Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
The measure of a truly great man is the courtesy with which he treats lesser men.
When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater.
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Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime;
it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average.
His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
Laws control a lesser person, right conduct controls a greater one.
A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out.
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes; lesser ones exist on wishes and inclinations.
A good speaker is a good listener who hears what lesser speakers fail to.
Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one.
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
Still it might be nice, once in a while, not to have to choose between evils.
Just once, couldn't I choose the lesser good?
The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.
If English is spoken in heaven. God undoubtedly employs Cranmer as his speechwriter. The angels of the lesser ministries probably use the language of the New English Bible and the Alternative Service Book for internal memos.
Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic.
He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.
It is a wonderful thing to see a first-rate philosopher at prayer.
Tough-minded thinking and tenderhearted reverence are friends, not enemies. We have for too long separated the head from the heart, and we are the lesser for it. We love God with the mind and we love God with the heart. In reality, we are descending with the mind into the heart and there standing before God in ceaseless wonder and endless praise. As the mind and the heart work in concert, a kind of loving rationality pervades all we say and do. This brings unity to us and glory to God.
In science men have discovered an activity of the very highest value in which they are no longer, as in art, dependent for progress upon the appearance of continually greater genius, for in science the successors stand upon the shoulders of their predecessors; where one man of supreme genius has invented a method, a thousand lesser men can apply it.
My Lord, I sorrow to learn that I am so timorous of heart and to learn that my Lord could be so forgetful of the elementary facts of nature, and also of mankind, that he believes when the lesser joins the greater, it can remain itself and maintain it
At no previous period has mankind been faced by a half-century which so paradoxically united violence and progress. Its greater and lesser wars and long series of major assassinations have been strangely combined with the liberation of more societies and individuals than ever before in history, and by the transformation of millions of second-class citizens -- women, workers and the members of subject races -- to a stage at which first-rate achievement is no longer inhibited even if opportunities are not yet complete.
We may not commit a lesser Sin under pretence to avoid a greater, but we may, nay we ought to endure the greatest Pain and Grief rather than commit the least Sin.
The most painful moral struggles are not those between good and evil, but between the good and the lesser good.
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils.
I'm just deeply disappointed that once again we may have to settle for the lesser of two evils.
The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists.
It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.
She did not admire him any more than she had.
It was merely that she considered him the Lesser of two evils.
We're all faced throughout our lives with agonizing decisions, moral choices.
Some are on a grand scale, most of these choices are on lesser points. But we define ourselves by the choices we have made. We are, in fact, the sum total of our choices. Events unfold so unpredictably, so unfairly, Human happiness does not seem to be included in the design of creation. it is only we, with our capacity to love that give meaning to the indifferent universe. And yet, most human beings seem to have the ability to keep trying and even try to find joy from simple things, like their family, their work, and from the hope that future generations might understand more
Big whirls have little whirls, That feed on their velocity;
And little whirls have lesser whirls, And so on to viscosity.
When choosing the lesser of two evils, always remember, it is still an evil.
That a society controls, to a greater or lesser extent, the behavior of its members is a universal; but the methods, the particulars of that control, vary from one culture to another.
The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances, and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree. Sounds like real life doesn't it?
Let us search into the records of Holy Writ, if out of this their great charter, there be not a seal grant of a lesser, though like privilege, and this by virtue of Christ, in that we have the honour to be accounted Abraham's seed as truly as they.
It's pretty sad when you have to choose between the lesser of two evils.
I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk tales being a woman's domain, considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
A lesser but still fundamental rule of racing is that you properly enter the event. Anyone who doesn't but still insists on running interferes with the paying customers.
Over the past several years, all of us as Canadians, and as members of the North American cultural and economic environment, have been to a greater or lesser extent party to a significant attitudinal change towards our culture.
But most Canadians have recognized to a greater or lesser extent that despite much of the so-called progress of the affluent society, essential ingredients to a meaningful life seem to be either entirely lacking, or at best, difficult to grasp.
Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts.
When you work on a text of a lesser quality, as the interpreter or the delivery person, you are obliged to try to fill it out as you see so many people do in lesser work.
We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.
We do not hate as long as we still attach a lesser value, but only when we attach an equal or a greater value.
That the divided but contiguous particles of bodies may be separated from one another is a matter of observation; and, in the particles that remain undivided, our minds are able to distinguish yet lesser parts, as is mathematically demonstrated.
As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
Abortion isn't a lesser evil, it's a crime.
Taking one life to save another, that's what the Mafia does. It's a crime. It's an absolute evil.
Today, India consumes about 682 watts per capita, far lesser than developed nations. As India develops, it will definitely require a lot more energy.
A great many things which in times of lesser knowledge we imagined to be superstitious or useless, prove today on examination to have been of immense value to mankind.