moral and legal concept
Harm is a moral and legal concept encompassing anything that causes injury, damage, or loss.
- And finally remember that nothing harms him who is really a citizen, which does not harm the state; nor yet does anything harm the state which does not harm law [order]; and of these things which are called misfortunes not one harms law. What then does not harm law does not harm either state or citizen.
- No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good.
- There comes a time when... the man or woman in incarnation... ceases to make too much karma of a negative nature, and becomes more and more harmless. We can see, therefore, the need for harmlessness in all human relationships.
- We have to be aware and we must try to be harmless.
- Benjamin Creme, in https://share-international.org/magazine/old_issues/2016/2016-12.htm Share International Magazine, (December 2016)
- As to diseases, make a habit of two things—to help, or at least to do no harm. The art has three factors, the disease, the patient, the physician. The physician is the servant of the art. The patient must co-operate with the physician in combating the disease.
- Hippocrates, Epidemics, book 1, section 11; Hippocrates, trans. W. H. S. Jones, vol. 1, p. 165 (1923). "To do no harm" is echoed in two places in the Hippocratic Oath, as given in this translation: "I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing" and "In whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm" (pp. 299, 301).
- There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.
- I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.
- John Paul Jones, letter to M. Le Ray de Chaumont (November 16, 1778); in Lincoln Lorenz, John Paul Jones, Fighter for Freedom and Glory (1943), p. xiii.
- People try to excuse their brutality by saying that it is the custom; but a crime does not cease to be a crime because many commit it. Karma takes no account of custom; and the karma of cruelty is the most terrible of all. In India at least there can be no excuse for such customs, for the duty of harmlessness is well-known to all.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti, At the Feet of the Master (1911)