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

—  Liev Tolstói, livro Guerra e Paz

Fonte: War and Peace

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História
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escritor russo 1828 - 1910

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„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

"Lot's Wife"
Poems New and Collected (1998), A Large Number (1976)
Contexto: 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.

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„Lewd did I live & evil I did dwel
(Lewd did I live, evil I did dwel)“

—  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).

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„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 Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice 1725 - 1798

Memoirs (trans. Machen 1894), book 1, Preface http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/c/casanova/c33m/preface2.html
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Fonte: Geschichte Meines Lebens

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„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 - 2016

Strange Horizons interview (2008)
Contexto: 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.

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„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.

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„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)

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„Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.“

—  Xun Zi Ancient Chinese philosopher -313 - -238 a.C.

Quoted in: Fayek S. Hourani (2012) Daily Bread for Your Mind and Soul, p. 336.

„Evil lives in a pit. If you want to fight it, you must climb down into the slime to do so.“

—  David Gemmell, livro The King Beyond the Gate

White cloaks show the dirt more thank black, and silver tarnishes.
Fonte: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 10

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„I had never been able to truly hate anyone who’d suffered, no matter what evils they’d done in the aftermath.“

—  N. K. Jemisin, livro The Broken Kingdoms

Fonte: The Broken Kingdoms (2011), Chapter 21 “Still Life” (oil on canvas) (p. 378)

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„In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments.“

—  Rutherford B. Hayes American politician, 19th President of the United States (in office from 1877 to 1881) 1822 - 1893

As quoted in Rutherford B. Hayes, and His America (1954) by Harry Barnard. p. 481

„We’re neither good nor evil. We’re simply interested in things as they are.“

—  Lloyd Alexander, The Chronicles of Prydain

Fonte: The Chronicles of Prydain (1964–1968), Book II: The Black Cauldron (1965), Chapter 14

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