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If there be no enemy, no fight; if do fight, no victory; if no victory, no crown.
      - Girolamo Savonarola

Life is not the supreme good, but the supreme evil is to realize one's guilt.
  [Ger., Das Leben ist der Guter hochstes nicht
    Der Uebel grosstes aber ist die Schuld.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Die Braut von Messina

The very curse of an evil deed is that it must always continue to engender evil.
  [Ger., Das eben ist der Fluch der bosen That,
    Das sie fortzeugend immer Boses muss gebaren.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Piccolomini (V, 1)

Wherever the speech is corrupted the mind is also.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The way to wickedness is always through wickedness.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

If thou wishest to get rid of thy evil propensities, thou must keep far from evil companions.
  [Lat., Si velis vitiis exui, longe a vitiorum exemplis recedendum est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (CIV)

Desperate evils generally make men safe.
  [Lat., Solent suprema facere securos mala.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Oedipus

It is too late to be on our guard when we are in the midst of evils.
  [Lat., Serum est cavendi tempus in mediis malis.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes

Most of the giddy rabble hate the evil deed they come to see.
  [Lat., Magna pars vulgi levis
    Odit scelus spectatque.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Troades
         (XI, 28)

Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.
      - William Shakespeare

Nought is so vile that on the earth doth live,
  But to the earth some special good doth give.
      - William Shakespeare

The evil that men do lives after them;
  The good is oft interred with their bones.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Antony at III, ii)

But then I sigh, and, with a piece of Scripture,
  Tell them that Gods bids us do good for evil:
    And thus I clothe my naked villainy
      With odd old ends stol'n forth of holy writ,
        And seems a saint, when most I play the devil.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at I, iii)

It is easy--terribly easy--to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Candida

All spirits are enslaved which serve things evil.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is nothing evil but what is within us; the rest is either natural or accidental.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Both mind and heart when given up to reveries and dreaminess, have a thousand avenues open for the entrance of evil.
      - Charles Simmons (2)

After some account of good, evil will be known by consequence, as being only a privation, or absence of good.
      - Bishop Robert South

He who will fight the devil at his own weapon, must not wonder if he finds him an overmatch.
      - Bishop Robert South

As sure as God is good, so surely there is no such thing as necessary evil.
      - Robert Southey

Never let man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul! Any other issue is doubtful; the evil effect on himself is certain.
      - Robert Southey

We too often forget that not only is there a "soul of goodness in things evil," but very generally a soul of truth in things erroneous.
      - Herbert Spencer, First Principles

The best antidote against evils of all kinds, against the evil thoughts that haunt the soul, against the needless perplexities which distract the conscience, is to keep hold of the good we have. Impure thoughts will not stand against pure words and prayers and deeds. Little doubts will not avail against great certainties. Fix your affections on things above, and then you will less and less be troubled by the cares, the temptations, the troubles of things on earth.
      - Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

He who is in evil is also in the punishment of evil.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)

So far as any one shuns evil, so far he does good.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)

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