A Quote by William Law on evil


Self is the root, the tree, and the branches of all the evils of our fallen state.

William Law (1686 - 1761)

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A Quote by William George Jordan on crime, evil, good, ingratitude, and revenge

Ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge, which is only returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Truth, p. 25.

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A Quote by William James on agreement, attitude, change, departure, evil, fear, good, men, and simplicity

Much of what we call evil is due entirely to the way men take the phenomenon. It can so often be converted into a bracing and tonic good by a simple change of the sufferer's inner attitude from one of fear to one of fight; its string can so often depart and turn into a relish when, after vainly seeking to shun it, we agree to face about and bear it . . .

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on courage, endurance, evil, faith, life, energy, and religion

Every sort of energy and endurance, of courage and capacity for handling life's evils, is set free in those who have religious faith.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William Ewart Gladstone on conscience, disease, evil, practice, and world

The disease of an evil conscience is beyond the practice of all the physicians of all the countries in the world.

William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898)

Source: Speech, Plumstead 1878

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A Quote by William Dean on assumptions, baseball, brothers, christianity, complaints, difficulty, evil, facts, fatherhood, faults, integrity, justice, learning, life, meaning, nature, needs, reflection, sons, theology, trade, and words

Bernard Loomer's father was a sea captain. He was acquainted with his small place in an uncontrollable nature. In a talk in 1974 Loomer described his father's instructions about the uses of a baseball glove. The father had just overheard his son's sandlot complaints about the thinness of a glove inherited from his older brothers. When his father asked him what a baseball glove was for, young Loomer had said that it was to protect the hand. In the words of Bernard Loomer in his sixties, his father replied: Son, I never have played baseball, but it seems to me you ought to be able to catch the ball bare-handed. The way I look at it, you use a glove not to protect your hand, but to give you a bigger hand to help catch balls that are more difficult to reach. I assume that in this as in all walks of life there are tricks to the trade. I suggest you learn how to catch with that glove for two reasons. First, because you are not going to get another one, and second, because you don't need protection from life. You need a glove to give you a bigger hand to catch baseballs you might otherwise miss. As the decade of the 1970s progressed, Loomer reflected increasingly on the fact that what you might otherwise miss [in theology] was irrational, even evil, but [that it] must be caught anyway. Loomer grew increasingly dissatisfied with those who seemed to restrict their reach-even Whitehead was faulted. And increasingly it appeared that Christian theology was the theology Loomer had-that he was not going to get another one-and so, although it was thin in places, he attempted to use the one theology he had, to catch all he could. [This] suggests the meaning of Loomer's special term, "size." Size signifies "the volume of life you can take into your being and still maintain your integrity."

William Dean

Source: The Size of God, 1987

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on evil, imagination, and men

Evil comes to all us men of imagination wearing as its mask all the virtues.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William A. Scully, D.D. on evil, existence, knowledge, men, mind, and understanding

Knowledge alone does not stop men from evil. The poor and the ignorant are not the greatest sinners. Man's mind may unfold, his intellect grow more keen, his understanding more profound, yet side by side with this may be a moral degeneration such as existed in pagan Greece and Rome.

William A. Scully

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A Quote by Wiccan Rede on evil and good


An' it harm none, do as ye will. Whatever you send out, be it good or evil, comes back to you three times over.

Wiccan Rede

Source: Wiccan Rede & Threefold Law

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on evil and learning

What all schoolchildren learn: those to whom evil is done do evil in return.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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