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Destroy the man of wicked thoughts,
Like a bamboo-tree with its fruit.

GAUTAMA BUDDHA, Iti-Vuttaka

Wickedness disrobes any man of his excellency.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

Evils are the breathings of the unjust.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.

DANIEL HANDLER (as Lemony Snicket), The Grim Grotto

The term "evil powers" is one you hear only in the church, or in Marvel comic books, or Republican speeches.

GARRISON KEILLOR, "Social Separation Breeds Contempt," Salon.com, Jan. 12, 2010

Where there is a choice of two evils, most men take both.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Like the emery and sand with which we scour off rude surfaces, evil and trouble in this world are but instruments. And they are in the hands of God.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

No man is permanently and fixedly evil, until he is willingly evil.

REUEN THOMAS, Thoughts for the Thoughtful

A society composed of none but the wicked could not exist; it contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction, and without a flood, would be swept away from the earth by the deluge of its own iniquity.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

An evil thought in a soul is like a water-rat swimming in a pond at evening: the rat destroys the iridescent reflection of heaven in the water.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

The evil which does me no harm is like the good which in no wise avails me.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

We return evil for evil, in which there is no sin, for it is necessary to pay a wicked man in his own coin.

CHANAKYA, Vridda-Chanakya

Is the Deity able to prevent evil, but not willing, where is his benevolence; is he willing, but not able, where is his power; is he both able and willing, whence then is evil?

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

The hardest fact in the world to accept is the inevitable mixture of evil with good in all things.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

The defenders of evil deeds deserve the same punishment as the doers.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

All men are more wicked in thought than action.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travellers upon their road; they both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find that they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

There is this of good in real evils, they deliver us while they last from the petty despotism of all that were imaginary.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

Evil is the canker of life.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Our present evil is generally thought the worst of our evils, and all our own evils worse than other peoples.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters and Reflections

To cease from evil, to do good, and to purify the mind yourself, this is the teaching of all the Buddhas.

GAUTAMA BUDDHA, Dhammapada

The more you are offended at your evil thoughts, the less they are yours.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

It takes longer to cure evil than to seek it.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

If you have never done evil, you should not be frightened of devils knocking at your door.

CHINESE PROVERB

I do not believe in evil--I believe that we are human and fallible, that we make things and spoil them in an ordinary way.

ANNE ENRIGHT, The Gathering

If you speak not, you cannot speak evil.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

No man is compelled to evil; his consent only makes it his.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

It is the business of a man, either to prevent an evil that threatens him, or, when it is come, to qualify and alleviate its malignity; or put on a masculine brave spirit, and to resolve to endure it.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

Where Evil is returned for Evil, the first offender thinks himself excused, because the other is as faulty as he.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

I believed in love, but I believed in evil too. Neither love nor evil conquers all, but evil cheats more.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Cerulean Sins

Evil is the plague of the soul.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

When a man hath established a Throne of Judgment in his own soul and is able to put a difference between Good and Evil, Right and Wrong: then he must reform himself according to such knowledge and always hold himself to that which his Judgment tells him is Good and Right.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

Good and evil and beauty and ugliness are only ornamental fruits of perspective, whose sole value lies in their linkage to what chance made our fathers think and feel, and whose finer details are different for every race and culture.

H. P. LOVECRAFT, "The Silver Key"

There is no abstract Evil; you have to understand that! Its roots are here, all around us, in this herd that goes on chewing and having a good time only an hour after a murder!

SERGEI LUKYANENKO, Night Watch

As we have come to understand the psychology of evil, we have realized that such transformations of human character are not as rare as we would like to believe. Historical inquiry and behavioral science have demonstrated the "banality of evil" -- that is, under certain conditions and social pressures, ordinary people can commit acts that would otherwise be unthinkable.

PHILIP ZIMBARDO, "The Banality of Heroism", Greater Good, Sep. 1, 2006

It is necessary to believe that the mixture of evil has produced the greatest possible good: otherwise the evil would not have been permitted.

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ, letter to Bourguet, 1712

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