For where the instrument of intelligence is added to brute power and evil will, mankind is powerless in its own defense.
Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.
Anxiety about the future never profits; we feel no evil until it comes, and when we feel it, no counsel helps; wisdom is either too early or too late.
Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.
I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too.
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.
I happen to think that the singular evil of our time is prejudice. It is from this evil that all other evils grow and multiply. In almost everything I've written there is a thread of this: a man's seemingly palpable need to dislike someone other than himself.
Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
The best known evil is the most tolerable.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary, men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
The man who does evil to another does evil to himself, and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it.
The evil is not that you cannot change human nature. The evil is that human nature cannot change you.
The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing.
The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.
The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough.
Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.
Gossip needn't be false to be evil - there's a lot of truth that shouldn't be passed around.
Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody's got to pay for them so they're a necessary evil.
The urge to gamble is so universal,and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.