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The Best Quotes About Morality

Updated June 14, 2019 774 votes 176 voters 13.5k views

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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.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about morality?" and "What are inspirational morality quotes?"

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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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    Morality is a private and costly luxury.

    Henry Adams
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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.

    Aneurin Bevan
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    We moralize among ruins.

    Benjamin Disraeli
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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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    Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.

    Sigmund Freud
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    I'm as pure as the driven slush.

    Tallulah Bankhead
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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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    Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.

    Will Durant
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    The higher the building the lower the morals.

    Noël Coward
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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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    Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.

    Charles Caleb Colton
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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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    The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.

    Aldous Huxley
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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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    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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    Gods and politics are the tools with which the godless and unprincipled manipulate the gullible.

    Janet Morris
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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