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Quotes on evil and goodness

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” – Blaise Pascal

‘The worst evils in the world are not done by evil people, but by good people who do not know they are not doing good’ – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” – T.S. Eliot, 1950.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It sometimes happens that men who preach most vehemently about evil and the punishment of evil, so that they seem to have practically nothing else on their minds except sin, are really unconscious haters of other men. They think that the world does not appreciate them, and this is their way of getting even. – Fa. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, p. 93

‘Charity is no substitute for justice withheld’ (St. Augustine). (Ask Dawn Rowan!)


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