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  • Malevolence is shameful but satisfying. -- Mason Cooley
  • My specialty is detached malevolence. -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  • Never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence -- Arthur C. Clarke
  • A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence. -- Arthur Miller
  • A certain combination of incompetence and indifference can cause almost as much suffering as the most acute malevolence. -- Bruce Catton
  • To excite opposition and inflame malevolence is the unhappy privilege of courage made arrogant by consciousness of strength. -- Samuel Johnson
  • I believe that much of the maladjustment in our societies is caused, not by malevolence and corruption, but simply by ignorance. -- Gilbert Highet
  • One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface. -- Victor Hugo
  • Dark and sour humours, especially those which have a spice of malevolence in them, are vastly disagreeable. Such men have no music in their souls. -- Abigail Adams
  • Much of the most important evils that mankind have to consider are those which they inflict upon each other through stupidity or malevolence or both. -- Bertrand Russell
  • The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. -- Albert Camus
  • A lawsuit is to ordinary life what war is to peacetime. In a lawsuit, everybody on the other side is bad. A trial transcript is a discourse in malevolence. -- Janet Malcolm
  • The arrows of malevolence ... however barbed and well pointed, never can reach the most vulnerable part of me; though, whilst I am up as a mark, they will be continually aimed. -- George Washington
  • We mute the realization of malevolence- which is too threatening to bear - by turning offenders into victims themselves and by describing their behavior as the result of forces beyond their control. -- Anna C. Salter
  • No one can truly be prepared for such devastation and pure malevolence, but the United Kingdom can always look to the United States as an ally resolved to stand firm in the war on terrorism. -- Michael Burgess
  • The individualism of current economic theory is manifest in the purely self-interested behaviour it generally assumes. It has no real place for fairness, malevolence, and benevolence, nor for the preservation of human life or any other moral concern. -- Herman E. Daly
  • The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame. -- Edgar Allan Poe
  • Sanity ... had it ever been more than a convention -- a comfortable set of blinkers, an agreed mode of wishful thinking, which excluded from our view the full strangeness and malevolence of the universe we are compelled to inhabit? -- C. S. Lewis
  • I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge-even wisdom. Like art. -- Toni Morrison
  • The future will be like the past, in the sense that, no matter how amazing or technologically advanced a society becomes, the basic human rhythm of petty malevolence, sordid moneygrubbing, and official violence, illuminated by occasional bursts of loyalty or desire or tenderness, will go on. -- Adam Gopnik
  • This movement among the Jews is not new... this worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th century... -- Winston Churchill
  • Islam emphasized the internal purity of man that is achieved through the purity of the mind in realizing the Right and the purity of feelings through having the pure intention towards man, far away from the meanness of malevolence and hatred and through the purity of the movement that is not lunched except for the sake of justice, Good and life. -- Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
  • The malevolence of men revealed itself to his mind in all of its ugliness -- Voltaire
  • The judgment of posterity is truer, because it is free from envy and malevolence. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • We mute the realization of malevolence- which is too threatening to bear - by turning offenders into victims themselves and by describing their behavior as the result of forces beyond their control. -- Anna C. Salter
  • Admittedly, it would take industrial-grade chutzpah and a massive dose of malevolence for anyone to bulldoze the spot where Neil Armstrong stepped off the Eagle lander. But even innocent visits could be damaging. -- Seth Shostak
  • No one can truly be prepared for such devastation and pure malevolence, but the United Kingdom can always look to the United States as an ally resolved to stand firm in the war on terrorism. -- Michael Burgess
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