"The wickedness of men is that their power breeds stupidity and blindness. (Ephaba to Fiyero)
"And of women?"
"Women are weaker, but their weakness is full of cunning and an equally rigid moral certainty. Since their arena is smaller, their capacity for real damage is less alarming. Though being more intimate they are the more treacherous."
"And my capacity for evil?" said Fiyero, feeling implicated and uncomfortable. "And yours?"
"Fiyero's capacity for evil is in believing too strenuously in a capacity for good."
"Mine is in thinking in epigrams."