Don’t see a problem with any meaningless buzzwords, myself, but far too many gullies do, and that’s the scary part.
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
Hannah Arendt, in The Life of the Mind (1978), “Thinking”.
Good can imagine Evil, but Evil cannot imagine Good.
W. H. Auden, in A Certain World (1970).
To cease from evil, to do good, and to purify the mind yourself, this is the teaching of all the Buddhas.
Gautama Buddha, in the Dhammapada, Verse 183.
A thing may look specious in theory, and yet be ruinous in practice; a thing may look evil in theory, and yet be in practice excellent.
Edmund Burke, Impeachment of Warren Hastings, 19th Feb. 1788.
I think the old, sound, and honest maxim that “you shall not do evil that good may come,” is applicable in law as well as in morals. C. J. Cockburn, in Reg. v. Hicklin and another (1868), 11 Cox, C. C. 27; S. C. 3 L. R. Q. B. 372; reported in Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904) by James William Norton-Kyshe, p. 92.
Let us never forget the Christian maxim “that we should not do evil that good may come of it.” ‘
Crampon, J., R. v. O’Connell (1843), 5 St. Tr. (N. S.) 703; reported in Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904) by James William Norton-Kyshe, p. 92.
He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks.
It’s no use crying over spilt evils. It’s better to mop them up laughing.
Eleanor Farjeon, in Gypsy and Ginger (1920).
Evil beginning houres may end in good.
John Fletcher, The Knight of Malta (1647), Act II, scene 5.
Where two evils present, a wise administration, if there be room for an option, will choose the least.
J. Foster, in Case of Pressing Mariners (1743), 18 How. St. Tr. 1330; reported in Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904) by James William Norton-Kyshe, p. 91.
Non è male alcuno nelle cose umane che non abbia congiunto seco qualche bene.
There is no evil in human affairs that has not some good mingled with it.
Francesco Guicciardini, Storia d’Italia (1537-1540).
Being against evil doesn’t make you good.
Ernest Hemingway, Islands in the Stream (1970), Part 1: Bimini, Section 4.
The man who does evil to another does evil to himself,
and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it.
Hesiod, Works and Days (8th century BC), line 265, translated by Richard Lattimore.
It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.
Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind (1954).
Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.
Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, Book III, Chapter 12.
It is the evil that lies in ourselves that is ever least tolerant of the evil that lies in others. Maurice Maeterlinck, Wisdom and Destiny (1898), translated by Alfred Sutro
There is Good and there is Evil and Evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon, I shall not compromise in this.
Alan Moore, in a line for Rorschach, in Watchmen.
Of two evils I have chose the least.
Matthew Prior, “Imitation of Horace”, a reference to E duobus malis, minimum eligendum, Cicero, De Officiis; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 92.
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows..