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 having compassion for everyone, even for what the worst of humanity has to offer.
Set during the reign of Stalin, the novel follows Woland (the devil) and his entourage harass and pass judgement over various citizens of Moscow.
Bulgakov redefines what the Devil is, not necessarily the fallen angel whose ‘evil is thou good’, but instead one who teaches by provocation.
Read the Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor translation