it were easier to choose to do the right thing,
wouldn't people be more likely to do it?
Robert Alan Silverstein
Maybe peace on earth is an impossible dream, but
if we changed the rules, this world could be so
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
us face squarely the paradox that the world which
goes to war is a world, usually genuinely desiring
peace. War is the outcome, not mainly of evil
intentions, but on the whole of good intentions
which miscarry or are frustrated. It is made not
usually by evil men knowing themselves to be wrong,
but is the outcome of policies pursued by good
men usually passionately convinced that they are
sad truth is that most evil is done by people
who never make up their minds to be either good
is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
is more dangerous than he who imagines himself
pure in heart, for his purity, by definition,
humblest individual exerts some influence, either
for good or evil, upon others.
good people in any country cease their vigilance
and struggle, then evil men prevail.
prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored
it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow
is darkest over those who feel it least and allow
its evil effects to go on.
may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter
how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.
We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
exploitation of women, mass hunger, disregard
for freedom of conscience and for freedom of speech,
widespread and racial discrimination -- all these
evils are far too prevalent to be overlooked.
world is a dangerous place to live, not because
of the people who are evil, but because of the
people who don't do anything about it." --
crippling of individuals I consider the worst
evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system
suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive
attitude is inculcated into the student, who is
trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation
for his future. I am convinced there is only one
way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through
the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied
by an educational system which would be oriented
toward social goals."
do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good
and punishes evil.
meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is
simply helping or hurting.
object to violence because when it appears to
do good, the good is only temporary; the evil
it does is permanent." -- Mohandas
with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation
with good. -- Mohandas
as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that
is evil. Capital in some form or other will always
be needed. -- Mohandas
have also seen children successfully surmounting the
effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity
being an inherent attribute of the soul. -- Mohandas
Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has
been know to yield to the influence of love. You must
never despair of human nature. -- Mohandas
"The aim of torture is to destroy a person as
a human being, to destroy their identity and soul.
It is more evil than murder... Today we know that
survivors of torture can be helped to regain their
health and strength, and in helping them we take
the weapon from their torturers. They sought the
destruction of other human beings. We have proved
that they have not succeeded."
At least two thirds of our miseries spring from
human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators
and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism,
dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious
or political idols.
believe that ignorance is the root of all evil.
And that no one knows the truth. -- Molly
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and
oppressions of body and mind will vanish like
evil spirits at the dawn of day.
a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall
stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the
press, freedom of commerce against monopolies,
trial by juries in all cases, no suspensions of
the habeas corpus, no standing armies. These are
fetters against doing evil which no honest government
may have found a cure for most evils; but it has
found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the
apathy of human beings.
is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists,
is not that they are extreme, but that they are
intolerant. The evil is not what they say about
their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved
in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who
accepts evil without protesting against it is
really cooperating with it.
Luther King, Jr
believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality. This is why
right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than
evil triumphant. -- Martin
Luther King, Jr
became convinced that noncooperation with evil
is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation
with good.” --
Luther King, Jr
must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He
who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the
power to love. There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this,
we are less prone to hate our enemies. -- Martin
Luther King, Jr
we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that
we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction
of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars
- must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the
dark abyss of annihilation. -- Martin
Luther King, Jr
principle of nonviolent resistance seeks to reconcile
the truths of two opposites - acquiescence and violence
- while avoiding the extremes and immoralities of both.
The nonviolent resister agress with the person who acquisces
that one should not be physically agressive toward his
opponent; but he balances the equation by agreeing with
the person of violence that evil must be resisted. He
avoids the nonresistance of the former and the violent
resistance of the latter. With nonviolent resistance,
no invidual or group need to submit to any wrong, nor
need anyone resort to violence in order to right a wrong."
Luther King, Jr.
our struggle against racial segregation in Montgomery,
Alabama, I came to see at a very early stage that a
synthesis of Gandhi's method of nonviolence and the
Christian ethic of love is the best weapon available
to Negroes for this struggle for freedom and human dignity.
It may well be that the Gandhian approach will bring
about a solution to the race problem in America. His
spirit is a continual reminder to oppressed people that
it is possible to resist evil and yet not resort to
violence. -- Martin
Luther King, Jr
is the America which stands not in pursuit of
an axis of evil, but which is itself at the axis
of hope and faith and peace and freedom.
us not become the evil that we deplore.”
dread of evil is a much more forcible principle
of human actions than the prospect of good.
see nuclear weapons as the ultimate evil, not
just evil, but the ultimate evil with the potential
to make life unlivable on this planet.
frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest
good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest
evil. Change will only come about when each of us
takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more
forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all
joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of
grace, we can change as those around us can change
poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible
scourges of our times -- times in which the world
boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology,
industry and wealth accumulation -- that they
have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as
the devils with a little thing called love!”
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser
evil, but one must never label a necessary evil
A person may cause evil to others not only by
his actions but by his inaction, and in either
case he is justly accountable to them for the
task of the educator lies in seeing that the child
does not confound good with immobility and evil
The survival of democracy depends on the renunciation
of violence and the development of nonviolent
means to combat evil and advance the good.
long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it
a superficial appearance of being right.
The whole course of human history may depend on
a change of heart in one solitary and even humble
individual - for it is in the solitary mind and
soul of the individual that the battle between
good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.
I do not believe in a simplistic and inflammatory
view of good and evil. I believe this is a big
world full of men, women, and children who struggle
to eat, to love, to work, to protect their families,
their beliefs, and their dreams.
A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must
we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.
is the way of peace:
Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth,
and hatred with love." -- Peace
is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good,
falsehood with truth, and hatred with love." -- Peace
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.
becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
order more deeply to affect the minds of the citizens
of the United States with the blessings of peace,
by contrasting them with the evils of war, let the
following inscriptions be painted upon the sign
which is placed over the door of the War Office:
1. An office for butchering the human species. 2.
A Widow and Orphan making office. 3. A broken bone
making office. 4. A Wooden leg making office. 5.
An office for the creating of public and private
vices. 6. An office for creating a public debt.
7. An office for creating speculators, stock Jobbers,
and Bankrupts. 8. An office for creating famine.
9. An office for creating pestilential diseases.
10. An office for creating poverty, and the destruction
of liberty, and national happiness.
Those who forget good and evil and seek only to
know the facts are more likely to achieve good
than those who view the world through the distorting
medium of their own desires. -- Bertrand
words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect
the soul with evil.
who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on
no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it
is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any
man, however much we have suffered from him.
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as
evil as those who steal from the public purse.
don't need bombs and guns to destroy, to bring
peace - just get together, love one another, bring
that peace, that joy, that strength of presence
of each other in the home. And we will be able
to overcome all the evil that is in the world.