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WICKEDNESS
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[ Also see Badness Baseness Corruption Crime Depravity Dishonesty Error Evil Faults Fraud Goodness Guilt Hatred Knavery Malice Meanness Mischief Perverseness Prison Punishment Sin Temptation Vice Villainy Well-doing Wrong ]

Are you call'd forth from out a world of men,
  To slay the innocent?
      - William Shakespeare

What rein can bold licentious wickedness, when down the hill he holds his fierce career?
      - William Shakespeare

Are you drawn forth among a world of men
  To slay the innocent? What is my offense?
    Where is the evidence that doth accuse me?
      What lawful quest have given their verdict up
        Unto the frowning judge? or who pronounced
          The bitter sentence of poor Clarence's death
            Before I be convict by course of law?
              To threaten me with death is most unlawful:
                I charge you, as you hope [to have redemption
                  By Christ's dear blood shed for our grievous sins,]
                    That you depart, and lay no hands on me.
                      The deed you undertake is damnable.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Clarence at I, iv)

Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.
      - George Bernard Shaw

It is a statistical fact that the wicked work harder to reach hell than the righteous do to enter heaven.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Wickedness may well b compared to a bottomless pit, into which it is easier to keep one's self from falling, then, being fallen, to give one's self any stay from falling infinitely.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

There is no man suddenly either excellently good or extremely evil, but grows either as he holds himself up in virtue or lets himself slide to viciousness.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney), Arcadia
         (bk. I)

Oh, how cowardly is wickedness always!
      - Statius (Publius Papanius Statius)

Oh, the blind counsels of the guilty!
  Oh, how cowardly is wickedness always!
    [Lat., O caeca nocentum consilia!
      O semper timidum scelus!]
      - Statius (Publius Papanius Statius),
        Thebais (II, 489)

Peace and wickedness are far asunder.
      - Benjamin Stillingfleet

'Cause I'se wicked,--I is. I's mighty wicked, anyhow, I can't help it.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

'Cause I's wicked,--I is. I's mighty wicked, anyhow, I can't help it.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe,
        Uncle Tom's Cabin (ch. XX)

I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
      - Jonathan Swift

The wickedness of the few makes the calamity of the many.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

One man's wickedness may easily become all men's curse.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Hint at the existence of wickedness in a light, easy, and agreeable manner, so that nobody's fine feelings may be offended.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Was ever any wicked man free from the stings of a guilty conscience?
      - John Tillotson

Wickedness is a kind of voluntary frenzy, and a chosen distraction.
      - John Tillotson

Do not be deceived; happiness and enjoyment do not lie in wicked ways.
      - Isaac Watts

You may be as orthodox as the devil and as wicked.
      - John Wesley

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)


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