„I find in myself as much evil as in anyone, but detesting action — mother of all vices — I am the cause of no one's suffering.“
— Emil M. Cioran, kniha A Short History of Decay
A Short History of Decay (1949)
— Emil M. Cioran, kniha The Trouble With Being Born
The Trouble With Being Born (1973)
„In short, I am doing what I can, I suffer with the same universal suffering, and I try to assuage it, I possess only the puny forces of a man, and I cry to all: "Help me!"“
— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
En somme, je fais ce que je peux, je souffre de la souffrance universelle, et je tâche de la soulager, je n'ai que les chétives forces d'un homme, et je crie à tous: aidez-moi.
Letter To M. Daelli on Les Misérables (1862)
„Guns are not the root cause of man's evil actions… Evil is part of the human condition, always has been, always will be. Evil can't be wished away, treated away, medicated away or legislated away. Evil is here to stay. Bad people do bad things. Deal, as they say in the hood.“
— Ilana Mercer South African writer
"Gun Violence? No! Goon Violence," http://www.unz.com/imercer/gun-violence-no-goon-violence/ The Unz Review, September 4, 2015.
„If men are capable of committing evil actions, granting them power over others makes evil actions certain. But there is a difference. When men in government commit and evil act, they are legally shielded from their consequences of the act.“
— Robert LeFevre American libertarian businessman 1911 - 1986
„We are living in times that I believe God will judge each of us for what we do and do not do. And if it's not God, it will at least be historians. I will go back to say what I said at the beginning of the year: There is great and powerful evil but there is great and powerful light as well. Get into the light and stand in it because evil is growing rapidly.“
— Glenn Beck U.S. talk radio and television host 1964
Beck: "Evil Is Growing Rapidly"
Media Matters for America
„I began to feel lighthearted. Don’t ever do that; it tempts some dark and evil force abroad in the universe.“
— Tanith Lee, kniha Don't Bite the Sun
Part 4, Chapter 4 (p. 122)
Don't Bite the Sun (1976)
„[as George W. Bush] I will tame evil, I will get the evil ones, We must find the evil ones. We must get evil, we must laminate evil, we must wear it round our necks, at the backstage party in paradise!“
— Bill Bailey English comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author 1965
Part Troll (2004)
„Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1950s, Loving Your Enemies (November 1957)
Kontext: Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.
„I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.“
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh, kniha Gift from the Sea
Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1929-1932 (1973), p. 3
Zdroj: Gift from the Sea
Kontext: I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. All these and other factors combined, if the circumstances are right, can teach and can lead to rebirth.
— William Faulkner, kniha Absalom, Absalom!
Zdroj: Absalom, Absalom!
„I should be blind if I did not perceive that some power as strong as the universe is parting us. What this power is, what it is called, I do not know. I know only that if I knelt down, beat my head on the floor, prayed, and cried out for mercy, I might move a mountain sooner than move that power. As nothing now could part me from Aniela but death, she must die. This may be very logical, but I do not consent to part from her.“
— Henryk Sienkiewicz, kniha Without Dogma
Without Dogma (1891)
„[As a vegetarian] I feel better, I have more energy on and off the set, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I’m doing something to help stop animal suffering.“
— Maggie Q American actress 1979
“Maggie Q’s Beautiful New Ads,” by PETA (29 September 2007) https://www.peta.org/blog/maggie-qs-beautiful-new-ads/.
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968
Mi última creencia es sufrir. Y comienzo a creer que no sufro.
„Lancelet said, “And I must believe that man has the power to know the right, to choose between good and evil and know that his choice has made a difference…”“
— Marion Zimmer Bradley, kniha The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon (1983)
— Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
Zdroj: Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), IV : The Essence of Catholicism
Kontext: And yet Catholicism does not abandon ethics. No! No modern religion can leave ethics on one side. But our religion — although its doctors may protest against this — is fundamentally and for the most part a compromise between eschatology and ethics; it is eschatology pressed into the service of ethics. What else but this is that atrocity of the eternal pains of hell, which agrees so ill with the Pauline apocatastasis? Let us bear in mind these words which the Theologica Germanica, the manual of mysticism that Luther read, puts into the mouth of God: "If I must recompense your evil, I must recompense it with good, for I am and have no other." And Christ said: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do," and there is no man who perhaps knows what he does.
„Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. This is the mystery. This is what I must do.“
— Katherine Mansfield New Zealand author 1888 - 1923
Journal entry (19 December 1920), published in The Journal of Katherine Mansfield (1927) edited by J. Middleton Murry