Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes


"There is only one way to put an end to evil, and that is to do good for evil." -

"It is not good to speak of evil of all whom we know bad; it is worse to judge evil of any who may prove good. To speak ill upon knowledge shows a want of charity; to speak ill upon suspicion shows a want of honesty. I will not speak so bad as I know of many; I will not speak worse than I know of any. To know evil of others and not speak it, is sometimes discretion; to speak evils of others and not know it, is always dishonesty. He may be evil himself who speaks good of others upon knowledge, but he can never be good himself who speaks evil of others upon suspicion." - Arthur Warwick

"Too many follow example rather than precept; but it is safer to learn rather from precept than example. Man a wise teacher does not follow his own teaching; for it is easier to say, do this, than to do it. If then I see good doctrine with an evil life, though I pity the last, I will follow the first. Good sayings belong to all; evil actions only to their authors." - Arthur Warwick

"Educate your children of self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes from society." - Daniel Webster

"There is no evil that we cannot either face or fly from but the consciousness of duty disregarded. A sense of duty pursues us ever." - Daniel Webster

"Prejudice is not held against people because they have evil qualities. Evil qualities are imputed to people because prejudices are held against them." - Marshall Wingfield

"No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil. Caesar - Men believe that willingly which they wish to be true." - Zeno of Citium NULL

"There appears to exist a greater desire to live long than to live well! Measure by man's desires, he cannot live long enough; measure by his good deeds, and he has not lived long enough; measure by his evil deeds, and he has lived too long." - Johann Georg Zimmermann

"That learning is most requisite which unlearns evil." - Antisthenes NULL

"A stubborn heart shall fare evil at last." - Apocrypha NULL

"If your enemy meet you with evil, meet him with wisdom." - Apocrypha NULL

"Reason would not have us grieve for the dead, who are set free from evil, but all men do grieve over them, because they think of themselves and of their own advantage." - Apocrypha NULL

"Slander is a very gross evil; it implies two who do wrong, and one who is doubly wronged." - Artabanus the Hyrcanian or Artabanus of Persia NULL

"The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newspapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically inside." - Brooks Atkinson, fully Justin Brooks Atkinson

"Poetry is not concerned with telling people what to do, but with extending our knowledge of good and evil, perhaps making the necessity for action more urgent and its nature more clear, but only leading us to the point where it is possible for us to make a rational and moral choice." - W. H. Auden and J. Garrett

"An hour's industry will do more to produce cheerfulness, suppress evil humors, and retrieve one's affairs, that a month's moaning. It sweetens enjoyment, and seasons our attainments with a delightful relish." - George Washington Barrow or Barrows

"Love of money is the root of all evil." - Bible or The Bible or Holy Bible NULL

"Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason, and Energy, Love and hate, are necessary to Human existence. From these contraries spring what the religious call Good and Evil. Good is the passive that obeys Reason. Evil is the active springing from Energy. Good is Heaven. Evil is Hell." - William Blake

"Trust with a child-like dependence upon God, and you shall fear no evil." -

"Motives are better than actions. Men drift into crime. Of evil they do more than they contemplate, and of good they contemplate more than they do." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Those who, without knowing us, think or speak evil of us, do no harm; it is not us they attack, but the phantom of their own imagination." - Jean de La Bruyère

"The press, important as is its office, is but the servant of the human intellect, and its ministry is for good or for evil, according to the character of those who direct it. The press is a mill which grinds all that is put into its hopper. Fill he hopper with poisoned grain, and it will grind it to meal, but there is death in the bread." - William Cullen Bryant

"The chief evil of war is more evil. War is the concentration of all human crimes. Here is its distinguishing, accursed brand. Under its standard gather violence, malignity, rage, fraud, perfidy, rapacity, and lust. If it only slew man, it would do little. It turns man into a beast of prey." - William Ellery Channing

"Evil may be not seeing enough. So perhaps to become less evil we need only to see more." - Corita Kent, aka Sister Mary Corita Kent, born Frances Elizabeth Kent

"The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance." - Diogenes Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"

"To hate is to be enslaved by evil." - Thomas Dreier

"Nobody has any right to find life uninteresting or unrewarded who sees within the sphere of his own activity a wrong he can help to remedy, or within himself an evil he can hope to overcome." - Charles W. Eliot

"There is nothing good or evil save in the will." -

"Ignorance is the root of all evil." -

"Discontent is like ink poured into water, which fills the whole fountain full of blackness. It casts over the mind, and renders it more occupied about the evil which disquiets than about the means of removing it." - Owen Feltham

"Let no man be sorry he has done good because others have done evil. If a man has acted right, he has done well, though alone; if wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him." - Henry Fielding

"The true opposite of love is not hate but indifference. Hate, bad as it is, at least treats a neighbor as a thou, whereas indifference turns the neighbor into an it, a thing. That is why we may say there is actually one thing worse than evil itself and that is indifference to evil. In human relations the nadir of morality, the lowest point as far as Christian ethics is concerned, is manifest in the phrase, 'I could care less.'" -

"Money, after all, is extremely simple. It is a part of our transportation system. It is a simple and direct method of conveying goods from one person to another. Money is in itself most admirable. It is essential. It is not intrinsically evil. It is one of the most useful devices in social life, and when it does what it was intended to do, it is all help and no hindrance." - Henry Ford

"War is an unmitigated evil. But it certainly does one good thing. It drives away fear and brings bravery to the surface." -

"Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death!... Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil." - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a.k.a. Charlotte Anna (nee Perkins), Charlotte Perkins Stetson

"The proper function of a government is to make it easy for people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil." - William Ewart Gladstone

"Nothing is evil that is necessary." - Robert Greene

"The blind fanaticism of one foolish honest man may cause more evil than the united efforts of twenty rogues." - Friedrich Melchior, Baron von Grimm

"There is no evil in human affairs that has not some good mingled with it." - Francesco Guicciardini

"There are three kinds of silence. Silence from words is good, because inordinate speaking tends to evil. Silence, or rest from desires and passions is still better, because it prompts quietness of spirit. But the best of all is silence from unnecessary and wandering thoughts, because that is essential to internal recollection, and because it lays a foundation for a proper reputation and for silence in other respects." -

"Keep clear of personalities in conversation. Talk of things, objects, thoughts. The smallest minds occupy themselves with persons. Do not needlessly report ill of others. As far as possible, dwell on the good side of human beings. There are family boards where a constant process of depreciating, assigning motives, and cutting up character goes forward. They are not pleasant places. One who is healthy does not wish to dine at a dissecting table. There is evil enough in man, God knows. But it is not the mission of every young man and woman to detail and report it all. Keep the atmosphere as pure as possible, and fragrant with gentleness and charity." - John Hall

"There is evil enough in man, God knows; but it is not the mission of every young man and woman to detail and report it all. Keep the atmosphere as pure as possible and fragrant with gentleness and charity." - John Hall

"One of the most melancholy things in the world is the enormous power for evil of the dead over things living. There is hardly a great painter or writer, or a man who had achieved greatness in any direction, whose name has not been used to repress rising genius." - John Alexander Hammerton, fully Sir John Alexander Hammerton

"When will talkers refrain from evil-speaking? When listeners refrain from evil-hearing." - Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

"He that cannot decidedly say, "No," when tempted to evil, is on the highway to ruin. He loses the respect even of those who would tempt him, and becomes but the pliant tool and victim of their evil designs." - Josiah Johnson "J." Hawes

"Matter never becomes evil except when it is forced to conspire in secret against the usurpations of spirit." - Heinrich Heine

"[Nickname] There is also an evil report; light, indeed, and easy to raise, but difficult to carry, and still more difficult to get rid of." -

"Wealth brings noble opportunities, and competence is a proper object of pursuit; but wealth, and even competence, may be bought at too high a price. Wealth itself has no moral attribute. It is not money, but the love of money, which is the root of all evil. It is the relation between wealth and the mind and the character of its possessor which is the essential thing." - George Stillman Hillard

"The years are going. Let the chaff and the evil part of this life pass with them. As men load the wagon with the sweepings of the street, and, carrying it far to the ocean, cast it into the deep abyss, so bring together all your hatreds, weaknesses, unkindnesses, jealousies, all passions, ingratitudes, and embittering memories, and, tying them into one bundle, let the old ;year sweep them out and drop them into the gulf of oblivion. Expel from your life all sins and sordid aims. Carry into the new year only the choicest thoughts and aspirations. As in the olden days when men approached the Parthenon they cleansed their persons and arrayed themselves in white robes before entering that glorious temple, so cleanse your garments from transgression, clothe yourself with aspirations. Farewell to the past! Welcome and all hail to the future." -