Evil

To try to be good, and disregard one's darkness, is to fall victim to the evil in ourselves whose existence we have denied.

There is no evil in the world without a remedy.

Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, to harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world - that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all round me - is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life.

Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness; the evil consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor; while the paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.

Knowledge alone does not stop men from evil. The poor and the ignorant are not the greatest sinners. Man's mind may unfold, his intellect grow more keen, his understanding more profound, yet side by side with this may be a moral degeneration such as existed in pagan Greece and Rome.

If thou wishest to get rid of thy evil propensities, thou must keep far from evil companions.

It is an extreme evil to depart from the company of the living before you die.

Life is neither a good nor an evil; it is simply the place where good and evil exist.

No evil is without its compensation.

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.

There is no evil without its compensation.

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.

Self-control is promoted by humility. Pride is a fruitful source of uneasiness. It keeps the mind in disquiet. Humility is the antidote to this evil.

There is evil in the world, but it can be overcome through repentance and aspiration, and therein lies the true meaning and adventure in life.

Strong passions are the life of manly virtues. But they need not necessarily be evil because they are passions, and because they are strong. They may be likened to blood horses, that need training and the curb only, to enable those whom they carry to achieve the most glorious triumphs.

Man has evil as well as good qualities peculiar to himself. Drunkenness places him as much below the level of the brutes as reason elevates him above them.

Man creates the evil he endures.

Never let man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul! Any other issue is doubtful; the evil effect on himself is certain.

A good thing which prevents us from enjoying a greater good is in truth an evil.