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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

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.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm very interested in good and evil and the moral natures of people.
- Antonia Fraser

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong;
the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can
be overcome by physical means.
- Lydia M. Child

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

I venture to prophesy that there lies before us a bitter and an evil time.
- Auberon Herbert

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

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil,
not the strength to choose between the two.
- John Cheever

Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil,
it goes from strength to strength.
It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.
- Martin Amis

He uses his good powers for evil, and that's when it
gets to the dangerous side of it.
- Rosario Dawson

So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption,
who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.
- Hesiod

One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can.
- William Wordsworth

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

Terrorism is an evil that threatens all the countries in Europe.
Vigorous cooperation in the European Union and worldwide
is crucial in order to meet this evil head on.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to
the things that are called evils,
to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which
we ought to face any suffering.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Man's nature is not essentially evil.
Brute nature has been known to
yield to the influence of love.
You must never despair of human nature.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Christ shared our experience; he suffered as we suffer;
he died as we shall die,
and for forty days in the desert he underwent the struggle between good and evil.
- Basil C. Hume

You know George M. Steinbrenner III is the center of
all evil in the universe.
- Ben Affleck

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

It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left
in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.
- Thornton Wilder

Every book has some real life in it.
I was never pursued by an evil twin clone,
but everything else in Mr. MURDER was pretty much out of my own life.
- Dean Koontz


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