Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.
I have been disappointed in all my expectations of Australia, except as to its wickedness; for it is far more wicked than I have conceived it possible for any place to be, or than it is possible for me to describe to you in England.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes the short cut to everything.
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
Wickedness may prosper for a while.
The man who does evil to another does evil to himself, and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Mental stains can not be removed by time, nor washed away by any waters.
[Lat., Animi labes nec diuturnitate vanescere nec omnibus ullis elui potest.]
It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
Doubtless the world is wicked enough; but it will not be improved by the extension of a spirit which self-righteously sees more to reform outside of itself than in itself.
Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.
It is a statistical fact that the wicked work harder to reach hell than the righteous do to enter heaven
Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness.
God has sometimes converted wickedness into madness; and it is to the credit of human reason that men who are not in some degree mad are never capable of being in the highest degree wicked.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten.
Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
Wickedness is a wonderfully diligent architect of misery, of shame, accompanied with terror, and commotion, and remorse, and endless perturbation.
It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.
Wickedness is weakness.
It is no sin to be tempted; the wickedness lies in being overcome.
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