I actually have two questions:

1- How can I say this in one sentence: "I am bad, love me as I am"? I was thinking about "Love me the way I am bad" or "Love me as I am bad" but I don't feel they are correct.

2- I want to say everybody likes good people. Is it correct to say "Everybody loves the good"?

  • I would avoid: I am bad. Love me the way I am. – Lambie Jan 14 '17 at 16:21
  • You probably should not say anything like "I am bad" unless you mean that you're a criminal, a deceiver, vicious, cruel, or have similarly undesirable character traits. In other words, "bad" really means "BAD" and shouldn't be used casually as a self-description unless you are warning the person to stay away from you. – MMacD Jan 14 '17 at 16:59
  • Joan, dearest, don't you love me, bad as I am? Nothing wrong with that. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 14 '17 at 18:24
  • @FumbleFingers: There's plenty wrong with that, though not grammatically. – MMacD Jan 14 '17 at 21:31
  • What's wrong with saying what you want to say for #2? Everybody likes/loves/adores good people – Chris Rogers Jan 15 '17 at 0:03

An idiomatic way to convey that thought would be

Love me, warts and all.

The phrase warts and all can be used to allude to a person’s faults and shortcomings.

As for “Everybody loves the good,” that could refer to good people, or it could refer to anything good in life. If I read that sentence without any additional context, I’d assume it was talking about all that is good, not just good people: pleasant weather, the arts, world peace, unselfishness, etc.

  1. Love me though I'm bad. Love me even though I'm bad. Love me even if I'm bad.

  2. Yes, it's correct to say that.

  • 1
    It may be correct, but it would also be ambiguous. – J.R. Jan 14 '17 at 15:32

Another conventional expression like "warts and all" is

"you must take me as you find me"

meaning that, to have a relationship with me, you must be satisfied with me as I am and not expect me to change to please you.

As to your second question,

"Everyone loves the good"

is a fairly conventional expression, but much more often used as a general statement about the world, not about living beings particularly.


Love me despite my faults / flaws.

would be a gentler way to say it.

Your second sentence seems to have the sense of

Always find the good in everyone / everything.


If you want to use your original words verbatim, you can use a semicolon to separate the two phrases. "I am bad; love me as I am". While this is grammatically correct, for the purpose of dialogue it doesn't flow well. You could say "I may be bad, but love me as I am", but again, I personally don't think that it's a natural phrase. A better option could be to try phrasing it as a question, such as, "Can't you love me as I am, even though I'm bad/a terrible person?" or, "I may be bad, but can't you love me as I am?"

As for the second question, it is grammatically correct, but I share my precious sentiment about the way it flows. The phrasing is still a tad awkward. A more natural way to say it could be to replace "good" with a more descriptive adjective, such as "righteous" or, if you're looking for a more creative way, "Nice guys might finish last, but everyone still loves them"/"Everyone loves the nice guys".

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