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Evil Quotes

So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.

Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic

Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

Must I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other ones invariably slink in after it.

Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer

There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil.

Author: Benjamin Haydon (1786-1846)

Profession: British Artist

Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

But evil is wrought by want of thought as well as want of heart!

Author: Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

Profession: British Poet and Humorist

There can be no existence of evil as a force to the healthy-minded individual.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author

They that know no evil will suspect none.

Author: Ben Jonson (1573-1637)

Profession: British Dramatist, Poet

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

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

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

It is a power stronger than will. Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.

Author: Isidore Ducasse, Comte De Lautreamont (1846-1870)

Profession: French Author, Poet

This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author