„I find in myself as much evil as in anyone, but detesting action - mother of all vices - I am the cause of no one's suffering.“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
„The presumed causes of Americas troubles can be summed up simply: the evils of unlimited competition, and abuses by those with economic power.“
— Charles A. Reich American lawyer 1928
Chapter III : The Failure Of Reform, p. 43
— Christopher Moore, Bloodsucking Fiends
„They were neither good nor evil now — every living thing
was simply creeping or hopping along in the mass panic.“
— Wisława Szymborska Polish writer 1923 - 2012
Context: I felt age within me. Distance. The futility of wandering. Torpor. I looked back setting my bundle down. I looked back not knowing where to set my foot. Serpents appeared on my path, spiders, field mice, baby vultures. They were neither good nor evil now — every living thing was simply creeping or hopping along in the mass panic. "Lot's Wife"
— John Taylor English poet of the 16th and 17th centuries 1578 - 1653
Early author-attributed palindrome (c. 1614); reported in Dave Fisher, The Wonderful World of Palindromes http://puzzles.about.com/od/palindromes/p/Palindromes.htm (October 30, 2015).
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Pt. 1: Bimini, Section 4
„Shutting down inquiry is evil. Causing pain purposefully for no reason is evil. Enjoying causing pain by shutting down inquiry is an absolute evil.“
— Sheri S. Tepper American fiction writer 1929
Context: The Inquisition, by defining and limiting knowledge, was evil. The Taliban, by defining truth and refusing girls an education, is evil. Any religion that says it knows the one and only truth is evil, because it limits knowledge. Any political body that says it owns the truth is evil. Same reason. Any repressive regime that seeks to control exploration and experimentation is evil. Same reason. Any regime that defines truth as a set of beliefs and occurrences that cannot be questioned, that can neither be demonstrated nor proven is not only evil but ridiculous. This includes all mythologies, miracles, etc. because, if creation happened for a reason, if it was done by God, you'd better believe every part of it, including intelligence, was done for a reason ascertainable, eventually, by intelligence. We would not follow and adore a ruler who lied and tortured. Why would we worship a God who did either? God doesn't lie and he/she/it doesn't fool around! Shutting down inquiry is evil. Causing pain purposefully for no reason is evil. Enjoying causing pain by shutting down inquiry is an absolute evil.
„As for myself, I always willingly acknowledge my own self as the principal cause of every good and of every evil which may befall me; therefore I have always found myself capable of being my own pupil, and ready to love my teacher.“
— Giacomo Casanova, Geschichte Meines Lebens
Memoirs (trans. Machen 1894), book 1, Preface http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/c/casanova/c33m/preface2.html
„When are we going to stop making excuses for the terrorists and saying that somebody is making them do it? No, these are simply evil people who want to kill.“
— Condoleezza Rice American Republican politician; U.S. Secretary of State; political scientist 1954
PBS http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/white_house/july-dec05/rice_7-28.html, July 28, 2005.
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929
Chapter 11 (p. 162)
„Riches are a cause of evil, not because, of themselves, they do any evil, but because they goad men on so that they are ready to do evil.“
— Posidonius ancient greek philosopher -135 - -51 a.C.
As quoted in Epistulae morales ad Lucilium by Seneca, Epistle LXXXVII (trans. R. M. Gummere)
„I have written the history of my life, and I have a perfect right to do so; but am I wise in throwing it before a public of which I know nothing but evil? No, I am aware it is sheer folly, but I want to be busy, I want to laugh, and why should I deny myself this gratification?“
— Giacomo Casanova Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice 1725 - 1798
— Xun Zi Ancient Chinese philosopher -313 - -238 a.C.
Quoted in: Fayek S. Hourani (2012) Daily Bread for Your Mind and Soul, p. 336.
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
Context: Evil lives in a pit. If you want to fight it, you must climb down into the slime to do so. White cloaks show the dirt more thank black, and silver tarnishes. Ch. 10