Quotations The Best Quotes About Morality  

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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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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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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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Morality is a private and costly luxury. Henry Adams

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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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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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I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest. Aneurin Bevan

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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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Gods and politics are the tools with which the godless and unprincipled manipulate the gullible. Janet Morris

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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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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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We moralize among ruins. Benjamin Disraeli

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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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I'm as pure as the driven slush. Tallulah Bankhead

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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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Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality. William Hazlitt

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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 person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity. Nicolas Chamfort

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Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions. Will Durant

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Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right. Isaac Asimov

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The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying Thomas Huxley

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The higher the building the lower the morals. Noël Coward

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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 have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one that we preach, but do not practice, and another that we practice, but seldom preach. Bertrand Russell

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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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A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. Socrates

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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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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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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 comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered. Graham Greene

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Many people convince themselves if it is economically necessary, it's morally right. That's not always the case.

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Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly. Thomas Jefferson

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Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter. Oliver Goldsmith

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However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue. Wilhelm von Humboldt

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There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street. D. H. Lawrence

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Don't be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Henry David Thoreau

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When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder. Laozi

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Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales. Aleister Crowley

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I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with; something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace; some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene. Seneca the Younger

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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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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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For morality life is a war, and the service of the highest is a sort of cosmic patriotism which also calls for volunteers. William James

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Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase. Charles Caleb Colton

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It is almost systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no difference between right and wrong. Anatole France

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Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people. Aleister Crowley

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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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The immorality of men triumphs over the amorality of women. Karl Kraus

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Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis. Karl Kraus

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There is no such thing as morality or immorality in thought. There is immoral emotion. Oscar Wilde

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Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg