Quotations About / On: EVIL

  • 1.
    He fashions evil for himself who does evil to another, and an evil plan does mischief to the planner.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 265.)
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  • 2.
    Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.
    (Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Other People," Afterthoughts (1931).)
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  • 3.
    If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil.
    (Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The Count, in "First Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).)
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  • 4.
    We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come.
    (Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885), U.S. abolitionist. Speech, 1855, New York. "How Can I Help to Abolish Slavery.")
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  • 5.
    Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
    (Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), U.S. rock musician. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).)
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    All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 98.)
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    A benevolent mind, and the face assumes the patterns of benevolence. An evil mind, then an evil face.
    (Jimmy Sangster (b. 1924), British screenwriter, and Terence Fisher. Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), The Curse of Frankenstein, explaining that the monster's evil appearance will change once a gentle mind is put in him (1957). Based on the classic story by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.)
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  • 8.
    There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
    (Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Veto of the Second National Bank, July 10, 1832. Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. II, ed. J.D. Richardson, Washington (1908).)
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  • 9.
    Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
    (Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian political and spiritual leader. Harijan (July 28, 1940).)
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  • 10.
    You are evil. But even the power of evil cannot stand against the power of faith and goodness.
    (Griffin Jay, and Randall Faye. Lew Landers. Lady Jane Ainsley (Frieda Inescort), The Return of the Vampire, speaking to the vampire (1943).)
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