— Hayao Miyazaki Japanese animator, film director, and mangaka 1941
— Tryon Edwards American theologian 1809 - 1894
Quelle: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 68.
„It is on account neither of God's weakness nor ignorance that evil comes into the world, but rather it is due to the order of his wisdom and the greatness of his goodness that diverse grades of goodness occur in things, many of which would be lacking if no evil were permitted. Indeed, the good of patience would not exist without the evil of persecution; nor the good of preservation of life in a lion if not for the evil of the destruction of the animals on which it lives.“
— Thomas Aquinas Italian Dominican scholastic philosopher of the Roman Catholic Church 1225 - 1274
De Potentia (On Power) q. 3, art. 6, ad 4
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
"No, Not One," The Adelphi (October 1941), p. 7 http://books.google.com/books?id=hdwYAQAAIAAJ&q=%22The+choice+before+human+beings%22&pg=PA7#v=onepage- 8 http://books.google.com/books?id=hdwYAQAAIAAJ&q=%22is+not+as+a+rule+between+good+and+evil+but+between+two+evils%22&pg=PA8#v=onepage
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.
„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
1910s, At the Feet of the Master (1911)
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.
— Marcus Aurelius, buch Selbstbetrachtungen
— Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1901 - 1978
As quoted in Margaret Mead : Some Personal Views (1979) edited by Rhoda Métraux
As quoted in American Quotations (1992) by Gorton Carruth and Eugene H. Ehrlich
Variante: At times it may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
„I hold that the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding states between the two, is, instead of an evil, a good. A positive good.“
— John C. Calhoun 7th Vice President of the United States 1782 - 1850
In 1837 http://stoprepublicans.blogspot.com/2008/06/democrats-held-these-words-to-be-self.html
— George Raymond Richard Martin American writer, screenwriter and television producer 1948
infinity plus interview (2001)
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.
In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.
„The so-called evils are evils only in relation to a certain thing, and that which is evil in relation to a certain existing thing, either includes the non-existence of that thing or the non-existence of some of its good conditions.“
— Maimónides, buch The Guide for the Perplexed
Quelle: Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190), Part III, Ch.10
— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592
Quelle: The Essays: A Selection
— 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.
— John Cheever American novelist and short story writer 1912 - 1982
The Late Forties and the Fifties, 1956 entry.
The Journals of John Cheever (1991)
— Rick Riordan, buch The House of Hades
Quelle: The House of Hades
— Pelagius British monk 360 - 420
On Virginity 6.1
[Harrison, Carol, Truth in a Heresy?, The Expository Times, 2016, 112, 3, 78–82, 10.1177/001452460011200302]
„People see only their good deeds saying, "I have done this good deed." But they do not see their evil deeds saying, "I have done this evil deed" or "This is called evil." But this (tendency) is difficult to see. One should think like this: "It is these things that lead to evil, to violence, to cruelty, anger, pride and jealousy. Let me not ruin myself with these things."“
— Ashoka Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty -304 - -232 v.Chr
And further, one should think: "This leads to happiness in this world and the next."
Edicts of Ashoka (c. 257 BC)
— Walter Scott, buch Ivanhoe
Quelle: Ivanhoe (1819), Ch. 33, The Black Knight speaking to Locksley.
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
„Copyright is monopoly, and produces all the effects which the general voice of mankind attributes to monopoly. […] Monopoly is an evil. For the sake of the good we must submit to the evil; but the evil ought not to last a day longer than is necessary for the purpose of securing the good.“
— Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay British historian and Whig politician 1800 - 1859