The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.
So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.
Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) French poet.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.
It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
Buddha (563 BC-483 BC) Founder of Buddhism.
Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.