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The Eyes of an Unsuccessful Rapist – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Eyes of an Unsuccessful Rapist – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Description, Writing

Some people show evil as a great race horse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre. Lewis did not show evil; he just looked nasty. Walking home I tried to think what he reminded me of and there were various things. They were all medical except toe-jam and that was a slang […]

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The Devil is at Least Good Company – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

October 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on The Devil is at Least Good Company – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Humour, Quotes

I hate the Dons worse than the devil himself—the devil is at least good company they say

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Where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

July 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov · Extremism, Morality, Quotes, Religion

‘As soon as you appeared on this roof you made yourself ridiculous. It was your tone of voice. You spoke your words as though you denied the very existence of the shadows or of evil. Think, now: where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without […]

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At Patriarch’s Ponds yesterday you met Satan – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

July 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on At Patriarch’s Ponds yesterday you met Satan – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov · Religion

‘Unhappy poet! But it’s your own fault, my dear fellow. You shouldn’t have treated him so carelessly and rudely. Now you’re paying for it. You should be thankful that you got off comparatively lightly.’ ‘But who on earth is he?’ asked Ivan, clenching his fists in excitement. The visitor stared at Ivan and answered with […]

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People are neither Good nor Bad – “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren

May 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on People are neither Good nor Bad – “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren · Complexity, History, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Quotes

Jack Burden: “what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of bad and the bad out of good, and the devil take the hindmost.”

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For Good People to Do Evil Things Takes Religion – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on For Good People to Do Evil Things Takes Religion – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Atheism, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

As the Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Steven Weinberg said, ‘Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.’ Blaise Pascal (he of the wager) said something similar: ‘Men never […]

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No One Would Pursue Evil But Through Ignorance – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on No One Would Pursue Evil But Through Ignorance – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton · Humanism, Philosophy

Socrates believed that goodness and truth were the fundamental realities, and that they were attainable. Every man would strive to attain them if he could be shown them. No one would pursue evil except through ignorance. Once let him see what evil was and he would fly from it. His own mission, Socrates believed, was […]

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The Horror! – “The Heart of Darkness” – Joseph Conrad

January 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Horror! – “The Heart of Darkness” – Joseph Conrad · Morality, Philosophy, Prose, Quotes, Writing

I think the knowledge came to him at last — only at the very last. But the wilderness had found him out early, and had taken on him a terrible vengeance for the fantastic invasion. I think it had whispered to him things about himself which he did not know, things of which he had […]

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The Mind of Man is Capable of Anything – “The Heart of Darkness” – Joseph Conrad

January 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Mind of Man is Capable of Anything – “The Heart of Darkness” – Joseph Conrad · History, Human Rights, Morality, Philosophy

The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there — there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly, and the men were, — No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it — this suspicion […]

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The Interview with the Beast in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies

November 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off on The Interview with the Beast in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies · Uncategorized

The pile of guts was a black blob of flies that buzzed like a saw. After a while these flies found Simon. Gorged, they alighted by his runnels of sweat and drank. They tickled under his nostrils and played leapfrog on his thighs. They were black and iridescent green and without number; and in front […]

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