To rid ourselves of our shadows -- who we are -- we must step into either total light or total darkness. Goodness and evil.
Best Quotes about Evil
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.
Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.
Smith, Logan Pearsall
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Auden, W. H.
Before man is life and death, good and evil; that which he shall choose shall be given him. [Ecclesiasticus]
If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil.
Maistre, Joseph De
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.
Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.
They that know no evil will suspect none.
The Supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things -- the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.
But evil is wrought by want of thought as well as want of heart!
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
Them meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The face of evil is always the face of total need.
Burroughs, William S.
Evil to him who evil thinks. (Honi Soit Qui Mal Pense)
King Edward the Third
There is only one good -- knowledge; and only one evil -- ignorance.
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.
Evil is obvious only in retrospect.
Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.
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.
Overcome evil with good. [St. Paul]]
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.
One soweth and another reapeth is a verity that applies to evil as well as good.
The love of evil is the root of all money.
Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls.
Mirabeau, Gabriel Riqueti
Evil be to him who evil thinks.
He harms himself who does harm to another, and the evil plan is most harmful to the planner.
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.
No evil shall happen to the just.
Truly has it been said; that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
We must as second best...take the least of the evils.
Evil is neither suffering nor sin; it is both at the same time, it is something common to them both. For they are linked together; sin makes us suffer and suffering makes us evil, and this indissoluble complex of suffering and sin is the evil in which we are submerged against our will, and to our horror.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
Darwin, Charles R.
All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone.
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Evil is nourished and grows by concealment.
Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.
Evil spelled backward is live.
There can be no existence of evil as a force to the healthy-minded individual.
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.
Of two evils, it is always best to vote for the least hypocritical.
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
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
King Jr. Martin Luther
The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.
Evil comes at leisure like the disease. Good comes in a hurry like the doctor.
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
Those that are evil have not only the good against them, but also the bad.
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