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The Best Quotes About Morality  

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A list of the best morality quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous morality quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic morality quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational morality quotes from that same writer.

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The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it. Jean Anouilh
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Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron
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When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble. Joan Didion
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Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. Aristotle
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The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil. Georges Bataille
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For the superior morality, of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this superior morality is properly rather an inferior criminality, produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion. Thomas Carlyle
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The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved. Aldous Huxley
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The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. Albert Einstein
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Gods and politics are the tools with which the godless and unprincipled manipulate the gullible. Janet Morris
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Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A set of rules laid out by professionals to show the way they would like to act if it was profitable. Frank Dane
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The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. Aristotle
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It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague. Angela Carter
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Life was never simple, happiness never where you thought you'd left it, and right and wrong no more fixed than clouds in the sky, Janet Morris
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To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny. Simone Weil
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Let the public mind become corrupt, and all efforts to secure property, liberty, or life by the force of laws written on paper will be as vain as putting up a sign in an apple orchard to exclude canker worms. Horace Mann
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Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty. Aldous Huxley
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Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad. Denis Diderot
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We moralize among ruins. Benjamin Disraeli
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Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality. William Hazlitt
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Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine. Sigmund Freud
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I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest. Aneurin Bevan
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Morality is a private and costly luxury. Henry Adams
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The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught. H. L. Mencken
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Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual. Friedrich Nietzsche