Quotes: Evil Virtues

The followers of a robber asked: 'Do robbers have morals or not?' Answered he: 'Why do you say they have no morals? By sagacity they calculate what treasures lie hidden in a house, by courage they go first into danger, by justice they leave last, by wisdom they know whether or not a hit can succeed, and by kindness they split the spoils.
Zhuang Zi, On Thievery

You can't bribe me! Satan is incorruptible! ...Weird as that may sound.
Satan to an oligarch trying to bribe his way out of Hell, Old Harry's Game

"You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: Wisdom, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, Courage - perhaps not on the battlefield, but... there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to you. But none of my virtues were on your list. "
Commodus in Gladiator

The theme of loyalty, especially among the forces of evil, seemed to be a major factor. Individual monsters and generals expressed individual fealty towards their leader far more so than in previous series, with the exception of Ecliptor, though his loyalty was more about fatherly love. Most villains seemed dedicated to a wider range of emotions and priorities than just straight up evil.

Money cannot buy... the honor you have earned tonight. You make us all proud. Only Effort. Discipline. Loyalty...earn the right to wear the dragon dogi. You are here because the outside world rejects you. This is your family! I am your father!
The Shredder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Look at them. Can you not hear their souls crying out?! You abandoned them! Your real family! You threw them away like trash. Fool. If you turned your back on something you wanted, YOU DONíT DESERVE TO CALL YOURSELF "GREED"!
Ling Yao, Fullmetal Alchemist

Psychopaths have a lot of good things going for them. They are fearless, confident, charismatic, ruthless and focused - qualities tailor-made for success in twenty-first century society.
Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

Sonic: "I can't figure you out. One second you're contemplating genocide, and the next, you're saving one of your worst enemies!"
Eggman: "I'm a complicated guy."

To be greatly and effectively wicked a man needs some virtue. What would Attila have been without his courage, or Shylock without self-denial as regards the flesh?