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EVIL
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[ Also see Adversity Badness Bribery Crime Darkness Error Good Goodness Guilt Hatred Ills Mischief Misfortune Perils Revenge Right Sin Vice Virtue Wickedness Wrong ]

Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is evil in every human heart, which may remain latent, perhaps, through the whole of life; but circumstances may rouse it to activity.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

No man, perhaps, is so wicked as to commit evil for its own sake. Evil is generally committed under the hope of some advantage the pursuit of virtue seldom obtains. Yet the most successful result of the most virtuous heroism is never without its alloy.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

To great evils we submit; we resent little provocations.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

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

Look now how mortals are blaming the gods, for they say that evils come from us, but in fact they themselves have woes beyond their share because of their own follies.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Evil is wrought by want of thought
  As well as want of heart.
      - Thomas Hood

But evil is wrought by want of Thought,
  As well as want of Heart!
      - Thomas Hood, The Lady's Dream (st. 16)

Of two
  Evils we take the less.
      - Richard Hooker,
        Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity
         (bk. V, ch. LXXXI)

Better one thorn pluck'd out than all remain.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

What has this unfeeling age of ours left untried, what wickedness has it shunned?
  [Lat., Quid nos dura refugimus
    AEtas, quid intactum nefasti
      Liquimus?]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 35, 34)

With every exertion, the best of men can do but a moderate amount of good; but it seems in the power of the most contemptible individual to do incalculable mischief.
      - Washington Irving

Much of what we call evil can often be converted into a bracing and tonic good by a simple change of the sufferer's inner attitude from one of fear to one of fight.
      - William James

A man has no more right to say an uncivil thing than to act one; no more right to say a rude thing to another than to knock him down.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Evil is uncertain in the same degree as good, and for the reason that we ought not to hope too securely, we ought not to fear with too much dejection.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

No evil is insupportable but that which is accompanied with consciousness of wrong.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Still we love
  The evil we do, until we suffer it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The two great movers of the human mind are the desire for good, and the fear of evil.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

There is great unanimity among the dissolute.
  [Lat., Magna inter molles concordia.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (II, 47)

Evil is whatever distracts.
      - Franz Kafka

Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.
      - Thomas a Kempis

Philosophy triumphs easily over past and future evils, but present evils triumph over philosophy.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Evil is fittest to consort with evil.
  [Lat., Fere fit malum malo aptissimum.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (I, 46)

The best known evil is the most tolerable.
  [Lat., Notissimum quodque malum maxime tolerabile.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXIII, 3)

If we will rightly estimate what we call good and evil, we shall find it lies much in comparison.
      - John Locke (1)


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