The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
Evil be to him who evil thinks.
No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does.
--François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
It is a power stronger than will. . . . Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.
--Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont
Evil is something you recognise immediately you see it: it works through charm.
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.
--W. Somerset Maugham
Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.
--Logan Pearsall Smith
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