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Wickedness is the state of being wicked, having an evil disposition, or tending toward immorality.


  • Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou indeed sweep away and not forgive the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked; that be far from Thee; shall not the Judge of all the earth do justly? … Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, who am but dust and ashes. Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack of five? … Oh, let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once. Peradventure ten shall be found there?
    • Abraham to the LORD regarding the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah, in Genesis 18:22 - 32 (KJV), after which, it is recorded that the LORD responds: I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
  • There is a method in man's wickedness,
    It grows up by degrees.
  • I don't withdraw a word of my initial statement. But I do now think it may have been incomplete. There is perhaps a fifth category, which may belong under "insane" but which can be more sympathetically characterized by a word like tormented, bullied, or brainwashed. Sincere people who are not ignorant, not stupid, and not wicked can be cruelly torn, almost in two, between the massive evidence of science on the one hand, and their understanding of what their holy book tells them on the other. I think this is one of the truly bad things religion can do to a human mind. There is wickedness here, but it is the wickedness of the institution and what it does to a believing victim, not wickedness on the part of the victim himself.
    • Richard Dawkins "Ignorance Is No Crime", Free Inquiry 21 (3), Summer 2001, ISSN 0272-0701
    • Regarding his 1989 statement "It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that)."
  • I was fascinated when the queen [the wicked fairy] chained up the prince when he came to find Sleeping Beauty. I saw myself as that woman. I found the idea of chaining a man up so exciting.
  • 'Cause I's wicked,—I is. I's mighty wicked, anyhow, I can't help it.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 868.
  • Animi labes nec diuturnitate vanescere nec omnibus ullis elui potest.
    • Mental stains can not be removed by time, nor washed away by any waters.
    • Cicero, De Legibus, II. 10.
  • All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman.
    • Ecclesiasticus, XXV. 19.
  • Destroy his fib, or sophistry—in vain!
    The creature's at his dirty work again.
  • The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.
    • Proverbs, XXVIII. 1.
  • As saith the proverb of the Ancients,
    Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked.
    • I Samuel, XXIV. 13. David to Saul. Said to be the oldest proverb on record.
  • O cæca nocentum consilia!
    O semper timidum scelus!
    • Oh, the blind counsels of the guilty!
      Oh, how cowardly is wickedness always!
    • Statius, Thebais, II, 489.

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