There is only one good -- knowledge; and only one evil -- ignorance.
Best Quotes about Evil
Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from their house.
But evil is wrought by want of thought as well as want of heart!
There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
The evil that we know is best.
Titus Maccius Plautus
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.
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
Auden, W. H.
There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
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.
They that know no evil will suspect none.
Evil is something you recognize immediately you see it: it works through charm.
It is a power stronger than will. Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.
Lautreamont, Isidore Ducasse, Comte De
Remember only the good, the bad will never forget you.
Evil is a moral entity and not a created one, an eternal and not a perishable entity: it existed before the world; it constituted the monstrous, the execrable being who was also to fashion such a hideous world. It will hence exist after the creatures which people this world.
Sade, Marquis De
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
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.
The face of evil is always the face of total need.
Burroughs, William S.
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.
When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
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.
There can be no existence of evil as a force to the healthy-minded individual.
Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre.
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
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.
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist
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.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
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.
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.
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Evil brings men together.
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome
Before man is life and death, good and evil; that which he shall choose shall be given him. [Ecclesiasticus]
All histories do show, and wise politicians do hold it necessary that, for the well-governing of every Commonweal, it behoveth man to presuppose that all men are evil, and will declare themselves so to be when occasion is offered.
Raleigh, Sir Walter
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
Evil be to him who evil thinks.
It is bitter to lose a friend to evil, before one loses him to death.
Those that are evil have not only the good against them, but also the bad.
Evil comes at leisure like the disease. Good comes in a hurry like the doctor.
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble; the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us.
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.
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.
There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil.
Evil spelled backward is live.
Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.
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