I do not know what the heart of a bad man is like, but I do know what the heart of a good man is like and it is terrible.
I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are the good people and the bad people – You’re wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.
Our errors and our controversies, in the sphere of morality, arise sometimes from looking on men as though they could be altogether bad, or altogether good.
Eat a live toad first thing in the morning, and nothing worse can happen to you the rest of the day!
There is a good principle which has created order light and man; and a bad principle which has created chaos, darkness and woman.
The problems involved are purely intellectual and must be dealt with as such. It is disastrous to shift them to the moral sphere and to dispose of supporters of opposite ideologies by calling them villains. It is vain to insist that what we are aiming at is good and what our adversaries want is bad. […]
Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
Dishonesty is a complex thing. Almost no one who steals thinks of himself as a bad person. They’ve talked themselves into believing that they have it coming. Often they feel society has cheated them and owes them something.
Why do bad things happen to good people? Because they get in my way.
The scum of the earth.