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Evil quotes and quotations

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Theodore Roosevelt

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Plato

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance, and cruelty.
Raisa Gorbachev

Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil.
Mary Wollstonecraf

To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as morals.
William Penn

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

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

Evil brings men together.
Aristotle

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

Evil is obvious only in retrospect.
Gloria Steinem

The end excuses any evil.
Sophocles

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

He harms himself who does harm to another, and the evil plan is most harmful to the planner.
Hesiod

Do not seek evil gains; evil gains are the equivalent of disaster.
Hesiod

Evil draws men together.
Aristotle

It is always good men who do the most harm in the world.
Henry Brooks Adam

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
Blaise Pascal

Every minute you are thinking of evil, you might have been thinking of good instead. Refuse to pander to a morbid interest in your own misdeeds. Pick yourself up, be sorry, shake yourself, and go on again.
Evelyn Underhill

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

Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.
Hesiod

In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadow follows the body.
Unknown

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

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
Blaise Pascal

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.
Albert Einstein

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart, for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
James Baldwin

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

We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice.
Hierocles

There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil.
Benjamin Haydon

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.
Helen Keller

If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
Mary Wollstonecraft

Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man is neither angel nor brute, and the misfortune is that he who would act the angel acts the brute.
Pascal

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Joseph Conrad

All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil.
Ovid

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

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary: men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Joseph Conrad

I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth.
Molly Ivins

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

But goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil.
Robert Heinlein

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
Ayn Rand

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
H. L. Mencken

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.
Leigh Hunt

To put it in a few words, the true malice of man appears only in the state and in the church, as institutions of gathering together, of recapitulation, of totalization.
Paul Ricoeur

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

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Joseph Conrad

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.
Ayn Rand

He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.
Leonardo da Vinci

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
Hannah Arendt

When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.
Pearl S. Buck

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

It is bitter to lose a friend to evil, before one loses him to death.
Mary Renault

Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.
Homer