The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.
All the evil in life, it seems to me, comes from idleness, boredom, and spiritual emptiness, and all this is inevitable when one is accustomed to living at other people’s expense.[В жизни всё зло, мне кажется, от праздности, от скуки, от душевной пустоты, а всё это неизбежно, когда привыкаешь жить на счет других.]
You should never do anything wicked and lay it on your brother, when it is just as convenient to lay it on some other boy.
When we are working at a difficult task and strive after a good thing, we are fighting a righteous battle, the direct reward of which is that we are kept from much evil.
To assert, in any case, that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no one in his right mind will believe this today.
There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.
There are horrors beyond life’s edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man’s evil prying calls them just within our range.