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Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. Mahatma Gandhi
There is no evil in the world without a remedy. Jacopo Sannazaro
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. Albert Camus
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. W. Somerset Maugham
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly. Samuel Butler
It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. John Maynard Keynes
Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws. Walter Savage Landor
An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness. Clara Barton
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Joseph Conrad
The lack of money is the root of all evil. Mark Twain
It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak. Eric Hoffer
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. Thomas Paine
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. Jimmy Carter
The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person. Eric Hoffer
Most of the vices and mortal sins condemned today correspond to inclinations that were purely adaptive or at least harmless in primitive man. Konrad Lorenz
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it. John Hay
If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also. Fred Woodworth
Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil. Robert Anton Wilson
Bloodshed and disorder are not necessarily evil in themselves, if resorted to in a noble cause. Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
Sometimes you have to strike a deal with the Mafia. But remember, the Mafia is not Mother Theresa. We must always keep that in mind. Ari Shavit
... even political opponents of evil governments show little gratitude for American invasion to modernize them.. William Easterly
The idea of good and evil is a myth created by the politicians, the priests, and all those who have an interest to keep it at their mercy. G. Brock Chisholm
...no bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint. Leo Strauss
Evil is the handiwork of the rabbis and priests. Muhammad
Judge Taney can do many things, but he cannot…change the essential nature of things—making evil good, and good, evil. Frederick Douglass
A democracy soon becomes a victim of its own propaganda ... Its enemy become the embodiment of all evil. Its own side, on the other hand, is the center of all virtue. George F. Kennan
The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray and they fall, and they come by their deserts: but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do? William Makepeace Thackeray
There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong. Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for. W. E. B. Du Bois
… the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart – and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains…an unuprooted small corner of evil. Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Out of evil can come great good. George W. Bush
It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support. Henry David Thoreau
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security—needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity. Lois McMaster Bujold
Everything Mohammed brought was evil and inhuman such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached Manuel II Palaeologus
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon
One wrong submitted to, another follows. Portuguese Proverb
Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good Thomas Aquinas
It is abhorrent to me when a fine intelligence is paired with an unsavory character. Albert Einstein
There is a group that argues that we cannot criticize others because our ancestors did bad things. Douglas Murray
The foundations of society have cracked as a result of the revolutionary reforms....The definitions and boundary lines of good and evil have disappeared. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The upholders of Capitalism are dreamers and visionaries who, instead of doing good with evil intentions do evil with the best intentions. George Bernard Shaw
This is a contest between the white man’s hope and black evil. Chicago Tribune
To detail the real evils of aristocracy, they must be seen in Europe. Thomas Jefferson
A kiss without a moustache, they said then, is like an egg without salt; I will add to it: and it is like Good without Evil. Jean-Paul Sartre
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. Theodore Roosevelt
Taxation Is Robbery Tax--Root of all Evil Frank Chodorov
Do not drink wine, for it is the root of all evil. Muhammad
Corruption is not, therefore, a matter of a few ‘rotten apples’ or of a venal ‘class’, even less an ‘evil’ to be eradicated by means of vigorous ‘ethical’ campaigns. On the contrary, it is a habitual part of everyday life, and expected element of every social transaction. This ought not to surprise us. As we have already emphasized, there is in Africa a marked reluctance to abide by the abstract and universalist norms of the legal-bureaucratic order that are the foundation of Western politics. Patrick Chabal; Jean-Pascal Daloz
A democracy cannot of course engage in an explicit preventive war. I lament the inability to comprehend the depth of evil to which individuals and communities may sink, particularly when they try to play the role of God to history. Reinhold Niebuhr
You are not to do evil that good may come of it. Non faciat malum, ut inde veniat bonum. Anonymous
To his own people he did evil; in yokes without relief he ruined them all. Anonymous
Negro slavery is an evil of colossal magnitude. John Adams
Most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil Hannah Arendt
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil—and if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty. Aristotle
Those to whom evil is done do evil in return. W. H. Auden
[William Randolph] Hearst's power for evil is immeasurable. James Montgomery Beck
They are not reformers who simply abhor evil. Such men become in the end abhorrent themselves. Henry Ward Beecher
Conservative: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. Ambrose Bierce
What if we as Americans can no longer define ourselves in opposition to a well defined evil? William W. Bradley
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. Lois McMaster Bujold
There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men. Edmund Burke
To what great evils has religion been able to impel men. Titus Lucretius Carus; Lucretius
For those who can raise up great evils can best allay them. Cato the Younger; Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis
Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases. James Bryant Conant
The man who was excellent, I rewarded him well; who was evil, I punished him well. Darius I
Why was so much done in remedying the evil instead of avoiding it in the first place? Dorothy Day
Radio enables people to hear all evil, television enables them to see all evil, and the jet plane enables them to go off and do all evil. Kojo Debrah
The greatest of all evils is a weak government. Benjamin Disraeli
[There is no] right of Congress ... to force a good thing upon a people who are unwilling to receive it. The great principle is the right of every community to judge and decide for itself whether a thing is right or wrong, whether it would be good or evil to adopt it.... Whenever you put a limitation upon the right of any people to decide what laws they want, you have destroyed the fundamental principle of self-government. Stephen Douglas
Evil be to him who evil thinks Edward III
If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another. Epicurus
Evil societies always try to kill their consciences. James Farmer
We [communists] took the noblest dreams and hopes of mankind as our credo; the evil that we did was to accept the degradation of our own souls. Howard Fast
The evils we experience flow from an excess of democracy. Elbridge Gerry
In battling evil, excess is good; for he who is moderate in announcing truth is presenting half-truth. He conceals the other half out of fear of the people's wrath. Khalil Gibran
[The excessive] evils associated with [unregulated] competition [came about] through the shameful neglect of government to fulfill its primary function of protecting equal rights and enforcing justice.] Franklin Henry Giddings
Since government, even in its best state is an evil, the object principally to be aimed at is that we should have as little of it as the general peace of human society will permit. William Godwin
Today, not a numerous, but an active part of the German people are beginning to realize, not that they have been led astray, not that bad times await them, not that the war may end in defeat, but that what is happening is sin and that they are personally responsible for each terrible deed that has been committed - naturally, not in the earthly sense, but as Christians. Helmuth James von Moltke
Man’s life is warfare against the malice of men. Baltasar Gracian
Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
Malice hath a strong memory. Thomas Fuller
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 K. Gandhi
Non-violence implies voluntary submission to the penalty for non-cooperation with evil. Mohandas K. Gandhi
The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms—he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization. He constantly lives at a turning point. Like religious millenialists he expresses the anxiety of those who are living through the last days…. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish. Since the enemy is thought of as being totally evil and totally unappeasable, he must be totally eliminated—if not from the world, at least from the theatre of operations to which the paranoid directs his attention. This demand for total triumph leads to the formulation of hopelessly unrealistic goals, and since these goals are not even remotely attainable, failure constantly heightens the paranoid’s sense of frustration. Even partial success leaves him with the same feeling of powerlessness with which he began, and this in turn only strengthens his awareness of the vast and terrifying quality of the enemy he opposes. Richard Hofstadter
Evil is wrought by want of thought Thomas Hood
No one may do evil that good may come. Ward Hunt
There are no necessary evils in government. It's evils exist only in its abuses. Andrew Jackson
Evil does not grow out of the soil, nor does mischief spring from the ground. Only man is born to do mischief, just as sparks fly upward. Book of Job
Evil acts of the past are never rectified by evil acts of the present. Lyndon B. Johnson
Men are not altogether bad or altogether good. Niccolo Machiavelli
Whoever takes it upon himself a commonwealth and prescribe laws must presuppose all men naturally bad, and that they will yield to their innate evil passions as often as they can do so with safety. Niccolo Machiavelli
Whoever desires to found a nation and give it laws must begin by assuming that all men are bad and always ready to display their evil nature. Niccolo Machiavelli
Good laws derive from evil habits. Ambrosius Aurelius Theodesius Macrobius
When great evils happen, I am in the habit of looking out for what good may arise from them … Thomas Jefferson
Every kind and degree of evil of which mankind are susceptible may be inflicted on them by their government. John Stuart Mill
Laws and institutions require to be adapted, not to good men, but to bad John Stuart Mill
The bad propensities of human nature are only kept within bounds when they are allowed no scope for their indulgence John Stuart Mill
It was while you were sleeping that the enemy came. Barbarism, the foe of all that is good, did its work and the tares which it sowed and the evil which threatens to invade everything, is slavery. Charles Lavigere
To the Puritan all things are impure. D. H. Lawrence
There is a kind of theme that runs through the modern world that human relationships should be looked at in terms of power relationships, in terms of the manipulation of power. That is one of the really wicked ways of looking at the world. It strips people of their humanness. Edward Levi
would be a national evil of the first magnitude. John L. Lewis
The desertion of the army is now the most serious evil we have to encounter. Abraham Lincoln
We have a Sunday code and a weekday code. We preach good and practice evil. We clothe the wolf of our actions in the sheep's clothing of our beautiful phrases. Meyer London
All Western governments are just thieves. Nothing but evil comes from them. Ruhollah Khomeini
Went to the White drawing-room to receive three Chiefs from Bechuanaland,…. One of their chief objects in coming was to obtain a permit from the Government to suppress strong drink, which demoralises and kills the poor natives. Alas! everywhere this terrible evil, which has such a fatal effect on the population, seems to follow civilization! Queen Victoria
This man is very evil. He tried to kill my daddy! George W. Bush
With a good [political] system, even evil men cannot do evil. Deng Xiaoping
All evils are equal when they are extreme. English Proverb or Saying
The struggle between good and evil never ends no matter how great the victory. Anti-Spain was routed, but it is not dead. Francisco Franco
I have come here without troops and with God’s help we will correct the evils of the Sudan. Charles George Chinese Gordon
These are evil people and we are at war with them. They are going to try again. Thomas Ken
As to polygamy, I charge it to be … evil—a scarlet whore! John Alexander McCLernand
An evil remains an evil whether practiced by white against black or black against white. Robert Mugabe
When you have to choose between two evils, the choice is going to be evil. Geoffrey Neale
There is no rational creature which is not capable both of good and evil Origen; Origenes Adamantius
How, sir! Is this enormous evil ever to be eradicated, if every nation is thus prudentially to wait till the concurrence of all the world shall have been obtained? William Pitt the Younger
They make haste to shed blood unjustly. For they promise blood, and gather evil. Their path runneth to evil, for they possess their souls in dishonour Book of Proverbs
Political evils must be sorely felt before they can be removed. George Washington
In all modern history, interference with science in the supposed interest of religion, no matter how conscientious such interference may have been, has resulted in the direst evils both to religion and science Andrew Dickson White
The history of our Union is lesson enough, for every candid mind, of the fatal effects of every, the least, compromise with evil. The experience of the fifty years passed under it, shows us the slaves trebling in numbers;--slaveholders monopolizing the offices and dictating the policy of the Government;--prostituting the strength and influence of the Nation to the support of slavery here and elsewhere;--trampling on the rights of the free States, and making the courts of the country their tools. To continue this disastrous alliance longer is madness. The trial of fifty years only proves that it is impossible for free and slave States to unite on any terms, without all becoming partners in the guilt and responsible for the sin of slavery. Why prolong the experiment? Wendell Phillips
The true knowledge of good and evil arouses disturbances of the mind Baruch Spinoza
It is the curse of greatness that one must step over dead bodies to create new life Heinrich Himmler
Consumerism is not simply a market strategy. It has become a demonic spiritual force among us Walter Brueggemann
Because of a few, disasters come upon a whole people, and because of the evil deeds of one, many have to taste their fruits. Basil I
[In a political contest] If you are faced with the lesser of two evils, you have the evil of two lesser. Mark Shields
The grievances of which we complain, be assured, sir, are not imaginary, but real—not local, but universal—not occasional, but continual, everyday matter-of-fact things and have become, to the disgrace of our common country, matters of history. Charles Lenox Remond
To defeat evil, we may have to traffic in evils: indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, targeted assassinations, even pre-emptive war. Michael Ignatieff
The only way to survive among the evil and corrupt is to be even more wicked and more corrupt than they are! Mehmet Murat İldan
In true Hollywood fashion the US expounds its interests and power in the world as the triumph of good over evil. The media dismisses any ambiguity in a truly complex world. Instead America's propagandists hand down the Manichean dichotomy - "us and them," "good and bad," "those who are for us and those who are against us. Nancy Snow
Let us alone. Government is at best a rude, unwieldy and bungling machine; it is an evil, although a necessary evil... Thomas Ritchie
Our power will be directed toward ultimate good as well as against immediate evil. We Americans are not destroyers; we are builders. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Whoever ventures to attack a system received so generally, and supported by so great a weight of authority, is exposed to various evils. They who have embraced its principles are apt to slight and neglect, or, if that may not he, to conceive it their business to overthrow the heterodox doctrines. What of error they may contain is eagerly seized on, what of truth, is overlooked. John Rae
Kings are in morality what monsters are in the world of nature. Henri Gregoire; Abbe Gregoire
If you believe in the Devil, it means that you are already in his grip. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If the ancients drank wine as our people drink rum and cider, it is no wonder we hear of so many possessed with devils John Adams
Taxation under every form presents but a choice of evils. David Ricardo
Our power will be directed toward ultimate good as well as against immediate evil. We Americans are not destroyers; we are builders. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The general right of the whole decides what is good and what is evil Baruch Spinoza
We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it Louis Thomas McFadden
Long ago I ceased to count heads. Truth is usually in the minority in this evil world. Charles Spurgeon
We can not cure great and inveterate evils at once Alexander I
I shall not die, but live, and declare the evil deeds of the friars. John Wycliffe
Were it not for the corruption and viciousness of degenerate men, there would be no ... necessity that men should separate from this great and natural community, and by positive agreements combine into smaller and divided associations. John Locke
Can law, human law, change the nature of things? Can it turn darkness into light, or evil into good? By no means. Notwithstanding ten thousand laws, right is right, and wrong is wrong still. There must still remain an essential difference between justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy. … Who can reconcile this treatment of the Negroes, first and last, with either mercy or justice? John Wesley
Nearly all of us recognize that as intricacies of human relationships increase, so power to govern them also must increase--power to stop evil; power to do good. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Forces of good and evil are massed and armed and opposed as rarely before in history…. Freedom is pitted against slavery; lightness against the dark. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Our duty is to cleanse, to reconsider, to restore, to correct the evil without impairing the good, to purify and humanize every process of our common life without weakening or sentimentalizing it. Woodrow Wilson
Everything that is hateful and odious is not necessarily against some part of the Constitution. Antonin Scalia
''People of ill will'' should not use the terrorist attack to foment anti-immigrant sentiment. ''What happened on Sept. 11 is not about immigrants; it's about evil James W. Ziglar
The more...we consider man to be free, the less we can say, that he can neglect to use reason, or choose evil in preference to good Baruch Spinoza
A lot of evil has been perpetrated in the name of confronting evil. Barack Obama
We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it Louis Thomas McFadden
You have greatly encouraged us, by promising to watch over our peace, and to provide for our welfare. It is probable that when we have completed our business here, some bad men may break over the fence you have set around us. There are, excuse us brother, some bad men among the white people of this land; they may not hear your voice as far as our country. Good Peter; Agwelondong
Appearances frequently deceive us, and what at first sight carries with it the face of good proves to be a real evil, whilst an apparent evil oftentimes conceals an extraordinary good Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
It is not necessary to have an entire certainty in regard to considerable goods and evils; mere possibility, and much more so probability, is sufficient to induce a reasonable person to deprive himself of some trifling good, and even to suffer some slight evil, with a design of acquiring a far greater good, and avoiding a more troublesome evil. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
Nothing is more reasonable than to resolve to bear with an evil, from which a greater good must certainly arise. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
No compromise with Satan is possible. We shall not rest until all the victims under the Nazi yoke are freed. We shall fight for a complete peace as well as a complete victory. Henry A. Wallace
History is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes Voltaire
We like our villains to be evil from head to toe. Joseph E. Persico
The notion that the husband ought to have the headship or authority over his wife, is the root of all social evils… Husband and wife should be co-equal. In a happy marriage there is no question of ‘obedience’. Lydia Ernestine Becker
I thought surely if women were consulted in the management of the state happier and better conditions must exist for hard-working sweated lives such as these... It was gradually unfolded to me that the unequal laws which made women appear interior to men were the main cause of these evils. I found that the man-made laws of marriage, parentage and divorce placed women in every way in a condition of slavery - and were as harmful to men by giving them power to be tyrants Rosa May Billinghurst
Contemporary Americans were so prosperous, so happily distracted by such a richness of vivid entertainments, they were reluctant to have their fun diminished by acknowledging that anything existed with fangs and fierce appetites. If now and then they recognized a wolf, they threw a bone to it and convinced themselves it was a dog. Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
Muslims are backward and evil and if it is racist to say so... then racist I must be. Robert Kilroy-Silk
Believe no evil till the evil's done Jean de La Fontaine
Hardly any man is clever enough to know all the evil he does. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Philosophy triumphs easily over past and future evils; but present evils triumph over philosophy. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
To great evils we submit; we resent little provocations. William Hazlitt
While a Treasury surplus is not the greatest evil, it is a serious evil. Benjamin Harrison
Killing is evil ... All countries are different and progress should be achieved by peaceful means wherever possible. Che Guevara
Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher. Thomas Paine
A bad cause will ever be supported by bad means and bad men. Thomas Paine
We feel in the Department of Justice that we represent the people of the country who demand that some effort be made to reach the firearms evil. Joseph B. Keenen
There comes not seldom a crisis in the life of men, of nations, and of worlds, when the old forms seem ready to decay, and the old rules of action have lost their binding force. The evils of existing systems obscure the blessings that attend them; and, where reform is needed, the cry is raised for subversion Benjamin N. Cardozo
Of God and Evil, there is nothing simply and absolutely so; nor any common Rule of Good and Evil, to be taken from the nature of the objects themselves. Thomas Hobbes
We have to make debt evil. Douglas Holtz-Eakin
One single war — we all know — may be productive of more evil, immediate and subsequent, than hundreds of years of the unchecked action of the mutual-aid principle may be productive of good. Peter Kropotkin
The number of people that put their lives at risk, just totally overwhelmed the evil of the act. Rudolph W. Giuliani
The singular evil of our time is prejudice. It is from this evil that all other evils grow and multiply. Rod Serling
It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil — which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama. Richard P. Feynman
Religion has ever filled the mind of man with darkness, and kept him in ignorance of his real duties and true interests. It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason, and Morality. Religion diverts us from the causes of evils, and from the remedies which nature prescribes; far from curing, it only aggravates, multiplies, and perpetuates them. Baron d'Holbach; Paul-Henri Thiry; Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud
And thought the nation ne'er would thrive Till all the whores were burnt alive. Matthew Prior
In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. Desmond Tutu
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Desmond Tutu
Neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone. John Milton
If this isn’t good versus evil, what is? George W. Bush
Being against evil doesn't make you good. Ernest Hemingway
All things truly wicked start from an innocence. Ernest Hemingway
Every punishment is based, not on logic or the feeling of justice, but on the desire to wish evil on those who have done evil to you or to another person…. Everything about our present system of punishments and about all criminal law will be thought of by future generations in the same way that we think of cannibalism or human sacrifice to the pagan gods. “How did they not see the uselessness and cruelty of those things which they did?” our descendants will say about us. Leo Tolstoy
In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits that the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils it creates Alexis de Tocqueville
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.. Henry David Thoreau
We forget that the human spirit, the spirit of goodness and truth in the world, is still only an infant crying in the night, and that the struggle with darkness is as yet mostly an unequal struggle. Jan Christiaan Smuts
Doubtless there are times when controversy becomes a necessary evil. But let us remember that it is an evil. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
Segregation is evil; there is no pattern of life which can dehumanize men as can the way of segregation. Lillian Smith
A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power Joseph Smith, Jr.
Education is the chief remedy for all those great evils which afflict the country. Education will not only cultivate and improve the intellect of the nation, but will also purify its character. Keshub Chunder Sen
The progress of science can be said to be harmful to religion only in so far as it is used for evil aims and not because it claims a priority over religion in its revelation to man. Haile Selassie
modern civilization and the progress of science have greatly improved man's life and have brought comfort and ease in their trail. But civilization can serve man both for good as well as for evil purposes. Experience shows that it has invariably brought great dividends to those who use it for good purposes while it has always brought incalculable harm and damnation to those who use it for evil purposes Haile Selassie
The most pious man can't stay in peace If it doesn't please his evil neighbor. Johann Friedrich von Schiller
Reformers of all classes must recognize that it is useless to preach peace by itself, or socialism by itself, or anti-vivisection by itself, or vegetarianism by itself, or kindness to animals by itself. The cause of each and all of the evils that afflict the world is the same the general lack of humanity, the lack of the knowledge that all sentient life is akin, and that he who injures a fellow-being is in fact doing injury to himself. The prospects of a happier society are wrapped up in this despised and neglected truth, the very statement of which, at the present time, must … appear ridiculous to the accepted instructors of the people. Henry Stephens Salt
Law is, for the most part, positive or mandatory. It prescribes certain duties which I am to do as the condition of my civic protection. Conscience is, for the most part, negative or prohibitory in its operation. It sets before me certain evils to be undone or repented of. Thus law aims to exalt its subject, or make him conventionally righteous; while conscience aims to humiliate him Henry James
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction Blaise Pascal
Why should we put up with the present evils in our society? As opposed to the society we are visualizing, the present one can be described as a diseased one. …. Of course, the disease did not appear like a bolt from the blue, either yesterday, or last year. It is the result of factors that have deep roots and long lives. These consist of privations, discriminations oppressions, bigotries, hatreds, and hostilities; poverty, ignorance, hunger, and illiteracy. Each and all of these have been left to us as an evil heritage from the past. The fundamental difference between our situation today and that of our forefathers is that now knowledge has enabled us to realize that these evils are neither natural nor inevitable in the same way as we have found that cholera or the bubonic plague are not necessary calamities. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
For me, Hitler was the personification of evil and the primary justification of the atomic bomb work. Now that the bomb could no longer be used against the Nazis, doubt arose. These doubts, even if they did not appear in official reports, were discussed in private conversations. Emilio G. Segre
The famine has been sent by God to teach the Irish a lesson. . . . The real evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people. Charles Trevelyan
As individuals, as families, as neighbors, as members of one community, people of all races and political views are usually decent, kind, compassionate. But in large corporations or governments, when great power accumulates in their hands, some become monsters even with good intentions. Dean Koontz
Satan’s successes are the greatest when he appears with the name of God on his lips. Mohandas K. Gandhi
I decline utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire. Winston Churchill
… vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination. Daniel Defoe
Men's evil manners live in brass: their virtues we write in water. William Shakespeare
… a resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. Thomas Hardy
As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is, I believe, the worst of all snares. Daniel Defoe
The best men are not consistent in good--why should the worst men be consistent in evil? Wilkie Collins
Many an act that man does is right or wrong according to the time and place which form, so to speak, its context; strip it of its surrounding circumstances, and you tear away its meaning. Gentlemen reformers, beware of this common practice of yours! Beware of calling an act evil on Tuesday because that same act was evil on Monday! Owen Wister
There are people (men and women both, unfortunately) who have no good in them--none. That there are people whom it is necessary to detest without compromise. That there are people who must be dealt with as enemies of the human race. That there are people who have no human heart, and who must be crushed like savage beasts and cleared out of the way Charles Dickens
… government policy should favor married couples over cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators, Working women … are detrimental to the family man's basic nature is inclined towards evil, and when the exercise of liberty takes the shape of pornography, drug abuse, or homosexuality, the government must restrain, punish, and deter Bob McDonnell
There is no such thing as wise regulation of a generally acknowledged evil. Lewis F. Korns
This passed without opposition, and stopped the increase of the evil importation, leaving to future efforts its final eradication. Thomas Jefferson
The modern institution of the presidency is the primary political evil Americans face, and the cause of nearly all our woes. It squanders the national wealth and starts unjust wars against foreign peoples that have never done us any harm. It wrecks our families, tramples on our rights, invades our communities, and spies on our bank accounts. It skews the culture toward decadence and trash. It tells lie after lie. Lew Rockville; Llewellyn H. Jr.
You might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all (if they were not absolutely necessary). Hyman Rickover
The presumed causes of Americas troubles can be summed up simply: the evils of unlimited competition, and abuses by those with economic power. Charles A. Reich
The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. Ayn Rand
All histories do shew, 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. Walter Raleigh
The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil. Daniel Webster
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst. Daniel Defoe
'Tis very strange Men should be so fond of being thought wickeder than they are. Daniel Defoe
It is fashionable to wax apocalyptic about the threat to humanity posed by the AIDS virus, "mad cow" disease, and many others, but I think a case can be made that faith is one of the world's great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate. Richard Dawkins
The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid. Denis Diderot
There is one thing that is only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance. Socrates
… by the eternal principles of natural justice, no master in the State has a right to hold his slave in bondage for a single hour; but the law of the land, which … we can not in prudence or from a regard to individual rights abolish, has authorized a slavery as bad or perhaps worse than the most absolute, unconditional servitude that ever England knew in the early ages of its empire William Pinkney
Interconnectivity on the Internet with all people means interconnectivity with the evil people Eric Schmidt
When confronted with political evil, we are better off responding to the ‘political’ rather than the ‘evil’. Alan Wolfe
Organized into a movement or state and motivated by a cause that gives them passion and purpose, practitioners of political evil are capable of carrying out violence on levels that far surpass those realizable by any lone individual. Alan Wolfe
No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. John F. Kennedy
When a government faces an evil that might be avoided, the usual pattern is to first debate whether or not the evil is real or imagined; then determine how evil it really is; then is it an appropriate function of government to avoid it? Then what are the alternative ways to avoid it? Then what are the costs to avoid it? And finally, is the benefit of avoiding the evil worth the cost? In those cases where it is, it is by this time too late to avoid the evil and discussions shift to ameliorating the evil. Lewis D. Eigen
No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. John F. Kennedy
If an officer is in pursuit [of guerrillas] he would be perfectly justified in retaliating on the farmers among whom they mingle. It is not our wish or policy to destroy the farmers or their farms, but of course there is and must be a remedy for all Evils, if the farmers of a neighborhood encourage or even permit in their midst a set of Guerrillas they cannot expect to escape the necessary consequences. . . . These principles of war and common sense should be made familiar to the people that they may clearly understand how . . . they lay themselves clearly liable to all the risks of war without any of its excitement. Abraham Lincoln
There is and must be a remedy for all Evils. Abraham Lincoln
The word "education" has an evil sound in politics; there is a pretense of education, when the real purpose is coercion without the use of force. Hannah Arendt
More people have been killed by religious philosophy … yet we do not prevent their books from being distributed. Ronald E. Paul
Is a military solution the only way to stop nations from doing bad things? Bennie Thompson
Biological science is a tool, and like all tools, it can be used for good or bad. It’s like a knife blade with three edges: The edge that cuts, the dull edge that does not cut well and the edge that cuts what you do not want it to. Margaret Atwood
The issue is not whether there are serious moral and practical costs to employing torture—of course there are for torture is evil. That is precisely why the choice of whether employ it to avert a greater evil is a tragic one. Jerome Slater
There really is something to be said for occasionally putting diplomacy aside and laying one’s cards on the table. There is value in calling evil by its name. Al Gore
The evils of the use of corporate money in connection with political elections are so generally recognized that the committee deems it unnecessary to make any argument in favor of the general purpose of this measure. U. S. Senate
Liberty is the most civilized and the least of evils in this world. Milos Forman
Love of totalitarian propaganda is more evil than hatred. Ai Weiwei
The United States is the source of evil, moral corruption, oppression, despotism, and aggression … in the world. Wahhabi
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear--kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. 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
You let men in power assume power for the Little Man. But you yourself remain silent. You give men in power or impotent people with evil intentions the power to represent you. Only too late do you realize that again and again you are being defrauded Wilhelm Reich
I am not fond of the Germans by any means but at the present time it is more advantageous to use them than to challenge them. An independent Poland is very dangerous to Soviet Russia: it is an evil which, however, at the present time has also its redeeming features; for while it exists, we may safely count on Germany, because the Germans hate Poland and will at any time make common cause with us in order to strangle Poland. .. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern. C. S. Lewis
He [Karl Marx] forgot that man always remains man. He forgot man and he forgot man's freedom. He forgot that freedom always remains also freedom for evil. He thought that once the economy had been put right, everything would automatically be put right. His real error is materialism: man, in fact, is not merely the product of economic conditions, and it is not possible to redeem him purely from the outside by creating a favorable economic environment. Benedict XVI
Show me if I am wrong. It is easy to be mistaken. But do not tell me it is wicked of me to have thought all this, for it is not — I am certain it is not James Anthony Froude
Annexation of new land for America is injudicious in policy and wicked in fact. Zachary Taylor
One of my main intentions was to destroy the legend of the greatness of evil, of the demonic force. Hannah Arendt
Corruption is an endemic evil—a cultural problem, not only for Mexico but for all Latin America Enrique Pena Nieto
Monarchy is in itself irrational, evil government, unless over those who are naturally beasts and slaves. Algernon Sidney
We must discard the past in order to find a remedy for the evils of the present. Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph. Haile Selassie
Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. Percy Bysshe Shelley
For evil to take place, the acts of a few people are not sufficient; the great majority also has to remain indifferent. Tzvetan Todorov
We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found. Tzvetan Todorov
Labor unions have already inflicted an evil on this country which they could never entirely repair. James W. Van Cleave
Observe, in politics, that the term extremism has become a synonym of "evil," regardless of the content of the issue (the evil is not what you are extreme about, but that you are "extreme"— Ayn Rand
Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you. Bertrand Russell
False informers and misguiders of good kings are much more perilous than if princes themselves were evil. Edward Coke
The Southern Flag on the badge of a grey uniform meant treason and rebellion in 1861 and that’s what it means now. I want it to be distinctly understood that now and for all time, the men who wore the Grey were everlastingly and eternally wrong. John Peter Shindel Gobin
The force which makes for war does not derive its strength from the interested motives of evil men; it derives its strength from the disinterested motives of good men. Norman Angell
Civil divorce is evil, and contraception is evil… a curse upon the country John Charles McQuaid
Such a weapon [the proposed Hydrogen Bomb] goes far beyond any military objective and enters the range of very great natural catastrophes. By its very nature it cannot be confined to a military objective but becomes a weapon which in practical effect is almost one of genocide. It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and dignity even if he happens to be a resident of an enemy country... The fact that no limits exist to the destructiveness of this weapon makes its very existence and the knowledge of its construction a danger to humanity as a whole. It is necessarily an evil thing considered in any light. Enrico Fermi
Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage. William Lloyd Garrison
Guilt only dreads Liberty of Speech, which drags it out of its lurking Holes, and exposes its Deformity and Horror to Day-light. Marcus Porcius Cato
In public life as in private life, a man of the very highest repute will occasionally go wrong.. Theodore Roosevelt
No given measure and no given set of measures will work a perfect cure for any serious evil. Theodore Roosevelt
Our forefathers found the evils of free thinking more to be endured than the evils of inquest or suppression. This is because thoughtful, bold and independent minds are essential to the wise and considered self-government. Robert Houghwout Jackson
I think it less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Copyright is monopoly, and produces all the effects which the general voice of mankind attributes to monopoly ... It is good that authors should be remunerated; and the least exceptionable way of remunerating them is by a monopoly. Yet monopoly is an evil. For the sake of the good we must submit to the evil; but the evil ought not to last a day longer than is necessary for the purpose of securing the good. Thomas Babington Macaulay
In war, science has proven itself an evil genius; it has made war more terrible than it ever was before. Man used to be content to slaughter his fellow men on a single plane---the earth's surface. Science has taught him to go down into the water and shoot up from below and to go up into the clouds and shoot down from above, thus making the battlefield three times a bloody as it was before William Jennings Bryan
Technology is a force multiplier for evil. Evan Thomas
Had the Sally never sailed, I should have been preserved from an Evil, which has given me the most uneasiness, and has left the greatest impression and stain upon my Conduct in life... Moses Brown
A think may look specious in theory, and yet be ruinous in practice; a thing may look evil in theory, and yet be in practice excellent. Edmund Burke
The religion of Hell is patriotism. James Branch Cabell
How many crimes committed merely because their authors could not endure being wrong. Albert Camus
War being the greatest of evils, all its accessories necessarily partake of the same character. Herman Melville
We are not just faced with a simple network, but one which is a pawn of evil forces at home and abroad. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard
Black people were so angry at me. But we need to get some distance from the binary opposition we were raised in: evil white people and good black people. The world just isn't like that. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
If I do bad, shoot me. Rodrigo Duterte
The American administration demonstrated the belief that the strongest has the right to create evil. Maria Zakharova
To the New England mind, roads, schools, clothes, and a clean face were connected as part of the law of order or divine system. Bad roads meant bad morals. The moral of this Virginia road was clear, and the boy fully learned it. Slavery was wicked, and slavery was the cause of this road’s badness which amounted to [a] social crime. Henry Adams
I get very very concerned when I hear people start characterizing their opponents as stupid. I still understand that because politics is a little rough and tumble at times, but I don’t buy it and when they start calling each other either crazy or evil. You and I, we don’t compromise with crazy people or evil people. And so, I don’t think that’s helpful. Generally speaking, just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t make them crazy or evil. James Mattis
Every technology that can improve the human condition could harm the human condition. Someone evil could program a robot to hurt people. Andrew W. Moore
By "nationalism" I mean the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognising no other duty than that of advancing its interests. George Orwell

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