There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
Best Quotes about Evil
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.
Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.
Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself-a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.
There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
Darwin, Charles R.
The evil that we know is best.
Titus Maccius Plautus
All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone.
So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
Eliot, T. S.
Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre.
There can be no existence of evil as a force to the healthy-minded individual.
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Auden, W. H.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
But evil is wrought by want of thought as well as want of heart!
Evil brings men together.
The end excuses any evil.
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.
It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
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.
If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil.
Maistre, Joseph De
The face of evil is always the face of total need.
Burroughs, William S.
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.
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
Evil is something you recognize immediately you see it: it works through charm.
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist
Must I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
It is bitter to lose a friend to evil, before one loses him to death.
There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.
He harms himself who does harm to another, and the evil plan is most harmful to the planner.
Of two evils we must always choose the least.
Thomas a Kempis
Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.
Smith, Logan Pearsall
I couldn't claim that I have never felt the urge to explore evil, but when you descend into hell you have to be very careful.
Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
Truly has it been said; that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
But what is the greatest evil? If you are going to epitomize evil, what is it? Is it the bomb? The greatest evil that one has to fight constantly, every minute of the day until one dies, is the worse part of oneself.
What wisdom can there be to choose, what continence to forbear without the knowledge of evil? He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true wayfaring Christian.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
King Jr. Martin Luther
My mother's obsession with the good scissors always scared me a bit. It implied that somewhere in the house there lurked: the evil scissors.
We must as second best...take the least of the evils.
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come.
Chapman, Maria Weston
Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.
Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
The love of evil is the root of all money.
Overcome evil with good. [St. Paul]]
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