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I just moved the Pascal quote from Unsourced to Sourced, adding the source.

As I note, the quote is misleading. Minor point, the translator suppressed one pensée, so the French (Brunschvicg) number is 895, not 894.(794 in Pléiade.) Important point, the last words are NOT "religious conviction" but simply "conscience": "Jamais on ne fait le mal si pleinement et si gaiement que quand on le fait par conscience."

Hence, the French original gets 12 Google hits, but the Trotter improvement 2690.

—This unsigned comment is by PhR (talkcontribs) .

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Published sources should be provided before moving these back into the article


  • Whenever any Evil is too fierce, we use to be frightened by its grotesque and obscure shape; it’s hard to know what to expect from it. It’s the chaos. A chaos, that happens always when there’s no how to anticipate the next step, or how to know what’s coming on the following day… But that dull universe belongs to the Evil only, it is overtaken by its darkness and it must, even against its wish, calculate the right millimeters for where it’s going to walk on, for not to lose the ground, so that it can control the actions, own and another’s. And the Evil hunts for that gloomy control more and more until it’s deeply dragged in it; and the deeper it goes… it goes even more lost. Thus, there’s no how to find any direction, right or wrong, and all that energy spent on that territory turns to nothing and runs out of itself. It burns out like a flame whose glow seemed to be so intense and scary before, burning the hands of all those ones who tried to protect themselves from the Evil… I don’t want to make me safe at this cost, I don’t want to be hurt by a flame that can’t burn forever or reach me out. I feel it right here, in my chest, that there’s more in me, in you, in all of us, much more than there are in millions, billions of people who may have joined this Evil, in the believing that it is the flame that will guide their dreams and ambitions. I’m not alone here, I don’t feel any hate or doubt inside, and here and now I claim myself whole by the Love that I’ve watched to grow inside of me for years: Love for whom I am, for the lives of you all; and for the whole Universe that’s beyond everything and that’s wider and much more fair than any paper or any voice might speak up one day, at any time.
  • All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
  • At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.
  • The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
  • But goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil.
  • Evil unchecked grows, evil tolerated poisons the whole system.
  • The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
  • He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
  • I feel pity for those fools that prayed for the annihilation of evil, Their efforts are worthy but nonetheless still futile.
  • If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.
  • It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
  • It is told that Buddha, going out to look on life, was greatly daunted by death. "They all eat one another!" he cried, and called it evil. This process I examined, changed the verb, said, "They all feed one another," and called it good.
  • The smallest grains of evil are our rude, careless touches on the sensitive, subtly organized soul of a child who, we think, doesn't understand anything, and therefore, will tolerate everything.
  • The moral sense reappears today with the same morning newness that has been from of old the fountain of beauty and strength. You say there is no religion now. 'Tis like saying in rainy weather, There is no sun, when at that moment we are witnessing one of its superlative effects.
  • No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
  • Nothing worse than a monster who thinks he's right with God.
    • Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly
  • The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
  • Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.
  • There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil.
  • They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
  • To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as morals.
  • Truly, if there is evil in this world, it lies within the heart of mankind.
    • Yoshiharu Gotanda, Edward D. Morrison, Tales of Phantasia
  • We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice.
  • When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.
  • The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
  • Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.
  • Kira: "That's what's so frightening. People can find a way to justify any action, no matter how evil"
  • Ziyal:"You think my father's evil?"
  • Kira: "I think... You can't judge people by what they think or say, only by what they do"
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine By inferno's light
  • The dark side retains its power by imposing a blackout.
  • His belief that evil was an illusion did not save him.
    • Vergere, on the death of Magister Hal, "Star Wars"
  • Now you see, Lone Starr, that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
  • Without followers, evil cannot spread.
    • Spock, "And The Children Shall Lead", Star Trek

lame quote removedEdit

A quote I removed with an explanation of "lame quote from a lame work" has been reinserted without stating the case for it,[1] so I have removed it again. I will elaborate on the reason for removal:

First, it should be noted that the quote already appears in the article for The Boondock Saints, for which the consensus of reviewers, according to Rotten Tomatoes, is "A juvenile, ugly movie that represents the worst tendencies of directors channeling Tarantino." This is why I refer to it as a "lame work".

The quote itself is a hackneyed and inelegant expression of an idea that has been said far more memorably by a variety of eloquent luminaries. This is why I refer to it as a "lame quote".

I have real reservations about including articles on this sort of film in Wikiquote, but I recognize there is a consensus for celebrating poop culture with little regard for quotability. I do not support polluting serious theme articles with childishness or hack writing. ~ Ningauble (talk) 18:03, 11 December 2012 (UTC)