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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Evil
 
A small evil is a great good.  Greek.  1
An evil lesson is soon learned.  2
An evil life is a kind of death.  Ovid.  3
Better suffer a great evil than do a little one.  4
Better to suffer a known evil than to change for uncertain good.  Spanish.  5
Depart from evil and do good.  Bible.  6
Do not stir up an evil that has been fairly buried.  Latin.  7
Evil to him who evil thinks. (Honi soi qui mal-y-pense.)  Motto of Great Britain.  8
Evil comes not amiss if it comes alone.  Don Quixote.  9
Evil comes to us by ells and goes away by inches.  10
Evil communications corrupt good manners.  11
Evil conduct is the root of misery.  Chinese.  12
Evil doing costs more than well doing.  German.  13
Evil fall on him who goes to seek it.  Don Quixote.  14
Evil gains are as bad as a loss.  Hesiod.  15
Evil got, evil spent.  16
Evil habits soil a fine dress more than mud.  Plautus.  17
Evil is fittest to consort with evil.  Livy.  18
Evil is soon believed.  19
Evil is soon done but slowly mended.  Danish.  20
Evil must be drawn out by evil.  Danish.  21
Evil they sow and sorrow will they reap for their harvest.  Southey.  22
Evil wastes itself.  Danish.  23
Evils that are past should not be mourned.  24
He sucked evil from the dug.  25
How much pain the evils have cost us that have never happened.  26
Let us permit men to speak evil of us; is it not sufficient they cannot do it?  Augustus.  27
Never do evil that good may come of it.  Italian.  28
No evil is great if it is the last.  Nepos.  29
No face all ugly e’er was seen on earth,
No heart all evil e’er from Eve had birth.
  30
Of two evils choose the least.  31
Some evils are cured by contempt.  32
That evil which is old at night is yet the offspring of every morning.  Hebrew.  33
That which is evil is soon learnt.  34
The evil comes upon us all at once like sticks upon a dog.  Don Quixote.  35
The evil is lessened when it is seen beforehand.  Latin.  36
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.  Shakespeare.
  37
The evil which issues from thy mouth falls into thy bosom.  Spanish.  38
The evil wound is cured but not the evil name.  39
The last evil smarts the most.  40
There are evils which compared to others are benefits.  41
Three great evils come out of the north, a cold wind, a cunning knave and a shrinking cloth.  42
To a mortal man no evil is immortal.  43
To every evil doer his evil day.  Spanish.  44
We will not believe the existence of evil until it is upon us.  La Fontaine.  45
Who does not punish evil invites it.  German.  46
Who doth no evil is apt to suspect none.  47
 
 
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