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So far any one shuns evils, so far as he does good.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg),
        Doctrine of Life (21)

There are times when it would seem as if God fished with a line, and the devil with a net.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Imaginary evils soon become real ones by indulging our reflections on them; as he who in a melancholy fancy sees something like a face on the wall or the wainscot can, by two or three touches with a lead pencil, make it look visible, and agreeing with what he fancied.
      - Jonathan Swift

He who is bent on doing evil can never want occasion.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Nothing is to be esteemed evil which God and nature have fixed with eternal sanction.
      - Jeremy Taylor

The truly virtuous do not easily credit evil that is told them of their neighbors; for if others may do amiss then they may these do amiss. Man is frail, and prone to evil, and therefore may soon fail in words.
      - Jeremy Taylor

A bad heart, bad designs.
  [Lat., Mala mens, malus animus.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (I, 1, 137)

One evil rises out of another.
  [Lat., Aliud ex alio malum.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Eunuchus
         (V, 7, 17)

For every ten people who are clipping at the branches of evil, you're lucky to find one who's hacking at the roots.
      - Henry David Thoreau

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

It is not good to speak evil of all whom we know bad; it is worse to judge evil of any who may prove good. To speak ill upon knowledge shows a want of charity; to speak ill upon suspicion shows a want of honesty. I will not speak so bad as I know of many; I will not speak worse than I know of any. To know evil of others and not speak it, is sometimes discretion; to speak evil of others and not know it, is always dishonesty. He may be evil himself who speaks good of others upon knowledge, but he can never be good himself who speaks evil of others upon suspicion.
      - Arthur Warwick

Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty.
      - Simone Weil

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied, full of charm; imaginary good is tiresome and flat. Real evil, however, is drear, monotonous, barren. Real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.
      - Simone Weil

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, even a duty.
      - Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

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

But, by all thy nature's weakness,
  Hidden faults and follies known,
    Be thou, in rebuking evil,
      Conscious of thine own.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        What the Voice Said (st. 15)

It may be confidently asserted that no man chooses evil, because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
      - Mary Wollstonecraft,
        A Vindication of the Rights of Men

The nature of man is evil; his goodness is the result of his activity.
      - Xunsi

Evil is in antagonism with the entire creation.
      - Johann Heinrich Daniel Zschokke

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