Quotations About / On: EVIL

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    ... 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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  • 40.
    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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