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Overcome evil with good. -- St. Paul

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

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The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together. Hannah Arendt

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Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature. John Berger

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No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. Aristotle

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Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table. W. H. Auden

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No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. George Eliot

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

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One soweth and another reapeth is a verity that applies to evil as well as good. George Eliot

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Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.

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Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art. Charles Baudelaire

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The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even -- if you will -- eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with. Joseph Brodsky

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Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from their house.

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No evil shall happen to the just.

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So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist. T. S. Eliot

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Evil spelled backward is live.

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Of two evils, choose neither. Charles Spurgeon

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Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre. Ernest Hemingway

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It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak. Eric Hoffer

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Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil. Emil Cioran

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All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone. Thomas Carlyle

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

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The face of evil is always the face of total need. William S. Burroughs

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Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet. John Donne

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They that know no evil will suspect none. Ben Jonson

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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

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The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing. Aleister Crowley

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All evils are equal when they are extreme. Pierre Corneille

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

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There is only one good -- knowledge; and only one evil -- ignorance. Socrates

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

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There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good. Plato

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Of two evils, it is always best to vote for the least hypocritical.

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Wickedness is its own punishment. Francis Quarles

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All histories do show, 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

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No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble; the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us. Seneca the Younger

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If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil. Joseph de Maistre

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Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other ones invariably slink in after it. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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Must I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? 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. Mahatma Gandhi

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

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Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself-a force that works against man or, against God, if you will. Eric Butterworth

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Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s. Desiderius Erasmus

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He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does. François de La Rochefoucauld

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There can be no existence of evil as a force to the healthy-minded individual. William James

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This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten. D. H. Lawrence

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We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity. François de La Rochefoucauld

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When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil. Max Lerner

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Evil is neither suffering nor sin; it is both at the same time, it is something common to them both. For they are linked together; sin makes us suffer and suffering makes us evil, and this indissoluble complex of suffering and sin is the evil in which we are submerged against our will, and to our horror. Simone Weil

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When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. Mae West