Evil quotes and sayings

Of two evils we must always choose the least.
Thomas a Kempis

A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
Buddha

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

An 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.
Buddha

We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice.
Hierocles

The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.
Heywood Hale Broun

I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil.
Voltaire

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Bible

There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.
Seneca

Evil is whatever distracts.
Franz Kafka

I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents…. The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?
John Steinbeck

I prefer the wicked rather than the foolish. The wicked sometimes rest.
Alexandre Dumas

Evil is obvious only in retrospect.
Gloria Steinem

The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough.
Bede Jarrett

For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears.
Sir Walter Scott

Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There is a strange interdependence between thoughtlessness and evil.
Hannah Arendt

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Bible

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.
John Henry Newman

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Edmund Burke

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Bible

Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster and if you gaze into the abyss the abyss gazes into you.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.
William Shakespeare

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.
Seneca

The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even-if you will-eccentricity. That is, something that can’t be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn’t be happy with.
Joseph Brodsky

I know indeed what evil I intend to do, but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury, fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils.
Euripides

Oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths; Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s In deepest consequence.
William Shakespeare

There is an old illusion-it is called good and evil.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return.
W. H. Auden

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.
Mahatma Gandhi

Evil is something you recognize immediately you see it: it works through charm.
Brian Masters

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

I want to put myself absolutely at your mercy for good or evil without any condition, without any limit to your power.
Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch

The end excuses any evil.
Sophocles

Often the fear on one evil leads us into a worse.
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.
Simone Weil

Evil beginning houres may end in good.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil: envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.
Buddha

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Plato

No evil can result from its inhibition more pernicious than its toleration.
Martin Van Buren

Wicked acts are accustomed to be done with impunity for the mere desire of occupation.
Marcellinus Ammianus

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.
Francois De la Rochefoucauld

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Theodore Roosevelt

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.
Mae West

Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
Anatole France

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
Henry David Thoreau

Hear no evil, speak no evil – and you’ll never be invited to a party.
Oscar Wilde

The Evil One has left, the evil ones remain.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
Ayn Rand

Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.
Hesiod

Every minute you are thinking of evil, you might have been thinking of good instead. Refuse to pander to a morbid interest in your own misdeeds. Pick yourself up, be sorry, shake yourself, and go on again.
Evelyn Underhill

In seeking to avoid evil, humanity is responsible for bringing more evil into the world than organisms could ever do merely by exercising their digestive tracts. It is our ingenuity, rather than our animal nature, that has given our fellow creatures such a bitter earthly fate.
Ernest Becker

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
George Orwell

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
Marcus Aurelius

Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
Benjamin Banneker

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
Charles Baudelaire

It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.
W. Somerset Maugham