Lewis B. Smedes

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. -Hannah Arendt

Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change. -Andre Gide

In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments. -Rutherford B. Hayes

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. -Blaise Pascal

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

Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I've never tried. -Mae West

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. -Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil. -Plutarch

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed. -Mahatma Gandhi

What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents. -Robert Kennedy

I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. -Robert Kennedy

So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds. -Lucretius

The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil. -James Monroe

Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil. -Mary Wollstonecraft

A church debt is the devil's salary. -Henry Ward Beecher

It is so stupid of modern civilisation to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it. -Ronald Knox

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. -H. L. Mencken

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. -Blaise Pascal

The way I understand it, the Russians are sort of a combination of evil and incompetence… sort of like the Post Office with tanks. -Emo Philips

This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim. -James Reston

Hell is empty and all the devils are here. -William Shakespeare

Neutral men are the devil's allies. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. -Mae West

A politician is the devil's quilted anvil; He fashions all sins on him, and the blows are never heard. -John Webster

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. -Joseph Addison

Only lies and evil come from letting people off. -Iris Murdoch

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

A baseball manager is a necessary evil. -Sparky Anderson

Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile. -Christy Mathewson

I didn't have evil intentions, but I guess I did have power. -Harmon Killebrew

Leisure is the handmaiden of the devil. -Branch Rickey

Thinking about the devil is worse than seeing the devil. -Branch Rickey

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience. -Theodore Roosevelt

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. -Albert Einstein

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. -Thomas Paine

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. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience. -Saint Ambrose

He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity. -Quintilian

Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended. -Quintilian

What the devil does the plot signify, except to bring in fine things? -George Villiers

Of two evils choose the prettier. -Carolyn Wells

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil. -C. S. Lewis

One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can. -William Wordsworth

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe. -Jean Paul

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There's so much saint in the worst of them, and so much devil in the best of them, that a woman who's married to one of them, has nothing to learn of the rest of them. -Helen Rowland

Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them. -John Ruskin

Al Jazeera aired a new tape of Osama bin Laden. It was the usual stuff, he called Bush evil, the Great Satan, called him a war monger. Basically, the same thing you heard at last night's Democratic debate. -Jay Leno

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

Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes. -Louisa May Alcott

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

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. -Aristotle

He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king. -Saint Augustine

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. -Saint Augustine

The greatest evil is physical pain. -Saint Augustine

To be free from evil thoughts is God's best gift. -Aeschylus

I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils. -Aeschylus

With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil. -Jean Anouilh

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat. -Albert Einstein

If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another. -Epicurus

Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another's. -Desiderius Erasmus

Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit. -Epictetus

There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever… money, for instance, or war. -Saul Bellow

To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them. -Georges Bataille

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

All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil. -Jeremy Bentham

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good. -Edmund Burke

The face of evil is always the face of total need. -William S. Burroughs

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly. -Samuel Butler

They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils. -Francis Bacon

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

It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only. -William Blake

Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them. -Thomas Browne

I cannot help thinking that the menace of Hell makes as many devils as the severe penal codes of inhuman humanity make villains. -Lord Byron

Where there is mystery, it is generally suspected there must also be evil. -Lord Byron

How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly! -Elizabeth Gaskell

On the choice of friends, Our good or evil name depends. -John Gay

I think that technologies are morally neutral until we apply them. It's only when we use them for good or for evil that they become good or evil. -William Gibson

It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. -Baltasar Gracian

I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul. -Mahatma Gandhi

Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil – or else an absolute ignorance. -Graham Greene

We had better dispense with the personification of evil, because it leads, all too easily, to the most dangerous kind of war: religious war. -Konrad Lorenz

Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one. -Jean de La Fontaine

However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side. -James Russell Lowell

Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it? -Johann Kaspar Lavater

The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil. -W. C. Fields

Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. -Anatole France

Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword. -R. Buckminster Fuller

Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man's struggle for good and evil seems inadequate. -Richard P. Feynman

It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. -John Maynard Keynes

We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings. -Helen Keller

Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself. -Soren Kierkegaard

And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves 'It's pretty, but is it Art?' -Rudyard Kipling

The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person. -Eric Hoffer

The devil's name is dullness. -Robert E. Lee

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes. -Vladimir Lenin

It is a power stronger than will. Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good. -Comte de Lautreamont

There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil. -Benjamin Haydon

However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

The problem of evil… Why does God permit it? Or, if God is omnipotent, in which case permission and creation are the same, why did God create it? -William Temple

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph. -Margaret Thatcher

The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still. -Aiden Wilson Tozer

We can only write well about our sins because it is too difficult to recall a virtuous act or even whether it was the result of good or evil motives. -Edward Dahlberg

I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots. -Karen Blixen

All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy. -Scott Alexander

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them. -Paul Gauguin

The devil doesn't know how to sing, only how to howl. -Francis Thompson

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil. -William Shakespeare

It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind. -Jonathan Swift

Both mind and heart when given up to reveries and dreaminess, have a thousand avenues open for the entrance of evil. -Charles Simmons

Never let a man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is certain. -Robert Southey

A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth. -Charles Spurgeon

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse. -Adlai Stevenson I

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation. -Albert Schweitzer

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it. -Thomas Carlyle

None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much. -Lydia M. Child

To do nothing evil is good; to wish nothing evil is better. -Claudius

To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today. -Albert Camus

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil. -Albert Camus

Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more. -Nicolas Chamfort

They that know no evil will suspect none. -Ben Jonson

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition. -Carl Jung

If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil. -Joseph de Maistre

We are tainted by modern philosophy which has taught us that all is good, whereas evil has polluted everything and in a very real sense all is evil, since nothing is in its proper place. -Joseph de Maistre

Alimony – the ransom that the happy pay to the devil. -H. L. Mencken

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents. -H. L. Mencken

It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words? -Dwight L. Moody

In politics the choice is constantly between two evils. -John Morley

Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper. -Hannah More

Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation. -Norman Mailer

Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil. -Niccolo Machiavelli

There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless. -W. Somerset Maugham

Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul. -Andre Maurois

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

There is no possible source of evil except good. -Saint Augustine

God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist. -Saint Augustine

Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. -Jerry Garcia

Self is the root, the tree, and the branches of all the evils of our fallen state. -William Law

Another great evil arising from this desire to be thought rich; or rather, from the desire not to be thought poor, is the destructive thing which has been honored by the name of 'speculation'; but which ought to be called Gambling. -William Cobbett

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

The tree of knowledge is not the tree of life! And yet can we cast out of our spirits all the good or evil poured into them by so many learned generations? Ignorance cannot be learned. -Gerard De Nerval

It has been rightly said that nothing is unimportant, nothing powerless in the universe; a single atom can dissolve everything, and save everything! What terror! There lies the eternal distinction between good and evil. -Gerard De Nerval

An evil life is a kind of death. -Ovid

Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others. -John Petit-Senn

Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you. -Phaedrus

Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. -Plato

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune. -Plato

The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. -Pythagoras

The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost. -M. Scott Peck

Religion and education are no match for evil without the grace of God. -B. R. Hayden

Some things must be good in themselves, else there could be no measure whereby to lay out good and evil. -Benjamin Whichcote

I'm just deeply disappointed that once again we may have to settle for the lesser of two evils. -Howard Dean

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. -Mahatma Gandhi

Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

Though an angel should write, still 'tis devils must print. -Thomas Moore

TV – a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville. However, it is our latest medium – we call it a medium because nothing's well done. -Goodman Ace

I can not think of any circumstances in which advertising would not be an evil. -Arnold J. Toynbee

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. -Henry David Thoreau

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. -Helen Keller

From the world of darkness I did loose demons and devils in the power of scorpions to torment. -Charles Manson

It is too maddening. I've got to fly off, right now, to some devilish navy yard, three hours in a seasick steamer, and after being heartily sick, I'll have to speak three times, and then I'll be sick coming home. Still, who would not be sick for England? -John Masefield

Keep what you have; the known evil is best. -Plautus

Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one's dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being. -Sigmund Freud

Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee. -Tacitus

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is nothing good or evil save in the will. -Epictetus

Though all afflictions are evils in themselves, yet they are good for us, because they discover to us our disease and tend to our cure. -David Viscott

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him. -Socrates

For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity. -Joyce Cary

The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it. -John Hay

The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil. -Voltaire

One of the darkest evils of our world is surely the unteachable wildness of the Good. -H. G. Wells

Our greatest evils flow from ourselves. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. -Saint Augustine

There are heroes in evil as well as in good. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Mistrust the person who finds everything good, and the person who finds everything evil, and mistrust even more the person who is indifferent to everything. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason. -Immanuel Kant

Of two evils, choose neither. -Charles Spurgeon

Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death. -Thomas Carlyle

To do no evil is good, to intend none better. -Claudius

Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. -Thomas Jefferson

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. -Andrew Jackson

Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil. I am content to observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape from it, and with this I begin and end. -John Newton

Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good. -Thomas Aquinas

No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil. -Citium Zeno

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition. -Luc de Clapiers

If you get down and quarell everyday, you're saying prayers to the devil, I say. -Bob Marley

Marketing is the devil. -Billy Bob Thornton

Heaven sends us good meat, but the Devil sends cooks. -David Garrick

Tolerating evil leads only to more evil. And when good people stand by and do nothing while wickedness reigns, their communities will be consumed. -Bob Riley

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

Firstly you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own regarding their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and thirdly you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil. -Horatio Nelson

This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good. -Howard Dean

We're at war against the ultimate evil in the world, and We're going to win. -Johnny Isakson

Let us never forget that terrorism at its heart, at its evil heart, is a psychological war. It endeavors to break the spirit and the resolve of those it attacks by creating a lose-lose situation. -Norm Coleman

The world has fundamentally changed. It fundamentally changed when the Berlin Wall came down and the 'evil empire' ceased to exist. We are engaged around the world whether we like it or not. -Robert Foster Bennett

Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it. -Douglas MacArthur

Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell. -Edward Abbey

Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.' -Immanuel Kant

There are necessary evils. Money is an important thing in terms of representing freedom in our world. And now I have a daughter to think about. It's really the first time I've thought about the future and what it could be. -Johnny Depp

The root of the evil is not the construction of new, more dreadful weapons. It is the spirit of conquest. -Ludwig von Mises

The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. -Ludwig von Mises

In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil. -Anna Jameson

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

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils. -Duke of Wellington

Why should the Devil have all the good tunes? -Rowland Hill

Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving. -Dan Millman

Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody's got to pay for them so they're a necessary evil. -Michael Bloomberg

If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good? -Boethius

Anything new is always considered the devil's tool. -Rip Torn

One should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of editors. They are all, without exception – at least some of the time, incompetent or crazy. -John Gardner

The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it. -Frederick William Robertson

I'm extremely ambitious. I don't know why people are afraid to say that. I won't sell my soul to the devil, but I do want success and I don't think that's bad. -Jada Pinkett Smith

Struggle is strengthening. Battling with evil gives us the power to battle evil even more. -Ossie Davis

You slam a politician, you make out he's the devil, with horns and hoofs. But his wife loves him, and so did all his mistresses. -Pamela Hansford Johnson

It's not that we poor men are so powerful to be able to banish the devil. It's that God gives us the power. -Gabriele Nanni

'God's plan' is often a front for men's plans and a cover for inadequacy, ignorance, and evil. -Mary Daly

I'm not afraid to look like a big, hairy, smelly, foreign devil in Tokyo, though I do my best not to, I really do. -Anthony Bourdain

Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself – a force that works against man or, against God, if you will. -Eric Butterworth

Where liberty dies, evil grows. -Hamid Karzai

The Devil is like a strainer that separates the mud from the gold. -Carlos Santana

We took this challenge before our Lord and our conscience, and it must be done, because this man, Hitler, he is the ultimate evil. -Claus von Stauffenberg

May we be saved from evil thoughts and deed of enemies of world peace who find pleasure in creating havoc and perpetrating all forms of carnage. -Yahya Jammeh

Fear is the dark room where the Devil develops his negatives. -Gary Busey

What I have learned from my work up to now, is to try to be open, but also protect myself by not letting the good and the evil get too much importance. -Jane Campion

Well, religion has been passed down through the years by stories people tell around the campfire. Stories about God, stories about love. Stories about good spirits and evil spirits. -Andrew Greeley

As for the Devil – that is somebody our religion tried to do without for a long time. -Kerry Thornley

What we call 'evil' doesn't necessarily deserve any kind of respect or understanding, by any means; it just deserves an acknowledgement of its complexity so we can better understand it – so we can help prevent it. -Bryan Singer

In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world. -Emil Cioran

You've got to walk and talk with God to go to heaven… I have the devil in me! If I didn't have, I'd be Christian! -Jerry Lee Lewis

No doubt one may quote history to support any cause, as the devil quotes scripture. -Learned Hand

The bad man desires arbitrary power. What moves the evil man is the love of injustice. -John Rawls

Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feelings of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity in their case. -John Rawls

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent. -John Calvin

Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in. -Billy Sunday

The devil says I'm out, but the Lord says I'm safe. -Billy Sunday

The violence or the vaudeville style of comedy is a technique all by itself. You get up there, and you are a comedian, and you're doing one thing. That is, you're going to make the audience laugh. -Leslie Nielsen

This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love. -Peace Pilgrim

I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin's; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived. -Michelangelo

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

The evil that we know is best. -Plautus

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. -Thomas Reed

Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil. -Maximilien Robespierre

It is in his knowledge that man has found his greatness and his happiness, the high superiority which he holds over the other animals who inhabit the earth with him, and consequently no ignorance is probably without loss to him, no error without evil. -James Smithson

Verily, we know not what an evil it is to indulge ourselves, and to make an idol of our will. -Samuel Rutherford

We take nothing to the grave with us, but a good or evil conscience… It is true, terrors of conscience cast us down; and yet without terrors of conscience we cannot be raised up again. -Samuel Rutherford

We all agree that we've got to bring these terrorists to justice and to make sure that they're never allowed to perpetrate such an evil act as they did. And so all of us are dealing with that. We know that the President has the authority to go to war under the War Powers Act. -Barbara Lee

If power made one evil, then God would be the Devil. -Jonah Goldberg

I walked along that slippery slope where if you fail through lack of faith, you sell your soul to the devil. -Michelle Shocked

I don't really believe in the Devil, but if the Devil is the Father of Lies, then he certainly invented the Internet. -Ken MacLeod

My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season. -Mary Todd Lincoln

Anger is implanted in us as sort of sting, to make us gnash with our teeth against the devil, to make us vehement against him, not to set us in array against each other. -Richard Savage

If somebody plans to carry out a series of murders… then this is obviously an evil and pre-meditated attack and in that case, there could be a deterrent effect. -David Davis

This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten. -D. H. Lawrence

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil. -George Orwell

In order for a man to be truly evil, he must be a woman. -Craig Bruce

We are not angels. Nor are we the devils you have made us out to be. -Slobodan Milosevic

In restoring man from evil sovereignty, we must cheat. -Sun Myung Moon

The war is coming to the streets of America and if you are not keeping and bearing and practicing with your arms then you will be helpless and you will be the victim of evil. -Ted Nugent

War is good when good survives and evil is crushed. If you don't crush evil then evil will get you. -Ted Nugent

The Word of fire burns today On the lips of our prophets in an evil age. -Margaret Walker

Knavery seems to be so much a the striking feature of its inhabitants that it may not in the end be an evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom. -George III of the United Kingdom

Be ever engaged, so that whenever the devil calls he may find you occupied. -St. Jerome

Haste is of the Devil. -St. Jerome

Keep doing some kind of work, that the devil may always find you employed. -St. Jerome

Treat every Frenchman as if he was the devil himself. -Horatio Nelson

Some of the evil of my tale may have been inherent in our circumstances. For years we lived anyhow with one another in the naked desert, under the indifferent heaven. -T. E. Lawrence

There is another thing about a kid, if we all remember, that you have an attraction to evil. Evil is exciting and evil is interesting, and plenty of kids have a fascination for it. -Thomas Foran

Don't you know there ain't no devil, it's just god when he's drunk. -Tom Waits

I see no faults in the Church, and therefore let me be resurrected with the Saints, whether I ascend to heaven or descend to hell, or go to any other place. And if we go to hell, we will turn the devils out of doors and make a heaven of it. -Joseph Smith, Jr.

Perfectionists are their own devils. -Jack Kirby

If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil. -Baruch Spinoza

Even more than this, however, the sick – like lepers – were often reviled because people believed that they had brought their torments upon themselves. -Peter Lewis Allen

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

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

If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good. -Morris Raphael Cohen

When the devil grows old he turns hermit. -Ludovico Ariosto

Sometimes the way you respond to horrific, evil deeds is the measure of one's self as a man, as a nation, as people, as a community. -James Woods

She did not admire him any more than she had. It was merely that she considered him the Lesser of two evils. -Edgar Rice Burroughs

Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil. -Henry Fielding

All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible. -Noah Webster

I've done made a deal with the devil. He said he's going to give me an air-conditioned place when I go down there, if I go there, so I won't put all the fires out. -Red Adair

So many people are working in vaudeville today that I looked for three weeks to book enough acts for an hour bill and didn't have them until the night before we opened in Buffalo and money was no object! -Edgar Bergen

Nobody seems to know yet how television is going to affect the radio, movies, love, housekeeping or the church, but it has definitely revived vaudeville. -Edgar Bergen

Umpires are necessary evils. That's just the nature of the beast. For years, people have looked on umpiring as a job they could get any postman to do. -Doug Harvey

If I'm alone too long I think too much, and I'm not interested in doing that. That won't lead anywhere good, I'm sure. If I'm busy I tend to stay out of trouble. An idle mind is the devil's playground. -Lisa Marie Presley

Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance – these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible. -Isaiah Berlin

Willing or preferring is the same with respect to good and evil, that judging is with respect to truth or falsehood. -Anthony Collins

Many of the railroad evils were inherent in the situation; they were explained by the fact that both managers and public were dealing with a new agency whose laws they did not completely understand. -John Moody

Why doesn't that Devil take me with him? It would be much better with him than it is here. -Eva Braun

Conservatives divide the world in terms of good and evil while liberals do it in terms of the rich and poor. -Dennis Prager

Although images of perfection in people's personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies – utopian images – can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century. -Dennis Prager

If your religion doesn't teach you the difference between good and evil, your religion is worse than useless. -Dennis Prager

Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards. -Giacomo Leopardi

Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age. -Giacomo Leopardi

Logarithmic plots are a device of the devil. -Charles Francis Richter

We study the injustices of history for the same reason that we study genocide, and for the same reason that psychologists study the minds of murderers and rapists… to understand how those evil things came about. -Jared Diamond

I can pretty much get in touch with my evil side pretty easily. -Kelly Hu

You often feel that your prayers scarcely reach the ceiling; but, oh, get into this humble spirit by considering how good the Lord is, and how evil you all are, and then prayer will mount on wings of faith to heaven. -Charles Simeon

It is a governing principle of nature, that the agency which can produce most good, when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil. -James Fenimore Cooper

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. -Mary Wollstonecraft

Black frost. The ground is hard, the air tastes bitter. Your stars cluster in evil signs. -Georg Trakl

Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a lamb under the influence of the evil eye. -Jacopo Sannazaro

There is no evil in the world without a remedy. -Jacopo Sannazaro

The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing. -Robert Louis Stevenson

All human beings are commingled out of good and evil. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil. -Swami Sivananda

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens. -William Beveridge

The man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day. -Samuel Gompers

Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of having an evil thought during the game. -Wilhelm Steinitz

I do not believe a good player is capable of having an evil thought during the game. -Wilhelm Steinitz

I venture to prophesy that there lies before us a bitter and an evil time. -Auberon Herbert

No intelligent man believes that anybody ever willingly errs or willingly does base and evil deeds; they are well aware that all who do base and evil things do them unwillingly. -Protagoras

People desire to separate their worlds into polarities of dark and light, ugly and beautiful, good and evil, right and wrong, inside and outside. Polarities serve us in our learning and growth, but as souls we are all. -Joy Page

Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind. -William Godwin

Everything understood by the term co-operation is in some sense an evil. -William Godwin

He has no right to his life when his duty calls him to resign it. Other men are bound… to deprive him of life or liberty, if that should appear in any case to be indispensably necessary to prevent a greater evil. -William Godwin

I am not a pessimist; to perceive evil where it exists is, in my opinion, a form of optimism. -Roberto Rossellini

Poverty is from the devil and that God wants all Christians prosperous. -Benny Hinn

This discourse, and the present frame of my mind, lead me rather to speak to those, who by feeling Satan's fiery darts, know assuredly that there is a devil. -George Whitefield

The great and important duty which is incumbent on Christians, is to guard against all appearance of evil; to watch against the first risings in the heart to evil; and to have a guard upon our actions, that they may not be sinful, or so much as seem to be so. -George Whitefield

But he is unworthy the name of a minister of the gospel of peace, who is unwilling, not only to have his name cast out as evil, but also to die for the truths of the Lord Jesus. -George Whitefield

You must recognize that the way to get the good out of your brother and your sister is not to return evil for evil. -Louis Farrakhan

Then if your movie clicks with real audiences, you'll be sucked into some sort of Hollywood orbit. It's a devil of a place where the only religion that really counts is box office. -Yahoo Serious

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 Herbert Mead

My mother was in vaudeville, but after she had her children, she quit working. -Dean Stockwell

Some people turn from God because they cannot understand how a good God can permit evil in the world. -Walter Lang

He knew the lie of silence to be as evil as the lie of speech. -Gilbert Parker

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

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

I love good and pleasure, I hate evil and pain, I want to be happy and I am not mistaken in believing, that people, angels and even demons have those same inclinations. -Nicolas Malebranche

To begin with myself, then, the utterances of men concerning me will differ widely, since in passing judgment almost every one is influenced not so much by truth as by preference, and good and evil report alike know no bounds. -Petrarch

We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism. -Huey Newton

There is in the end no remedy but truth. It is the one course that cannot be evil. -Ellis Peters

Being a hooker does not mean being evil. The same with a pick-pocket, or even a thief. You do what you do out of necessity. -Samuel Fuller

With these kinds of proposals, the devil is in the details. We're going to examine this realignment closely. We will fight any measure that compromises our needs – now or in the future. -John B. Larson

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means. -Lydia M. Child

If it wasn't for the devil, we wouldn't be here, would we? -Brad Dourif

If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. -Swami Vivekananda

I don't think good and evil are polarized. -Sam Mendes

There's good and bad in everybody. I wasn't looking for the good, or looking for the bad. This is a man who signed his pact with the devil 20 years ago, and he's learned to live with it. He's tried to protect his family from it. -Sam Mendes

I had a very bad time with acid. I did that classic thing of looking in the mirror by mistake and seeing the devil. But I took it several times, because you always think that next time you might have the wonderful time that everyone else is having. -Robbie Coltrane

Almost all people have this potential for evil, which would be unleashed only under certain dangerous social circumstances. -Iris Chang

You shall always find what you created in your mind, for instance, a benevolent God or an evil Devil. Between them are countless facets. Therefore, concentrate on the depth of your consciousness and on what you consider to be positive and good. -Hans Bender

Good and evil do not exist for me any more. The fear of evil is merely a mass projection here and on Earth. -Hans Bender

Words can sometimes be used to confuse, but it's up to the practitioners of the study of language to apply them for good and not for evil. It is just like fire; fire can heat your house or burn it down. -Frank Luntz

More than anything, there are more images in evil. Evil is based far more on the visual, whereas good has no good images at all. -Lars von Trier

Religion as a human phenomenon is as riddled through with potential for both good and evil as any other phenomenon. -Richard John Neuhaus

So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I'd like to publish it someday. -Aaron Neville

My favorite NBA team are the houston rockets and favorite college team are the duke blue devils. -Dante Hall

Well one of the times I did a stunt was in the devil's snare room and they lifted me up on a harness and a safety rope really, really high, and they just dropped me down into the devil's snare. -Rupert Grint

Be good to others, that will protect you against evil. -Abu Bakr

Solitude is better than the society of evil persons. -Abu Bakr

To fight against the infidels is Jihad; but to fight against your evil self is greater Jihad. -Abu Bakr

Cursed is the man who dies, but the evil done by him survives. -Abu Bakr

Piety is the most solid goodness, and the vilest of what is evil is vice. -Abu Bakr

Despite my emphasis on technology, I do not view laws as inherently evil. My goals are political ones, even if my techniques are not. The only way to fundamentally succeed is by changing existing laws. If I rejected all help from the political arena I would inevitably fail. -Bram Cohen

Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love. -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil… prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon. -Terry Pratchett

I'm actually an evil bastard in real life. Fark allows me to vent weirdness. Thank god for that, too. -Drew Curtis

God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it. -Andre Weil

Guns are evil! And very little good comes from the availability of a bullet designed to kill human beings! -Mackenzie Astin

The only time in my career prior to that I played an evil character was in 'The Twilight Zone'. -Morgan Brittany

Every child was taught from his cradle that money was Mammon, the chief agent of the flesh and the devil. -Rebecca Harding Davis

If you can get some of the devil's money to use for the Lord's work, if you have to borrow it, it is all right and carry on the work. -John Harvey Kellogg

Every Christian will allow that sin is an evil, and that it is our duty not to commit sin. -John Nelson Darby

To rest satisfied with existing evils, as if we could do nothing, is not obedience; but neither is it obedience to imitate the actions of the apostles. -John Nelson Darby

We are free, but not to be evil, not to be indifferent to human suffering, not to profit from the people, from the work created and sustained through their spirit of political association, while refusing to contribute to the political state that we profit from. -Jose Marti

A national evil requires a national remedy; let not this any longer be delayed: let your minds expand, free from every narrow principle, and let the public good become the sole object of your united Christian efforts. -Joseph Lancaster

I'm not subject to their rise and fall because I'm not accepted by them, so I have my own little curve going on. A lot of it is because of how much I play, I think I connect like when all you had was Vaudeville, I think I have an audience by performing a lot! -Leo Kottke

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

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

Everyone spends their lives trying to balance their world between good and evil. -Laurell K. Hamilton

Dull would be the man who should merely tolerate this plan of social industry. Weak would be the position of him who should take an apologetic tone in defending it, or present its claims in a merely negative way, by exposing the evils and perils of the socialistic plan. -John Bates Clark

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

And, Mr. Speaker, if the Governor and Council don't see fit to fall in with us, I say let the general duty law, and all, go to the devil, sir, and go about our business. -Christopher Gadsden

You've got to use your celebrity for good stuff, not evil. I think it's lame when people act as if they're better than everyone! -Rachel Bilson

I never play a villain that I don't have something I can either do or say so the audience sees there is something redeemable about them. In other words, I don't want to do evil for evil's sake. I don't want to do Jason slasher movies. There's no point in that. -Brion James

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 Blackwood

This persistence as private firms continued because it ensured the maximum of anonymity and secrecy to persons of tremendous public power who dreaded public knowledge of their activities as an evil almost as great as inflation. -Carroll Quigley

Now I am near to the getting of my crown, which shall be sure; for I bless the Lord, and desire all of you to bless Him that He hath brought me here, and makes me triumph over devils, and men, and sin: they shall wound me no more. -Donald Cargill

For Devil's Backbone I loved it but I felt very pressured but so I was neurotic on the shoot. -Guillermo del Toro

But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic ghost story like The Others, Devil's Backbone and The Sixth Sense. It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling. -Guillermo del Toro

In the world we make good as evil and evil as good. -Jim Caviezel

When we are unwilling to draw clear moral lines between free societies and fear societies, when we are unwilling to call the former good and the latter evil, we will not be able to advance the cause of peace because peace cannot be disconnected from freedom. -Natan Sharansky

Bush sees the evil as out there in the wider world, residing in people who 'hate freedom'. Look at his immediate response to the pictures of prisoner abuse; this is not what Americans do, these are not our values. -Peter Singer

We are coming out of a century that was taught that one way of looking at the world, that one form of behavior, is as valid as another. The idea of true evil has been blown away. -Dean Koontz

Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct. -Dean Koontz

I think the world is full of evil people. I think in some ways we're in more danger now than before. -Dean Koontz

Every book has some real life in it. I was never pursued by an evil twin clone, but everything else in MR. MURDER was pretty much out of my own life. -Dean Koontz

Hierarchy is is much reviled in the present day. -Mary Douglas

We don't defeat evil by becoming evil. -Nick Clooney

I believe you can make forces of good and evil work for you, to get what you want. -GG Allin

At the same time we are aware that our various religions and ethical traditions often offer very different bases for what is helpful and what is unhelpful for men and women, what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil. -Hans Kung

Probably the worst time in a person's life is when they have to kill a family member because they are the devil. But otherwise it's been a pretty good day. -Emo Philips

When you actually meet the devil and he offers you a deal most artists eventually negotiate. -Marc Maron

Show business is one of the few businesses that the devil will actually agree to own just a portion of your soul because he knows if you have a performer's ego you were probably working for him all along. -Marc Maron

I really don't want to portray the Islamists as simply evil, the way it's often done in the west. -Orhan Pamuk

Krishna children were taught that in the spiritual world there were no parents, only souls and hence this justified their being kept out of view from others, cloistered in separate buildings and sheltered from the evil material world. -Mary Garden

Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society. -Judith Light

Elisha Cook was a darling, and full of the devil. A wired – up little fellow who was always busy, busy, busy. -Marie Windsor

Nobody thinks that they're evil or bad, they think that they're doing the right thing. -Andrew McCarthy

It's pretty sad when you have to choose between the lesser of two evils. -Meg White

What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do. -Alan Watts

I hold with Henry George, that at the back of every great social evil will be found a great political wrong. -Alfred Russel Wallace

First there was the theatre of people and animals, then of people and the devil. Now we need the theatre of people and people. -Edward Bond

I suffered evils, but without allowing them to rob me of the freedom to expand. -Gordon Parks

The city is as large as Seville or Cordova; its streets, I speak of the principal ones, are very wide and straight; some of these, and all the inferior ones, are half land and half water, and are navigated by canoes. -Hernan Cortes

There are fully forty towers, which are lofty and well built, the largest of which has fifty steps leading to its main body, and is higher than the tower of the principal tower of the church at Seville. -Hernan Cortes

I think that generally music should be a positive thing, I like Bob Marley's attitude: he said that his goal in life was to single handedly fight all the evil in the world with nothing but music, and when he went to a place he didn't go to play, he went to conquer. -Jon Fishman

Whatever diminishes life is evil, and whatever enhances life is good. -John Shelby Spong

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

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

So certainly, if we can tell evil stories to make people sick, we can also tell good myths that make them well. -Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Unfortunately our nation, nay, our world, is run by evil morons. -Rudy Rucker

The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it. -Christopher Columbus

There's good and evil going on. We have cops. We have robbers. -Joe Mantegna

Christ shared our experience; he suffered as we suffer; he died as we shall die, and for forty days in the desert he underwent the struggle between good and evil. -Basil Hume

With what's happened in the world the last three years, it's easier to see why it's become popular again to diminish and revile Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture. -Tony Shalhoub

Dawn was written well before 9/11. People speak a lot today about the banality of evil, but not all evil is banal. Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out. That's where the real danger lies. -Alan Dean Foster

I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is to take advantage of everyone. -Camille Claudel

I have always regarded global development as a struggle between the forces of good and evil. Not to be simplified as a struggle between Jesus and Satan, since I do not consider that the process is restricted to our own sphere of culture. -Alva Myrdal

Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit. -Bodhidharma

According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings. -Bodhidharma

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion. -Bodhidharma

Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either. -Bodhidharma

You always fall for the rascal or the guy who's got a little bit of the devil in him. You can't help it. -Debbie Harry

And yet because of my attempt at sincerity I have been condemned, hooted at, reviled; filthy rumors have been circulated about me, not about my characterizations but about me personally, my private self. -Erich von Stroheim

The Jew is upset because the nations of the world – the United Nations – lash him, brand him as racist and evil, hate him and openly demonstrate their desire to destroy him. -Meir Kahane

Every minute you are thinking of evil, you might have been thinking of good instead. Refuse to pander to a morbid interest in your own misdeeds. Pick yourself up, be sorry, shake yourself, and go on again. -Evelyn Underhill

I think there's a bit of the devil in everybody. There's a bit of a priest in everybody, too, but I enjoyed playing the devil more. He was more fun. -Gabriel Byrne

You seem to think that the only genuine existence evil can have is conscious existence – that no one is evil unless he admits it to himself. I disagree. -Gene Wolfe

It's taken us 10 years, and it was constant excitement. I was constantly shocked by how evil he could be. Mao was very, very shrewd but he didn't have human feeling. -Jung Chang

I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures. Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things? -Philip Zimbardo

The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by situational forces. -Philip Zimbardo

What happens when good people are put into an evil place? Do they triumph or does the situation dominate their past history and morality? -Philip Zimbardo

Whatever one thinks of President George W. Bush and his unilateralist crew, most of the people laughing at us do not think we are evil. What they think is that we are naive and incompetent. -Richard Reeves

Moral authority has been laid to rest, world opinion is no more than a game show and the difference between good and evil is about as relevant as changing channels. -Ralph Steadman

Even papists could not see that a moral evil was detained in the soul through its physical connection with the body; and that it required the dissolution of this physical connection before the moral contagion could be removed. -Adam Clarke

I was lucky because logarithmic plots are a device of the devil. -Charles Francis Richter

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

I never thought of it as God. I didn't know what to call it. I don't believe in devils, but demons I do because everyone at one time or another has some kind of a demon, even if you call it by another name, that drives them. -Gene Wilder

But when we place God on our side of things, that we are now ridding the world of evil – that's very dangerous, that one nation has this role to rid the world of evil. What about the evil we have committed, that we are complicit in? -Jim Wallis

I think there are some very evil things about gentrification. -Jim McKay

Here is Mike Wallace, who is visible to the public, and I have been watching him since the early '50s. Smoking up a storm and insulting his guests and being absolutely wonderfully evil and charming too. -Christopher Plummer

He uses his good powers for evil, and that's when it gets to the dangerous side of it. -Rosario Dawson

But other vampire stories? Well, no, I really haven't read too many, and I can't say I'm crazy about romantic vampires anyway – to me the vampire is simply an evil monster. -Brian Lumley

In times such as these, people should recognize that evil knows no borders, knows no limits and knows no compassion. Those around the globe that value freedom must continue to persevere even in the darkest of times. -Michael C. Burgess

The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all. -Origen

This opinion, however, is held by most, that the devil was an angel, and that, having become an apostate, he induced as many of the angels as possible to fall away with himself, and these up to the present time are called his angels. -Origen

The important information you need at the beginning of an issue. Like way they did the old Frank Miller Daredevil issues in the first five pages he always had to state his origins and how he got his powers. -Robert Kirkman

They actually bought me for Daredevil 2, but they have to exercise the option. -Joe Pantoliano

That's another reason I did Daredevil: I didn't get killed off in it. -Joe Pantoliano

At some point we must make a decision not to allow the mere threat of charges of cultural or religious insensitivity to stop us from dealing with this evil. -Armstrong Williams

I don't give the devil credit for creating nothing. -Little Richard

I've never seen the devil create music. -Little Richard

Boldness and decision command, often even in evil, the respect and concurrence of mankind. -Robert Dale Owen

Do Tasmanian devils really exist? -Tom Cochrane

Pious XII was too neutral to mention the gas chambers; decent people like my own family were turned into devils by crude Christianity. -Lionel Blue

What would I have done if I'd been put to the test? Would I have risked my own life for people I hardly knew? Probably, I would have looked the other way at best or become another apologist for evil at worst. -Lionel Blue

Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies – as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater. -James Broughton

I'm saying that the WMD reporting was not consciously evil. It was bad journalism, even very bad journalism. -Daniel Okrent

Riches and the things that are necessary in life are not evil in themselves. And all of us face cares and troubles in this life. The sin comes in the time and energy we spend in pursuing these things, at the expense of neglecting Christ. -David Wilkerson

If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle. -Albrecht Durer

Onstage, I am a devil. But I'm hardly a social reject. -Freddie Mercury

I could care less about what people think. I'm a Devil Without A Cause. -Kid Rock

That's why I called my record Devil Without a Cause – I'm a white boy who's so sick of hearing that white kids are going to steal rap. -Kid Rock

It has always been a great wrong that these men and their families should be held in bondage. We of the North have hitherto acquiesced in it, lest, in the endeavor to redress it in violation of the Constitution, greater evils might ensue. -Jay Alan Sekulow

Magazines and advertising are flogging the idea that you have to keep changing things and get something new. I think that's balls – evil. But obviously that's your livelihood. -Robin Day

If someone is mean, harmful, or evil, they're out of my life. I cross them out. -Doris Roberts

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

The old Devil gets mad when you're trying to do good. Pray that God will move the stumbling blocks. -Mahalia Jackson

I don't buy into any of that hogwash. They put that out to sell tickets. It's just a classic horror movie, with the Greek drama formula of good versus evil, and lots of fear. -Margot Kidder

I don't believe in devils. Indifference and misunderstandings can create evil situations. Most of the time, people who appear to be evil are really victims of evil deeds. -Max von Sydow

I do like to explore evil characters in my books. -Thomas Perry

A biblical false prophet was a servant of the devil attempting to lead people away from the truth. -Walter Martin

Country and western is the music of the devil. That's the real truth of the matter. My late Mother, bless her, loved country and western. God, I couldn't handle it. -Rick Wakeman

Now that we have a democracy and you can go back and the airport air is not laden with evil any more, you can actually breathe oxygen when you land in Johannesburg. -Janet Suzman

The winged words uttered in this House have gone forth to the world, on their mission of good or of evil. -Caleb Cushing

In the Christian world… it is believed that angels were created at the beginning, and that heaven was formed of them; and that the Devil or Satan was an angel of light, who, becoming rebellions, was cast down with his crew, and that this was the origin of hell. -Emanuel Swedenborg

The act of exploring what the men are, and moreover the separation of the good from the evil, is visitation; and the good are then removed, and the evil are left behind. -Emanuel Swedenborg

The quality of the Lord's church on earth, cannot be seen by any man, so long as he lives in the world, still less how the church in process of time has turned aside from good to evil. -Emanuel Swedenborg

Incendiary capitalism is carrying its out evil works more dangerously than ever, and is doing so in the increasingly dangerous neighborhood of the powder kegs that are the great European military powers. -Karl Liebknecht

No evil can result from its inhibition more pernicious than its toleration. -Martin Van Buren

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

In revolt against this new and very evil thing came the republicanism of the eighteenth century, inspired and directed in large measure by members of the fast perishing aristocracy of race, character and tradition. -Ralph Adams Cram

It is curious how, from time immemorial, man seems to have associated the idea of evil with beauty, shrunk from it with a sort of ghostly fear, while, at the same time drawn to it by force of its hypnotic attraction. -Richard Le Gallienne

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

I know why we can't have a frank discussion with our policymakers – if you're in the government or in law enforcement you cannot acknowledge that drugs are anything but inherently evil and morally wrong. -Steven Soderbergh

Rude contact with facts chased my visions and dreams quickly away, and in their stead I beheld the horrors, the corruption, the evils and hypocrisy of society, and as I stood among them, a young wife, a great wail of agony went out from my soul. -Victoria Woodhull

Is it fair to treat a woman worse than a man, and then revile her because she is a woman? -Victoria Woodhull

Whenever you make love to someone, there should be three people involved – you, the other person, and the devil. -Robert Mapplethorpe

Beauty and the devil are the same thing. -Robert Mapplethorpe

I wasn't straining at the bit to become a movie star any more than I had plotted to get out of vaudeville and into Broadway musicals. -Ethel Merman

You can best fight any existing evil from the inside. -Hattie McDaniel

I leave to others the decision as to the good or evil tendencies of my character, but such as it is it shines upon my countenance, and there it can easily be detected by any physiognomist. -Giacomo Casanova

I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent. -Giacomo Casanova

My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark days I have gone through, everything has proved to me that in this world, either physical or moral, good comes out of evil just as well as evil comes out of good. -Giacomo Casanova

A rude nature is worse than a brute nature by so much more as man is better than a beast: and those that are of civil natures and genteel dispositions are as much nearer to celestial creatures as those that are rude and cruel are to devils. -Margaret Cavendish

The worst evil is – and that's the product of censorship – is the self-censorship, because that twists spines, that destroys my character because I have to think something else and say something else, I have to always control myself. -Milos Forman

Of what use is the memory of facts, if not to serve as an example of good or of evil? -Alfred de Vigny

I profess accurately to describe native Africa – Africa in those places where it has not received the slightest impulse, whether for good or evil, from European civilisation. -John Hanning Speke

I remember I was like five or six years old; I played the devil. That was my first role. -Raul Julia

I see in Communism the focus of the concentrated evil of our time. -Whittaker Chambers

Our bodies must always be wherever that struggle and the moment we forget that, the moment we become lazy, the moment we sit back, then then the evil ones do their ordained tasks to us. -William Kunstler

It is an invention of the devil, an infernal falsity for the destruction of all Christianity. -Michael Servetus

Larger deficits are necessary and proper means to mitigate unemployment as the far greater evil in terms of human welfare. -William Vickrey

Goodness is something that makes us serene and content; it is magnificent. Those who are not good are evil. -Bhumibol Adulyadej

The real evil of the Russian communist state is not communism. It is the secret police and the concentration camp. -John Boyd Orr

Yet the evil still increased, and, like the parasite of barnacles on a ship, if it did not destroy the structure, it obstructed its fair, comfortable progress in the path of life. -William Banting

A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today! -Billy Sunday

God Almighty never intended that the devil should triumph over the Church. He never intended that the saloons should walk rough-shod over Christianity. -Billy Sunday

I have sometimes been haunted with the idea that it was an imperative duty, knowing what I know, and having seen what I have seen, to do all that lies in my power to show the dangers and the evils of this frightful institution. -Fanny Kemble

One should see the world, and see himself as a scale with an equal balance of good and evil. When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good – he and the world is saved. When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad – he and the world is destroyed. -Maimonides

We left Dayton, September 23, and arrived at our camp at Kill Devil Hill on Friday, the 25th. -Orville Wright

Any time you stop looking at evil as a black and white thing, it's helpful. So the fact that there won't be any obligatory Islamic terrorist stereotypes in movies any more, that'd be helpful. -John Cusack

The most rabidly religious people are the most rabidly evil. -Juliana Hatfield

You're meant to be playing the distillation of evil, which can be anything. -Ralph Fiennes

Dr. Evil got shortchanged in the first one. The family dynamic between Scott and Dr. Evil – the adventures of being an evil single parent – needed to be explored. -Mike Myers

The 20th century taught us how far unbridled evil can and will go when the world fails to confront it. It is time that we heed the lessons of the 20th century and stand up to these murderers. It is time that we end genocide in the 21st century. -Allyson Schwartz

It is bitter to lose a friend to evil, before one loses him to death. -Mary Renault

When leading evangelicals say terrible things about Islam, evil things about Islam, terrible things about Muhammad, they ought to be ashamed of themselves. -Tony Campolo

When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable. -Xun Kuang

Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity. -Xun Kuang

I got involved in improv comedy. It settled me down when I was getting wild. I was sort of an evil teenager smashing up my cars and drinking and driving, let's just say, a lot. -Bruce McCulloch

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

I often remembered also that I had been told, that we shall have as many devils biting us, if we go to hell, as we have unconfessed sins on our consciences. -Maria Monk

My district includes the two urban centers of Charlotte and Fayetteville, as well as large rural areas. Obviously, these diverse segments of North Carolina require different approaches to meeting current and future transportation demands. -Robin Hayes

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

Memnoch the Devil happen to be my favorite of all The Vampire Chronicles. -Anne Rice

So Ham's wife that was preserved on the Ark was a Negro of the seed of Cain and there was a priestly purpose in it, that the Devil would have a representation as well as God. -Warren Jeffs

It was necessary that the Devil should have a representation upon the earth as well as God. -Warren Jeffs

This devil loves mankind because men are going to always make the choice that will send him into ascendancy. He's been winning the game for a long time. -Taylor Hackford

The whole concept of the devil is a metaphor on one level. -Taylor Hackford

Look at Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster: It's an incredible performance. -Taylor Hackford

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question. -Lytton Strachey

There are two kinds of people; those who are always well and those who are always sick. Most of the evils of the world come from the first sort and most of the achievement from the second. -Louis Dudek

This part of Brazil offered the curious spectacle of a great evil, which has been long suffered to exist and is now advancing, gradually yet surely, to that state which must entail inevitable destruction on the existing Government of the country. -George Grey

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed. -Stephen Ambrose

I'm very interested in good and evil and the moral natures of people. -Antonia Fraser

I don't count that relationship with Ricky. It's just like a blip at this point. I had to fall in love with the devil himself to get this sweet angel, Jack. -Christie Brinkley

There is only one cure for the evils which newly acquired freedom produces, and that cure is freedom. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

A great philosopher has stated that the worst evil of poverty is, that it makes folks ridiculous; by which, I hope, he only means that, as in the above case, it places them in incongruous positions. -James Payn

In the 1930s one was aware of two great evils – mass unemployment and the threat of war. -James Meade

I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn't hurt a fly. -Eli Wallach

I do not like vaudeville, but what can I do? It likes me. -Anna Held

I grew up in Michigan, in a very small town, Centreville. In my graduating class, I had like 92 people. -Verne Troyer

The problem was the journalists who also did not understand much of my music, but they wrote about it. I think you fell into the usual trap laid out by parts of the press and other writers: that the poor musician has always to fight the evil companies and managers. -Klaus Schulze

We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come. -Maria Weston Chapman

The devil had as good have let Paul alone, for he no sooner comes into prison but he falls a preaching, at which the gates of Satan's prison fly open, and poor sinners come forth. -William Gurnall

Apart altogether from our own vital interests, we cannot and must not desert those other nations who have already gone through so much tragedy and suffering to defeat the evil designs of the Axis powers. -Stafford Cripps

Getting back to the point, a guy like Jerry, he deals with the business, and he doesn't see it as being evil or ugly, it's what you have to do, and I mean I know there's some really ugly parts to it and parts which drive me nuts, but not in the same way as music business. -Trevor Rabin

I believe that dogma is often evil. -Pat Buckley

Afternoon classes – that evil invention! -John Gresham Machen

The difference being that in films, unlike in life, good does always win over evil in the end. -Ajay Devgan

At the same time, as you know, unless you are a comic book reader, Daredevil is not a known thing. -Avi Arad

I love Daredevil. I thought it was enjoyable. Okay? There were critical issues with it, and that's why I wear black, some people wear red – we are entitled to our opinions. -Avi Arad

It is the eve of St. George's Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway? -Bram Stoker

Your best friend and worst enemy are both in this room right now. It's not your neighbor right or left – and it's not God or the devil – it's you. -Edwin Louis Cole

However, without considering this connection, there is no doubt but that more good than evil, more delight than sorrow, arises from compassion itself; there being so many things which balance the sorrow of it. -Joseph Butler

Because parents have power over children. They feel they have to do what their parents say. But the love of money is the root of all evil. And this is a sweet child. And to see him turn like this, this isn't him. This is not him. -Michael Jackson

There are gods, but there is no God; and all gods become devils eventually. -Robert Anton Wilson

I love devils. -Mary MacLane

One has got to choose between the two evils, also between the lesser of the two evils in the matter of food, and therefore vegetarian food has got to he taken by man in order to sustain human life. -Morarji Desai

You cannot of yourself move your arm or alter your position, situation, posture, do to other men good or evil, or effect the least change in the world. -Nicolas Malebranche

The ordeal of virtue is to resist all temptation to evil. -Thomas Malthus

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

American people are not evil. Given information, they will do the right thing. But they're not given the information. -Tim Robbins

I tend to think of action movies as exuberant morality plays in which good triumphs over evil. -Sylvester Stallone

The devil made me do it. -Flip Wilson

I think that money is the root of all evil. I've seen it happen. -Kato Kaelin

Make movies. Don't make videos. Videos are evil. -Jeff Ament

People don't come to Asheville very often, and they don't know I'm there. I enjoy it. I like it. -Jules Shear

George Bush is not stupid. He's evil. OK? There's a huge difference between stupid and evil. -Patton Oswalt

I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust. -Siegfried Sassoon

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

I think that Americans should gradually begin to adopt positive behavior rather than doing evil. They should not expect an immediate reaction in return for their positive measures. It will take time. -Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Stupidity always accompanies evil. Or evil, stupidity. -Louise Bogan

When an action is once done, it is right or wrong for ever; no accidental failure of its good or evil fruits can possibly alter that. -William Kingdon Clifford

That free will was demonstrated in the placing of temptation before man with the command not to eat of the fruit of the tree which would give him a knowledge of good and evil, with the disturbing moral conflict to which that awareness would give rise. -Kenneth Scott Latourette

In both the presence of evil and the eventual triumph over evil the sweep is cosmic. It embraces the entire universe, what to man is both seen and unseen. The victory is to be accomplished through Christ. -Kenneth Scott Latourette

The principle of evil in Europe is the enervating spirit of Russian absolutism. -Lajos Kossuth

We have seen the evil of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in our midst; let us try prohibition and see what this will do for us. -Thomas Jordan Jarvis

I hope you're representing the devil's advocate. -Charles Olson

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. -Edmund Burke

When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville. -Flannery O'Connor

He who is in evil, is also in the punishment of evil. -Emanuel Swedenborg

Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen. -Thomas a Kempis

The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest. -Thomas Fuller

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. -Plato

The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess. -Menander

Evil events from evil causes spring. -Aristophanes

Pain is no evil, unless it conquers us. -Charles Kingsley

'Tis no sin to cheat the devil. -Daniel Defoe

Tell the truth and shame the devil. -Francois Rabelais

Gossip is the Devil's radio. -George Harrison

The devil is compromise. -Henrik Ibsen

We can overcome evil with greater good. -Laura Bush

Imaginary evils are incurable. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Talk of the devil, and his horns appear. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Art is an attempt to integrate evil. -Simone de Beauvoir

That in man which cannot be domesticated is not his evil but his goodness. -Antonio Porchia

I don't even own a TV because I think it's the devil. -Cameron Diaz

Money is the fruit of evil, as often as the root of it. -Henry Fielding

This is the essential evil of vice, that it debases man. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man. -Hesiod

Good courage in a bad affair is half of the evil overcome. -Plautus

Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain. -Douglas Horton

Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil. -Friedrich Nietzsche

The devil divides the world between atheism and superstition. -George Herbert

A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils. -Daniel Webster

There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it. -Unknown

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. -Marcus Aurelius

For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel. -Martin Luther

The devil take me, if I think anything but love to be the object of love. -Henry Fielding

Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

All evil comes from the old. They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them. -Jean Anouilh

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. -Soren Kierkegaard

An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through. -William Makepeace Thackeray

A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. -Sallust

As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares. -Daniel Defoe

Let us not paralyze our capacity for good by brooding of man's capacity for evil. -David Sarnoff

All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room. -Blaise Pascal

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others. -Henry Ward Beecher

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine. -Charles Darwin

Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty. -Simone Weil

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any. -Lao Tzu

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. -Epictetus

Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be done in the name of good. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil. -James A. Garfield

A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it. -William Penn

When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail. -Pearl S. Buck

There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will. -Agatha Christie

It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes. -Thomas Paine

It is a beautiful trait in the lover's character, that they think no evil of the object loved. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is a great evil, as well as a misfortune, to be unable to utter a prompt and decided 'no'. -Charles Simmons

The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good. -John Locke

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. -Epictetus

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. -Ayn Rand

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil. -Henry David Thoreau

To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom. -Jose Bergamin

Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his. -Billy Sunday

This is the very devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim. -James Reston

If they exert it not for good, they will for evil; if they advance not knowledge, they will perpetuate ignorance. -Frances Wright

The usual cause of evil in the world is that at any given time half the people in the world are awake. -Dean Rusk

The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country. -Jerry Falwell

What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature! -Charles Darwin

Into every soul, however purged and fenced, evil appears to have as much freedom of entrance as God Himself. -George A. Smith

The disease of an evil conscience is beyond the practice of all the physicians of all the countries in the would. -William E. Gladstone

The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself. -Vance Havner

Uncertainty is the worst of all evils until the moment when reality makes us regret uncertainty. -Alphonse Karr

The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity. -Maria Montessori

Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation. -Hosea Ballou

I know nothing of God or the Devil. I have never seen a vision nor learned a secret that would damn or save my soul. -Anne Rice

The resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. -Thomas Hardy

Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good. -Calvin Coolidge

A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself. -Augustus Hare

Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God. -Sean Connery

There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays to the devil. -Alfred North Whitehead

Wilde is the greatest force for evil that has appeared in Europe during the last 350 years. -Lord Alfred Douglas

Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken without developing new evils requiring new remedies. -William Howard Taft

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

If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn't do anything to you, but since you aren't wise, you need us who are old. -Martin Luther

I've learned a lot about good and evil. They are not always what they appear to be. -Charles Van Doren

Marriage, if one will face the truth, is an evil, but a necessary evil. -Menander

When good befalls a man he calls it Providence, when evil fate. -Knut Hamsun

That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. -Lyn Nofziger

It is a proof of our natural bias to evil, that gain is slower and harder than loss in all things good; but in all things bad getting is quicker and easier than getting rid of. -Augustus Hare

Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell. -George Orwell

It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen. -Herodotus

Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings. -Soren Kierkegaard

But what of black women?… I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire. -W. E. B. Du Bois

If there were a clear prospect that such evils were part of a barbarian past, then at least we might find a small crumb of comfort. No such prospect exists: no scientific analysis can even remotely answer or account for past and present horrors of human behaviour. -Simon Conway Morris

It is my opinion that human history can make no sense unless evil doings are recognized for what they are, and that they are bearable only if somehow they may be redeemed. -Simon Conway Morris

There is no greater evil than anarchy. -Sophocles

While time lasts there will always be a future, and that future will hold both good and evil, since the world is made to that mingled pattern. -Dorothy L. Sayers

If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better. -Swami Vivekananda

It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts. -Carl Jung

Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better; unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse. Faith laughs at the shaking of the spear; unbelief trembles at the shaking of a leaf. -Robert Cecil

What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind. -William Shakespeare

All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils. -Sophocles

It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope. -Niccolo Machiavelli

There is such a thing as doing good that evil may come. -Samuel Butler

There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals. -Herman Melville

There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune. -Sophocles

World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years. -Ken Follett

Whoever has witnessed another's ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever lives among many evils just as I, how can dying not be a source of gain? -Sophocles

Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion. -Gustave Flaubert

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The lack of money is the root of all evil. -Mark Twain

The evils of mortals are manifold; nowhere is trouble of the same wing seen. -Aeschylus

In the last analysis, even the best man is evil: in the last analysis, even the best woman is bad. -Friedrich Nietzsche

The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck. -William James

Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism. -George Santayana

One of the evils of money is that it tempts us to look at it rather than at the things that it buys. -E. M. Forster

Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace. -Herodotus

The want of money is the root of all evil. -Samuel Butler

Deal with the Devil if the Devil has a constituency – and don't complain about the heat. -C. J. Cherryh

Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable. -E. M. Forster

Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil! -Victor Hugo

You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil. -John Ruskin

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. -Plato

God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor. -Samuel Butler

He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil. -Thomas Fuller

We are all born marked for evil. -Charles Baudelaire

Ignorance is the mother of all evils. -Francois Rabelais

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. -Plato

If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and to raise the dead with tears, then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping. -Sophocles

Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims. -Susan Sontag

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

He fashions evil for himself who does evil to another, and an evil plan does mischief to the planner. -Hesiod

It seems that the most important thing about Reagan was his anti-Communism and his reputation as a hawk who saw the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire.' -Mikhail Gorbachev

For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things. -Sophocles

There is no evil in the atom; only in men's souls. -Adlai Stevenson II

Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil. -Charlotte Perkins Gilman

No one who errs unwillingly is evil. -Sophocles

Theology is the logic of the Devil. -Jose Bergamin

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. -Eric Hoffer

What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil. -Norman Mailer

Those who consider the Devil to be a partisan of Evil and angels to be warriors for Good accept the demagogy of the angels. Things are clearly more complicated. -Milan Kundera

When a man gets his money in bad ways, when he sees the better course and takes the worse, then the devil's in his heart, and that fixes him. -Dan Totheroh

To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils. -Plato

Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame. -Tertullian

Once you are dancing with the devil, the prettiest capers won't help you. -E. T. A. Hoffmann

The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive. -Henry Miller

So much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy, and to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil. -Laurence Sterne

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. -George Eliot

The real evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the Famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people. -Charles Trevelyan

All things can corrupt when minds are prone to evil. -Ovid

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff. -Aleister Crowley

A benevolent mind, and the face assumes the patterns of benevolence. An evil mind, then an evil face. -Jimmy Sangster

So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech. -Hesiod

There is a good principle which created order, light, and man, and an evil principle which created chaos, darkness, and woman. -Pythagoras

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. -Jimmy Carter

Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil. -Henry Miller

A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions. -William Hazlitt

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

It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men. -Eric Hoffer

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less. -Plato

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

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal. -Plato

The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them. -Victor Hugo

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

We can never know for certain where our prayers are likely to go, nor from whom the answers will come. Just when we think we are at our nearest to God, we could be assisting the Devil. -Norman Mailer

For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against. -Niccolo Machiavelli

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

In all systems of theology the devil figures as a male person. Yes, it is women who keep the church going. -Don Marquis

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. -Edmund Burke

I have the greatest sympathy with the growth of the socialist party. I think they understand the evils that surround us and hammer them into people's minds better than we Liberals. -Charles Trevelyan

Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion. -Blaise Pascal

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

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. -Richard Dawkins

The ugly is very appealing to man. It's instinct. One shrinks from the ugly, yet wants to look at it. There's a devilish fascination in it. We extract pleasure from horror. -Sonya Levien

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy. -Christopher Dawson

To live without evil belongs only to the gods. -Sophocles

I grow daily to honour facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing; a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil. -Thomas Carlyle

Race prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow is darkest over those who feel it least and allow its evil effects to go on. -Pearl S. Buck

The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists. -Logan Pearsall Smith

Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. -John Cheever

God will not damn a lunatic's soul. He knows that the powers of evil are too great for those of us with weak minds. -Garrett Fort

The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil. -F. H. Bradley

But then in novels the most indifferent hero comes out right at last. Some god comes out of a theatrical cloud and leaves the poor devil ten thousand-a-year and a title. -Anthony Trollope

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

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

Analysis brings no curative powers in its train; it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil, which, oddly enough, is consciousness. -Henry Miller

I am not an angel and do not pretend to be. That is not one of my roles. But I am not the devil either. I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged. -Maria Callas

I do not consider divorce an evil by any means. It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters. -Susan B. Anthony

Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil. -Emil Cioran

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

The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it. -Samuel Butler

The good news is there's no devil. The bad news is there's no heaven. There's nothing. -Kerry Packer

I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth. -Molly Ivins

For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing. -Simon Wiesenthal

The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Baptists are very strong believers that the civil magistrate is ordained by God to punish those who do evil. -Richard Land

Of two evils we must always choose the least. -Thomas a Kempis

If time is not real, then the dividing line between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion. -Hermann Hesse

The lives of the best of us are spent in choosing between evils. -Junius

Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish. -Logan Pearsall Smith

We will fight evil, but we will do it from above 15,000 feet. -Pat Roberts

Europe and America must act together in the face of evil. It's high time for Americans and Europeans to restore that unity and be able to take actions collectively together. -Wesley Clark

Let the devil catch you but by a single hair, and you are his forever. -Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

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

A man can look upon his life and accept it as good or evil; it is far, far harder for him to confess that it has been unimportant in the sum of things. -Murray Kempton

There is nothing that makes us feel so good as the idea that someone else is an evil-doer. -Robert Staughton Lynd

Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories, our pride, our selfishness, our malice, our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express. -George A. Smith

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. -Baltasar Gracian

He who busies himself with things other than improvement of his own self becomes perplexed in darkness and entangled in ruin. His evil spirits immerse him deep in vices and make his bad actions seem handsome. -Ali ibn Abi Talib

My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair. -Aeschylus

The words spoken by the leader of the free world can expand the frontiers of freedom or shrink them. When Ronald Reagan called on Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall', a surge of confidence rose that would ultimately breach the bounds of the evil empire. -Mitt Romney

I wouldn't say jamie is an evil genius. I'm not sure he's evil and I'm not sure he's a genius. -Adam Savage

Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent's life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy. -Charles Krauthammer

Our nation was created in ways that allow human potential to prosper, and it created the greatest nation for people in the history of humanity. Now Obama is dismantling it, because he has no appreciation for our greatness. In fact, he resents it. He blames this country for whatever evils he sees around the world. -Rush Limbaugh

You know George M. Steinbrenner III is the center of all evil in the universe. -Ben Affleck

I praticed making faces in the mirror and it would drive my mother crazy. She used to scare me by saying that I was going to see the devil if I kept looking in the mirror. That fascinated me even more, of course. -Jim Carrey

Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil's spawn. He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive. -Eric Massa

The current health crisis, however, is a little more the work of the evil empire. We were told, we were assured, that the more meat and dairy and poultry we ate, the healthier we'd be. -Mark Bittman

See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil… I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life. -Moses

I think one of the most pervasive evils in this world is greed and acquiring money for money's sake. Once you have six houses and a plane, it's just about a number. It's never been anything I understood. -Kevin Bacon

He's really sort of the devil. He's completely emotionally detached. He has no empathy. You find that in psychopaths. It's about power with Voldemort. It's an aphrodisiac for him. Power makes him feel alive. -Ralph Fiennes

We have an incredible warrior class in this country – people in law enforcement, intelligence – and I thank God every night we have them standing fast to protect us from the tremendous amount of evil that exists in the world. -Brad Thor

When you live with the Devil you learn there's a God very quickly. -Sinead O'Connor

Our position should not be on how to eliminate the competition at all expenses, but we should focus on what we're going to do in order to make sure that Americans turn to the road of prosperity with the trajectory of capitalism, because making a profit is not an evil. -Tim Scott

Abortion and racism are evil twins, born of the same lie. Where racism now hides its face in public, abortion is accomplishing the goals of which racism only once dreamed. Together, abortionists are destroying humanity at large and the black community in particular. -Alveda King

We shot in a place called Asheville, which is like beautiful, beautiful forests. And then part of it we shot all the reaping stuff, which was just crazy – because the reaping in the book and in the script is such an emotional thing for everyone. It really did feel like that when we were shooting it. -Liam Hemsworth

I'm not evil, but some people are freaked out by a living doll. -Josh Ryan Evans

I cannot be silent when facing these evils against women and children. -Chen Guangcheng

I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world. -Chris Martin

I've often said in the past that I thought MTV was sort of evil incarnate and signified the beginning of the end. And I don't know if I'm entirely wrong about that, but they did sign my paychecks a year ago, so I guess I'm part of the problem. -Martha Plimpton

Just because we're rid of Saddam and the evil Batthists doesn't mean the occupation is a good thing. Our salvation from Saddam was only with the grace of God. -Muqtada al Sadr

America has shown its evil intentions, and the proud Iraqi people cannot accept it. They must defend their rights by any means they see fit. -Muqtada al Sadr

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. -Jesus Christ

I have always stuck to my guns about what I want from the work and what interests me. I've never been seduced down the evil path. The path of taking the money. -Joel Edgerton

I won't sell my soul to the devil, but I do want success and I don't think that's bad. -Jada Pinkett Smith

I don't think Obama's a socialist or evil, I just think he's wrong and I disagree with him, he's a leftist, that's what they are in France and in Great Britain and in Canada. -Jonathan Krohn

I couldn't help feeling people thought I was a moron, and my self-imposed insecurity constantly bedeviled me. -Nicholas Brendon

People in Seville are very happy, the lifestyle here is very relaxed, you can walk everywhere; it's very easy. -Paz Vega

Bullfighters are Seville's heroes. -Paz Vega

I do sometimes strongly hope that in a past life, my most recent life before this, I was absolutely horrible, evil, hideous. Because otherwise – well, hell, to even things up next time around, I'm going to have to pay for this one, am I not? -Vanessa Paradis

I think it takes a lot of trickery to keep up with the media and its perception of you. I don't know if I have it in me most of the time to care. The music is made first, and the interviews or photos to keep it alive come later as a necessary evil, I suppose. -Jack White

Life isn't one-dimensional. The world isn't simply divided into good versus evil. I think we're all capable of both. -Alexander Skarsgard

The way I wanted to write it, is with a hero, or sort of a pure character who was the protagonist. And the antagonists were these demonic evil children, cause when you're a kid, seven or eight years old, and you're looking at the world around you – everything seems black or white, good or bad. -John Wozniak

To me, a 'brand' sounds evil. -Steven Moffat

It's much less interesting as an actor playing someone who's purely good or purely evil. -Michael Chiklis

9/11 was a deliberate, carefully planned evil act of the long-waged war on the West by Koran-inspired soldiers of Allah around the world. They hated us before George W. Bush was in office. They hated us before Israel existed. And the avengers of the religion of perpetual outrage will keep hating us. -Michelle Malkin

Stuffing is evil. Stuffing adds mass, so it slows the cooking. That's evil because the longer the bird cooks, the drier it will be. -Alton Brown

If you really love stuffing, wait until the turkey comes out of the oven, add some of the pan drippings to the stuffing, and bake it in a dish. That's called dressing, and that's not evil – stuffing is, though. -Alton Brown

Basting is evil. Basting does nothing for the meat. Why? Skin. Skin is designed to keep stuff out of the bird, so basting just lets heat out of the oven. That means the turkey will take longer to cook… so don't touch that door! -Alton Brown

I feel it's in people's nature to want to stop evil and embrace the good. -Chen Guangcheng

I used to be such a daredevil but now I'm much more cautious. -Jennifer Ellison

I think that we all know what evil is. We have a sense of what's evil, and certainly killing innocent people is evil. We're less sure about what is good. There's sort of good, good enough, could be better – but absolute good is a little harder to define. -Madeleine Albright

It's not about 'NBC is evil.' It's about that media structure – CBS, ABC, CNN, even some of the smaller operations are now multinationals, with these extraordinarily diverse holdings. -Keith Olbermann

I aim to please. I'm nothing if not a vaudevillian. -Craig Ferguson

After Nancy Pelosi became Speaker, we were told, 'She's the first female speaker of the House, so whether we like it or not, we've got to handle this with kid gloves. Don't go after Speaker Pelosi. You can go after other people, but you'll be branded as mean and evil if you go after the first female Speaker of the House.' -Louie Gohmert

I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power. -Patricia Cornwell

Once a food becomes off-limits, then it takes on this whole other personality. 'Forbidden' is more tempting. And it becomes something evil, but food is food. It's there to nourish your body. -Valerie Bertinelli

I have a controversial opinion about evil, because I don't believe evil exists. I believe that actions are dark and destructive but I don't believe evil is a thing. I believe it's a by-product of man's fear and desperation. -Victor Salva

In the myopic world of the liberals, guns are responsible for evil instead of the perpetrator of evil. But criminals are not bound by our laws. That's what makes them criminals. -Rick Perry

I'm not certain, but I have a little gypsy blood in me. And my mother always told me that her grandma could give someone the evil eye, and I'd better not cross her because she had some of that blood in her. Mother always believed that she could predict the future, and she had dreams that came true. -Sam Raimi

The city of angels? It's the city of devils. The city of smiling cobras. -Sean Young

I understand the protests, but not the shooting and the attempts to bring down the state. We cannot allow hatred to control our lives. We must remain unified to defeat this evil. -Boris Trajkovski

What I had noticed is that there weren't a lot of women lining up to see a comic book movie, but they were going to line up to see 'The Devil Wears Prada,' which may have been something I wanted to address. -Bryan Singer

It's easy to get distracted by the vaudevillian aspects of the healthcare debate. -Carl Hiaasen

I don't have muscle tone. I'm just flab. I'm not a daredevil. I don't like pain, I don't like cold, I don't want to feel exhausted. But the sense of accomplishment is something I've never felt before, in a physical sense. -Charlene Tilton

JR was a 1-dimensional, evil character. JR was multi-dimensional, and Larry Hagman is probably one of the greatest actors that we have. Then, you go back and look at 'I Dream of Jeannie' – I mean, he's a comic genius, as well. So, I think they should give him an honorary Emmy Award. -Charlene Tilton

When I met my wife 20 plus years ago, she was a vegetarian, so I was the closest thing to the devil that she had ever met. -Michael Symon

An unlocked door means that, occasionally, you might get a devil come in, but a locked door means you have thousands of angels just walk by. -Ian MacKaye

Even the crudest, most derivative novel is an expression of the author's hopes and fears and ideas about good and evil. -Steven Saylor

Idle time is the devil's play. -Mark Dayton

We're never going to be able to get rid of terrorism, because there is always going to be evil in the world. -Abdullah II of Jordan

Language is an intrinsic part of who we are and what has, for good or evil, happened to us. -Alice Walker

I can't explain 9/11, except the evil of man. -Billy Graham

There are two great forces, God's force of good and the devil's force of evil, and I believe Satan is alive and he is working, and he is working harder than ever, and we have many mysteries that we don't understand. -Billy Graham

Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil, they were bullies, and they didn't know anything. -Chuck Palahniuk

Nobody's told me anything to date that I've been completely reviled by. -Chuck Palahniuk

I feel that sin and evil are the negative part of you, and I think it's like a battery: you've got to have the negative and the positive in order to be a complete person. -Dolly Parton

The person who thinks I worship the devil and kill animals is just as important as someone who makes an interpretation that's closer to what I intended. -Marilyn Manson

I think it's been hard for people to understand how Islam can be a good religion, and yet the Islamists are evil. Those of us who have had experience with Islam understand this, just as we understand the difference between snake handlers and people going to church on Sunday morning. -P. J. O'Rourke

You can't call any one person the devil. Because no one person has the power to be the devil. -DMX

People are fascinated by evil because it's mysterious and it doesn't seem to have a rationale behind it, and the second you say that Hannibal Lector was abducted as a child and he had to eat his sister or something like that, it becomes immediately mundane. The character becomes mundane. -Jared Harris

More and more these days what I find myself doing in my stories is making a representation of goodness and a representation of evil and then having those two run at each other full-speed, like a couple of PeeWee football players, to see what happens. Who stays standing? Whose helmet goes flying off? -George Saunders

A lot of the music that you listen to now is because of the things that the Meters did, the Neville Brothers did, and they're there, the guys who invented those beats that the guys sample today. Such an enormous opportunity. -Harry Connick, Jr.

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

The one thing that offends me the most is when I walk by a bank and see ads trying to convince people to take out second mortgages on their home so they can go on vacation. That's approaching evil. -Jeff Bezos

I was very interested in vaudeville. It was the only sort of discipline that was a five-minute act on stage, which is what I really enjoyed and saw myself doing. And I bought books on it. -Steve Martin

We're living in a fearful time. Since 9/11 people have become more afraid than before, because of terrorism. There's a lot of confusion about evil, where it's all coming from. -Charles Stanley

There are people that really live by doing the right thing, but I don't know what that is, I'm really curious about that. I'm really curious about what people think they're doing when they're doing something evil, casually. I think it's really interesting, that we benefit from suffering so much, and we excuse ourselves from it. -Louis C. K.

I've never doubted that apartheid – because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil – was going to bite the dust eventually. -Desmond Tutu

When you think of the sort of things that happen when a genocide happens, it's again not people who are intrinsically evil. -Desmond Tutu

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

As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities. -Desmond Tutu

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. -Milan Kundera

When you believe in God, you've got to believe in the all-powerful God. He's not just God, He's the all-powerful God and He has total control over everyone's life. The Devil, on the other hand, is a real character that's trying his hardest to tear your life apart. -Alice Cooper

You don't know whether chimps are going to kill you or kiss you. They're very open on some levels and much more evil in a certain way. -Tim Burton

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