„No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.“

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—  Friedrich Kellner German Justice inspector 1885 - 1970
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„Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.“

—  Tryon Edwards American theologian 1809 - 1894
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„To choose this or that is to affirm at the same time the value of what we choose, because we can never choose evil. We always choose the good, and nothing can be good for us without being good for all.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980
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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, book 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.

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„Perish with him the folly that seeks through evil good.“

—  John Greenleaf Whittier American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery 1807 - 1892
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„Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.“

—  Jerry Garcia American musician and member of the Grateful Dead 1942 - 1995

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„There are no evils in Nature, there are only evils of Man.“

—  Friedensreich Hundertwasser Austrian artist 1928 - 2000
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„He said that there was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
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