Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Edmund Burke (172997)
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Attributed to EDMUND BURKE, but never found in his works. It may be a paraphrase of Burkes view that When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle (Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents, April 23, 1770).Bartletts Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., p. ix (1980).