Evil

Every duty brings its peculiar delight, every denial its appropriate compensation, every thought its recompense, every love its elysium, every cross its crown; pay goes with performance as effect with cause. Meanness overreaches itself; vice vitiates whoever indulges it; the wicked wrong their own souls; generosity greatens; virtue exalts; charity transfigures; and holiness is the essence of angelhood. God does not require us to live on credit; he pays us what we earn as we earn it, good or evil, heaven or hell, according to our choice.

Do good; avoid evil. That is the first step in all religions.

Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.

Blessed is he who hath clean hands and a pure heart, who preserveth his soul from evil.

Endure evil with patience and forgive, for therein is great and true wisdom.

The love of the world is the root of all evil.

To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil with evil is evil.

If we have need of a strong will in order to do good, it is more necessary still for us in order not to do evil; from which it often results that the most modest life is that where the force of will is most exercised.

The oldest and best known evil is always more tolerable than a new and unexperienced one.

We can never be despised as much as we deserve. Pity and commiseration are mingled with some esteem for the thing we pity; the things we laugh at we consider worthless. I do not think there is as much unhappiness in us as vanity, nor as much malice as stupidity. We are not so full of evil as of inanity; we are not as wretched as we are worthless.

The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil, and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.

Life is a short day; but it is a working day. Activity may lead to evil, but inactivity cannot lead to good.

Good has but one enemy, the evil; but the evil has two enemies, the good and itself.

Life is given for wisdom, and yet we are not wise; for goodness, and we are not good; for overcoming evil, and evil remains; for patience and sympathy and love, and yet we are fretful and hard and weak and selfish. We are keyed not to attainment, but to struggle toward it.

The Evil Urge begins like a guest and proceeds like the host.

A mind filled with thoughts of God cannot entertain evil thoughts.

Every high degree of power always involves a corresponding degree of freedom from good and evil.

What is evil? - Whatever springs from weakness.

Whatever is done from love always occurs beyond good and evil.

Avoid what is evil; do what is good; purify the mind - this is the teaching of the Awakened One.