„He felt that there is a loose balance of good and evil, and that the art of living consists in getting the greatest good out of the greatest evil.“
— Machado de Assis, книга Iaiá Garcia
Entendia que há larga ponderação de males e bens, e que a arte de viver consiste em tirar o maior bem do maior mal. Iaiá Garcia (1878) ch. 3; Albert I. Bagby, Jr. (trans.) Iaiá Garcia (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1977) p. 23.
„The proportions of good and evil in any society depend partly upon the proportion of consent to that of refusal and partly upon the distribution of power between those who consent and those who refuse.“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Draft for a Statement of Human Obligation (1943), Context: The proportions of good and evil in any society depend partly upon the proportion of consent to that of refusal and partly upon the distribution of power between those who consent and those who refuse. If any power of any kind is in the hands of a man who has not given total, sincere, and enlightened consent to this obligation such power is misplaced. If a man has willfully refused to consent, then it is in itself a criminal activity for him to exercise any function, major or minor, public or private, which gives him control over people's lives. All those who, with knowledge of his mind, have acquiesced in his exercise of the function are accessories to the crime. Any State whose whole official doctrine constitutes an incitement to this crime is itself wholly criminal. It can retain no trace of legitimacy. Any State whose official doctrine is not primarily directed against this crime in all its forms is lacking in full legitimacy. Any legal system which contains no provisions against this crime is without the essence of legality. Any legal system which provides against some forms of this crime but not others is without the full character of legality. Any government whose members commit this crime, or authorize it in their subordinates, has betrayed its function.
„For centuries the leaders of Christian thought spoke of women as a necessary evil, and the greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most.“
— Annie Besant British socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator 1847 - 1933
The Freethinker's Text Book: Christianity: Its Evidences, Its Origin, Its ... http://books.google.co.in/books?id=9Ja-JNYYySYC&pg=PT262
„A man who uses power to do evil is in theory judged to have been conscious of his acts and to be as fit for punishment as a perpetrator of premeditated murder. But the technocrat is not trained on that level. He understands events within the logic of the system. The greatest good is the greatest logic or the greatest appearance of efficiency or responsibility for the greatest possible part of the structure.“
— John Ralston Saul Canadian author and essayist 1947
Voltaire's Bastards (1992)
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1900s, Major Barbara (1905), Preface
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823), No. 35
— Lloyd Alexander, книга The High King
The Chronicles of Prydain (1964–1968), Book V : The High King (1968), Chapter 11 (p. 142)
„The evil effect of science upon men is principally this, that by far the greatest number of those who wish to display a knowledge of it accomplish no improvement at all of the understanding, but only a perversity of it, not to mention that it serves most of them as a tool of vanity.“
— Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804
Part III : Selection on Education from Kant's other Writings, Ch. I Pedagogical Fragments, # 52
„Every person has the choice between Good and Evil. Choose Good, and stand against those who would choose Evil.“
— Friedrich Kellner German Justice inspector 1885 - 1970
Attributed, “Welt muss mehr denn je diese Botschaft hören,” Giessener Allgemeine Zeitung, Giessen, Germany, April 12, 2005.
— Dennis Prager American writer, speaker, radio and TV commentator, theologian 1948
2010s, Dennis Prager. "The Doritos Ad Was Not Funny" http://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2010/02/16/the_doritos_ad_was_not_funny/page/full at townhall.com, 16 February 2010.
„May those in distress become happy, May the sins of animate and inanimate beings disappear, may the evils of the universe be destroyed.“
— Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar Indian writer 1919 - 1974
At the conclusion of his speech on Indian tradition he recited a passage from Matsyapurana, quoted in "Jayachamaraja Wodeyar – A Princely scholar".
„The greatest human evils are not those that individuals perform in private, the tiny transgressions against some arbitrary social standard we call sins. The ultimate evils are the mass murders that occur in revolution and war, the large-scale savageries that arise when one agglomeration of humans tries to dominate another: the deeds of the social group. …only group efforts can save us from the sporadic insanities of the group.“
— Howard Bloom American publicist and author 1943
The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History (1997), The Clint Eastwood Conundrum
„The greatest slave is not he who is ruled by a despot, great though that evil be, but he who is in the thrall of his own moral ignorance, selfishness, and vice.“
— Samuel Smiles Scottish author 1812 - 1904
Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. I : Self-Help — National and Individual
„One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils of the world can be cured by legislation.“
— Thomas Brackett Reed U.S. Representative from Maine, and Speaker of the House 1839 - 1902
Quoted by George W. Stimpson in A Book About American Politics http://books.google.com/books?id=5eQ5AAAAMAAJ&q=%22One+of+the+greatest+delusions+in+the+world+is+the+hope+that+the+evils+of+the+world+can+be+cured+by+legislation%22&pg=PA342#v=onepage (1952)