Evil Quotes

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.

Despair    Evil    Goodness    Inspirational    Love    Sadness    Truth    Victory

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

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

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Man is the cruelest animal.

Animals    Cruelty    Evil    Man

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracián

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

We all have a Monster within; the difference is in degree, not in kind.

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil.

Evil    Good    Knowledge    Power

How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly.

Wives and Daughters

Elizabeth Gaskell

Wives and Daughters
Evil    Judgement    Right

But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if
evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows
disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the
shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings.
Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because
of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid.

Evil    Good

Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.

Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.

Cruelty    Evil    Humanity    Kindness

Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.


Margaret Atwood


He felt that there is a loose balance of good and evil, and that the art of living consists in getting the greatest good out of the greatest evil.

Balance    Evil    Good

It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.

Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.

Watership Down

Richard Adams

Watership Down

Well, that's an evil smile...

The Angel Experiment

James Patterson

The Angel Experiment
Evil    Humor    Maxride    Smile

Neither love nor evil conquers all, but evil cheats more.

Evil    Fair play    Love

Let's just say you may regret that second piece of cake.'
Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.

Hex Hall

Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall
Cake    Evil

I know [Umbridge] by reputation and I'm sure she's no Death Eater-"
"She's foul enough to be one..."
"Yes, but the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters.

The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.
There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube.

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.


Blaise Pascal

Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.

Evil    Good    History    Invincibility    Tyrants    Victory

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.

Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you to speak evil about another person can later help another person to speak evil about you.

Acids    Bad    Corrosive    Destroyers    Destruction    Detractors    Enemies    Enemy    Evil    Evil words    Food for thought    Gossips    Haters    Hatred    Hurt    Insults    Israelmore ayivor    Kill    Negative    Negative attitude    Negative people    Skin    Toxic people    Trouble

It was important, Dumbledore said, to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated. . . .


Evil    Funny    God    Hiddleston    Loki    Mischief    Mtv    Norse    Prank    Tom

Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains ... an unuprooted small corner of evil.
Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the
evil inside a human being
(inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956
Evil    Good    Heart    Religion

When one with honeyed words but evil mind
Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.

In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Most of the bad guys in the real world don't know that they are bad guys. You don't get a flashing warning sign that you're about to damn yourself. It sneaks up on you when you aren't looking.

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.

Ethics    Evil    Good    Morality    Reality

It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea
Evil    Ged    Soul

Looks like what drives me crazy
Don't have no effect on you--
But I'm gonna keep on at it
Till it drives you crazy, too.

Selected Poems

Langston Hughes The Panther and the Lash

Selected Poems
Craziness    Crazy    Evil    Poetry

Son, the greatest trick the Devil pulled was convincing the world there was only one of him.

Devil    Evil    Trick

I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I'm tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin from or goin to or why. I'm tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can't.

But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep - into evil.

Evil    Good    Humanity    Light    Man    Self righteousness    Zarathustra

Don't ever call me mad, Mycroft. I'm not mad. I'm just ... well,
differently moraled
, that's all.

The Eyre Affair

Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair

I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself.

Evil    Live

I learned the bad guys are not always bad, the good guys are not always good, and to quote Captain Barbossa, the parameters are like rules, mostly guidelines. And that it takes a little bit of bad boy to fight the evil in the world.
--Terri Mitchell

Phantom in the Night

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Phantom in the Night
Evil    Learning    Rules

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

The Call of Cthulhu

H.P. Lovecraft

The Call of Cthulhu
Cthulhu    Evil    H p lovecraft    Horror    Weird

I hurt myself deeply, though at the time I had no idea how deeply. I should have learned many things from that experience, but when I look back on it, all I gained was one single, undeniable fact. That ultimately I am a person who can do evil. I never consciously tried to hurt anyone, yet good intentions notwithstanding, when necessity demanded, I could become completely self-centred, even cruel. I was the kind of person who could, using some plausible excuse, inflict on a person I cared for a wound that would never heal.

Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?

American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.

The Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann Mythology by Christopher Dell

The Magic Mountain

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.

Daniel Deronda

George Eliot

Daniel Deronda
Evil    Repentance    Sin    Temptation

Evil is a point of view. We are immortal. And what we have before us are the rich feasts that conscience cannot appreciate and mortal men cannot know without regret. God kills, and so shall we; indiscriminately He takes the richest and the poorest, and so shall we; for no creatures under God are as we are, none so like Him as ourselves, dark angels not confined to the stinking limits of hell but wandering His earth and all its kingdoms.

Human reason can excuse any evil.

Error    Evil    Humanity    Reasoning

I know there’s evil in the world, and there always has been. But you don’t need to believe in Satan or demons to explain it. Human beings are perfectly capable of evil all by themselves.

The Mephisto Club

Tess Gerritsen

The Mephisto Club


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