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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.

Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth.

...for the lesser evil is reckoned a good, in comparison with the greater evil, since the lesser evil is rather to be chosen, than the greater...

There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.

In battling evil, excess is good; for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth. He conceals the other half out of fear of the people’s wrath.

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

I know many books which have bored their readers but I know of none which has done real evil.


There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

Whoever counters the malicious with malice can never be free, but one who feels no maliciousness pacifies those who hate. Hate brings misery to humanity, so the wise man knows no hatred

Negative desires can cause no evil if you do not allow yourself to be seduced by them.

Paulo Coelho

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.

George Carlin

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

Oscar Wilde

The lack of money is the root of all evil.

For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?

Evil is whatever distracts.

Evil draws men together.

What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others.

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.

Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human.

Conservative n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.

Evil is not power, it is ignorance and misuse of good.

By swallowing evil words unsaid no one has ever harmed his stomach.

Between two evils I always pick the one I never tried before.

But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils, for it is folly vice and madness without tuition or restraint.

Edmund Burke

Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.

Hope, in reality, is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.

Well! Evil to some is always good to others.

Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.

George Santayana

All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.

Anyone who hates children and animals can't be all bad.

W. C. Fields

As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities.

Desmond Tutu

Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but to the collective behavior of humanity.

Reinhold Niebuhr

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?


It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel because they really don't think it will come back.

Maya Angelou

Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.

Soren Kierkegaard

Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad, in that it begets more evil than it kills.'

Let a man avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

Thomas Jefferson

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.

All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.

Evil report carries further than any applause.

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.

Margaret Thatcher

An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through.

I like not fair terms and a villain's mind.

The wicked envy and hate, it is their way of admiring.

Evil habits in which men indulge are the chief cause of disease in the physical as well as the mental state.

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

For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible, which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against.

Evil gains work their punishment.

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil, show it evidently to be a great evil.

Samuel Johnson

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.

Simone de Beauvoir

For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things.

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

Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins.

A bad man can do a million times more harm than a beast.

Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.

What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

Oscar Wilde

Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.

Evil is easy and has infinite forms.

Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time becomes good at another time to somebody else.

A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.

Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.

Thomas Aquinas

Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

William Blake

America is just downright mean.

Michelle Obama

Good is Heaven. Evil is Hell.

William Blake

Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil, and if they cannot feel they have lost their liberty.


A person may cause evil to others, not only by his actions, but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.

When I read about the evils of drinking I gave up reading.

Henny Youngman

Doing the good deeds is like the grass in the garden. You don't see it growth but it does by days. Doing the wicked deeds is like the hone. You don't see it damage but it does by days.

The evils of the body are murder, theft and adultery, of the tongue lying, slander, abuse and idle talk, of the mind covetousness, hatred and error.

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

God judged it better to bring good out of evil, than to suffer no evil to exist.

Saint Augustine

It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God, and I think it's perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing and believe in God.

J. K. Rowling

Evil requires the sanction of the victim.

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.

Advance and never halt for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path for they draw only corrupt blood.

Do not be disturbed or angered at another's sin or evil, rather spiritually help the one who has sinned as best you can, because those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.

Francis of Assisi

A wicked person swayed by evil motives and evil actions is described as a demon.

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil and is far from being the greatest of all, too much cleverness and too much learning accompanied with ill bringing-up are far more fatal.


Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.

Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.

Douglas MacArthur

The bad man is continually at war with and in opposition to himself.


Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.

James Russell Lowell

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

'Evil men have no songs.' How is it that the Russians have songs?

Think not lightly of evil, saying 'It will not come to me.' Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.

Capital as such is not evil, it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.

All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

Soren Kierkegaard

Evil is only good perverted.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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.

Of all the bad men, religious bad men are the worst.

Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.

And it is characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like and the association of living beings who have this sense makes family and a state.

Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.

A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself.

A person is never entirely holy or entirely sinful.

The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.

Herman Hesse

Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good the good is only temporary, the evil it does is permanent.

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them, their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.

Because parents have power over children. They feel they have to do what their parents say. But the love of money is the root of all evil. And this is a sweet child. And to see him turn like this this isn't him. This is not him.

Michael Jackson

Evil counsel travels fast.

What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil, all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.

Bad men are full of repentance.

I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.

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

The good shine from afar like the snowy Himalayas. The bad don't appear even when near, like arrows shot into the night.

All things can corrupt when minds are prone to evil.

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil, in its worst state an intolerable one.

An evil life is a kind of death.

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.

Mahatma Gandhi

The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.

He who has really set his mind on virtue will do no evil.

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.

Vladimir Lenin

It is a proof of our natural bias to evil that gain is slower and harder than loss in all things good, but in all things bad getting is quicker and easier than getting rid of.

There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.

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.

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

We may have found a cure for most evils, but we have found no remedy for the worst of them, all the apathy of human beings.

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

Friends who drag one away into evil habits and vicious deeds are prowling around in search of victims.

Foolish men imagine that, because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.

To refrain from evil and from strong drink and to be always steadfast in virtue, this is the good luck.

For I can raise no money by vile means.

No notice is taken of a little evil but when it increases it strikes the eye

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!

All acts of living become bad by ten things and by avoiding the ten things they become good. There are three evils of the body, four evils of the tongue and three evils of the mind.

The man of noble mind seeks to achieve the good in others and not their evil. The little-minded man is the reverse of this.


I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.