These are English sayings and proverbs about badness and evil.
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Nasty or bad people have a habit of showing up or returning.
A bad person will sooner or later be the cause of his own downfall.
If you eat with the devil, you need a (very) long spoon so that you can keep your distance. If you mix with bad people, you should be careful not to be influenced by them. A warning not to get too close when dealing with evil people.
Do not do something bad to achieve something good.
If you are going to be killed for stealing a lamb, then why not steal a sheep (which is bigger and more valuable)? In general, it means that if you are going to get the same punishment, you may as well commit the greater offence.
If our objective is good, then it doesn't matter if the way we achieve it is bad or wrong or evil.
1) If a bad person can become good, a very bad person can become very good. Someone with great energy for doing bad, may, when he chooses, apply it equally to doing good. 2) Converts are the most zealous. In a day-to-day sense, for example, someone who has given up smoking may preach more about the virtues of not smoking than someone who never smoked.
If we sin we die. ("Death" here refers not to physical death but to spiritual death or eternal damnation.)
A warning that we must expect to suffer serious consequences as the result of our own bad actions. We get back what we give out.
If somebody does something bad to you, it will not make things ok if you do something bad to them in return.