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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 ]

Never throw mud. You may miss your mark; but you must have dirty hands.
      - Joseph Parker

All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
      - Blaise Pascal

Evil is easily discovered; there is an infinite variety; good is almost unique. But some kinds of evil are almost as difficult to discover as that which we call good; and often particular evil of this class passes for good. It needs even a certain greatness of soul to attain to this, as to that which is good.
      - Blaise Pascal

We sometimes learn more from the sight of evil than from an example of good; and it is well to accustom ourselves to profit by the evil which is so common, while that which is good is so rare.
      - Blaise Pascal

To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as mortals.
      - William Penn

Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

Endure this evil lest a worse come upon you.
  [Lat., Hoc sustinete, majus ne neniat malum.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (bk. I, 2, 31)

Evils * * * can never pass away; for there must always remain something which is antagonistic to good. Having no place among the Gods in heaven, of necessity they hover around the earthly nature and this mortal sphere. Wherefore we ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like Him is to become holy and just and wise.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

To escape from evil we must be made as far as possible like God; and the resemblance consists in becoming just and holy and wise.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

How bitter it is to reap a harvest of evil for good that you have done!
  [Lat., Ut acerbum est, pro benefactis quom mali messem metas!]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Epidicus
         (V, 2, 53)

Bad conduct soils the finest ornament more than filth.
  [Lat., Pulchrum ornatum turpes mores pejus coeno collinunt.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Mostellaria (I, 3, 133)

Ill gotten is ill spent.
  [Lat., Male partum male disperit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (IV, 2, 22)

Out of many evils the evil which is least is the least of evils.
  [Lat., E malis multis, malum, quod minimum est, id minimum est malum.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Stichus
         (act I, 2)

Keep what you have got; the known evil is best.
  [Lat., Habeas ut nactus; nota mala res optima est.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (I, 2, 25)

The authors of great evils know best how to remove them.
      - Plutarch, Life of Cato the Younger,
        Cato the Younger's advice to the Senate to put all power into Pompey's hands

Timely advis'd, the coming evil shun:
  Better not do the deed, than weep it done.
      - Matthew Prior, Henry and Emma (l. 308)

Of two evils I have chose the least.
      - Matthew Prior, Imitation of Horace
         (bk. I, ep. IX)

An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.
  [Lat., Maledicus a malefico non distat nisi occasione.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (XII)

The truest definition of evil is that which represents it as something contrary to nature; evil is evil because it is unnatural; a vine which should bear olive-berries, an eye to which blue seems yellow, would be diseased; an unnatural mother, an unnatural son, an unnatural act, are the strongest terms of condemnation.
      - Frederick William Robertson

Physical evils destroy themselves, or they destroy us.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
      - Joseph Roux

Multitudes think they like to do evil; yet no man ever really enjoyed doing evil since God made the world.
      - John Ruskin, Stones of Venice
         (vol. I, ch. II)

It is in our hearts that evil lies, and it is from our hearts that it must be plucked out.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

There is no evil in the world without a remedy.
  [Lat., Al mondo mal non e senza rimedio.]
      - Jacopo Sannazaro (Sannazarius),
        Ecloga Octava

Let us not paralyze our capacity for good by brooding of man's capacity for evil.
      - David Sarnoff


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