For evil to triumph is for good to do nothing

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for evil to triumph is for good to do nothing

Quote by Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evi...”

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All that is needed for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing

The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing

Edmund Burke 12 January — 9 July was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism. Disputed [ edit ] All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. This is probably the most quoted statement attributed to Burke, and an extraordinary number of variants of it exist, but all without any definite original source. They closely resemble remarks known to have been made by the Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill , in an address at the University of St. The very extensively used remarks attributed to Burke might be based on a paraphrase of some of his ideas, but he is not known to have ever declared them in so succinct a manner in any of his writings. It has been suggested that they may have been adapted from these lines of Burke's in his Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents : " When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

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Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design. They are enabled to fathom it with common counsel, and to oppose it with united strength. Whereas, when they lie dispersed, without concert, order, or discipline, communication is uncertain, counsel difficult, and resistance impracticable. In a connection, the most inconsiderable man, by adding to the weight of the whole, has his value, and his use; out of it, the greatest talents are wholly unserviceable to the public. No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours, are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture?

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