Quotations About / On: EVIL

  • 11.
    You are evil. But even the power of evil cannot stand against the power of faith and goodness.
    (Griffin Jay, and Randall Faye. Lew Landers. Lady Jane Ainsley (Frieda Inescort), The Return of the Vampire, speaking to the vampire (1943).)
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  • 12.
    America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.
    (William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Naked Lunch, p. 24 (1959, repr. 1990).)
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  • 13.
    Evil is that which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).)
  • 14.
    No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 57 (1876).)
  • 15.
    You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.
    (John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Two Paths, lecture 5 (1859).)
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  • 16.
    A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
    (Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Far from the Madding Crowd, ch. 18 (1874).)
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  • 17.
    Good without evil is imperfect just as evil is without good, we make our decisions in life and unless we've failed when it matters, we don't know the price of what doing wrong is. There is no good without evil, and there is no evil without good. An omnipotent force is neutral and so, the ideal is found in both good and evil or more so in the understanding that nothing is perfect. You can't understand the depths of what a simple good act means without seeing and comprehending the depravity and inhumanity that people are capable of; it is really evil that makes good matter
    (good, evil, life)
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  • 18.
    Evil passions and evil inclinations are much more dangerous than evil books. The sensualist will extract poison from the purest page, the modest can blush without being corrupted.
    ("Colimetis," U.S. women's magazine contributor. American Ladies Magazine, pp. 145-7 (April, 1828).)
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  • 19.
    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.
    (Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian political and spiritual leader. Non-Violence in Peace and War, vol. 2, ch. 74 (1949).)
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  • 20.
    So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
    (T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. repr. In Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, ed. Frank Kermode (1975). "Baudelaire," introduction, The Intimate Journals of Charles Baudelaire, trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930).)
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