Resist not evil. [ Jesus ]
None are all evil. [ Byron ]
Good land, evil way. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Evil, be thou my good. [ Milton ]
Set good against evil. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Evil is soon believed. [ Proverb ]
Sorrow and an evil life,
Makes soon an old wife. [ Proverb ]
A bad heart, bad designs. [ Terence ]
The last evil smarts most. [ Proverb ]
An evil gain equals a loss. [ Syrus ]
Speak not evil of the dead. [ Chilon ]
Hunger that tempts to evil. [ Virgil ]
Debt is an evil conscience. [ Proverb ]
Poverty is an evil counseller. [ Proverb ]
Do evil, and look for the like. [ Proverb ]
Seek for good, but expect evil. [ Cervantes ]
Bear with evil and expect good. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Evil tongues never want a whet. [ Le Sage ]
Man is frail, and prone to evil. [ Jeremy Taylor ]
Evil be to him that evil thinks. [ Royal M. French ]
Evil is wrought by want of thought
As well as want of heart. [ T. Hood ]
An evil life is one kind of death. [ Ovid ]
Great for good, or great for evil. [ Burns ]
Recompense to no man evil for evil. [ St. Paul ]
No evil is great if it is the last. [ Nepos ]
Still we love
The evil we do, until we suffer it. [ Johnson ]
Welcome evil, if thou comest alone. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Evil then results from imperfection. [ Bailey ]
No evil is without its compensation. [ Seneca ]
Evil events from evil causes spring. [ Aristophanes ]
He thinks no evil who means no evil. [ Gaelic Proverb ]
He that doeth evil hateth the light. [ Jesus ]
The anticipation of evil courts evil [ Mme. Deluzy ]
A man's discontent is his worst evil. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Evil is fittest to consort with evil. [ Livy ]
To a mortal man, no evil is immortal. [ Proverb ]
From seeming evil still educing good. [ Thomson ]
All things can corrupt perverse minds. [ Ovid ]
He that helps the evil hurts the good. [ Proverb ]
Evil falls on him who goes to seek it. [ Cervantes ]
Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee. [ Gaelic Proverb ]
Better good afar off than evil at hand. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Day is a snow-white Dove of heaven
That from the East glad message brings:
Night is a stealthy, evil Raven,
Wrapt to the eyes in his black wings. [ T. B. Aldrich ]
There shall no evil happen to the just. [ Bible ]
Evil comes not amiss if it comes alone. [ Cervantes ]
'Tis thus that on the choice of friends
Our good or evil name depends. [ Gay ]
Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. [ William Shakespeare ]
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. [ Bible ]
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers. [ J. Roux ]
Desperate evils generally make men safe. [ Seneca ]
It is thus that on the choice of friends
Our good or evil name depends. [ Gay ]
Evil communications corrupt good manners. [ Proverb ]
O goodness! that shall evil turn to good. [ Milton ]
They that know no evil will suspect none. [ Ben Jonson ]
A wicked woman, and an evil,
Is three half pence worse than the devil. [ Proverb ]
Pleasure, or wrong or rightly understood,
Our greatest evil, or our greatest good. [ Pope ]
Farewell, remorse: all good to me is lost;
Evil, be thou my good. [ Milton ]
Fortune rarely brings good or evil singly. [ Proverb ]
The love of money is the root of all evil. [ I Timothy vi. 10 ]
He that hopes not for good fears not evil. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
The best known evil is the most tolerable. [ Livy ]
Timely advised, the coming evil shun;
Better not do the deed, than weep it done. [ Prior ]
For good or evil must in our actions meet;
Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet. [ Donne ]
Whoso does no evil, is apt to suspect none. [ Proverb ]
I have wrought great use out of evil tools. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]
Farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear;
Farewell remorse; all good to me is lost;
Evil, be thou my good! [ Milton ]
Ah, what a sign it is of evil life,
Where death's approach is seen so terrible! [ William Shakespeare ]
If you believe in evil, you have done evil. [ A. de Musset ]
There are heroes in evil as well as in good. [ Rochefoucauld ]
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. [ Bible ]
An evil tongue is the proof of an evil mind. [ Publius Syrus ]
Over-confidence is as evil as undue anxiety. [ Haliburton ]
An evil conscience breaks many a man's neck. [ Proverb ]
And out of good still to find means of evil. [ Milton ]
Evil news rides post, while good news bates. [ Milton ]
Good is to be sought out, and evil attended. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Good is mixed with evil, and evil with good.
Evil and good are God's right band and left. [ Bailey ]
Before the curing of a strong disease,
Even in the instant of repair and health,
The fit is strongest; evils that take leave.
On their departure most of all show evil. [ William Shakespeare ]
Nor florid prose, nor honied lies of rhyme,
Can blazon evil deeds, or consecrate a crime. [ Byron ]
Good and evil are chiefly in the imagination. [ Proverb ]
No sword bites so fiercely as an evil tongue. [ Sir P. Sidney ]
Good unexpected, evil unforeseen,
Appear by turns, as fortune shifts the scene;
Some rais'd aloft, come tumbling down amain
And fall so hard, they bound and rise again. [ Lord Lansdowne ]
Not all that heralds rake from coffin'd clay,
Nor florid prose, nor honeyed lines of rhyme,
Can blazon evil deeds or consecrate a crime. [ Byron ]
Better one thorn pluck'd out than all remain. [ Horace ]
A little evil contributes more to our misery. [ Proverb ]
Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen. [ Thomas a Kempis ]
Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one. [ La Fontaine ]
Ambition is but the evil shadow of aspiration. [ George Macdonald ]
But strong of limb
And swift of foot misfortune is, and, far
Outstripping all, comes first to every land,
And there wreaks evil on mankind, which prayers
Do afterwards redress. [ Homer ]
Evil is in antagonism with the entire creation. [ Zschokke ]
Good at a distance is better than evil at hand. [ Proverb ]
There is nothing good or evil save in the will. [ Epictetus ]
No evil is intolerable but a guilty conscience. [ Channing ]
Evil, like a rolling stone upon a mountain-top,
A child may first impel, a giant cannot stop. [ Trench ]
That evil can never be great which is the last. [ Cornelius Nepos ]
As love thinks no evil, so envy speaks no good. [ Proverb ]
To do no evil is good; to intend none is better. [ Claudius ]
Evil comes to us by ells and goes away by inches. [ Proverb ]
He knows best what good is that has endured evil. [ Proverb ]
How shall I speak thee, or thy power address,
Thou god of our idolatry, the Press?
By thee, religion, liberty, and laws,
Exert their influence, and advance their cause:
By thee, worse plagues than Pharaoh's land befell.
Diffused, make earth the vestibule of hell;
Thou fountain, at which drink the good and wise,
Thou ever bubbling spring of endless lies,
Like Eden's dread probationary tree.
Knowledge of good and evil is from thee! [ Cowper ]
There is a warp of evil woven in the wool of good. [ Manilius ]
Folly is the one evil for which there is no remedy. [ Spanish Proverb ]
He that returns a good for evil obtains the victory. [ Proverb ]
He that resists his own evil inclinations obeys God. [ Proverb ]
This is the essential evil of vice: it debases a man. [ Chapin ]
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. [ St. Paul ]
Men have less lively perception of good than of evil. [ Livy ]
Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope. [ Hazlitt ]
Sorrow is not evil, since it stimulates and purifies. [ Mazzini ]
Money is the fruit of evil as often as the root of it. [ Fielding ]
The Alphabet Of Success
Attend carefully to details.
Be prompt in all things.
Consider well, then decide positively.
Dare to do right, fear to do wrong.
Endure trials patiently.
Fight life's battles bravely.
Go not into the society of the vicious.
Hold your integrity sacred.
Injure not another's reputation.
Join hands only with the virtuous.
Keep your mind free from evil thoughts.
Lie not for any consideration.
Make few special acquaintances.
Never try to appear what you are not.
Observe good manners.
Pay your debts promptly.
Question not the verity of a friend.
Respect the desires of your parents.
Sacrifice money rather than principle.
Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating drinks.
Use your leisure for improvement.
Venture not upon the threshold of wrong.
Watch carefully over your passions.
Xtend to everyone a kindly greeting.
Yield not to discouragement.
Zealously labor for the right, and success is certain. [ Ladies Home Journal ]
True liberty is not liberty to do evil as well as good. [ John Winthrop ]
There is a witness of the evil deed in one's own bosom. [ Danish Proverb ]
The evil of infatuation is illustrated by the drunkard. [ John B. Gough ]
Happiness is only evident to us by deliverance from evil. [ Nicole ]
Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners. [ Bible ]
We cannot do evil to others without doing it to ourselves. [ Desmahis ]
The evil which issues from thy mouth falls into thy bosom. [ Spanish Proverb ]
By entertaining good thoughts, you will keep out evil ones. [ Proverb ]
Against the evil of death there is no remedy in the garden.
Impatience does not diminish, but always augments the evil. [ Proverb ]
Give time to the Evil One, and you give him all he requires. [ Gladstone ]
Apologies only account for the evil which they cannot alter. [ Disraeli ]
He that will not suffer evil must never think of preferment. [ Proverb ]
There is in anger this evil, that it will not be controlled. [ Seneca ]
The evil that comes out of your mouth, flies into your bosom. [ Proverb ]
There is not the thickness of a sixpence between good and evil. [ Proverb ]
No evil dies so soon as that which has been patiently sustained. [ W. Secker ]
Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side. [ Lowell ]
I prefer liberty with all its evil to despotism with all its good. [ W. T. Moore ]
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water. [ Shakespeare ]
By the very constitution of our nature moral evil is its own curse. [ Chalmers ]
There is no man suddenly either excellently good or extremely evil. [ Sir Philip Sidney ]
By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome. [ Proverb ]
Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but love. [ William Shakespeare ]
She is best who is least spoken of among men, whether for good or evil. [ Pericles ]
How bitter it is to reap a harvest of evil for good that you have done. [ Plautus ]
The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. [ St. James ]
In nine cases out of ten, the evil tongue belongs to a disappointed man. [ Bancroft ]
Truth does not do as much good in the world as the shows of it do of evil. [ La Roche ]
No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil. [ Zeno ]
Good and evil come unexpected to man; even if foretold, we believe it not. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
What is life but the choice of that good which contains the least of evil! [ B. R. Haydon ]
I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. [ Bible ]
Since all the maids are good and lovable, from whence come the evil wives? [ Lamb ]
Evil is so common in the world that it is easy to believe it natural to man. [ F. Soulie ]
For books are as meats and viands are; some of good, some of evil substance. [ Milton ]
Be deaf to the quarrelsome, blind to the scorner and dumb to the inquisitive. [ Aughey ]
Where there is mystery, it is generally supposed that there must also be evil. [ Byron ]
Truth does not do so much good in the world as the appearance of it does evil. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
Sometimes we must have love, either as a desirable good or an inevitable evil. [ Bussy-Rabutin ]
No man can be so entirely evil as to stifle the last ray of light in his soul. [ Körner ]
The poverty which oppresses a great people is a grievous and intolerable evil.
He that calls a man ungrateful sums up all the evil that a man can be guilty of. [ Swift ]
Life is too short to spare an hour of it in the indulgence of this evil passion. [ Lamartine ]
Resolved: Never to speak evil of any one, so that it shall tend to his dishonor. [ JONATHAN EDWARDS ]
Evil is like the nightmare, the instant you bestir yourself it has already ended. [ Jean Paul Richter ]
Our century leans neither toward evil nor toward good: it goes toward mediocrity. [ A. de Gasparin ]
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. [ William Shakespeare ]
An evil at its birth is easily crushed, but it grows and strengthens by endurance. [ Cicero ]
The jawbone of the evil one by means of an apple brought all evils into the world.
It is the glorious doom of literature that the evil perishes and the good remains. [ Bulwer Lytton ]
If some men died and others did not, death would indeed be a most mortifying evil. [ Bruyere ]
The anger of a woman is the greatest evil with which one can threaten his enemies. [ Chillon ]
There is some soul of goodness in things evil, would men observingly distil it out. [ William Shakespeare ]
The two great movers of the human mind are the desire of good and the fear of evil. [ Johnson ]
The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]
Evil men understand not judgment, but they that seek the Lord understand all things. [ Bible ]
He who does evil that good may come pays a toll to the devil to let him into heaven. [ Hare ]
Men say more evil of women than they think: it is the contrary with women toward men. [ S. Dubay ]
Women prefer us to say a little evil of them, rather than say nothing of them at all. [ A. Ricard ]
We believe at once in evil; we only believe in good upon reflection. Is not this sad? [ Madame Deluzy ]
Trouble makes every sad accident a double evil, and contentedness makes it none at all. [ Proverb ]
Ten Things To Do.
Do good to all.
Speak evil of none.
Hear and know the facts before judging.
Think before speaking.
Hold an angry tongue.
Be kind to the distressed.
Ask pardon for all wrongs.
Be patient toward everybody.
Stop the ears to a tale-bearer.
Disbelieve most of the ill reports concerning friends, neighbors, and people in general.
Life in itself is neither good nor evil, it is the scene of good or evil, as you make it. [ Montaigne ]
Might but the sense of moral evil be as strong in me as is my delight in external beauty! [ Dr. Arnold ]
If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it. [ Epictetus ]
There is no evil which we cannot face or fly from but the consciousness of duty disregarded. [ Daniel Webster ]
Of all the evil spirits abroad at this hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous. [ Froude ]
Every evil deed already bears its own avenging angel, the dread of evil, in the heart of it. [ Friedrich Schiller ]
He who imitates what is evil always exceeds; he who imitates what is good always falls short. [ Guicciardini ]
All things are double, one against another. Good is set against evil, and life against death. [ Ecclus ]
The good, we do it; the evil, that is fortune; man is always right, and destiny always wrong. [ La Fontaine ]
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. [ Seneca ]
Men always say more evil of women than there really is; and there is always more than is known. [ Mezerai ]
It is vain to trust in wrong; as much of evil, so much of loss, is the formula of human history. [ Theodore Parker ]
What otherwise is good and just, if it be aimed at by fraud or violence, becomes evil and unjust. [ Law Maxim ]
It is a hard but good law of fate, that as every evil, so every excessive power, wears itself out. [ Herder ]
Evil is generally committed under the hope of some advantage the pursuit of virtue seldom obtains. [ B. R. Haydon ]
The tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and the greatest evil that is done in the world. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. [ Bible ]
There is no evil that we cannot either face or fly from, but the consciousness of duty disregarded. [ Daniel Webster ]
We perfectly know what is good, and what is evil, and may be as certain in morals as in mathematics. [ Proverb ]
Nothing so effectively baffles the schemes of evil men so much as the calm composure of great souls. [ Mirabeau ]
How many people would be mute if they were forbidden to speak well of themselves, and evil of others! [ Mme. de Fontaines ]
How indestructibly the good grows, and propagates itself, even among the weedy entanglements of evil. [ Carlyle ]
Resist beginnings: it is too late to employ medicine when the evil has grown strong by inveterate habit. [ Ovid ]
To do good needs no consideration; it is doubt that makes good evil. Don't reflect; do good as you feel. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
No evil can touch him who looks on human beauty; he feels himself at one with himself and with the world. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choice of good or evil we have made through life. [ J. C. Geikie ]
Much of the good or evil that befalls persons arises from the well or ill managing of their conversation. [ Judge Hale ]
Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. [ St. John ]
No evil is felt till it comes, and when it comes no counsel helps. Wisdom is always too early and too late. [ Rückert ]
A blemish may be removed from a diamond by careful polishing, but evil words once spoken cannot be effaced. [ Confucius ]
All the evil that women have done to us comes from us, and all the good they have done to us comes from them. [ Martin ]
It is a masterpiece to draw good out of evil, and by the help of virtue to improve misfortune into blessings. [ Seneca ]
No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil, nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest good. [ Cicero ]
Evil and good are everywhere, like shadow and substance; (for men) inseparable, yet not hostile, only opposed. [ Carlyle ]
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. [ Bible ]
It is virtue which should determine us in the choice of our friends, without inquiring into their good or evil fortune. [ La Bruyere ]
The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigour to our moral nature. [ Ward Beecher ]
Man is neither an angel nor a brute, and it is his evil destiny if he aspires to be the former, to sink into the latter. [ Pascal ]
Of all the evils of the world which are reproached with an evil character, death is the most innocent of its accusation. [ Jeremy Taylor ]
Ignorance, says Ajax,
is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it. [ Mrs. Marian Lewes Cross (pen name George Eliot) ]
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek. [ William Shakespeare ]
Now-a-days friends are no longer found; good faith is dead, envy reigns supreme; and evil habits are ever more extending. [ Sannazaro ]
The evil which one suffers patiently as inevitable seems insupportable as soon as he conceives the idea of escaping from it. [ De Tocqueville ]
As the greatest liar tells more truths than falsehoods, so may it be said of the worst man, that he does more good than evil. [ Dr. Johnson ]
There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it in expecting evil before it arrives? [ Seneca ]
Know, he that foretells his own calamity, and makes events before they come, twice over doth endure the pains of evil destiny. [ Sir W. Davenant ]
The use of tobacco, more especially in smoking, disposes to idleness, and idleness has been considered as the root of all evil. [ Benjamin Rush M.D ]
There is also an evil report; light, indeed, and easy to raise, but difficult to carry, and still more difficult to get rid of. [ Hesiodus ]
Evil is merely privative, not absolute; it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Balm that tames all anguish, saint that evil thoughts and aims takest away, and into souls dost creep, like to a breeze from heaven. [ Wordsworth ]
No man can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil of life; nor temperate, who considers pleasure to be the highest good. [ Cicero ]
If a man offend a harmless, pure, and innocent person, the evil falls back upon that fool, like light dust thrown up against the wind. [ Buddha ]
He that is sensible of no evil but what he feels, has a hard heart; and he that can spare no kindness from himself, has a narrow soul. [ Collier ]
Misfortune, when we look upon it with our eyes, is smaller than when our imagination sinks the evil down into the recesses of the soul. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
It is safer to believe evil of everyone until people are found out to be good, but that requires a great deal of investigation nowadays. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]
Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil, and still more, the man who is indifferent to everything. [ Lavater ]
An old Spanish writer says,
To return evil for good is devilish; to return good for good is human; but to return good for evil is godlike. [ Whately ]
He who imitates what is evil always goes beyond the example that is set; on the contrary, he who imitates what is good always falls short. [ Guicciardini ]
To despond is to be ungrateful beforehand. Be not looking for evil. Often thou drainest the gall of fear while evil is passing thy dwelling. [ Tupper ]
The generality of men are wholly governed by names in matters of good and evil, so far as the qualities relate to and affect the actions of men. [ South ]
Poetry and flowers are the wine and spirit of The Arab; a couplet is equal to a bottle, and a rose to a dram, without the evil effects of either. [ Layard ]
Evil is a far more cunning and persevering propagandist than good, for it has no inward strength, and is driven to seek countenance and sympathy. [ Lowell ]
Sudden tumultuous popularity comes more from partial delirium on both sides than from clear insight, and is of evil omen to all concerned with it. [ Carlyle ]
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. [ Bovee ]
To the disgrace of men it is seen that there are women both more wise to judge what evil is expected, and more constant to bear it when it happens. [ Sir P. Sidney ]
True fortitude I take to be the quiet possession of a man's self, and an undisturbed doing his duty, whatever evil besets or danger lies in his way. [ Locke ]
You begin in error when you suggest that we should regard the opinion of the many about just and unjust, good and evil, honourable and dishonourable. [ Plato ]
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind. [ Swift ]
There is nothing of evil in life for him who rightly comprehends that death is no evil; to know how to die delivers us from all subjection and constraint. [ Montaigne ]
Thrice happy they, and more than thrice, whom an unbroken link binds together, and whom love, unimpaired by evil rancour, will not sunder before their last day. [ Horace ]
Nature knows how to convert evil to good; Nature utilises misers, fanatics, showmen, egotists to accomplish her ends; but we must not think better of the foible for that. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil. I am content to observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape from it; and with this I begin and end. [ John Newton ]
No one can take less pains than to hold his tongue. Hear much, and speak little; for the tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and greatest evil that is done in the world. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]
The passage of Providence lies through many crooked ways; a despairing heart is the true prophet of approaching evil; his actions may weave the webs of fortune, but not break them. [ Quarles ]
Music is one of the fairest and most glorious gifts of God, to which Satan is a bitter enemy; for it removes from the heart the weight of sorrow, and the fascination of evil thoughts. [ Luther ]
It is a bitter thought to an avaricious spirit that by and by all these accumulations must be left behind. We can only carry away from this world the flavor of our good or evil deeds. [ Beecher ]
As small letters hurt the sight, so do small matters him that is too much intent upon them; they vex and stir up anger, which begets an evil habit in him in reference to greater affairs. [ Plutarch ]
Government is a necessary evil, like other go-carts and crutches. Our need of it shows exactly how far we are still children. All governing over-much kills the self-help and energy of the governed. [ Wendell Phillips ]
Enthusiasm is an evil much less to be dreaded than superstition. Superstition is the disease of nations; enthusiasm that of individuals: the former grows inveterate by time: the latter is cured by it. [ Robert Hall ]
I am persuaded that music is designed to prepare for heaven, to educate for the choral enjoyment of Paradise, to form the mind to virtue and devotion, and to charm away evil and sanctify the heart to God. [ Legh Richmond ]
Against specious appearances we must set clear convictions, bright and ready for use. When death appears as an evil, we ought immediately to remember that evils are things to be avoided, but death is inevitable. [ Epictetus ]
There are evil spirits who suddenly fix their abode in man's unguarded breast, causing us to commit devilish deeds, and then, hurrying back to their native hell, leave behind the stings of remorse in the poisoned bosom. [ Schiller ]
Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears otherwise gives advantage to the danger; it is less folly not to endeavor the prevention of the evil thou fearest than to fear the evil which thy endeavor cannot prevent. [ Quarles ]
A spark is a molecule of matter, yet may it kindle the world; vast is the mighty ocean, but drops have made it vast. Despise not thou small things, either for evil or for good; for a look may work thy ruin, or a word create thy wealth. [ Tupper ]
No good or lovely thing exists in this world without its correspondent darkness; and the universe presents itself continually to mankind under the stern aspect of warning, or of choice, the good and the evil set on the right hand and the left. [ John Ruskin ]
To die, and thus avoid poverty or love, or anything painful, is not the part of a brave man, but rather of a coward; for it is cowardice to avoid trouble, and the suicide does not undergo death because it is honorable, but in order to avoid evil. [ Aristotle ]
I may grieve with the smart of an evil as soon as I feel it, but I will not smart with the grief of an evil as soon as I hear of it. My evil, when it Cometh, may make my grief too great; why, then, should my grief, before it comes, make my evil greater? [ Arthur Warwick ]
What is in reality cowardice and faithlessness, we call charity, and consider it the part of benevolence sometimes to forgive men's evil practice for the sake of their accurate faith, and sometimes to forgive their confessed heresy for the sake of their admirable practice. [ Ruskin ]
Liberty is one of the most precious gifts which heaven has bestowed upon man; with it we cannot compare the treasures which the earth contains or the sea conceals; for liberty, as for honor, we can and ought to risk our lives; and on the other hand, captivity is the greatest evil that can befall man. [ Cervantes ]
Evil, what we call evil, must ever exist while man exists; evil, in the widest sense we can give it, is precisely the dark, disordered material out of which man's freewill has to create an edifice of order and good. Ever must pain urge us to labour; and only in free effort can any blessedness be imagined for us. [ Carlyle ]
Neutrality in things good or evil is both odious and prejudicial; but in matters of an indifferent nature is safe and commendable. Herein taking of parts maketh sides, and breaketh unity. In an unjust cause of separation, he that favoreth both parts may perhaps have least love of either side, but hath most charity in himself. [ Bishop Hall ]
How sacred, how beautiful, is the feeling of affection in pure and guileless bosoms! The proud may sneer at it, the fashionable may call it fable, the selfish and dissipated may affect to despise it; but the holy passion is surely of heaven, and is made evil by the corruptions of those whom it was sent to bless and to preserve. [ Mordaunt ]
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 the hopper with poisoned grain, and it will grind it to meal, but there is death in the bread. [ Bryant ]
It is very singular, how the fact of a man's death often seems to give people a truer idea of his character, whether for good or evil, than they have ever possessed while he was living and acting among them. Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehood or betray its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal. [ Hawthorne ]
After having said, read, and written what we have of women, what is the fact? In good faith, it is this: they are handsomer, more amiable, more essential, more worthy, and have more sensibility than we. All the faults that we reproach in them do not cause as much evil as one of ours. And, then, are their faults not due to our despotism, injustice, and self-love? [ Prince de Ligne ]
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. [ Hillard ]
The habit of exaggeration in language should be guarded against; it misleads the credulous and offends the perceptive; it imposes on us the society of a balloon, when a moderately-sized skull would fill the place much better; it begets much evil in promising what it cannot perform, and we have often found the most glowing declarations of intended good services end in mere Irish vows. [ Eliza Cook ]
In former days various superstitious rites were used to exorcise evil spirits, but in our times the same object is attained, and beyond comparison more effectually, by the press; before this talisman, ghosts, vampires, witches, and all their kindred tribes are driven from the land, never to return again; the touch of holy water is not so intolerable to them as the smell of printing ink. [ J. Bentham ]
If thy desire to raise thy fortunes encourage thy delights to the casts of fortune, be wise betimes, lest thou repent too late; what thou gettest, thou gainest by abused providence; what thou losest, thou losest by abused patience; what thou winnest is prodigally spent; what thou losest is prodigally lost; it is an evil trade that prodigality drives; and a bad voyage where the pilot is blind. [ Quarles ]
Health is certainly more valuable than money; because it is by health that money is procured; but thousands and millions are of small avail to alleviate the protracted tortures of the gout, to repair the broken organs of sense, or resuscitate the powers of digestion. Poverty is, indeed, an evil from which we naturally fly, but let us not run from one enemy to another, nor take shelter in the arms of sickness. [ Johnson ]
The love of a mother is never exhausted; it never changes, it never tires. A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands; but a mother's love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother still loves on, and still hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways, and repent; she still remembers the infant smiles that once filled her bosom with rapture, the merry laugh, the joyful shout of Iris childhood, the opening promise of his youth; and she can never be brought to think him all unworthy. [ W. Irving ]