Famous Quotes & Quotations About Evil:
A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.
~ Charles Spurgeon.
Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice is so pleasurable, that I assume it must be evil.
~ Heywood Broun.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
Evil societies always kill their consciences.
~ James Farmer.
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
~ Fred Woodworth, The Match!, No. 79.
History will see advertising "as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that."
~ Malcolm Muggeridge, quoted in Eric Clark, The Want Makers: Inside the World of Advertising.
I met him fifteen years ago, I was told there was nothing left, No reason, no conscience, no understanding... Even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong... I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the devil’s eyes! I spent eight years trying to reach him and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.
~ Movie: Halloween, 1978 (Dr. Sam Loomis).
Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.
~ Hannah More.
It is known, to the force of a single pound weight, what the engine will do; but, not all the calculators of the National Debt can tell me the capacity for good or evil, for love or hatred, for patriotism or discontent, for the decomposition of virtue into vice, or the reverse, at any single moment in the soul of one of these its quiet servants, with the composed faces and the regulated actions.
~ Charles Dickens.
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
~ George Bernard Shaw.
Men never do evil so thoroughly and cheerfully as when they do it for conscience sake.
~ Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670.
Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.
~ Carl Sandburg.
I do not consider divorce an evil by any means. It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters.
~ Susan B. Anthony.
I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.
~ Isak Dinesen.
I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
~ Mahatma Gandhi.
Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
~ Mary Ellen Kelly.
Of two evils, choose neither.
~ Charles Spurgeon.
The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.
~ Carl Jung.
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859.
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