Quotations About / On: EVIL

  • 71.
    The golden age, when rambunctious spirits were regarded as the source of evil.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 201, selection 5[1], number 127, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883. Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
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  • 72.
    The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. repr. in A Mencken Chrestomathy, pt. 9 (1949). "Its Origins," Notes on Democracy (1926).)
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  • 73.
    Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.
    (Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 813, ed. Krailsheimer, no. 895, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).)
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  • 74.
    If you want to dramatize the evils of prostitution, corrupt a virgin, not a whore.
    (Blake Edwards (b. 1922), U.S. director, screenwriter. Felix (Richard Mulligan), S.O.B. (1981).)
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  • 75.
    How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly!
    (Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Cynthia, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 43 (1866). Of her misplaced attachment to Mr. Preston.)
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  • 76.
    The fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil.
    (Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Eichmann in Jerusalem, ch. 15 (1963).)
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  • 77.
    Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.
    (Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 813, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 895, ed. Brunschvicg (1670, trans. 1688), rev. A.J. Krailsheimer (1966).)
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  • 78.
    There is only one evil, one crime, one sin: lack of heart.
    (Multatuli [Eduard Douwer Dekker] (1820-1887), Dutch writer, civil servant. "Idee 450," The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables of Multatuli (1872), trans. by E. M. Beekman, U of Mass. Press (1974).)
  • 79.
    When horror is associated with what is harmful, evil results, when disgust does, badness.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980).)
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  • 80.
    No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Apology, 41 C....)
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