Quote by Bette Davis
There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.
This quote highlights a longing for a time when good and evil were more clearly defined and easily identifiable. It laments the prevalence of new words and excuses that allow people to escape accountability and dilute the concept of moral truth. The speaker yearns for the simplicity of the past, when heroes were worthy of praise and villains deserved scorn. The quote criticizes the contemporary culture of skepticism and distrust, suggesting that it undermines the genuine authenticity and conviction found in previous eras.
That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.