The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.
Any communitys arm of force – military, police, security – needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.
In sum, doubling is the psychological means by which one invokes the evil potential of the self. That evil is neither inherent in the self nor foreign to it. To live out the doubling and call forth the evil is a moral choice for which one is responsible, whatever the level of consciousness involved.
David Frankfurter’s valuable, well-written study takes us to the far reaches of demonology. In documenting the harm done by labeling others evil, he poses a challenge to those of us who believe, however regretfully, in the necessity of the concept.
The man that is once hated, both his good and his evil deeds oppress him.
They, who know no evil, will suspect none.
To the modern spirit, disillusioned, or at least unillusioned, the great evil to be avoided is sentimentality.
Selfishness is the root and source of all natural and moral evils.
All evils are equal when they are extreme.<br>[Fr., Et tous maux sont pareils alors qu’ils sont extremes.]
All evils are equal when they are extreme.
People cannot accept their own evil if they do not at the same time feel loved, respected and trusted.
Tell us, pray, what devil This melancholy is, which can transform Men into monsters.
Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility.
So that it must be only by the imagination that Satan has access to the soul, to tempt and delude it, or suggest anything to it. And this seems to be the reason why persons that are under the disease of melancholy are commonly so visibly and remarkably subject to the suggestions and temptations of Satan… Innumerable are the ways by which the mind may be led on to all kind of evil thoughts, by the exciting of external ideas in the imagination.
Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
I see the triumph of good over evil as a manifestation of the error-correcting process of evolution.
Satire always benefits when evil and stupidity collide.
I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world.
Murder is an inherently evil act, no matter what the circumstances, no matter how convincing the rationalizations.
The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities-a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.
People in the Middle East may consider the U.S. an evil hegemony that has tainted their culture, but when I look at the growth of racial and ethnic tolerance and understanding in my generation in the U.S., and see those sentiments make it around the world, it makes me feel proud.
I know there’s evil in the world, and there always has been. But you don’t need to believe in Satan or demons to explain it. Human beings are perfectly capable of evil all by themselves.
I believe it to my soul that you’re the devil in nylon hose, for the harder I worker the faster my money goes.
Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
When this immediate evil power has been defeated, we shall not yet have won the long battle with the elemental barbarities. Another Hitler, it may be an invisible adversary, will attempt, again, and yet again, to destroy our frail civilization. Is it true, I wonder, that the only way to escape a war is to be in it? When one is a part of an actuality does the imagination find a release?
In the story of the Creation we read: ". . . And behold, it was very good." But, in the passage where Moses reproves Israel, the verse says: "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil." Where did the evil come from? Evil too is good. It is the lowest rung of perfect goodness. If you do good deeds, even evil will become good; but if you sin, evil will really become evil.