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.
    Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Moderation and Excess," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
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  • 23.
    When choosing between two evils, I always like to pick the one I never tried before.
    (Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. As Frisco Doll, in the film Klondike Annie (1936).)
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  • 24.
    The evils of mortals are manifold; nowhere is trouble of the same wing seen.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Suppliants, l. 327.)
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  • 25.
    If you speak evil, you will soon be worse spoken of.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 721.)
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  • 26.
    Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
    (Raoul Walsh, U.S. screen writer. Frisco Doll (Mae West), Klondike Annie, her philosophy of life (1936).)
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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