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Jean BaudrillardAbsolute depth knows neither good nor evil. Thus the intelligence of evil goes far beyond pessimism.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

SocratesThere is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

—  Socrates, 469-399 BC, Ancient Geek Philosopher

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

—  Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, British statesman & philosopher

George Bernard ShawThose who understand evil pardon it.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Michel de MontaigneEvery other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Albert EinsteinThe world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Friedrich NietzscheThat which is done out of love is always beyond good and evil.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheThere is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Eugene IonescoPeople always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Ayn RandEvil requires the sanction of the victim.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandSo you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

William BlakeActive Evil is better than Passive Good.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Jean CocteauThere is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Charles BaudelaireEvil happens without effort, naturally, inevitably; Good is always the product of skill.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Martin Luther KingThere is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Calvin CoolidgeLittle progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Anton ChekhovTo a chemist, nothing on earth is unclean. A writer must be as objective as a chemist; he must abandon the subjective line; he must know that dungheaps play a very respectable part in a landscape, and that evil passions are as inherent in life as good ones.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Latin Quotes

Latin phraseBad from the good.

De malo, bonum.

—  Latin phrase

Latin phraseAn evil thing known is best.

Nota res mala, optima.

—  Latin phrase


Ancient Greek

HeraclitusGood and evil are the same thing.

Αγαθόν και κακόν ταυτόν.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Ancient Greek phraseNothing bad is without something good.

Ουδέν κακόν αμιγές καλού.

—  Ancient Greek phrase



English proverbBetter the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

—  English proverb

English proverbSee no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

—  English proverb

Movie Quotes

SchindlerThe list is an absolute good. The list is life.

—  from the film Schindler's List (1993)


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