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Who said all that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing?
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"Nothing succeeds like success" is a proverb in both French and English. Among those who used the French version [Rien ne réussit comme le succès] was Alexandre …Dumas the Elder, in Ange Pitou (1854). Among those who used the English version was A.D. Richardson, in Beyond Mississippi.
GOD spoke of this 6000 years ago. From the book of Genesis: 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you… not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. " (NOT DOING what is right = the sin of omission) "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke) Numerous searches by numerous people have failed to find this exact quotation in any of Burke's writings,and it is now thought to be a 20th Cen. paraphrase. Here is an Edmund Burke quote that I believe fits nicely into the above 'paraphrase?': "It is not enough in a situation of trust in the commonwealth, that a man means well to his country; it is not enough that in his single person he never did an evil act, but always voted according to his conscience, and even harangued against every design which he apprehended to be prejudicial to the interests of his country. This innoxious and ineffectual character, that seems formed upon a plan of apology and disculpation, falls miserably short of the mark of public duty. That duty demands and requires that what is right should not only be made known, but made prevalent; that what is evil should not only be detected, but defeated. When the public man omits to put himself in a situation of doing his duty with effect it is an omission that frustrates the purposes of his trust almost as much as if he had formally betrayed it. It is surely no very rational account of a man's life, that he has always acted right but has taken special care to act in such a manner that his endeavours could not possibly be productive of any consequence." This is also a quote from the game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by Alucard Draculas halfblood son. the exact quote being "Always remember, that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Actually, the quote is, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Perhaps getting the order of the words correct helps with the meaning. It of…ten does so in the English language, unlike some other languages where it sometimes makes little difference. The above quote is attributed to Edmund Burke, a well-known 18th century political philosopher. It has been quoted often in recent years, especially by reform candidates for public office, sometimes without appropriate attribution. It means that evil is not neutral; if you and/or society stop resisting evil, it will continue to grow and spread. It is a call to arms for people to stop being complacent. Evil is not neutral and there can be no neutrality exercised toward it. Anyone who is not against it is perforce in favor of it. Edmund Burke did not say that althought the quote is attributed to him it is infact incorrect. those are not the words Burke uses!
The idea was first put into print in 1868 by Sir Arthur Helps in 'Realmah' he quoted That nothing succeeds like success, we would be remit in our duties if we did not include …the old corny joke that 'Nothing succeeds like a parrot with no teeth'
Edmund Burke. The actual quote is: "The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing." Addendum: The "actual quote" cannot be found. Whi…le it is attributed to Burke, there is not evidence that he ever actually spoke or wrote it, and Burke was a prolific writer and speaker. There have been countless attempts to tie it to a specific piece of writing, and some of these are laudable. One of the most likely sources of this particular bit of wisdom could be: When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. It was born in Burke's speech of 23 April 1770, "Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents," delivered to the House of Commons. The quote as it is in the question appears in at least eleven different permutations on the internet: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing. All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. In order for 'evil' to prevail, all that need happen is for 'good' people to do nothing. All that is needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. The surest way for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. All it will take for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing. All that is necessary for the forces of evil to take root in the world is for enough good men to do nothing. All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent. All it takes for Evil to prevail in this world is for enough good men to do nothing. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. These more commonly worded permutations of Burke's message survive, perhaps more because they appeal to the modern ear. Call it poetic license, but Burke's words live on, they just look a little different.
Written by Edmund Burke, The Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of… Great Britain As the Member of the Whig party. He is Mostly remembered for supporting the American Revolution and and later on the French Revolution.
Well for one thing, The Word of God says, that all men & women are born into sin. Thus making all men women & children evil. Psalms 53: 1-3 The fool has said in his heart, The…re is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity, there is none that does good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. This is talking about the real God of heaven and earth not an idol. 3. Every one of them is gone back: they're altogether become filthy: there is (NONE) that does good, (NO, NOT ON). Then, another scripture, which is found in Romans 3: 10 As it is written/ there is (NONE) righteous no, not one. 11. There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. (That is the true God) 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is (NONE) that does good, no, (NOT ONE).
Although Edmund Burke is credited with this quote, no clear reference has yet been found. If is therefore generally accepted that he spoke these words. The meani…ng is simple: evil succeeds by two means. First the actor, the person performing the evil act brings it into being. Second, the audience, the person or persons who witness the evil performed. If the actor is permitted to do the evil deed by those who witness it without even the least comment, then evil wins.
The statement that "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" is often attributed to Edmund Burke. Edmund Burke never said this but, in 1…770, he wrote in 'Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents' that "when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." 001.^ Daniel Ritchie (1 January 1990). Edmund Burke: appraisals and applications. ISBN 9780887383281. 002.^ Edmund Burke (1770). Thoughts on the cause of the present discontents.
This "quotation" or something like it has been attributed to Edmund Burke but apparantly has not been found in his writings (or anyone else's). It is possible that it was rela…yed during a speech and someone, perhaps a newspaper columist, repeated it. Just a guess.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Because we all are fallen, and so every part of us is affected (to varying degrees) by sin, we all are inclined to do evil. Some of us (those called "good people" in the quote… you referenced), through education, contemplation, experience, and so on, are more inclined than others to fight against evil. If those who are inclined to fight against evil don't, those who are not so inclined will continue to follow their nature, and evil will ensue. Just a few harsh words from Neville Chamberlain would have stopped Hitler before he got started. If the French had defended Poland, Hitler would have been a minor footnote in history. They didn't, and Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Japan visited incredible torment on the whole world. Just a little push-back during the cultural revolution in China, and China would not have been Communist, millions of people wouldn't have been killed and imprisoned, and millions of babies wouldn't have been assassinated.
The famous quote All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing is credited as being said by Edmund Burke. It was made famous in a speech by John …F. Kennedy.
'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing'
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