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. While 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:
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.
The only think needed for the evil men to rule, is that good people do nothing = apathy.
The saying is: All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing Edmund Burke
The opposite of evil is good, or benevolent.
Sometimes. It depends on what your nature is-evil or good or both
Boondock Saints reference....
'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing'
Nothing is good or evil, everything is.They are EVIL, all odd-sided shapes are!!!!!
People fear that which they do not know. There is nothing evil in the teachings that I can find. I believe that Buddhism is a good and sound philosophy. I'm a christian by the way (point of reference).But to the Buddhists he is the best thing that ever happened to them.~Good answer, my Christian friend. :-) ..I am a Buddhist... there is nothing in the Buddha's teachings that is evil. He promotes nothing but love. He teaches that one must forgive, and love, and help those in need. How is that evil?
There is nothing but good and evil placed between them.
It means death, pain, evil, ... etc. It's nothing good.
There is no such thing as "good evil." Evil is the opposite of good.