us face squarely the paradox that the world which
goes to war is a world, usually genuinely desiring
peace. War is the outcome, not mainly of evil intentions,
but on the whole of good intentions which miscarry
or are frustrated. It is made not usually by evil
men knowing themselves to be wrong, but is the outcome
of policies pursued by good men usually passionately
convinced that they are right.
-- Norman Angell
sad truth is that most evil is done by people who
never make up their minds to be either good or evil.
-- Hannah Arendt
is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure
in heart, for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
-- James Baldwin
humblest individual exerts some influence, either
for good or evil, upon others.
-- Henry Ward Beecher
good people in any country cease their vigilance
and struggle, then evil men prevail.
-- Pearl S. Buck
prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored
it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow is
darkest over those who feel it least and allow its
evil effects to go on.
-- Pearl S. Buck
may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter
how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.
We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
-- Jimmy Carter
exploitation of women, mass hunger, disregard for
freedom of conscience and for freedom of speech,
widespread and racial discrimination -- all these
evils are far too prevalent to be overlooked.
-- René Samuel
world is a dangerous place to live, not because
of the people who are evil, but because of the people
who don't do anything about it." -- Albert
crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil
of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers
from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude
is inculcated into the student, who is trained to
worship acquisitive success as a preparation for
his future. I am convinced there is only one way
to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the
establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied
by an educational system which would be oriented
toward social goals."
-- Albert Einstein
do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good
and punishes evil.
-- Albert Einstein
meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply
helping or hurting.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
object to violence because when it appears to do
good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does
is permanent." -- Mohandas
with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with
good. -- Mohandas
as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is
evil. Capital in some form or other will always
be needed. -- Mohandas
have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects
of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an
inherent attribute of the soul. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi
nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been
know to yield to the influence of love. You must never
despair of human nature. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi
"The aim of torture is to destroy a person as a
human being, to destroy their identity and soul.
It is more evil than murder... Today we know that
survivors of torture can be helped to regain their
health and strength, and in helping them we take
the weapon from their torturers. They sought the
destruction of other human beings. We have proved
that they have not succeeded."
-- Inge Genefke
At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human
stupidity, human malice and those great motivators
and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism,
dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious
or political idols.
~ Aldous Huxley
believe that ignorance is the root of all evil.
And that no one knows the truth. -- Molly Ivins
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and
oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil
spirits at the dawn of day.
~ Thomas Jefferson
a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall
stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the press,
freedom of commerce against monopolies, trial by
juries in all cases, no suspensions of the habeas
corpus, no standing armies. These are fetters against
doing evil which no honest government should decline.
-- Thomas Jefferson
may have found a cure for most evils; but it has
found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the
apathy of human beings.
-- Helen Keller
is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists,
is not that they are extreme, but that they are
intolerant. The evil is not what they say about
their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved
in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts
evil without protesting against it is really cooperating
-- Martin Luther
believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality. This is why
right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil
triumphant. -- Martin
Luther King, Jr
became convinced that noncooperation with evil is
as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with
Martin Luther King,
must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He
who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the
power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and
some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we
are less prone to hate our enemies. -- Martin
Luther King, Jr
we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that
we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction
of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars
- must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the
dark abyss of annihilation. -- Martin
Luther King, Jr
principle of nonviolent resistance seeks to reconcile
the truths of two opposites - acquiescence and violence
- while avoiding the extremes and immoralities of both.
The nonviolent resister agress with the person who acquisces
that one should not be physically agressive toward his
opponent; but he balances the equation by agreeing with
the person of violence that evil must be resisted. He
avoids the nonresistance of the former and the violent
resistance of the latter. With nonviolent resistance,
no invidual or group need to submit to any wrong, nor
need anyone resort to violence in order to right a wrong."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
our struggle against racial segregation in Montgomery,
Alabama, I came to see at a very early stage that a synthesis
of Gandhi's method of nonviolence and the Christian ethic
of love is the best weapon available to Negroes for this
struggle for freedom and human dignity. It may well be
that the Gandhian approach will bring about a solution
to the race problem in America. His spirit is a continual
reminder to oppressed people that it is possible to resist
evil and yet not resort to violence. -- Martin
Luther King, Jr
is the America which stands not in pursuit of an
axis of evil, but which is itself at the axis of
hope and faith and peace and freedom.
-- Dennis Kucinich
us not become the evil that we deplore.”
-- Barbara Lee
dread of evil is a much more forcible principle
of human actions than the prospect of good.
-- John Locke
see nuclear weapons as the ultimate evil, not
just evil, but the ultimate evil with the potential
to make life unlivable on this planet.
frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest
good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest
evil. Change will only come about when each of us
takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving,
compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the
knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change
as those around us can change too.
-- Mairead Corrigan
poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible
scourges of our times -- times in which the world
boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology,
industry and wealth accumulation -- that they have
to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social
-- Nelson Mandela
the devils with a little thing called love!”
-- Bob Marley
may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser
evil, but one must never label a necessary evil
-- Margaret Mead
A person may cause evil to others not only by his
actions but by his inaction, and in either case
he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
-- John Stuart Mill
task of the educator lies in seeing that the child
does not confound good with immobility and evil
-– Maria Montessori
The survival of democracy depends on the renunciation
of violence and the development of nonviolent means
to combat evil and advance the good.
-- A. J. Muste
long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it
a superficial appearance of being right.
-- Thomas Paine
whole course of human history may depend on a change
of heart in one solitary and even humble individual
- for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the
individual that the battle between good and evil
is waged and ultimately won or lost.
-- M. Scott Peck
I do not believe in a simplistic and inflammatory
view of good and evil. I believe this is a big world
full of men, women, and children who struggle to
eat, to love, to work, to protect their families,
their beliefs, and their dreams.
-- Sean Penn
A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must
we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.
is the way of peace:
Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth,
and hatred with love." -- Peace
is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood
with truth, and hatred with love." -- Peace
prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a
man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will
choose the greater when he might have the less.
becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
order more deeply to affect the minds of the citizens
of the United States with the blessings of peace,
by contrasting them with the evils of war, let the
following inscriptions be painted upon the sign which
is placed over the door of the War Office: 1. An office
for butchering the human species. 2. A Widow and Orphan
making office. 3. A broken bone making office. 4.
A Wooden leg making office. 5. An office for the creating
of public and private vices. 6. An office for creating
a public debt. 7. An office for creating speculators,
stock Jobbers, and Bankrupts. 8. An office for creating
famine. 9. An office for creating pestilential diseases.
10. An office for creating poverty, and the destruction
of liberty, and national happiness.
-- Benjamin Rush
Those who forget good and evil and seek only to
know the facts are more likely to achieve good than
those who view the world through the distorting
medium of their own desires. -- Bertrand
it were easier to choose to do the right thing,
wouldn't people be more likely to do it?
Robert Alan Silverstein
Maybe peace on earth is an impossible dream, but
if we changed the rules, this world could be so
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect
the soul with evil.
who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on
no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it
is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any
man, however much we have suffered from him.
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil
as those who steal from the public purse.
-- Adlai Stevenson
don't need bombs and guns to destroy, to bring peace
- just get together, love one another, bring that
peace, that joy, that strength of presence of each
other in the home. And we will be able to overcome
all the evil that is in the world.
-- Mother Teresa