If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
Buy a gift for a dog, and you'll be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if don't have anything to offer to it, it won't even recognize your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friends.
Guilty people are feigning to be Good, and In entire they are not
Never try to make excuses for people. Sometimes a person might be good, but not be good for you. Other times, a person’s not good because they’re just not good - all they bring you is heartaches, misery and all things undeserving. And you need to understand that it’s alright for a person to be bad and that not even you can change them, unless they want to.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Reporters tend to find in others what they are suited to find, so there is a whole school of reporting where they are cynical about the world, and everything reinforces that. Whereas I tend to be optimistic and be amused by people and like them, even rather bad people.
I worry about global anti-Semitism - not just as a bad idea that originates from bad people, but also as something that arises as a challenge to global order.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Fantasy-based ideologies invariably have neat happy endings where all the bad people and all the bad behavior goes away when the volume is turned up and enough force is applied.
I had been thinking about social awkwardness and about people you meet who are not bad people - there is nothing wrong with them, but they are just a little bit awkward, and it makes you feel uncomfortable, and it makes you want to bring the encounter to an end. I thought, 'Is there a reason for that? What has contributed to their demeanour?'
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
History isn't just the story of bad people doing bad things. It's quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.
I think for people who are inside these relationships that are really hard to leave, there is always a compelling reason to stay. It's not that they are wholly bad people.
You can't do a good deal with bad people, and you can't do a bad deal with good people. I often use that as my compass.
When times are bad, people like to lose themselves in the sheer glamour of another period: beautiful wardrobes, magnificent meals served in elegant settings.
In a novel, if you're any good, you don't just have good people or bad people. You have complicated people. You have real people.
Things can get only so bad. People want to eat, so at some point they resist further cuts to their consumption - it's not a bottomless pit.
Whatever happened to books? Suddenly everybody's talking about these 100-hour movies called 'Breaking Bad'. People are talking about TV the same way they used to talk about novels back in the 1980s. I like to think I hang out with some pretty smart people, but all they talk about is 'Breaking Bad.'