„In Aikido, however, we try to completely avoid killing, even the most evil person.“
„It is bias to think that the art of war is just for killing people. It is not to kill people, it is to kill evil. It is a stratagem to give life to many people by killing the evil of one person.“
— Yagyū Munenori samurai and daimyo of the early Edo period 1571 - 1646
As quoted in The Japanese Art of War (1991) by Thomas Cleary
— Jens Stoltenberg Norwegian politician, 13th Secretary-General of NATO, 27th Prime Minister of Norway 1959
The City Hall Square Speech, July 25, 2011 ( BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14285020).
— E.L. Doctorow novelist, editor, professor 1931 - 2015
„Evil cannot perish without the destruction of much that lives by the evil, and it is no less destruction even if we personally are saved the pain of a sensational act of violence.“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Context: Even soul-force, when it is effective, destroys. Only those who have used it with eyes open, know how much more destructive it can be than the sword and the cannon; and only those who do not limit their view to the act and its immediate results, can see how tremendous are its after-effects, how much is eventually destroyed and with that much all the life that depended upon it and fed upon it. Evil cannot perish without the destruction of much that lives by the evil, and it is no less destruction even if we personally are saved the pain of a sensational act of violence. "Kurukshetra" in Essays on the Gita (1995), p. 39
„the greatest evil perpetrated is the evil committed by nobodies, that is, by human beings who refuse to be persons“
— Hannah Arendt Jewish-American political theorist 1906 - 1975
„A person who knows all that is good and all that is true — as much as can be known — but does not resist evils, knows nothing.“
— Emanuel Swedenborg Swedish 18th century scientist and theologian 1688 - 1772
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— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Context: Jesus bluntly calls the evil person evil. If I am assailed, I am not to condone or justify aggression. Patient endurance of evil does not mean a recognition of its rights. That is sheer sentimentality, and Jesus will have nothing to do with it. The shameful assault, the deed of violence and the act of exploitation are still evil. … The very fact that the evil which assaults him is unjustifiable makes it imperative that he should not resist it, but play it out and overcome it by patiently enduring the evil person. Suffering willingly endured is stronger than evil, it spells death to evil. p. 142.
„Every person has the choice between Good and Evil. Choose Good, and stand against those who would choose Evil.“
— Friedrich Kellner German Justice inspector 1885 - 1970
“Welt muss mehr denn je diese Botschaft hören,” Giessener Allgemeine Zeitung, Giessen, Germany, April 12, 2005.