None loves the messenger who brings bad news.
By their fruits you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. (Matthew 7:16-17)
A bad wound may be cured, bad repute kills.
One of the peculiarities of the American Revolution was that its leaders pinned their hopes on the organization of decision-making units, the structuring of their incentives, and the counterbalancing of the units against one another, rather than on the more usual (and more exciting) principle of substituting “the good guys” for “the bad guys.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
All good things are cheap: all bad are very dear.
Man, by his Fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto. Westminster Confession.
Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
It is better to say something good about a bad man, than something bad about a good man.
Three things are bad for you. I can’t remember the first two, but doughnuts are the third. (Florida State football coach)