The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.
No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest god.
Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
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.
History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That's why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.
The only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
Now I know the full power of evil. It makes ugliness seem beautiful and goodness seem ugly and weak.
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance, and cruelty
Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance, and cruelty.
For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone, By his permissive will, through heav'n and earth.
If we have Senators and Congressmen there that can't protect themselves against the evil temptations of lobbyists, we don't need to change our lobbies, we need to change our representatives
He who is in evil, is also in the punishment of evil.
Let a good man do good deeds with the same zeal that the evil man does bad ones.
Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes from society.
We will not compromise or kneel in the face of injustice. We will not let evil triumph over virtue.
Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.
Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.
Selfishness, if but reasonably tempered with wisdom, is not such an evil trait.