Unfamiliar Quotations

Good and Evil

Illustration: The Good and Evil Angels, William Blake.

"The worst thing the enemy can do is make us more like them." -George F. Kennan

"I would never cheat anyone unless it was absolutely convenient." - Doc Dixon

"The ethics of an imitative orangutan cannot be an issue for serious debate." -J.K. Van Dover

"That's the thing about unkindness- it's impatient, it wants to leap, it feeds on itself, and encourages others to join in without really thinking eit her." -Neil Steinberg

"They don't make thuggish apparatchiks like they used to." - Charles P. Pierce

"Doing the right thing because people are watching you isn't the best reason, but it will do." - Neil Steinberg

"I am always true to my word, which happens to be 'dishonest.'" - Lorrie B. Potters

"The message of most American Movies is that only Batman or Clint Eastwood can go up against Mr. Big." -Jim Britell

"The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience." -Harper Lee

"Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things." -Terry Pratchett

"Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes." - Mercedes Lackey

"Children are driven by a sense of injustice." -Neil Gaiman

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank

"A buried conscience is the worst ghost of all."  - Janice Law (slightly revised)

"Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” -Maya Angelou

“It's paramount to blame those responsible for any faults I may possess."  - David Dean

"You cannot wake a person who pretends to be sleeping.”  - Navaho proverb

“Murder is easy. Comedy is hard.” - Scott Simon

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Homophobia is misogyny's little brother" - Dan Savage

“Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay.” –Ann Coulter

"To our friends, the good guys. And to our enemies, the bad guys. And to the hope that someday we'll be able to tell which are which." -Keith Laumer (slightly edited)

"If the bad guys don't get you, baby, then the good guys will." -Buffe Saint-Marie


“He respected her principles and loved the way she could bypass them.” - Roddy Doyle

“I must confess a weakness for the villain, but alas, my hopes are never realized.” – Walter B. Gibson, creator of The Shadow.

“The Sicilians are vivid in imagination, affable, and benevolent, but excitable, superstitious, and revengeful.” - Congressional Serial Set, v 5867, Senate Document 662

“Into each life some jerk must fall.” -Doc Finch
“The spanker may forget but never the spankee.” - F.D.R. Ferguson


"There is no emissary for an evil deed." -David Twersky

"Every sinner has a future...Every saint has a past." -Kinky Friedman

"Power corrupts but lack of power corrupts absolutely." —Orson Welles

“If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the scheme.” - Tony Bird
"There's too many strong to do nothing wrong and not enough strong to do right." -Dave Gordon