Good and evil

Quotations: Good and evil

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can.
— John Wesley, evangelist and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)

When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
— Max Lerner, American editor and political columnist (1902-1992)

Another man’s soul is darkness.
— Russian proverb

When your intelligence don’t tell you something ain’t right, your conscience gives you a tap you on the shoulder and says ‘Hold on’. If it don’t, you’re a snake.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy: that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly.
— Plato, Greek philosopher (c. 428-c. 348)

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
— Edmund Burke, English statesman and political philosopher (1729-1797)

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
— Hannah Arendt, German-Jewish political philosopher and author (1906-1975)

Most people are good only so long as they believe others to be so.
— Friedrich Hebbel, German dramatist (1813-1863)

No one ever became extremely wicked suddenly.
— Juvenal, Roman satirist (c. 58-c. 127 A.D.)

The good ended happily and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish writer (1854-1900), Miss Prism speaking to Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes nor between parties either — but right through the human heart.
— Alexandr Solzhenitzyn, Russian novelist and historian (b. 1918)

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
— Mary Wollstonecraft, English feminist and writer (1759-1797)

Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
— Denis Diderot, French philosopher, Encyclopedist and writer (1713-1784

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
— Anne Frank, German-born diarist and Holocaust victim (1929-1945)

True goodness springs from a man’s own heart. All men are born good.
— Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.)

There are two levers for moving men — interest and fear.
— Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and emperor (1769-1821)

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
— James Madison, American Founding Father, U.S. president (1751-1836)

Somebody does somethin’ stupid, that’s human. They don’t stop when they see it’s wrong, that’s a fool.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
— Francis Bacon, English statesman, philosopher of science and author (1561-1626)

When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic.
— John Kenneth Galbraith, North American economist, author and diplomat (b. 1908)

Man’s basic vice, the source of all his evils, is the act of unfocusing his mind, the suspension of his consciousness, which is not blindness, but the refusal to see, not ignorance, but the refusal to know.
— Ayn Rand, Russian/American author and philosopher (1905-1982)

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
— Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)

Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.
— William Penn, American colonial leader (1644-1718)

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
— Unknown

Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.
— Felix Adler, American educator and reformer (1851-1933)

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet.
— Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish-American writer (1904-1991)

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.
— Walter Lippmann, American journalist, author and public philosopher (1889-1974)

It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)

Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
— Adlai Stevenson, American politician and presidential candidate (1900-1965)

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
— Antiphanes, ancient Greek dramatist

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people that make them unsafe.
— Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner (1920-1991)

When things go wrong don’t go with them.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
— Chinese proverb

Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.
— Jesus (from the Bible, John 8:7)

Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), from the Nicomachean Ethics

When a man is wrong and wont admit it, he always gets angry.
— Thomas Haliburton, Canadian writer (1796-1865)

He who hates vice, hates mankind.
— Pliny the Younger, Roman author (61-113 A.D.)

The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, public philosopher and poet (1803-1880)

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, public philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)

Let no man be sorry he has done good because others have done evil. If a man has acted right he has done well, though alone. If wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him.
— Henry Fielding, English novelist (1707-1754)

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
— Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, philosopher (1879-1955)

The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.
— Indian proverb

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Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can.
— John Wesley, evangelist and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)

When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
— Max Lerner, American editor and political columnist (1902-1992)

Another man’s soul is darkness.
— Russian proverb

When your intelligence don’t tell you something ain’t right, your conscience gives you a tap you on the shoulder and says ‘Hold on’. If it don’t, you’re a snake.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy: that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly.
— Plato, Greek philosopher (c. 428-c. 348)

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
— Edmund Burke, English statesman and political philosopher (1729-1797)

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
— Hannah Arendt, German-Jewish political philosopher and author (1906-1975)

Most people are good only so long as they believe others to be so.
— Friedrich Hebbel, German dramatist (1813-1863)

No one ever became extremely wicked suddenly.
— Juvenal, Roman satirist (c. 58-c. 127 A.D.)

The good ended happily and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish writer (1854-1900), Miss Prism speaking to Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes nor between parties either — but right through the human heart.
— Alexandr Solzhenitzyn, Russian novelist and historian (b. 1918)

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
— Mary Wollstonecraft, English feminist and writer (1759-1797)

Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
— Denis Diderot, French philosopher, Encyclopedist and writer (1713-1784

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
— Anne Frank, German-born diarist and Holocaust victim (1929-1945)

True goodness springs from a man’s own heart. All men are born good.
— Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.)

There are two levers for moving men — interest and fear.
— Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and emperor (1769-1821)

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
— James Madison, American Founding Father, U.S. president (1751-1836)

Somebody does somethin’ stupid, that’s human. They don’t stop when they see it’s wrong, that’s a fool.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
— Francis Bacon, English statesman, philosopher of science and author (1561-1626)

When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic.
— John Kenneth Galbraith, North American economist, author and diplomat (b. 1908)

Man’s basic vice, the source of all his evils, is the act of unfocusing his mind, the suspension of his consciousness, which is not blindness, but the refusal to see, not ignorance, but the refusal to know.
— Ayn Rand, Russian/American author and philosopher (1905-1982)

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
— Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)

Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.
— William Penn, American colonial leader (1644-1718)

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
— Unknown

Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.
— Felix Adler, American educator and reformer (1851-1933)

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet.
— Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish-American writer (1904-1991)

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.
— Walter Lippmann, American journalist, author and public philosopher (1889-1974)

It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)

Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
— Adlai Stevenson, American politician and presidential candidate (1900-1965)

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
— Antiphanes, ancient Greek dramatist

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people that make them unsafe.
— Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner (1920-1991)

When things go wrong don’t go with them.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
— Chinese proverb

Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.
— Jesus (from the Bible, John 8:7)

Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), from the Nicomachean Ethics

When a man is wrong and wont admit it, he always gets angry.
— Thomas Haliburton, Canadian writer (1796-1865)

He who hates vice, hates mankind.
— Pliny the Younger, Roman author (61-113 A.D.)

The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, public philosopher and poet (1803-1880)

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, public philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)

Let no man be sorry he has done good because others have done evil. If a man has acted right he has done well, though alone. If wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him.
— Henry Fielding, English novelist (1707-1754)

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
— Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, philosopher (1879-1955)

The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.
— Indian proverb