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He fashions evil for himself who does evil to another, and an evil plan does mischief to the planner.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 265.)
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
(Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Veto of the Second National Bank, July 10, 1832. Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. II, ed. J.D. Richardson, Washington (1908).)
Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.
(Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Other People," Afterthoughts (1931).)
If there was no moral evil upon earth, there would be no physical evil.
(Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The Count, in "First Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).)
No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 57 (1876).)
We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come.
(Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885), U.S. abolitionist. Speech, 1855, New York. "How Can I Help to Abolish Slavery.")
Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
(Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), U.S. rock musician. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).)
All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 98.)
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
(Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Far from the Madding Crowd, ch. 18 (1874).)
Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Epistolae, 336 B....)