Alan Jacobs on Iniquity

Thus St. Paul speaks of “the mystery of iniquity”—what in our more prosaic and insensible times we tend to call “the problem of evil.” In Paul’s view, to call iniquity a “problem” is to trivialize it beyond recognition. For one who believes not only in God but in the goodness and graciousness of God, iniquity is the profoundest of mysteries. One scarcely dares to speak of it at all, and nothing is more desperately to be avoided, on this subject, than glibness.

~ Alan Jacobs / The Point Magazine

Mary Wollstonecraft on Evil

“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”

~ Mary Wollstonecraft

Hannah Arendt on Evil

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.

~ Hannah Arendt

Cicero on Wisdom

“The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.”

~ Cicero

Socrates on Lies

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”

~ Socrates

Robyn Hitchcock on Evil

“If it’s any consolation, evil seeks its own destruction.”

~ Robyn Hitchcock

Joseph Conrad on Malice

“The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”

~ Joseph Conrad

Buddha on Evil

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”

~ Buddha

Buddha on Good and Evil

“There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.”

~ Buddha

Robyn Hitchcock on Evil

“It’s humbling to think that, however lousy you may feel you are as a human being, there are big boys out there who are colossally evil.”

~ Robyn Hitchcock

Jordan Peterson on Wrongdoing

“It’s a warning to me. I’m also saying: ‘Look the hell out because the chickens come home to roost.’ If I’ve learned one thing in 20 years of clinical practice, it’s that. I swear I’ve never seen anyone get away with anything in my whole life.”

~ Jordan Peterson

Voltaire on Atrocities

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

~ Voltaire

Buddha on Evil

“What is evil? … lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil: envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil.”

~ Buddha