„An evil nature wielding great authority brings misfortune upon the community.“

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„Our political tradition sets great store by the generalized symbol of evil. This is the wrongdoer whose wrongdoing will be taken by the public to be the secret propensity of a whole community or class.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith, livro The Great Crash, 1929
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—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, livro Young Goodman Brown
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„The evil in the world is the product of the non-divine minds themselves: the natural evil, of their very nature; the moral, the only real evil, of their failure to answer to their reason with their will.“

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„Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.“

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