quote by Mark Twain

Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made (man) is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one... that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.

— Mark Twain

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What is reprehensible is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice.

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.

He who does not see the angels and devils in the beauty and malice of life will be far removed from knowledge, and his spirit will be empty of affection.

Forgiveness requires a sense that bad behaviour is a sign of suffering rather than malice.

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.

Cast out envy; you can have all that you want, and you need not envy any man what he has. Above all things, see to it that you do not hold malice or enmity toward any one; to do so cuts you off from the mind whose treasures you seek to make your own. Lay aside all narrow personal ambition and determine to seek the highest good.

Envy has been, is, and shall be, the destruction of many.

What is there, that Envy hath not defamed, or Malice left undefiled? Truly, no good thing.

One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm.

The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.

The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth.

The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.

I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying.

It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected, sooner or later.

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

There is no harsher means of punishment, than to answer malice with kindness.

A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness and malice that it has never felt.

Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.

No bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint.

The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.

Good grief. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, and at one another, in good spirit and without malice, then what fun can be left? If we must withhold all ribbing in the name of protecting everyone’s feelings, then we truly are a toothless society. We will reach what I call “the lowest common denominator of butthurt.

The rising sun can dispel the darkness of night, but it cannot banish the blackness of malice, hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of humanity.

Anger is blood, poured and perplexed into froth; but malice is the wisdom of our wrath.

For at least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols

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Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.

To put it in a few words, the true malice of man appears only in the state and in the church, as institutions of gathering together, of recapitulation, of totalization.

Malice is of the boomerang character, and is apt to turn upon the projector.

We are all the judges and the judged, victims of the casual malice and fantasy of others, and ready sources of fantasy and malice in our turn. And if we are sometimes accused of sins of which we are innocent, are there not also other sins of which we are guilty and of which the world knows nothing?

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There is no rampart that will hold out against malice.

The best way to win against the intolerable is to tolerate them, for this they have seldom dealt with. Your indulgence may soften their malice and open their eyes to more honorable ways.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.

Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than malice and wickedness.

Whoever counters the malicious with malice can never be free, but one who feels no maliciousness pacifies those who hate. Hate brings misery to humanity so the wise man knows no hatred.

Never attribute to malice or other deliberate decision what can be explained by human frailty, imperfection, or ignorance.

The ignorance of the world leaves one at the mercy of its malice.

Nevertheless, in this sea of human wretchedness and malice there bloomed at times compassion, as a pale flower blooms in a putrid marsh.

Be grateful that you only see the outward man.

Be grateful that you never see the passions, the hatreds, the jealousies, the malice, the sicknesses... Be grateful you rarely see the frightening truth in people.

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