„You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two.“

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„Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.“

—  Tryon Edwards American theologian 1809 - 1894

Quelle: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 68.

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„The choice before human beings, is not, as a rule, between good and evil but between two evils.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950

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Kontext: The choice before human beings, is not, as a rule, between good and evil but between two evils. You can let the Nazis rule the world: that is evil; or you can overthrow them by war, which is also evil. There is no other choice before you, and whichever you choose you will not come out with clean hands.

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„You fill your own mind with evil thoughts instead of good; and so you hinder your own growth, and make yourself, for those who can see, an ugly and painful object instead of a beautiful and lovable one.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

§ IV
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Kontext: See what gossip does. It begins with evil thought, and that in itself is a crime. For in everyone and in everything there is good; in everyone and in everything there is evil. Either of these we can strengthen by thinking of it, and in this way we can help or hinder evolution; we can do the will of the Logos or we can resist Him. If you think of the evil in another, you are doing at the same time three wicked things:
(1) You are filling your neighbourhood with evil thought instead of with good thought, and so you are adding to the sorrow of the world.
(2) If there is in that man the evil which you think, you are strengthening it and feeding it; and so you are making your brother worse instead of better. But generally the evil is not there, and you have only fancied it; and then your wicked thought tempts your brother to do wrong, for if he is not yet perfect you may make him that which you have thought him.
(3) You fill your own mind with evil thoughts instead of good; and so you hinder your own growth, and make yourself, for those who can see, an ugly and painful object instead of a beautiful and lovable one.
Not content with having done all this harm to himself and to his victim, the gossip tries with all his might to make other men partners in his crime. Eagerly he tells his wicked tale to them, hoping that they will believe it; and then they join with him in pouring evil thought upon the poor sufferer. And this goes on day after day, and is done not by one man but by thousands. Do you begin to see how base, how terrible a sin this is? You must avoid it altogether.

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„Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, buch Selbstbetrachtungen

Quelle: Meditations

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„It seems to me very important to continue to distinguish between two evils. It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.“

—  Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1901 - 1978

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As quoted in American Quotations (1992) by Gorton Carruth and Eugene H. Ehrlich
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Variante: At times it may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.

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„In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.“

—  George Raymond Richard Martin American writer, screenwriter and television producer 1948

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Variante: In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.
Kontext: The battle between good and evil is a legitimate theme for a Fantasy (or for any work of fiction, for that matter), but in real life that battle is fought chiefly in the individual human heart. Too many contemporary Fantasies take the easy way out by externalizing the struggle, so the heroic protagonists need only smite the evil minions of the dark power to win the day. And you can tell the evil minions, because they're inevitably ugly and they all wear black.
I wanted to stand much of that on its head.
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„Life itself is neither a good nor an evil: life is where good or evil find a place, depending on how you make it for them.“

—  Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

Quelle: The Essays: A Selection

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„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, buch 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.
Quelle: Iaiá Garcia (1878) ch. 3; Albert I. Bagby, Jr. (trans.) Iaiá Garcia (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1977) p. 23.

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„Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil not the strength to choose between the two.“

—  John Cheever American novelist and short story writer 1912 - 1982

The Late Forties and the Fifties, 1956 entry.
The Journals of John Cheever (1991)

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„If you depart from evil but fail to do good, you transgress the law, which is fulfilled not simply by abominating evil deeds but also by performing good works’“

—  Pelagius British monk 360 - 420

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