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Evil Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Evil

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See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke PHOTO

Understanding does not cure evil,
but it is a definite help,
inasmuch as one can cope
with a comprehensible darkness.
- Carl Jung

There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this,
we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The man who promises everything, is sure to fulfill 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.
- Carl Jung

Nothing is evil which is according to nature.
- Marcus Aurelius

Whenever you are angry, be assured that
it is not only a present evil,
but that you have increased a habit.
- Epictetus

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If evil be spoken of you
and it be true, correct yourself,
if it be a lie, laugh at it.
- Epictetus

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

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully
as when they do it from religious conviction.
- Blaise Pascal

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil
to one who is striking at the root.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is no evil and there are
no evil forces in the world.
There are only people of awareness,
and there are people who are fast asleep -
and sleep has no force.
The whole energy is in the hands of the awakened people.
And one awakened person can awaken the whole world.
One lighted candle can make millions of candles lighted
without losing it's light.
- Osho

We see what we ASSUME we will see.
If you believe the world is evil, you will see evil.
If you believe the world is good, you will see good.
To change how life looks, change how you see life -
change your expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I object to violence because
when it appears to do good,
the good is only temporary;
the evil it does is permanent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

An evil deed is not redeemed
by an evil deed in retaliation.
- Coretta Scott King (widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
- Henry David Thoreau

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

An insincere and evil friend is more
to be feared than a wild beast;
a wild beast may wound your body,
but an evil friend will wound your mind.
- The Buddha

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

The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits
either good or evil, nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu

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.
- The Buddha

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One who is injured ought not to return the injury,
for on no account can it be right to do an injustice;
and it is not right to return an injury,
or to do evil to any man,
however much we have suffered from him.
- Socrates

Never do anything that taints your mind.
Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations
that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality.
Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture
the good qualities you want to have.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast,
It is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
- Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The price of apathy towards public affairs
is to be ruled by evil men.
- Plato

Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.
- Linus Torvalds

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil,
but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
- Margaret Mead

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.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality.
That is why right, temporarily defeated,
is stronger than evil triumphant.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of
necessary evil to the luxury of baseball,
like the odor that follows an automobile.
- Christy Mathewson

Cursed is the man who dies, but the evil done by him survives.
- Abu Bakr

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

I am one of those who think like Nobel,
that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.
- Marie Curie

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

There is nothing good or evil save in the will.
- Epictetus

Government is an unnecessary evil.
Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior,
can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
- Fred Woodworth

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

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed
in any subject as I am in mine.
- Charles Darwin

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

The world needs anger.
The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough.
- Bede Jarrett

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

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

Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it
is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good,
and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
- Richard Cecil

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.
Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

So you think that money is the root of all evil.
Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
- Ayn Rand

It is the eve of St.
George's Day.
Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight,
all the evil things in the world will have full sway?
- Bram Stoker

Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil,
may not be the greatest good.
- Plato

To do nothing evil is good; to wish nothing evil is better.
- Claudius

Make movies.
Don't make videos.
Videos are evil.
- Jeff Ament

Yet the evil still increased, and, like the parasite of barnacles on a ship,
if it did not destroy the structure,
it obstructed its fair,
comfortable progress in the path of life.
- William Banting

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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.
- Jean Paul

Any institution which does not suppose the people good,
and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
- Maximilien Robespierre

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature,
either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
- Lytton Strachey

What is their potential for evil; what is their potential
for wickedness? That's the only time that those characters
become interesting to watch.
- Jennifer Beals

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one
more clever who is evil too.
- Euripides

Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.
- Phaedrus

I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops,
and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings
for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust.
- Siegfried Sassoon

Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination,
try to visualize a world without death!
Death is the essential condition of life,
not an evil.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Where liberty dies, evil grows.
- Hamid Karzai

Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.
- Mencius

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


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