The epigraph from the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. As an all time favourite of mine, the work interrogates the importance of needing compassion for everyone, even for what the worst of humanity has to offer. The plot revolves around the mischief the Devil and his entourage wreck in an audaciously accurate picture of Soviet Russia. However, Bulgakov redefines what the Devil is, not necessarily the fallen angel whose ‘evil is thou good’, but instead one who teaches by provocation.
Please go read it! (i recommend the Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor translation)