„May we not say, perhaps, that the evil man is annihilated because he wished to be annihilated, or that he did not wish strongly enough to eternalize himself because he was evil? May we say that it is not believing in the other life which causes a man to be good, but rather that being good causes him believe in it? And what is being good and being evil? These states belong to the sphere of ethics, not of religion; or rather, does not the doing good though being evil pertain to ethics, and the being good [forgivable] though doing evil, to religion?“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), X : Religion, the Mythology of the Beyond and the Apocatastasis
„Every person has the choice between Good and Evil. Choose Good, and stand against those who would choose Evil.“
— Friedrich Kellner German Justice inspector 1885 - 1970
Attributed, “Welt muss mehr denn je diese Botschaft hören,” Giessener Allgemeine Zeitung, Giessen, Germany, April 12, 2005.
„Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1950s, The Measures of Man (1959)
— Tryon Edwards American theologian 1809 - 1894
A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 68.
„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
Existentialism and Human Emotions (1957)
„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.
— John Greenleaf Whittier American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery 1807 - 1892
Brown of Ossawatomie, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
„The proposition has… been laid down in the most general terms, "All evils are negations." Thus for man death is evil; death is his non-existence. Illness, poverty, and ignorance are evils for man; all these are privations of properties…. The destruction of other things is likewise nothing but the absence of their form. After these propositions, it must be admitted as a fact that it cannot be said of God that He directly creates evil, or He has the direct intention to produce evil; this is impossible. His works are all perfectly good. He only produces existence, and all existence is good; whilst evils are of a negative character, and cannot be acted upon.“
— Jerry Garcia American musician and member of the Grateful Dead 1942 - 1995
— Friedensreich Hundertwasser Austrian artist 1928 - 2000
Title of manifesto (May 1990) http://www1.kunsthauswien.com/english/okologie.htm
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 2: Socrates, his predecessors and followers, Socrates, 14.