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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.