Quotations About / On: EVIL

  • 21.
    The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives on internal improvements, June 20, 1848. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 484, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 22.
    So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 260.)
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  • 23.
    Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil not the strength to choose between the two.
    (John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. Journal entry, 1956. John Cheever: The Journals, "The Late Forties and the Fifties," ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).)
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  • 24.
    ... good and evil appear to be joined in every culture at the spine.
    (Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 5 (1969). Written in 1963.)
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  • 25.
    Evil is something you recognise immediately you see it: it works through charm.
    (Brian Masters (b. 1939), British author. Daily Telegraph (London, May 31, 1991).)
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  • 26.
    Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Ed. by Philip Gardner (1985). Commonplace Book, 1926 section (1926).)
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  • 27.
    Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
    (Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. in First and Last Notebooks, pt. 3, ed. Richard Rees (1970). New York Notebook (written 1942, published 1950).)
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  • 28.
    The mediation by the serpent was necessary: Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, December 7, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 29.
    Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
    (E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born-French philosopher. "The Demiurge," The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).)
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  • 30.
    Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maximes et Pensées, vol. 2, no. 414 (1796).)
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