Of two evils the less is always to be chosen.

Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471) German monk, author
The Imitation of Christ, Book 3, ch. 12, sec. 2 (c. 1418)
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In this context, Thomas is speaking of the evil of unhappiness in this world compared to the evil of eternal damnation. See also Cicero. Alternate translations:

Of two evils, the least is to be chosen.
[tr. Payne (1832), Book 3, ch. 9, sec. 4]

You should always choose the lesser of two evils.
[tr. Knox (1959)]

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