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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 ]

An evil intention perverts the best actions, and makes them sins.
      - Joseph Addison

I would far rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.
      - Aeschylus

Only evil grows of itself, while for goodness we want effort and courage.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Wicked acts are accustomed to be done with impunity for the mere desire of occupation.
  [Lat., Solent occupationis spe vel impune quaedam scelesta committi.]
      - Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus),
        Historia (XXX)

Evil events from evil causes spring.
      - Aristophanes

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

Be deaf to the quarrelsome, blind to the scorner and dumb to the inquisitive.
      - James H. Aughey

Evil is limited. One cannot form
  A scheme for universal evil.
      - Philip James Bailey

Evil then results from imperfection.
      - Philip James Bailey

Evil and good are God's right hand and left.
      - Philip James Bailey, Prelude to Festus

Journalists grow accustomed to seeing evil and they let it pass; they proceed to approve it, and they end by committing it themselves.
      - Honore de Balzac

The cardinal method with faults is to overgrow them and choke them out with virtues.
      - John Bascom

Evil beginning houres may end in good.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Knight of Malta (act II, sc. 5)

Nothing can work me damage except myself. The harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.
      - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Slander is a poison which extinguishes charity, both in the slanderer and in the persons who listen to it.
      - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
    Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
      - Bible, Colossians (ch. II, v. 20-22)

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XV, v. 33)

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; they put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. V, v. 20)

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. VII, v. 19)

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. XII, v. 21)

The fear of one evil often leads us into a worse.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Often the fear on one evil leads us into a worse.
  [Fr., Souvent la peur d'un mal nous conduit dans un pire.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, L'Art Poetique
         (I, 64)

From envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Litany

The world, the flesh, the devil.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Litany

It is some compensation for great evils that they enforce great lessons.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee


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