For no particular reason, other than that I find the psychology of villainy an endlessly fascinating subject.

(I may add to this post with further quotes of evil.)

Wenn ich Kultur höre … entsichere ich meinen Browning!” — Nazi playwright Hanns Johst. This translates into “When I hear [the word] culture… I remove the safety from my Browning [pistol]!” It is most commonly misattributed to Herman Goering, the #2 of Nazi Germany. However, the Nazis did like Johst’s play and it is quite possible that Goering quoted the play or was even the one that made the line popular. The line is a good summary of what Nazis thought about culture and the arts.

“A single death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.” — unknown; most commonly attributed to Josef Stalin. There is a good chance that Stalin did not come up with this one, even though it is an accurate summation of his worldview. Sadly, it most likely originated with a writer who was describing him. More on that here.

“The capitalists will sell us the rope, with which we will hang them.” — unknown, like most Soviet-related evil quotes; most commonly attributed to Lenin. The original Bolshevist leader did believe that the West would only pursue their own doom by selling to the Soviet Union. This article on the subject also gives us another evil quote, based off of notes someone was taking on a Lenin speech: “To speak the truth is a petit-bourgeois habit. To lie, on the contrary, is often justified by the lie’s aim.”

“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Mao Tse-Tung. Mao’s quotes are easy to verify because of the conveniently named book Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, better known as The Little Red Book. Of course, there is the prickly question of how many of these quotes were actually written by Red China’s first butcher…

“When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it.” Joseph Goebbels. The concept of “The Big Lie” actually originated with Goebbel’s boss, but it was Goebbels who truly put it into action as head of propaganda for the Third Reich. One favorite Big Lie of Goebbels was to accuse their enemies of using the Big Lie disinformation technique. Lance Armstrong was another recent disciple of the Big Lie.

“Roses are red, violets are blue. The police will need dental records to identify you.” — “Cannibal killer” Luka Magnotta. Catchy.

“Necessity has no law.” — Oliver Cromwell, “Lord Protector” and military dictator of England. There are democratically elected leaders, and there are monarchs. And then there are those, er, “other kind” of leaders who seize power by more direct means. Cromwell’s assertion would be followed by his later imitators such as Robespierre, Napoleon, Mussolini and Hitler.

“I have X’d myself from your world.”Charles Manson. I am unclear on what he is trying to say with that remark, but it sure sounds evil.

“Death solves all problems – no man, no problem.” — Stalin. Unlike many of his supposed quotes, this one seems to have actually been spoken by Uncle Joe.

“I am the Flail of God.” — Genghis Khan. Spoken before committing genocide against a kingdom that had angered him. In the ancient world, few errors were as grievous as pissing off Genghis Khan.

“We will bury you.” — Nikita Krushchev. This quote was actually intended as the fairly benign Soviet opinion that the USSR would win over the West economically. But in the dawn of the age of thermonuclear weapons, this utterance had a far more terrifying subtext.

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” — Adolf Hitler. Here he is discussing his Hitler Youth program of indoctrination, to ensure Nazi rule of Germany into perpetuity had he not lost the war.

“The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.” — Henry Kissinger. This one could have just as easily come from Dick Cheney or Hillary Clinton.

“People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians.” George Lucas. Let that one sink in for a bit.

“I wish the entire human race had one neck and I had my hands around it!” — serial killer Carl Panzram. Straight to the point.