Good and Evil

"Here the climax of the darkening is reached. The dark power at first held so high a place that it could wound all who were on the side of good and of the light. But in the end it perishes of its own darkness, for evil must itself fall at the very moment when it has wholly overcome the good, and thus consumed the energy to which it owed its duration."
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Quotes from: JoAnn Kite


"The Lord God is subtle, but malicious he is not."
Albert Einstein (Inscription in Fine Hall, Princeton University)

"But God, as He is the supremely good Creator of good natures, so is He of evil wills the most just Ruler; so that, while they make an ill use of good natures, He makes a good use of even evil wills."
—St Augustine - The City of God

"Evil is thought to abound on earth. But if you could see the plan of Providence, you would not think there was evil anywhere."
—Boethius, Roman Senator and Philosopher - The Consolation of Philosophy

"Through the evil wills of some, God works much good in others. Some people, resisting the will of God, unwittingly do his purpose. Understand then that so truly are all things subject to God that even those who oppose his law nevertheless fulfill his will."
—Isidore of Seville, 7th Century scholar whose books and schools helped shape the education of western civilization

"Each one, when it comes to the test, must take comfort at least from the knowledge that God's supreme goodness allows nothing to be done outside his plan, and whatever is started wrongly, he himself brings it to the best conclusion. Hence in all things it is right to say, 'Thy will be done.' "
—Abelard, 12th century philosopher - Historia calamitatum (The Story of His Misfortunes)

"After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser."
—Benjamin Franklin

"Evil springs up, and flowers, and bears no seed, And feeds the green earth with its swift decay, Leaving it richer for the growth of truth."
—James R. Lowell - Prometheus

"I know that good is always coming; though few have at all times the simplicity and the courage to believe it. What we call evil, is the only and best shape, which, for the person and his condition at the time, could be assumed by the best good."
—George MacDonald - Phantastes, Chapter 25

"The knowledge of evil is an inadequate knowledge; if the human mind possessed only adequate ideas, it would form no conception of evil."

"Faust: When you are labeled Lord of Flies, corrupters, liars, All right—who are you then? Mephistopheles: Part of that force which would do ever evil, and does ever good."
—Goethe - Faust

"When you walk through the valley of the shadows, remember that the shadows are cast by light."
—quoted by a local TV ad for funeral home

"Even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each of you, so the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also."
—Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet

"Good must be the beginning and the end of all evil things."
—Dionysius the Aeropagite

"Just as the conscious mind can put the question, 'why is there this frightful conflict between good and evil?', so the unconscious can reply, 'look closer! Each needs the other. The best, just because it is the best, holds the seed of evil, and there is nothing so bad but good can come of it.' "
Carl Jung - The Function of the Unconscious

"For my part, I had rather excel in the knowledge of what is good than in the extent of my power and dominion."
—Alexander the Great

"The idea of the good is the highest wisdom. All things are useful and helpful only when added to this. If we lack understanding of the beautiful and the good, though we learn all else to perfection, it profits us nothing."

"Thus from the beginning of all things prevailed divine goodness, without which nothing could have continued to exist."
—Haggadah, The Other Bible