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good and evil Quotes

34 of the best book quotes about good and evil
  1. #1
    “By morning the Flock had forgotten its insanity, but Fletcher had not. ‘Jonathan, remember what you said a long time ago, about loving the Flock enough to return to it and help it learn?’
    ‘Sure.’
    ‘I don’t understand how you manage to love a mob of birds that has just tried to kill you.’
    ‘Oh, Fletch, you don’t love that! You don’t love hatred and evil, of course. You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves. That’s what I mean by love. It’s fun, when you get the knack of it.’”
  2. #2
    “But whatsoever is the object of any man’s appetite or desire, that is it which he for his part calleth good; and the object of his hate and aversion, evil; and of his contempt, vile and inconsiderable. For these words of good, evil, and contemptible are ever used with relation to the person that useth them: there being nothing simply and absolutely so; nor any common rule of good and evil to be taken from the nature of the objects themselves.”
  3. #3
    “It’s people who claim that they’re good ... that you have to be wary of. ”
  4. #4
    “Momma said we had to fight the evil inside us by overcoming it with goodness.”
  5. #5
    “Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you are good, bad things can still happen. And if you are bad, you can still be lucky.”
  6. #6
    Good never come of such evil, a happier end was not in nature to so unhappy a beginning.
  7. #7
    “There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”
  8. #8
    “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.”
  9. #9
    “When your good and evil clash with your neighbor’s, fights and arguments ensue and even wars break out...if there is no reality of good that is absolute, then you have lost any basis for judging. It is just language, and one might as well exchange the word good for the word evil.”
  10. #10
    I confess I have yet to learn that a lesson of the purest good may not be drawn from the vilest evil.
  11. #11
    “Her gifts were mixed with good and evil both.”
  1. #12
    “Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear.”
  2. #13
    “Miraz weeded them out. Belisar and Uvilas were shot with arrows on a hunting party: by chance, it was pretended. All the great house of the Passarids he sent to fight giants on the northern frontier till one by one they fell.”
  3. #14
    “Then Patterwig came back with the nut and Caspian ate it and after that Patterwig asked if he could take any messages to other friends.”
  4. #15
    “Wherever they went in the little town of Beruna it was the same. Most of the people fled, a few joined them. When they left the town they were a larger and a merrier company.”
  5. #16
    “Up till now neither Caspian nor the others had really been thinking of a war. They had some vague idea, perhaps, of an occasional raid on some Human farmstead or of attacking a party of hunters, if it ventured too far into these southern wilds.”
  6. #17
    “Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles and smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light.”
  7. #18
    “There are times when we’re all autumn people.”
  8. #19
    “Please boss, don’t put that thing over my face, don’t put me in the dark. I’s afraid of the dark.”
  9. #20
    “Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
  10. #21
    “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.”
  11. #22
    “There is a little good in all evil.”
  1. #23
    “The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones.”
  2. #24
    “Things which are equally bad are also equally good. Try to look at the bright side of things.”
  3. #25
    “You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God’s grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.”
  4. #26
    Virtue is persecuted by the wicked more than it is loved by the good.
  5. #27
    For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.
  6. #28
    “Maybe we all have in us a secret pond where evil and ugly things germinate and grow strong. But this culture is fenced, and the swimming brood climbs up only to fall back. Might it not be that in the dark pools of some men the evil grows strong enough to wriggle over the fence and swim free?”
  7. #29
    “We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal.”
  8. #30
    Those who are good will qualify themselves.
  9. #31
    “You are passing now to a region where you will be beyond the reach of the power of prayer. A terrible terrible thing to consider. And yet, in a sense, in choosing to be deprive of the ability to make an ethical choice, you have in a sense really chosen the good. So I shall like to think. So, God help us all…”
  10. #32
    “But, brothers, this biting of their toe-nails over what is the cause of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick. They don’t go into the cause of goodness, so why the other shop? If lewdies are good that’s because they like it, and I wouldn’t ever interfere with their pleasures, and so of the other shop. And I was patronizing the other shop.”
  11. #33
    “To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good, or else that it’s a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions. ”
  12. #34
    “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains … an un uprooted small corner of evil.”
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