Friday, 21 September 2012

Evil

A great cause of evil in the world is that men seldom think themselves criminal if they offer the same injustice to others that has been successfully practiced on themselves. - Norman MacDonald

A man that does nothing but watch evil, never will overcome it. - Henry Ward Beecher

A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. - Thomas Hardy

All concerns of men go wrong when they wish to cure evil with evil. - Sophocles

All men are more wicked in thought than action. - Norman MacDonald

All things truly wicked start from an innocence. - Ernest Hemingway

Apathy is the glove in which evil slips its hand. - Unknown 

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others. - Confucius

Being against evil doesn't make you good. - Ernest Hemingway

By the fruit the tree is to be known. An evil tree cannot bring forth good fruit. - Abraham Lincoln

Conquer thy own evils before you judge others. - Edward Counsel

Do not imagine that the good you intend will balance the evil you perform. - Norman MacDonald

Don't be in a hurry to change one evil for another. - Aesop

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

Even an evil man can have principles – he can be true to his own evil, which is not always so easy. - Norman Mailer

Evil endures a moment's flush, and then – leaves but a burnt out shell. - Elise Pumpelly Cabot

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. - Mencius

Evil is retributive: every trespass slips fetters on the will, holds the soul in durance till contrition and repentance restore it to liberty. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Evil is the canker of life. - Edward Counsel

Evil is the plague of the soul. - Edward Counsel

Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table. - W. H. Auden

Evil lurks in the heart of man, and anonymity tends to bring it out. Internet flamers would never say the jagged things they do if they had to sign their names. - Garrison Keillor

Evil prevails when good people do nothing. - Erin Gruwell

Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost. - Aesop

Evils are the breathings of the unjust. - Edward Counsel

Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers on their road - Both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived. - Charles Colton 

Evils which we think ended are often displaced by worse ones. - Edward Counsel

For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand. - Miguel de Cervantes

How often the fear of one evil leads us into a worse. - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil. – Aeschylus

If a man should do wrong, let him not do again nor take pleasure in it, for painful is  the accumulation of evil. - Unknown

If evils come not then our fears are in vain; and if they do, fear but augments the pain. - Benjamin Franklin 

If you have been tempted into evil, fly from it. It is not falling into the water, but lying in it, that drowns. Unknown

Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false. - Bertrand Russell

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it. - Baltasar Gracian

Sometimes you do evil to prevent greater evil. - Theodore Postol

The doing evil to avoid an evil cannot be good. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The evil which assails us is not in the localities we inhabit but in ourselves. - Seneca

The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul. - Andre Maurois   

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. - William Somerset Maugham 

They that know no evil will suspect none. - Ben Johnson

To correct in ourselves what we condemn in others would remove most of the evils of life. - Lemuel K. Washburn

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. - James Henry Leigh Hunt

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