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1 "Evil has no positive nature; what we call evil is merely the lack of something that is good." The City of God (St. Augustine)

2 "Good is everywhere, ever abiding; and evil, so-called, is the ignorance in ourselves impelling us to violate the patterns for human growth that exist forever in the Infinite Mind." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

3 "The capacity to overcome evil requires that one has perceived the Good-beyond-evil and molded oneself to its Image and nature." The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

4 "Oh, God, what's it all about? In my view, even blackness and despair has been designed into God's system. You may not completely believe or even remember this in this moment, but on some level, a part of you has actually created all of it." Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., 'The Soul and Quantum Physics' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

5 "The mystery of the devil will eventually be seen to be that of the light of God's countenance, which reveals that which is undesirable and must be changed and renounced, and which thus transforms life by the light that God's nature pours forth." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

6 "In the long run, the good triumphs over the evil." The City of God (St. Augustine)

7 "As it is written in the Bible, 'What man has intended for evil, God intends for good.' Even the most horrific situations can increase within us our capacity to love." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

8 "Chaos is a friend and a teacher and an integral part or prelude to new birth. Therefore, it is not to be feared or compulsively controlled." A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity (Matthew Fox)

9 "The Hebrew Bible, including Daniel, the last-written of its twenty books, knows nothing of an evil principle independent of God. Satan in the Book of Job is an authorized accuser, sanctioned by Yahweh, and not a devil or a being who can operate of his own will, or for his own purposes." Omens of Millennium (Harold Bloom)

10 "Good and evil are the light and shade of the same thing." Duncton Found (William Horwood)

11 "Evil is after all only an impelling sense of difference, leading inevitably to separative action." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

12 "Walk you the gentle way, and you will fear no evil and no shadows in the night." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

13 "I feel sure in my bones there is no such thing as absolute evil, for evil is in essence only a dearth of good, a deficiency from certain viewpoints, a negative quality, a relative value....….Some might say a completely white page is purer and more perfect than one with many black marks upon it. But of course a pure page is also a blank page and worthless because it conveys no meaning." Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

14 "Good encompasses evil and transmutes it, showing its place in the total scheme of things." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

15 "In Cosmic Consciousness there is no condemnation, no sin, no evil, no death. This may be a hard saying, but it is true." Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

16 "Seeking for the good in evil will, in time, transmute the evil into good." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

17 "That which is relative evil can be harmonized into an Absolute Good." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

18 "In every evil we must seek out the elements that allow us to transform it into good." How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

19 "Bisection and lessening of symmetry, that's the poodle's core. Dividing in two is a very old attribute of the devil. The word 'doubtful' is supposed to have originally meant 'twofold'." Wolfgang Pauli, 1945 winner of Nobel Prize in Physics Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

20 "If we were privy to the whole spectrum of reality, we would then see that, yes, even what looks like unmitigated evil to us has its place in the scheme of things entire." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

21 "The word goes forth from soul to form. 'Both sides are one. There is no war, no difference and no isolation. The warring forces seem to war from the point at which you stand. Move on a pace. See truly with the opened eye of inner vision and you will find, not two but one; not war but peace; not isolation but a heart which rests upon the center. Thus shall the beauty of the Lord shine forth. The hour is now.'" Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "We need to realize more deeply that the whole process is a divine one, and that evil, so called, is but an illusion and an inherent part of duality, giving place in time and out of time to a divine reality. Evil is due to wrong perception and erroneous interpretation of that which is perceived." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

23 "Evil originates in divine thought, which eliminates waste before emanating goodness. The demonic is rooted in the divine." Essential Kabbalah, The Heart of Jewish Mysticism (Daniel C. Matt)

24 "Why not plunge into union with the Great Goddess Kali? Discover your spiritual anxiety to be without the slightest ground." Ramprasad, 18th century Bengali mystic The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

25 "There is no evil that cannot be turned to the good that is in us all." Duncton Found (William Horwood)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite