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The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.
      - John Locke (1)

Evil is a far more cunning and persevering propagandist than good, for it has no inward strength, and is driven to seek countenance and sympathy.
      - James Russell Lowell

Evil springs up, and flowers, and bears no seed,
  And feeds the green earth with its swift decay,
    Leaving it richer for the growth of truth.
      - James Russell Lowell, Prometheus (l. 263)

Evil report, like the Italian stiletto, is an assassin's weapon, worthy only of the bravo.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but it is also remediable.
      - Horace Mann

Among life's perpetually charming questions is whether the truly evil do more harm than the self-righteous and wrong.
      - Jon Margolis

Evil is something you recognize immediately when you see it: it works through charm.
      - Brian Masters

Que honni soit celui qui mal y pense.
      - Gilles (Giles) Menage

All animals are more happy than man. Look, for instance, on yonder ass; all allow him to be miserable; his evils, however, are not brought on by himself and his own fault; he feels only those which nature has inflicted. We, on the contrary, besides our necessary ills, draw upon ourselves a multitude of others.
      - Menander

It must be that evil communications corrupt good dispositions.
      - Menander,
        in Dubner's ed. of his "Fragments" app'd to Aristophanes in Didot's "Bibliotheca Groeca",
        (p. 102, l. 101)

Evil into the mind of god or man may come and go, so unapproved, and leave no spot or blame behind.
      - John Milton

Evil, be thou my good.
      - John Milton

If then his providence
  Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
    Our labour must be to pervert that end,
      And out of good still to find means of evil;
        Which ofttimes may succeed so as perhaps
          Shall grieve him, if I fail not, and disturb
            His inmost counsels from their destined aim.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 162)

And out of good still to find means of evil.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 165)

To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil with evil is evil.
      - Mohammed (Mahomet)

We are neither obstinately nor wilfully to oppose evils, nor truckle under them for want of courage, but that we are naturally to give way to them, according to their condition and our own, we ought to grant free passage to diseases; and I find they stay less with me who let them alone. And I have lost those which are reputed the most tenacious and obstinate of their own defervescence, without any help or art, and contrary to their rules. Let us a little permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

There are only two bad things in this world, sin and bile.
      - Hannah More

Where evil may be done, it is right to ponder; where only suffered, know the shortest pause is much too long.
      - Hannah More

No evil is great if it is the last.
      - Cornelius Nepos

Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil; I observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape it, and with this I begin and end.
      - John Newton (1)

An evil life is a kind of death.
  [Lat., Genus est mortis male vivere.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (III, 4, 75)

There are a thousand forms of evil; there will be a thousand remedies.
  [Lat., Mille mali species, mille salutis erunt.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Remedia Amoris (V, 26)

All things can corrupt perverse minds.
  [Lat., Omnia perversas possunt corrumpere mentes.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (II, 301)

Evils, like poisons, have their uses, and there are diseases which no other remedy can reach.
      - Thomas Paine

Of the origin of evil no universal solution has been discovered.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

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