The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.
Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Profession: Anglo-American Poet
Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
Profession: French Poet
There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
Author: Saul Bellow (1915)
Profession: American Novelist
Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.
Author: John Berger (1926)
Profession: British Actor, Critic
No evil shall happen to the just.
Overcome evil with good. [St. Paul]]
Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from their house.
Those that are evil have not only the good against them, but also the bad.
The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even -- if you will -- eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with.
Author: Joseph Brodsky (1940)
Profession: Russian-born American Poet, Critic
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
Author: Buddha (568-488 BC)
Profession: Founder of Buddhism
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman
The face of evil is always the face of total need.
Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)
Profession: American Writer
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
Profession: British Poet, Satirist