Quotations About / On: EVIL

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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).)
  • 65.
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    (Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Attributed. Ascribed in various forms to Burke, though never found in his writings. Possibly it is a distillation of the words found in Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770): see Burke on alliances.)
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  • 66.
    Of all evil I deem you capable: therefore I want the good from you.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 152, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 118, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On Those Who are Sublime," (1883).)
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  • 67.
    My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season.
    (Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882), U.S. First Lady. Letter, June 1841. Mary Todd Lincoln: Her Life and Letters (1972).)
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  • 68.
    "Good and evil are God's prejudices"Msaid the serpent.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 517, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); The Joyful Wisdom, trans. by Thomas Common, in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, vol. 10, p. 207, ed. Oscar Levy, New York, Russell and Russell (1964). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 259, "From Paradise," (1882).)
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  • 69.
    Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame.
    (Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, I.10.)
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  • 70.
    It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.
    (John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. "Concluding Notes," ch. 24, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936).)
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