Henry David Thoreau believed that goodness tainted was an abomination.
“There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Fyodor Dostoyevsky believed humans were the cruelest animals on Earth.
"Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind."
Niccolò Machiavelli understood the human condition.
William Faulkner is considered one of America's pre-eminent authors. He is known for his writings about the South.
H.L. Mencken summarizes the nature of demagogues in a single sentence.
“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself..."
""Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man..."
In politics, Napoléon Bonaparte believed that stupidity could be a boon.
Friedrich Nietzsche believed madness was the rule of group endeavors.