Quotations About / On: EVIL

  • 51.
    The face of "evil" is always the face of total need.
    (William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. Evergreen Review (Jan./Feb. 1960). Deposition: Testimony Concerning a Sickness (1959). The essay was later published as the introduction to The Naked Lunch in the 1962 edition.)
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  • 52.
    Whoever has witnessed another's ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 532, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 402, "The Judge," (1879).)
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  • 53.
    Ignorance is the mother of all evils.
    (François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Aeditue, in Fifth Book, ch. 7, p. 740, Pleiade edition (1995).)
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  • 54.
    It is good insofar as it is not evil.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Sappho, in Sappho, act 1, sc. 5 (1819).)
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  • 55.
    ... 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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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