Selected Quotes about Evil

It is always good men who do the most harm in the world. -- Henry Brooks Adam

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. -- Hannah Arendt

What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. -- Hannah Arendt

Evil brings men together. -- Aristotle

Evil draws men together. -- Aristotle

We must as second best ... take the least of the evils. -- Aristotle

I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return. -- W. H. Auden

The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even-if you will-eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with. -- Joseph Brodsky

The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil. -- Heywood Hale Broun

When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail. -- Pearl S. Buck

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. -- Buddha

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -- Edmund Burke

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. -- Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. -- Edmund Burke

possible source for the famous quotation attributed to Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." See also Plato's quotation in topic 'apathy' -- Edmund Burke

Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular all his life long. -- Robert Burton

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. -- Cicero

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. -- Joseph Conrad

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. -- Joseph Conrad

A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. -- Joseph Conrad

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. -- Albert Einstein

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. -- Albert Einstein

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. -- Albert Einstein

Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moral sense reappears today with the same morning newness that has been from of old the fountain of beauty and strength. You say there is no religion now. 'Tis like saying in rainy weather, There is no sun, when at that moment we are witnessing one of its superlative effects. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know indeed what evil I intend to do,but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury,fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils. -- Euripides

If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Death? Why this fuss about death. Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! ... Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil. -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is told that Buddha, going out to look on life, was greatly daunted by death. "They all eat one another!" he cried, and called it evil. This process I examined, changed the verb, said, "They all feed one another," and called it good. -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter. -- Oliver Goldsmith

There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil. -- Benjamin Haydon

In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments. -- Rutherford B. Hayes

But goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil. -- Robert Heinlein

Do not seek evil gains; evil gains are the equivalent of disaster. -- Hesiod

He harms himself who does harm to another, and the evil plan is most harmful to the planner. -- Hesiod

Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man. -- Hesiod

We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice. -- Hierocles

Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift. -- Homer

Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers. -- Leigh Hunt

At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. -- Aldous Huxley

I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth. -- Molly Ivins

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. -- Martin Luther King, jr.

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings. -- Helen Keller

Of two evils we must always choose the least. -- Thomas a Kempis

Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings. -- Soren Kierkegaard

If Satan exists, and if he is clever at promoting Evil, then would he not agitate one section of mankind to go to war with an another - both believing God was on their side? -- Stephen Paul Lather

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light. -- Barry Lopez

What nearly everybody in my life…had misunderstood about Satanism was that it’s not about ritual sacrifices, digging up graves and worshipping the devil. The devil doesn't exist. Satanism is about worshipping yourself, because you're responsible for your own good and evil. -- Marilyn Manson

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake. -- H. L. Mencken

All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil. -- Ovid

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. -- Blaise Pascal

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as morals. -- William Penn

Evil to him who evil thinks. -- Honi Soit Qui Mal Pense

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. -- Plato

The evil that we know is best. -- Titus Maccius Plautus

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. -- Ayn Rand

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. -- Ayn Rand

It is bitter to lose a friend to evil, before one loses him to death. -- Mary Renault

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. -- Theodore Roosevelt

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. -- Haile Selassie

But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.And thus I clothe my naked villainyWith odd old ends stolen forth of holy writ,And seem I a saint, when most I play the Devil. -- William Shakespeare

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. -- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

The end excuses any evil. -- Sophocles

The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. If it were not for the laws of the land, we should soon see a massacre of the righteous. Jesus was watched by his enemies, who were thirsting for his blood: his disciples must not look for favour where their Master found hatred and death. -- C. H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon

Evil is obvious only in retrospect. -- Gloria Steinem

We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning. -- George Steiner

Every minute you are thinking of evil, you might have been thinking of good instead. Refuse to pander to a morbid interest in your own misdeeds. Pick yourself up, be sorry, shake yourself, and go on again. -- Evelyn Underhill

In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadow follows the body. -- Unknown

He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done. -- Leonardo da Vinci

Let guilty men remember, their black deeds Do lean on crutches made of slender reeds. -- John Webster

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty. -- Simone Weil

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. -- Mae West

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. -- Mae West

Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil. -- Mary Wollstonecraft

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. -- Mary Wollstonecraft

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