Good And Evil Quotes

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Evil and good are God's right hand and left.
Good can imagine Evil, but Evil cannot imagine Good.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

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There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
Good and evil travel on the same road, but they leave different impressions.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.


The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil was that good men should do nothing.


Wickedness, when you examine it, turns out to be the pursuit of some good in the wrong way.
That within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good.

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Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.
If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible.

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Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
The ultimate tragedy of Birmingham was not the brutality of the bad people, but the silence of the good people.

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Goodness has only once found a perfect incarnation in a human body and never will again, but evil can always find a home there.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.


When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Goodness is, so to speak, itself: badness is only spoiled goodness. And there must be something good first before it can be spoiled.
The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.  And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win.  In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.


I 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.
A maxim for the twenty-first century might well be to start not by fighting evil in the name of good, but by attacking the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found.


And do you now begin to see why Christianity has always said that the devil is a fallen angel? That is not a mere story for the children. It is a real recognition of the fact that evil is a parasite, not an original thing.


Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults. Conquer a man who never gives by gifts; Subdue untruthful men by truthfulness; Vanquish an angry man by gentleness; And overcome the evil man by goodness.

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What attracts men to evil acts is not the evil in them but the good that is there, seen under a false aspect and with a distorted perspective.  The good seen from that angle is only the bait in a trap.  When you reach out to take it, the trap is sprung and you are left with disgust, boredom—and hatred.


There are only two views that face all the facts. One is the Christian view that this is a good world that has gone wrong, but still retains the memory of what it ought to have been. The other is the view called Dualism. Dualism means the belief that there are two equal and independent powers at the back of everything, one of them good and the other bad, and that this universe is the battlefield in which they fight out an endless war.

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