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One of the most important and most difficult arts is to unlearn vice.”
Antisthenes
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The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
Albert Camus - The Plague
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Ignorance is the mother of all evils.”
François Rabelais
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The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.”
Albert Einstein
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What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
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Antisthenes used to say that the most useful science was to unlearn evil.”
François Fénelon
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For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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Often the fear of one evil leads us into a worse.”
Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux - Art Poétique
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Of all the sciences needful for men, the chief one is the knowledge of how to live, doing as little harm as possible; and of all arts, the most important is that which teaches how to avoid evil, and how to produce good with the least violence.”
Leo Tolstoy
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Nothing is evil which is according to nature.”
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
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Art is an attempt to integrate evil.”
Simone de Beauvoir
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Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.”
Voltaire - Candide ou l'Optimisme
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Truth does not do as much good in the world, as its counterfeits do evil.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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The evil that we do does not attract to us so much persecution and hatred as our good qualities.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Men are not only prone to forget benefits and injuries; they even hate those who have obliged them, and cease to hate those who have injured them. The necessity of revenging an injury or of recompensing a benefit seems a slavery to which they are unwilling to submit. ”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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To forbear, not only to do, but to intend any evil.”
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
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The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To prefer evil to good is not in human nature and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.”
Plato
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Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.”
Plato
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It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The sad truth of the matter is that most evil is done by people who never made up their minds to be or do either evil or good.”
Hannah Arendt
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