Great Throughts Treasury

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John A. Sanford, aka Jack

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

Character | Darkness | Evil | Existence | Good | Victim |

Sir G. Sinclair

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.

Character | Evil | Good | Man | Qualities | Reason |

William Gilmore Simms

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.

Character | Evil | Life | Life | Need | Training |

Samuel Smiles

To think we are able is almost to be so; to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself; earnest resolution has often seemed to have about it almost a savor of omnipotence.

Attainment | Character | Omnipotence | Resolution | Think |

Jacopo Sannazarro

There is no evil in the world without a remedy.

Character | Evil | World |

Abba Hillel Silver

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.

Adventure | Aspiration | Character | Evil | Life | Life | Meaning | Repentance | World |

Robert Southey

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.

Character | Evil | Good | Man | Means | Soul |

Richard Steele, fully Sir Richard Steele

I know no evil so great as the abuse of the understanding, and yet there is no one vice more common.

Abuse | Character | Evil | Understanding | Vice |

Lawrence Sterne, alternatively Laurence Sterne

If there is an evil in this world, it is sorrow and heaviness of heart. The loss of goods, of healthy, of coronets and mitres, is only evil as they occasion sorrow; take that out, the rest is fancy, and dwelleth only in the head of man.

Character | Evil | Heart | Man | Rest | Sorrow | World | Loss |

Thomas De Witt Talmage

No man becomes fully evil at once; but suggestion bringeth on indulgence; indulgence, delight; delight, consent; consent, endeavor; endeavor, practice; practice, custom; custom, excuse; excuse, defense; defense, obstinacy; obstinacy, boasting; boasting, a seared conscience and a reprobate mind.

Boasting | Character | Conscience | Custom | Defense | Evil | Indulgence | Man | Mind | Practice |

Robert Southey

Man creates the evil he endures.

Character | Evil | Man |

Apocrypha NULL

A stubborn heart shall fare evil at last.

Evil | Heart | Wisdom |

Johann Georg Zimmermann

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.

Character | Deeds | Desire | Enough | Evil | Good | Man |

Brooks Atkinson, fully Justin Brooks Atkinson

The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newspapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically inside.

Evil | Good | Men | Wisdom |