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.
Boondock Saints reference....
Nothing is good or evil, everything is.They are EVIL, all odd-sided shapes are!!!!!
'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing'
she was evil because she teamed with the askuski but having heard that sasuke told sakura to kill her to join him kakashi takes her to the village. she is not good and she is not evil
he did nothing good he was a total evil madmanThe good things he may have done were outweighed by the evil he did in the effort to create an Aryan nation.
Evil is anything that kills, steals, destroys, deceives & takes advantage of weaker people. Good is treating all creatures as good as you would want someone to treat you
It is simple: evil is allowed to happen when good people do NOTHING.
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.
Do what's good enough for you. If he's your dad, he'll accept what's best for you. If he doesn't accept it, it's probably not good for you.
sure is better then nothing
The only think needed for the evil men to rule, is that good people do nothing = apathy.
Do not know, but, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that a good man shall do nothing"!
It means death, pain, evil, ... etc. It's nothing good.
Nothing good comes out of boxing except fame and if you're good enough... Money.
The answer to the question is left to be open ended... no one knows exactly why he is evil. but john gardner does a great job of giving the reader options. and lets face it, in America, we like our options.possiable Reason number 1.Nothing comes from nothing - Grendel in essences learned to be evil from the society in which he livedGood vs. Evil - purely there is a deeper symbolizism. Grendel = evil/the devil, bouwolf = god/goodthe lis continues
Judaism teaches that all people are born good but HaShem gave us the freewill and the ability to choose to do both good and bad. When a person chooses to do evil, that is their choice and their choice only. There is no single cause or source of evil according to Judaism and nothing can make us do evil.
I do not think god is evil I think good is good.
nothing is sacrednurture is more important than naturenothing is truly good or evil but thinking makes it sochildren we are of who children we be