Wickedness Quotes (3 quotes)
On the question of â€¦ the horrors of conventional warâ€¦: men were capable of unimaginable cruelty and wickedness to each other without the aid of nuclear physics.
Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.â€¦ The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. They hate not wickedness but weakness. When it is in their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness wherever they see it.
When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning-rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with the enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God. For, as all right-thinking people were aware, lightning is sent by God to punish impiety or some other grave sinâ€”the virtuous are never struck by lightning. Therefore if God wants to strike any one, Benjamin Franklin [and his lightning-rod] ought not to defeat His design; indeed, to do so is helping criminals to escape. But God was equal to the occasion, if we are to believe the eminent Dr. Price, one of the leading divines of Boston. Lightning having been rendered ineffectual by the â€śiron points invented by the sagacious Dr. Franklin,â€ť Massachusetts was shaken by earthquakes, which Dr. Price perceived to be due to Godâ€™s wrath at the â€śiron points.â€ť In a sermon on the subject he said,â€śIn Boston are more erected than elsewhere in New England, and Boston seems to be more dreadfully shaken. Oh! there is no getting out of the mighty hand of God.â€ť Apparently, however, Providence gave up all hope of curing Boston of its wickedness, for, though lightning-rods became more and more common, earthquakes in Massachusetts have remained rare.