„It's wrong to hurt even bad people. Because they don't know any better, and because bad people sometimes become good.“

Source: The Kite Runner

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„Good is a good doctor, but Bad is sometimes a better.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

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Variant: Good is a good doctor, but Bad is sometimes a better.

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„Because sometimes you have to do something bad to do something good.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

Source: The Complete Fairy Tales

„You know, bad people, I've never seen bad people have angels. That's interesting you should ask that, because I've never seen angels around bad people.“

—  Sylvia Browne American author 1936 - 2013

May 16, 2003 Larry King Live, CNN interview http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0305/16/lkl.00.html

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„Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.“

—  Booker T. Washington African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor 1856 - 1915

"Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad Company." This was a French maxim, late 16th century, as quoted by George Washington in his "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation," Rule # 56 (ca. 1744) http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/civility/transcript.html
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„Good people are only half as good, and bad people only half as bad, as other people regard them.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

A Thousand & One Epigrams: Selected from the Writings of Elbert Hubbard (1911)

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„Simple people, people who don't exist, prefer things which don't exist, simple things.
"Good" and "bad" are simple things. You bomb me = "bad." I bomb you = "good."“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

Simple people(who,incidentally,run this socalled world)know this(they know everything)whereas complex people—people who feel something—are very,very ignorant and really don't know anything.
"Foreword to an Exhibit: I" (1944)

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„It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better… while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

Variant: There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.

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„Oh judge! Your damn laws! The good people don't need them, and the bad people don't obey them.“

—  Ammon Hennacy American Christian radical 1893 - 1970

[Voices from the Catholic Worker, Troester, Rosalie Riegle, 1993, Temple University Press, 114]

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„If one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.“

—  Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Algernon, Act I.
Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
Context: Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.

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„Few people remember good women. They don't forget bad girls.“

—  Joan Bennett American actress 1910 - 1990

" "Be Good And Be Forgotten," Says Star https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48485193?searchTerm=joan+bennett+hiss" (1946)

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„People like you always help the far-right, because you like to hurt people, and you like to talk about how bad people are and all their personal failings.“

—  Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States 1946

On the emphasis in the news media on the Starr investigation and the Lewinsky affair (June 22, 2004) Panorama interview http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3829799.stm
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„Bad ideas in computer science and anywhere are sticky. If the first idea was a bad idea, then because it works people will sort of repeat it.“

—  Joe Armstrong British computer scientist 1950 - 2019

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„Whenever you interview fat people, you feel bad, because you know you're not going to hire them.“

—  James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928

As quoted in "Nobel Winner's Theories Raise Uproar in Berkeley", by Tom Abate, San Francisco Chronicle (13 November 2000) http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Nobel-Winner-s-Theories-Raise-Uproar-in-Berkeley-3236584.php

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