Good & Evil

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.

— Georges Bataille, 1897-1962

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.

— Marcus Aurelius, 121-80 AD

So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.

— T. S. Eliot

For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change…

— Joyce Cary

Wolves which batten upon lambs, lambs consumed by wolves, the strong who immolate the weak, the weak victims of the strong: there you have Nature, there you have her intentions, there you have her scheme: a perpetual action and reaction, a host of vices, a host of virtues, in one word, a perfect equilibrium resulting from the equality of good and evil on earth.

— Marquis De Sade, 1740-1814

Evil and good are God’s right hand and left.

— Philip James Bailey, 1816-1902

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