An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There is a method in man's wickedness; it grows up by degrees.


Francis Beaumont (1584-1616, British dramatist)


It is a statistical fact that the wicked work harder to reach hell than the righteous do to enter heaven.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


God bears with the wicked, but not forever.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake. Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


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.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


There are wicked people who would be much less dangerous if they were totally without goodness.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


No wickedness proceeds on any grounds of reason.


Titus Livy (BC 59-17 AD, Roman historian)


The world loves a spice of wickedness.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Behold, my love, behold all that I simultaneously do: scandal, seduction, bad example, incest, adultery, sodomy! Oh, Satan! one and unique God of my soul, inspire thou in me something yet more, present further perversions to my smoking heart, and then shalt thou see how I shall plunge myself into them all!


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


The sun also shines on the wicked.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


It is safest to be moderately base -- to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


The wicked are always surprised to find that the good can be clever.


Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues


As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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