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Thought Provoking Quotes on Evil |Evil and The Nature of Evil Explored Through Evil Quotations.| The Nature of Man?

Updated on January 28, 2013
The most evil man who ever lived?
The most evil man who ever lived?
Can evil be beautiful? Some say it is.
Can evil be beautiful? Some say it is.
Is he evil or does he only look evil?
Is he evil or does he only look evil?
Are clowns evil?
Are clowns evil?
This clown has to be evil.
This clown has to be evil.
Is death evil?
Is death evil?
Okay, clowns can really be creepy.
Okay, clowns can really be creepy.
Now I know why I fear clowns.
Now I know why I fear clowns.

A journey into the heart of darkness.

Evil is a compelling, confusing, and enigmatic subject to contemplate. Are people born evil? Is there such a thing as evil? Does evil exist outside of man? Does the devil exist? Why can evil be so seductive? Can a majority of us agree on a definition for evil? This hub looks at some thought provoking quotes on evil.

“Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.”-Mahatma Gandhi

This is one of my favorite quotes about evil, even though the quote does not contain the actual word evil in it. I believe that iniquity does pay, and that people get away with evil deeds all the time with little or no consequences; however, it does seem that evil on a large scale or evil regimes do eventually fall. It is very comforting to believe that good eventually wins (even though most religions say good wins in the end).

To defeat them, first we must understand them. - Elie Wiesel

I believe that most FBI profilers, psychologists, psychiatrists and history teachers would agree with the above statement; however, Columbine has been studied to ad nauseam, and Columbine like tragedies keep happening over and over again.

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.” - Buddha

I do not usually quote Buddha, I believe that I probably have a Christian bias, but there are few statements, that I have read, that contain more truth. I would go a little further than Buddha goes and say an evil parent can wound your soul.

No one, who like me, conjures up the most evil of those half tamed demons that inhabit the human breast, and seeks to wrestle with them ,can expect to come through the struggle unscathed-Sigmund Freud.

Suicide rates for doctors have been proven significantly higher than the norm (which would include psychiatrists). While, the research about the suicide rates of psychologist is a little nebulas at best. Many believe that the American Psychology Association tends to under report their suicide rates. What the APA does not deny is that the rates for depression in psychologist are high. I have a family member, and talked to other psychologist, that have had private practices for a while then quit, because the job is too depressing. In fact, the average career for a psychologist is about seven years (about as long as it takes to earn a PHD).

Why do so many psychologists burn out so quickly? Because psychologists wrestle with their own demons, while at the same time, wrestle with other people’s demons.

I know indeed what evil I intend to do, but stronger than all of after thoughts is my fury, fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils. –Euripides

I have a temper and I have had to deal with it my whole life. When I get really angry, rarely does the consequences of my actions enter my mind; however, I do not usually cause trouble because something besides conscious thought stops me (my sub conscious?).

Now I know the full power of evil. It makes ugliness seem beautiful and goodness seem ugly and weak. - August Strindberg

This quote is interesting for two disparate reasons. First of all, most people would not consider evil to be beautiful. Secondly, August Strindberg was a prolific playwright and was considered the father of modern Swedish literature.

“Belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary, men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”- Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad is my favorite existential writer, and I hardly ever disagree with him. In all honesty, I completely agree with his statement, but, as you can probably tell from the quote, Conrad was an atheist (and I am not). I believe that there is a God and there is a devil, and I believe that there is at least the possibility that the devil tempts people from time to time. I have read enough cases, not psychological cases, where a person does something so out of their character and so evil, that you wonder if the idea was whispered into their mind's ear.

“Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty”-Aristotle quotes

I am human, more human or fallible than most, and I have felt like it is my right to get revenge; however, either rationality or cowardice wins out, and I do nothing.

In closing, I hope this journey into the heart of darkness has helped you to gain wisdom in some way and that you are not left rocking in the fetal position saying, “The horror, the horror.”

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      ddenlighten@hotmail.com 3 years ago

      I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW how to deal with the 3 items mention above. presnetly and for 5 years a numbe rof us are entrenched in cases dealing with people who fit the psyche of evil and all that goe swiht it, they have vast amounts of money and lawyers. we have truth and a lot of injustice to deal with, they will only win by cheating and i am in foreign waters in this case but would like to know how to deafet this common enemy. ddenlighten@hotmail.com

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      Schandee Decker 3 years ago from Granville, New York

      I'm a Christian, not a perfect one just one that must humble myself before God often. I totally agree that in order to fight evil, we need to understand what makes it tick. Any army that goes into battle without an understanding of who they're fighting and what they're capable of is marching blindly. I believe in "adapt, improvise and overcome" (I was never in the military but my dad was a Marine). I found your article interesting and wonder have you ever been face to face with evil?

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      DIANE 4 years ago

      I WAS INFORMED THAT SOCIOPATHS AND PSYCHOPATHS RISE TO THE TOP I FEEL THIS IS TRUE ON MANY LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, AND CORPORATE LEADERS ETC WORKPLACE BULLEYING IS COMMON NOW AND CRIMINAL MINDS SEEM TO RUN THINGS

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I understand what you are saying about lack of evidence, that makes sense. At least to me and I honor that. Not everybody does. But, what does bother me is the large amount of evidence. However, there is nothing I can do about that. Your comment does help me understand why this is happening. Thank you.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Michelle, It does not take evidence or lack of evidence to sway the beliefs of a conspiracy theorist. It only takes the extreme possibility of conspiracy and they are on board.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      pmorries and cam8510 I hope more people do read this, Hitler was evil. But for some reason there are people who do not believe concentration camps ever existed. I don't know why, but they do think concentration camps are a lie. There is so much evidence. How can they believe that it is a lie?

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      pmorries 4 years ago from Golden, CO

      cam8510, thank you for taking the time to visit my hub, and the quote you provided should remind people how evil the Nazi's were (are). Some people, these days, tend to call the political party that does not agree with their beliefs Nazi's...I doubt they would continue to say that after reading your quote.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very interesting isn't it?

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      pmorries, Here is one of the most evil quotes I have come across: " I have given the order—and will have everyone shot who utters but one word of criticism—that the aim of this war does not consist in reaching certain geographical lines, but in the enemies' physical elimination. Thus, for the time being only in the east, I put ready my Death's Head units, with the order to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of the Polish race or language. Only thus will we gain the living space that we need." Adolf Hitler August 22, 1939. Very well written. I liked the quote and commentary appproach. up and interesting

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      pmorries 4 years ago from Golden, CO

      Michelle Travis, what you said about Hitler can be applied to some of the "Kosovo Butchers". A woman was diligently looking for one of the war criminals and even had a picture of him on her computer,so that she could spot him. It turned out, after he was captured, that she talked to him everyday and that he lived across the street from her. I know the story was on NPR, but I had trouble tracking it down. In any event, she was looking for a monster and found a next door neighbor.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very interesting hub. Yes the rest were clowns. Hitler was the only human face. He was very evil as were the ones who followed him. Like the doctor who experimented on children. There were other horrible Nazi criminals who had escaped and were not found until they were old. What was very strange, is that after they left from Hitler's control, they became "normal" had children. Turned into grandparents. Some seemed very gentle. Very strange.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I just saw I spelled your name wrong, my apologies. I am a very poor typist and watch my fingers all the time and forget to loo up and see if I have written what I think I have written. :( You articles are very visually striking and the use of "eye candy" is entirely understandable. And there are quite a few very hard to grapple with and even harder to forget pictures in my hubs, that's for sure.

      I have been crazy busy getting ready for the new semester, but I left you a long, long response about the "bullying" essay. I have been working on something different, a story, but it still needs proofreading. If it is awful or just average, you still have to be nice to me. :)

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      pmorries 5 years ago from Golden, CO

      UnnamedHarald, I would agree with your humble opinion. In closing, I thank you for your comments.

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      pmorries 5 years ago from Golden, CO

      Your idea is a good one, and I do so when I write part two of this Hub. In closing, I hope you are well and still fighting, the good fight.

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      pmorries 5 years ago from Golden, CO

      Phdast 7, I Pintrest all of my articles and since Pintrest is a visual

      Medium, I try to use eye candy to get people to click on my articles. Also, I am sorry if my article has caused you a lack of sleep (you do sleep, right?). As an aside, the picture you have of Nazis undressing children for the showers…haunts me (not a criticism). How can a person do that and then go home? That picture would be appropriate for my article, but I would never be able to find a quote to go with it (the only thing that comes close is, “The horror, the horror.”).

      Originally, I was going to put more pictures of evil men throughout history in the article, but putting the picture of Hitler was hard enough. It is so much easier to put the face of a fantastical clown down as a symbol for evil, than using a face made of flesh and blood.

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Very nice article, pmorries. From my point of view Joseph Conrad hits the nail on the head. “Belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary, men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” I realize I'm at odds here, but I think many people cannot comprehend that humanity is capable of some of the evil acts in the world and are therefore compelled to attribute them to an outside (outside humanity) entity. I fear this interferes with understanding the evil people do and the lessons history has for us. Just my humble opinion. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for sharing phdast7.

      Oh... on the other hand, I think perhaps you have revealed the source of evil in the world: CLOWNS ARE EVIL.

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      Diane Dillon 5 years ago from Quatsino BC

      IT WOULD ALSO BE APPROPRIATE TO HAVE PICTURES OF OTHERS THAT HAD REGULAR FACES. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO RUN PLACES FOR DIDSABLED WHO FIT THIS CRITERIA THEIR FACE LOOKS FINE BUT THEIR INNNER WORLD IS MORE LIKE THE EVIL CLOWN ETC, SADISITIC AND CRUEL

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Pateick - Very interesting set of quotations and your explication was very good as well.

      As someone studying psychology, you do understand that your selection of pictures produces severe cognitive dissonance in my mind. We start with a real photograph of Hitler, then move on to a group of exceedingly strange clowns, demons, and criminals. Not sur I will be ablt to go to sleep/ :) Good work. Sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      By studying evil, we learn how not to be evil. Turn the negative example against itself! Thanks for sharing a really interesting topic!

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      Diane Dillon 5 years ago from Quatsino BC

      HI

      THANKS THE ONE CASE THE DEFENDANTS HAVE 5 POLICE FILES ON THEM IN LESS THAN A YEAR FOR CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN, SENIORS AND DISABLED. NO CHARGES LAID THEY ARE WEALTHY AND THEIR BROTHER IS A COP. THAT CASE COST ME 18,000

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      pmorries 5 years ago from Golden, CO

      Diane Dillon, I have dealt with parolees in the past, the company I worked for would hire them because warm bodies were desperately needed at the time, and I was shocked by their behavior. They do not have a sense of right or wrong, and they are only concerned with being caught. There are many diagnosis that can be applied to them, but I am hesitant to do so at this time (my focus so far has been on research and suicide prevention). The only advice that I can give you is the following. I have read your profile and you are a good person, doing great things (I have decided to follow you because I am a fan). Remembering that you are one of the good guys can be your armor. No matter how evil someone is, that person will not change who you are. There were prisoners during the Holocaust who suffered terribly, but the prisoners were able to survive because they would not let the Nazis take their dignity. I believe that many evil things happen because people simply forget who they are (sometimes for convenience). For example, a group of people starts saying something about a black coworker and one stays quiet…so that they do not make waves.

      In conclusion, I would talk to other people in your business and see what they do in your situation (you might have to make a long distance call). In addition, you might want to talk to a therapist and ask for his or her advice on the subject. Furthermore, police officers/ detectives may be able to help you because they too have dark jobs that could change who they are. There are many others like you, who are fighting the good fight and may be able to help you. In addition, there is a very good Huber who writes about ethics, Phdast7. You might want to check her Hubs out.

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      Diane Dillon 5 years ago from Quatsino BC

      I FIND THIS SUBJECT INTERESTING AND RELEVENT. I AM DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO FITB THIS ISSUE AND ARE OBVIOUS AS THE MASKS AND PHYSICAL IMAGE DISPLAYED IN THE TOPIC. I HAVE TO EAL WITH SOCIOPATHIC PEOPLE IN CASES IN BC WHO HARMED CHILDREN , SENIORS AND DISABLED AND HAVE NO REMORSE. IT IS AHRD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND THEM. IDEAS WELCOME. ddenlighten@hotmail.com