QUOTES about EVIL and WICKEDNESS

A saintly life my soul demands; I’ll more ascetic be. A vow I’ll take, albeit late; from sin I will be free. Joseph R Taylor

There exists among the intolerable degraded, the perverse and powerful desire to force into the arena of the actual those fantastic crimes of which they have been accused, achieving their vengeance and their own destruction through making the nightmare real. James Baldwin

A wisp of evil can lure the vulnerable into a miasma of wickedness. Michael Shaw

Juvenile delinquency serves many purposes, including that of providing sadistic adults with fantasies suited to their special tastes. Edgar Friedenberg

The combative instinct is a savage prompting by which one man’s good is found in another’s evil. Santayana

Even the gates of Hell shall stay closed when Ted Bundy and Charles Manson come a knocking, for even Satan fears they would glory themselves above him. Quote source Bishop R. Baits 

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein

Our repentance is not so much regret for the evil we have done, as fear of its consequences. Rochefoucauld

Roses are red, violets are black; you’d look better with a knife in your back. Anon

Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good. Emerson

The judge should not be young, he should have learned to know evil, not from his own soul, but from late and long observation of the nature of evil in others. Plato

When malice has reason on its side, it becomes proud and displays reason in its entire splendor. Pascal

The devil when he purports any evil against man, first perverts his mind. Anon

If I wanted to kill somebody, I'd take this book and beat you to death with it, and I wouldn't feel a thing. Charles Manson

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it conscientiously. Pascal

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all; the apathy of human beings. Helen Keller

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 Eliot

He said that there was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance. Socrates

Such evil deeds could religion prompt. Titus Lucretius

In law, what plea so tainted and corrupts, but being seasoned with a gracious voice obscures the show of evil. Shakespeare

A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. Sallust

The lack of money is the root of all evil. Mark Twain

An evil conscience is often quiet, but never secure. Syrus

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for men to do nothing. Edmund Burke. Or (Evil flourishes when good men do nothing)

He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done. Leonardo da Vinci

Profit is divine but greed is evil. Proverb

Evil men by their own nature cannot ever prosper. Euripides

To great evils we submit; yet we resent little provocations. William Hazlitt

Every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor. Emerson

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. Aristotle 

Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you. Phaedra 

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambitions. Vauvenargues

Anecdote: Year 1890. Having become wealthy and elevated in status, a man grew embarrassed by his wife’s lack of erudition. In order to improve her intelligence, against her will he sedated and trepanned her eight times on successive full moons. She did indeed improve and became an apothecary. In time she concocted a unique poison; soon after she became a widow. Quote source: Unsolved by Vernon Grace 

It is not my sins that I regret, but those which I have had no occasion to oblige. Thor Gideon

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Proverb

Cato requested old men not to add the disgrace of wickedness to old age, which was accompanied with many other evils. Plutarch

For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Paul of Tarsus. Quote source: (St. Paul)

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man’s being unable to sit still in a room. Pascal

It is the evil that lies in ourselves that is ever least tolerant of the evil that dwells within others. Maurice Maeterlinck

One man’s wickedness may easily become all men’s curse. Syrus

Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots. Anon

Peter woodcock, admitting to having strangled three children during 1956 and 1957, stated during a BBC interview: “I regret that children died, but I felt like God. It was the power of God over a human being. … I got very little pleasure from anything else in life. But in the strangling of children I felt a sensation and degree of pleasure and of accomplishment. Because it was such a good feeling, I wanted to duplicate it. Peter Woodcock

No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death. Plato

A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Joseph Conrad 

There is this of good in real evils; they deliver us, while they last, from the petty despotism of all that were imaginary. Charles Caleb Colton

The man who does evil to another does evil to himself, and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it. Hesiod

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others. Oscar Wilde

Man’s life is warfare against the malice of men. Balthazar Grecian
 
Malice often takes the garb of truth. William Hazlitt

A wicked book is the wickeder because it cannot repent. Anon

There is no odor as bad as that which arises from goodness tainted. Thoreau

The devil was a great loss in the preternatural world. He was always something to fear and to hate; he supplied the antagonist powers of the imagination, and the arch of true religion hardly stands firm without him. William Hazlitt

He that will not suffer evil must never think of preferment. Thomas Fuller

Trouble makes every sad accident a double evil and contentedness none at all. Thomas Fuller

The question of good and evil remains in irremediable chaos for those who seek to fathom it in reality. It is mere mental sport to the disputants, who are captives that play with their chains. Voltaire

Satan is the spiritual head of most of the human race, its political parties and most of the religions. Theodore Hawk 

Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers upon their road; they both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find that they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived. Charles Caleb Colton

For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel. Martin Luther

The spiteful reap their own desires. Gore Mather 

Malice swallows the greatest part of its own venom.  Jerome 

Spite is our unjust reaction to the exposure of our incapability’s.  Jacob Franks 

Meekness is the mask of malice. Robert Ingersoll 

The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice. William Hazlitt 

It is only when we possess ourselves that we can give ourselves to others. If what we possess feels wrong, bad, or wicked, then we try not only to hide it from others, but we also try to hide it from ourselves. Jack Dominian


To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness. Confucius

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil. Hannah Arendt

A club hurts the flesh, but evil words hurt the bone. Quote from (American Shaolin by Matthew Polly)

Whatever occurs from love is always beyond good and evil.  Nietzsche

No human being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does. Thoreau

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. Henry Young

Death is not the worst evil, but rather when we wish to die and cannot. Sophocles

We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from the machinations of the wicked.

Hardly any man is clever enough to know all the evil he does. Rochefoucauld

Evil is uncertain in the same degree as good, and for the reason that we ought not to hope too securely, we ought not to fear with to much dejection. Samuel Johnson

Praises from wicked men are reproaches. Thomas Fuller

More harm is done by fools through foolishness than is done by evil-doers through wickedness. Prophet Mohammed

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. Mae West

The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence. Hitler

An evil conscience is often quiet, but never secure. Unknown 

We excuse our own acts of evil by justifying the evil deeds of others. Clayton T Grassant

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. Thoreau

The oldest and best known evil was ever more supportable than one that was new and untried. Montaigne

It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it. Ronald Knox

Depend upon it; from every condition of distress or evil, there is a great reaction, and the greater the distress or evil, the greater the reaction. Theodore Dreiser

There is no such thing in man’s nature as a settled and full resolve either for good or evil, except at the very moment of execution. Nathaniel Hawthorne 

The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness, Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart: O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!  Quoted cited from: William Shakespeare

Evil can be condoned only if in the beyond it is compensated by good and god himself needs immortality to vindicate his ways to man. Somerset Maugham

Wickedness with beauty is the devils hook baited. Thomas Fuller

White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so; life’s business being just the terrible choice. Robert Browning

One may understand like an angel, and yet be a devil. Thomas Fuller

Believe me; all evil comes from the old. They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them. Jean Anouilh

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is still greater evil to be full of them, and to be unwilling to recognize them. Pascal

There is nothing in itself which is wrong or evil not even murder. Henry Miller

The writer cultivates, extends, raises and inflates his imagination, sure that this is his destiny, his usefulness, his contribution to the understanding of good and evil. As he inflates his imagination he inflates his capacity for evil. John Cheever

The twin conceptions of sin and vindictive punishment seem to be at the root of much that is most vigorous, both in religion and politics. Bertrand Russell

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire

Sometimes to convict the devil you have to go to hell to get your witnesses. Quote from: Bluegrass by William Van Meter

Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating. They can breathe it. Jean Genet

Only after the kill does man know the true ecstasy of love. Count Zaroff

We associate winter with evil and fear; is that fair to the season? Without that time of rest beneath frost plants might not be reborn. Bona


Strictly speaking, one should not even rightly compare virginity to marriage because you cannot make a comparison between two things if one is good and the other evil. St. Jerome

There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome. Jane Austen

I had no companions to quarrel with, nobody to assist, and nobody to thank… the evil consequence of all this was not, however, what might perhaps have been expected, that I grew up selfish or non affectionate; but that, when affection did come, it came with a violence utterly rampant and unmanageable. John Ruskin

I have long held firm to my suspicion that some people are just evil. In some cases I’ll concede it seems as though it is thrust upon someone who had little real hope of avoiding it. However tragic that reality, the simple fact remains that it is more important to protect the rest of society for as long as it remains a danger to them.  Quote source Jeremy Kyle, presenter.

The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature. Henry Ward Beecher

It takes your enemy and your friend working together to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you. Mark Twain

Anecdote: Author Tom Wilson, molested for years by the supervisor of a children’s home recounts :  “I didn't start to question his right to pluck me from my bed whenever he wanted  , for many years, until I was around eleven years old.  And even then , I didn't know how to stop him from doing whatever he wanted.  Any protest I made would seem  feeble  in the shadow of his confidence in his power to rule me absolutely.  If I protested, he just mocked my pathetic  attempts to assert myself. Quote from: Tears at Bedtime by Tom Wilson

Good and evil lie close together. Seek no artistic unity in character. Lord Acton

The devil himself is good when he is pleased. Thomas Fuller

An infant prodigy of nine is shoved upon the stage in white. She starts off in a dismal whine about a dark and stormy night, a burglar, whose heart is true, despite his wicked-looking face, who puts the little child in doom, to save her mamma’s jewel case. This may bring tears to every eye; it does not set my heart on fire. I’d like to stand serenely by and watch that horrid child expire. Quote: The Child Prodigy by Noel Coward

Almost all the moral good which is left among us is the apparent effect of physical evil. Samuel Johnson

No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature. A. A. Milne

The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil. Plutarch

Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes the shortcut to everything. Samuel Johnson

Man is not born wicked; he becomes so, as he becomes sick. Voltaire

Fictional detective Sherlock Holmes once observed: “The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.” Quote of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Evil springs up, and flowers, and bears no seed, And feeds the green earth with its swift decay, Leaving it richer for the growth of truth. James Russell Lowell

Even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, so the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also. Kahlil Gibran 

Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness. Thomas Paine

We often do shallow good in order to accomplish evil with impunity. Rochefoucauld  

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. Shakespeare

Nobody deserves to be praised for his goodness if he has not the power to be wicked. All other goodness is often only weakness and impotence of the will. LA Rochefoucauld

No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion; it is an evil government. Eric Hoffer 

Enjoying things which are pleasant; that is not the evil; it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is. Thomas Carlyle

Forgiveness eats its way into the wicked mind, but it shall never have the freedom to entirely devour; and when one finally begs their maker; it will take flight. Marcus Dante 

All punishment is mischief and in itself evil. Jeremy Bentham 

Whoso doth no evil is apt to suspect none. Thomas Fuller

The dead are all holy, even they that were base and wicked while alive. Their baseness and wickedness was not they, was but the heavy and unmanageable environment that lay round them. Thomas Carlyle 

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jnr 

The evils of popular government appear greater than they are; there is compensation for them in spirit and energy it awakens. Emerson

We know that it is possible to harness desire to many interests, that evil is one form of a desire, and not the nature of it. Walter Lippmann

How did I discover that my best friend and his wife were not my true friends?  It was when I held a fancy dress party.  It was swimmingly good fun while it lasted.  Then, my best friend and his wife arrived without wearing fancy dress; as themselves, and that killed the party dead. That’s when I knew. Megan J. Allison 

A man’s heart changes his countenance, either for good or for evil. Anon

Must I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? It is 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

DEFINITION and MEANING
Evil and wickedness can be viewed as the deliberate exploitation of others, often more vulnerable than one’s self, for one’s own ends, nearly embracing detrimental purposes. Such perpetrators generally leave their prey to bear the consequences of their well-plotted malevolence.