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Blaise PascalMen never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

 - Blaise Pascal

Tags:   evil  religion  

John AdamsIt is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, 'whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,' and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.

 - John Adams

Tags:   evil  good  guilt  innocence  punishment  security  

Martin Luther KingHe who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.

 - Martin Luther King

Tags:   evil  

BuddhaAn insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

 - Gautama Buddha

Tags:   body  evil  insincerity  mind  

EpicurusIs God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

 - Epicurus

Tags:   atheism  evil  God  religion  

Herman MelvilleBenevolent desires, after passing a certain point, can not undertake their own fulfillment without incurring the risk of evils beyond those sought to be remedied.

 - Herman Melville

Tags:   benevolence  desires  evil  

Bernard BaruchPeace is never long preserved by weight of metal or by an armament race. Peace can be made tranquil and secure only by understanding and agreement fortified by sanctions. We must embrace international cooperation or international disintegration. Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human dignity.

 - Bernard Baruch

Tags:   atoms  cooperation  evil  good  peace  

The friendships formed between good and evil men differ. The friendship of the good, at first faint like the morning light, continually increases; the friendship of the evil at the very beginning is like the light of midday, and dies away like the light of evening.

 - Bhartrhari

Tags:   evil  friends  friendship  good  

Albert EinsteinThe 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 Einstein

Tags:   danger  evil  

Hannah ArendtThe hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.

 - Hannah Arendt

Tags:   crime  criminal  evil  hypocrisy  hypocrite  

Helen KellerScience 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

Tags:   apathy  cures  evil  

In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive.

 - Bill Bernbach

Tags:   energy  evil  good  

Michel de MontaigneLife in itself is neither good nor evil, it is the scene of good or evil, as you make it.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Tags:   evil  good  life  

Blaise PascalWe 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

Tags:   evil  good  learning  

Mahatma GandhiYou assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.

 - Mahatma Gandhi

Tags:   evil  obediance  resistance  

Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

 - Haile Selassie

Tags:   evil  inaction  indifference  justice  silence  

Woody AllenIf it turns out that there is a god, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.

 - Woody Allen

Tags:   evil  God  

Louis BrandeisExperience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

 - Louis Brandeis

Tags:   evil  government  liberty  rulers  understanding  

Carl JungThe man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.

 - Carl Jung

Tags:   evil  promises  reliability