A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 07, 2009
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”

Entry in progress—B.P.


Wikiquote: Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke (1729-01-12 – 1797-07-09) was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician, and statesman; he is regarded by many as the “father” of modern conservatism.
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Probable misattribution
. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
.. This is probably the most quoted statement attributed to Burke, and an extraordinary number of variants of it exist, but all without any definite original source. These very extensively used “quotations” may be based on a paraphrase of some of Burke’s ideas, but he is not known to have ever declared them in such a manner in any of his writings. It may have been adapted from these lines of Burke’s in his Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents (1770): “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

The Yale Book of Quotations
Edited by Fred R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
2006
Pg. 116
Edmund Burke
British philosopher amd statesman, 1729-1797
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Attributed in Wash. Post, 22 Jan. 1950. Frequently attributed to Burke but never traced in his writings. The closest Burke passage appears to be the one cross-referenced.
Pg. 517:
John Stuart Mill
English philosopher and economist, 1806-1873
“Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
“On Education” (1867)

Volume of Proceedings of the Fourth International Congregational Council
Held in Boston, Massachusetts June 29-July 6, 1920

Compiled and arranged by Truman J. Spencer
New York, NY: The National Council of Congregational Churches of the United States
1921
Pg. 166:
Burke once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”

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New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Saturday, November 07, 2009 • Permalink