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It is no sin to be tempted; the wickedness lies in being overcome.
      - Honore de Balzac

There's a method in man's wickedness; it grows up by degrees.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

There is a method in man's wickedness,
  It grows up by degrees.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        A King and No King (act V, sc. 4)

The majority is wicked.
      - Bias of Priene

All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XXV, v. 19)

As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
      - Bible, I Samuel (ch. XXIV, v. 13)

Even as I have seen, they that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
      - Bible, Job (ch. IV, v. 8)

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVIII, v. 1)

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.
      - Edmund Burke

Wickedness resides in the very hesitation about an act, even though it be not perpetrated.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

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.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Legibus (II, 10)

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

For good or evil must in our actions meet;
  Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
      - Dr. John Donne

Few are so wicked as to take delight in crimes unprofitable.
      - John Dryden

We can never be grieved for their miseries who are thoroughly wicked, and have thereby justly called their calamities on themselves.
      - John Dryden

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.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Combinations of wickedness would overwhelm the world by the advantage which licentious principles afford, did not those who have long practiced perfidy grow faithless to each other.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Wickedness may prosper for a while.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

No wickedness has any ground of reason.
      - Titus Livy

The world loves a spice of wickedness.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (ch. VII, bk. I)

The disposition to do a bad deed is the most terrible punishment of the deed it does.
      - Charles Arundell St. John-Mildmay

Wickedness is a wonderfully diligent architect of misery, of shame, accompanied with terror, and commotion, and remorse, and endless perturbation.
      - Plutarch

For never, never wicked man was wise.
      - Alexander Pope

Destroy his fib, or sophistry--in vain!
  The creature's at his dirty work again.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to the Satires
         (l. 91)

Great God, have pity on the wicked, for thou didst everything for the good, when thou madest them good!
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

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