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Moral Quotes by Michel Sidibe, Joseph Pulitzer, Jimmy Carter, Julian Baggini, Henry Rollins, George W. Bush and many others.

We cannot run away from the TB epidemic. It is a moral injustice.
Michel Sidibe
I desire to assist in attracting to this profession young men of character and ability, also to help those already engaged in the profession to acquire the highest moral and intellectual training
Joseph Pulitzer
One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat
Jimmy Carter
If I hammer my own thumb while doing some DIY, it’s not nice, but it’s not the end of the world. To care obsessively about similar levels of discomfort in animals seems to be a case of mistaken moral priorities.
Julian Baggini
When you’re going into an employment environment that looks pretty scary, it is easy to lose your moral compass, your decency, your sense of civility and your sense of community.
Henry Rollins
Faith gives the assurance that our lives and our history have a moral design.
George W. Bush
An act of violence against any innocent person eludes moral justification, disgraces the millions of Americans and people throughout the world who have united in peaceful protest against police brutality, and dishonors our proud inheritance of nonviolent resistance.
Benjamin Crump
I worry about the Israeli moral standard, Israeli humanity.
Zygmunt Bauman
Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest condition of life.
William Ellery Channing
We’re looking at a quandary here where Bernie’s [Sanders] the winner on a moral and even a political basis. He’s made history, and she’s the winner on the mathematical basis.
Tom Hayden
Camp is a solvent of morality. It neutralizes moral indignation, sponsors playfulness.
Susan Sontag
It is hardly a moral act to encourage others patiently to accept injustice which he himself does not endure.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have raised the morals and sobriety of the people.
James Larkin
We may pretend we are basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise.
Terry Hands
Thus grows up fashion, an equivocal semblance, the most puissant, the most fantastic and frivolous, the most feared and followed, and which morals and violence assault in vain.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I get a lot of moral guidance from reading novels, so I guess I expect my novels to offer some moral guidance, but they’re not blueprints for action, ever.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whenever governments adopt a moral tone – as opposed to an ethical one – you know something is wrong.
John Ralston Saul
The moral man is he who is opposed to injustice per se, opposed to injustice wherever he finds it; the moral man looks for injustice first of all in himself.
Bayard Rustin
Mankind’s real moral test, a test so radical and so deep that it escapes our gaze, is probably the one of its relations with those that are the most at its mercy; the Animals.
Milan Kundera
What is guilt? It is moral self-reproach-I did wrong when it was possible to have done otherwise.
Nathaniel Branden
The moral difference between a soldier and a civilian is that the soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member. The civilian does not.
Robert A. Heinlein
The great task of the peace is to work morals into it. The only sort of peace that will be real is one in which everybody takes his share of responsibility. World organizations and conferences will be of no value unless there is improvement in the relation of men to men.
Frederic Eggleston
The moral foundation of the society, the way we interact with each other is more fundamental than the Supreme Court.
David Brooks
Only our deep moral values and our strong social institutions can hold back that jungle and restrain the darker impulses of human nature.
Ronald Reagan
Four innate sentiments dispose people to a universal moral sense. These are sympathy, fairness, self-control and duty.
James Q. Wilson
Whosoever enjoys not this life, I count him but an apparition, though he wear about him the sensible affections of flesh. In these moral acceptions, the way to be immortal is to die daily.
Thomas Browne
Material loss can be made up through renewed labor, but the moral wrong which has been inflicted upon the conquered peoples, in the peace dictates, leaves a burning scar on the people’s conscience.
Hjalmar Schacht
Hail to the man who went through life always helping others, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien. Such is the stuff of which the great moral leaders are made.
Albert Einstein
There you have it: an expensive higher education based on sloganeering, on pat, trite phrases that substitute moral posturing for political reasoning. It’s elitism masquerading as egalitarianism.
Camille Paglia
What we are doing to the future of our children, and the other species on the planet, is a clear moral issue.
James Hansen
The big moment came when it was decided to paint…Just To Paint. The gesture on the canvas was a gesture of liberation, from Value- political, aesthetic, moral.
Harold Rosenberg
The moral peril to humanity of thoughtlessly accepting these conveniences [of materialism] (with their inherent disadvantages) as constituting a philosophy of life is now becoming apparent. For the implications of this disruptive materialism… are that human beings are nothing but bodies, animals, machines.
Aldous Huxley
The most important thing in life is to dare. The most complicated thing in life is to be afraid. The smartest thing in the world is to try to be a moral person.
Shimon Peres
The Book of Revelation is the strangest book in the Bible, and the most controversial. Instead of stories and moral teaching, it offers only visions – dreams and nightmares, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, earthquakes, plagues and war.
Elaine Pagels
The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.
Edward Snowden
If all you think we need to do to get this economy going and get this country on the right track is to cut government and reduce taxes, you don’t understand America. America is a moral enterprise, not an economic enterprise.
Rick Santorum
Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.
Hillary Clinton
Moral severity in women is only a dress or paint which they use to set off their beauty.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Action isn’t a burden to be hoisted up and lugged around on our shoulders. It is something we are. The work we have to do can be seen as a kind of coming alive. More than some moral imperative, it’s an awakening to our true nature, a releasing of our gifts.
Joanna Macy
There are no moral blanks; there are no neutral characters.
Thomas Chalmers
Honor is truly sacred, but holds a lower rank in the scale of moral excellence than virtue. Indeed the former is part of the latter, and consequently has not equal pretensions to support a frame of government productive of human happiness.
John Adams
You don’t have the moral right to hold one child back to make another child feel better.
Stephanie S. Tolan
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
Denis Diderot
There are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws… What is the difference between the two?…An unjust law is a man-made code that is out of harmony with the moral law.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
There’s harmony and inner peace to be found in following a moral compass that points in the same direction regardless of fashion or trend.
Ted Koppel
The beauty of the animal form is in exact proportion to the amount of moral and intellectual virtue expressed by it.
John Ruskin
I didn’t record ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ out of a sense of moral obligation.
Mark Foster
Steve Yarbrough is a writer of many gifts, but what makes Safe from the Neighbors such a magnificent achievement is its moral complexity. . . . Safe from the Neighbors does what only the best novels can do; after reading it, we can never see the world, or ourselves, in quite the same way.
Ron Rash
We are the inheritors of a wonderful world, a beautiful world, full of life and mystery, goodness and pain. But likewise are we the children of an indifferent universe. We break our own hearts imposing our moral order on what is, by nature, a wide web of chaos.
Colin Meloy
To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal but you have to care. You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries, I think, to be a part of a solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on.
Anne Lamott
Protest to be effective, must be followed by resolute action and at this crisis in world history when materialistic energy aims at overthrowing spiritual energy and moral values, action needs to develop into a world crusade for the Spiritual Humanity.
Vida Goldstein
Corbyn’s words imply a serious lack of moral judgement. Just as all Muslims are not to blame for ISIS, not all Brits are to blame for [Jeremy] Corbyn.
Tzipi Livni
We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
John Locke
With a great moral issue involved, neutrality does not serve righteousness; for to be neutral between right and wrong is to serve wrong.
Theodore Roosevelt
I’m really interested in the pleasure we get from stories and the pleasure we get from movies, and certainly the pleasure we get from virtual experiences. My complaint is against empathy as a moral guide. But as a source of pleasure, it can’t be beat.
Paul Bloom
I have to give moral support to my supporters. If I’m not going to fight anymore, that might hurt the feelings of my supporters. They are fighting for democracy. They are fighting for the rule of law.
Thaksin Shinawatra
I apply the Abraham Lincoln test for moral casuistry: ‘If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.’ Well, then, if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.
Christopher Hitchens
No moral system can rest solely on authority.
A.J. Ayer
But I’d far rather live without souls or morals than Parmesan.
Kate Quinn
Whatever may be the pros and cons of going to the public theatre, it is a patent fact that it has undermined the morals and ruined the character of many a youth in his country.
Mahatma Gandhi
The government is promoting bad behavior… do we really want to subsidize the losers’ mortgages… This is America! How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor’s mortgage? President Obama are you listening? How about we all stop paying our mortgage! It’s a moral hazard
Rick Santelli
When we are confronted with extreme situations, we forget about moral issues; we simply act and must then accept the consequences.
Park Chan-wook
I’m actually a very moral guy.
Hugh Hefner
Europe is dying. That is one of the unsayable truths of our time. We are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no one is talking about it.
Jonathan Sacks
I am frankly sick and tired of the political preachers telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
Barry Goldwater
The U.S. used to be perceived as the moral leader of the world, and we have absolutely lost that.
Tom Ford
A woman should have the ballot, because without this responsibility she cannot best develop her moral courage.
Jane Addams
Moral nihilism comes with a price we can now see.
Torbjorn Tannsjo
No man of honor ever quite lives up to his code, any more than a moral man manages to avoid sin.
H. L. Mencken
When President Bush sees America, he sees only a military superpower. I see a moral and idealistic beacon. Mr. Bush may talk about democracy all he wants, but it is not democracy to wilfully disdain and heap scorn on world opinion. We do not command moral leadership by starting pre-emptive wars.
John F. Kerry
No moral code or ethical principle, no piece of scripture or holy teaching, can be summoned to defend what we have allowed our country to become.
Matthew Desmond
Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
John Burroughs
America is no place for an artist: to be an artist is to be a moral leper, an economic misfit, a social liability. A corn-fed hog enjoys a better life than a creative writer, painter or musician. To be a rabbit is better still.
Henry Miller
Unbelief does nothing but darken and destroy. It makes the world a moral desert, where no divine footsteps are heard, where no angels ascend and descend, where no living hand adorns the fields, feeds the birds of heaven, or regulates events.
Friedrich Wilhelm Krummacher
The greatest miracle Christianity has achieved in America is that the Black man in white Christian hands has not grown violent. It is a miracle that twenty-two million Black people have not risen up against their oppressors in which they would have been justified by all moral criteria and even by the democratic traditions.
Malcolm X
It is possible that the distinction between moral relativism and moral absolutism has sometimes been blurred because an excessively consistent practice of either leads to the same practical result — ruthlessness in political life.
Richard Hofstadter
We have made, and still are making, enormous advances on material lines. It is necessary that we commensurately advance on moral lines. Civilization, as it progresses, requires a higher conscience, a keener sense of justice, a warmer brotherhood, a wider, loftier, truer public spirit.
Henry George
The moral cannibalism of all hedonist and altruist doctrines lies in the premise that the happiness of one man necessitates the injury of another.
Ayn Rand
In the moral world there is nothing impossible if we can bring a thorough will to it. Man can do everything with himself, but he must not attempt to do too much with others.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
To disrespect the masses is moral; to honor them, lawful.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
People are being forced to confront the realities. At the same time, we have an ever-growing understanding of the intelligence and emotional capacities of animals and an acceptance of the principle that animal cruelty is a moral problem.
Wayne Pacelle
The moral code which was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for our children.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.
Theodore Roosevelt
Some of the most vocal critics of the way things are being done are people who have done nothing themselves, and whose only contributions to society are their complaints and moral exhibitionism.
Thomas Sowell
Good and evil, as we term them, are not antagonistic; they are ever found hand in hand. Humanity has never achieved a single conquest without the aid of both. Indeed how can she? What adds to moral strength, but a grappling with temptation?
Sarah Moore Grimke
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Oscar Wilde
Worry not so much about other peoples morals but more about your own.
James Cook
Deliver us from evil – from moral duplicity and weakness, from laziness and spiritual complacency, from those lies we tell ourselves from our fear of facing the truth.
Rich Mullins
When we do in Grenada what the Soviet Union did in Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan, we lose moral authority and credibility.
Jesse Jackson
What passes in the world for talent or dexterity or enterprise is often only a want of moral principle. We may succeed where others fail, not from a greater share of invention, but from not being nice in the choice of expedients.
William Hazlitt
To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.
Jawaharlal Nehru
I don’t approve of censorship. I like the French theatre idea. Put on the play, and if the audience doesn’t care for it, or feels offended by it, they rip up the seats.
John Huston
It’s definitely a struggle to prove yourself just as a good human being. I’m so proud of who I am and what I’ve become, the morals I have, and the people that I’m surrounded by.
Tina Yothers
The Roman Empire was very, very much like us. They lost their moral core, their sense of values in terms of who they were. And after all of those things converged together, they just went right down the tubes very quickly.
Benjamin Carson
Not that I wish by any means to deny, that the mental life of individuals and peoples is also in conformity with law, as is the object of philosophical, philological, historical, moral, and social sciences to establish.
Hermann von Helmholtz
It is true that the Jewish tradition emphasizes the moral mandate to save life. It also has a different position from the Catholic Church on the moral status of the embryo. It has a more developmental view of when human life, in the sense of personhood, begins than does the Catholic Church.
Michael Sandel
Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.
Albert Schweitzer
Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.
Aristotle
The Law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code.
John Quincy Adams
Reparative justice is not about black people standing on the street corners expecting charities from white folks. This is about building of bridges across lines of moral justice.
Hilary Beckles
The Interpretation of the Laws of Nature in a Common-wealth, dependeth not on the books of Moral Philosophy. The Authority of writers, without the Authority of the Commonwealth, maketh not their opinions Law, be they never so true.
Thomas Hobbes
While people judge others from their own moral standpoint, the wise person looks also at the point of view of another.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Laws that require equal protections reinforce the moral imperative of equality.
Hillary Clinton
Morals are a luxury of the rich.
George Bernard Shaw
Collective wisdom, alas, is no adequate substitute for the intelligence of individuals. Individuals who opposed received opinions have been the source of all progress, both moral and intellectual. They have been unpopular, as was natural.
Bertrand Russell
I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Freemasonry is ‘veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols’ because these are the surest way by which moral and ethical truths may be taught. It is not only with the brain and with the mind that the initiate must take Freemasonry but also with the heart.
Carl H. Claudy
Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from less competent people.
Andrew Mellon
Destiny is a lie. Destiny is justification for atrocity. It is the means by which murderers armour themselves against reprimand. It is a word intended to stand in place of ethics, denying all moral context.
Steven Erikson
We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics. Out of the collapse of a prosperity whose builders boasted their practicality has come the conviction that in the long run economic morality pays.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Destiny is an absolutely definite and inexorable ruler. Physical ability and moral determination count for nothing. It is impossible to perform the simplest act when the gods say no. I have no idea how they bring pressure to bear on such occasions; I only know that it is irresistible.
Aleister Crowley
The great moral powers of the soul are faith, hope, and love.
Ellen G. White
All I can hope to do is instill great morality in my son and trust him along the way. The music he listens to or how he chooses to wear his hair doesn’t define his moral compass, and if he wants to listen to country music and wear a cowboy hat too, that’s fine.
Mark Hoppus
Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.
Aaron Hill
The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.
Edmund Burke
The insincerity of man-all men are liars, partial or hiders of facts, half tellers of truths, shirks, moral sneaks. When a merely honest man appears he is a comet-his fame is eternal-needs no genius, no talent-mere honesty
Mark Twain
But will this attention to poverty be sustained or transient? That depends on our leaders – whether we step up and sustain our moral commitment as the country’s conscience would naturally want us to do.
John Edward
Women particularly can dress modestly and in the process contribute to their own selfВ­ respect and to the moral purity of men. In the end, most women get the type of man they dress for.
Tad R. Callister
Men and women who refuse to acknowledge God’s existence do so, in the final analysis, because it is contrary to their manner of living. They do not want to bow to the moral claims of a holy God on their lives.
R. C. Sproul
Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion.
Dalai Lama
There are some who esteem that it is a naivety to believe that a moral regeneration may be possible (“soit possible”, Fr.); now, if this was not the case, it would not be worth the trouble that humanity continue to vegetate without aim.
African Spir
His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.
Woody Allen
A bad author can take the most moral issue and make you want to just never, ever think about that moral issue.
Azar Nafisi
Rational egoism is the only morality that is for human life; thus, it is the only morality that is actually moral. Those who choose to be rationally self-interested thereby make the most of their life – and they are morally good because of it.
Craig Biddle
Literature remains an indispensable human activity, in which the reader and the writer are engaged of their own volition. Hence, literature has no duty to the masses or society, and ethical or moral pronouncements added by busybody critics are of no concern to the writer.
Gao Xingjian
The only reason I’m in Hollywood is that I don’t have the moral courage to refuse the money.
Marlon Brando
I never fixed a story. I didn’t make judgments, I let the listener make judgments. When I got to the end of the story, if it had a moral, I let the listener find it.
Tom T. Hall
The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
Edmund Burke
To be moral is to discover fundamentally ones own being.
Simone de Beauvoir
They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, have boldly affirmed that ‘one man is as good as another’; a maxim that is true in neither nature, revealed morals, nor political theory.
James F. Cooper
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
William Blake
The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class. It is not the realisation of a political ideal: it is the discharge of a moral obligation.
Lord Acton
The truth is, everything ultimately comes down to the relationship between the reader and the writer and the characters. Does or does not a character address moral being in a universal and important way? If it does, then it’s literature.
Whitley Strieber
Love is the expression of one’s values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.
Ayn Rand
Not in books only, nor yet in oral discourse, but often also in words there are boundless stores of moral and historic truth, and no less of passion and imagination laid up, from which lessons of infinite worth may be derived.
Richard Whately
Politics are always a struggle for power, disguised and modified by prudence, reason and moral pretext.
William Hurrell Mallock
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi
Science, it is said, no doubt has ameliorated the material conditions of human life, but is powerless to solve those moral and philosophical questions that interest cultured people so deeply.
Elie Metchnikoff
The religious habits of the Americans form not only the basis of their private and public morals, but have become so thoroughly interwoven with their whole course of legislation that it would be impossible to change them without affecting the very essence of their government.
Francis Grund
It is indeed probable that more harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil.
Friedrich August von Hayek
For me, most comedy scripts fail in the mechanical playing-out of the setup. They’ll pay lip service to a moral lesson or a psychological progression.
Harold Ramis
Women have, commonly, a very positive moral sense; that which they will, is right; that which they reject, is wrong; and their will, in most cases, ends by settling the moral.
Henry Adams
The external view [of agency] forces itself on us at the same time that we resist it. One way this occurs is through the gradual erosion of what we do by the subtraction of what happens.
Thomas Nagel
There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world.
Edmund Burke
A moral person is one who constantly exercises, and acts on, his best rational judgment.
Barbara Branden
Every nation has a moral obligation to safeguard the future.
Al Gore
Essentially, social education is moral education, and moral education is preparation for citizenship… When Jefferson and others advocated public education, it was to prepare for citizenship in a new, constitutional, democratic society.
Lawrence Kohlberg
Man is a moral being.
Gaspar Noe
The right to a good death is a basic human freedom. The [2006-JAN] Supreme Court’s decision to uphold aid in dying allows us to view and act on death as a dignified moral and godly choice for those suffering with terminal illnesses.
John Shelby Spong
The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man’s moral nature.
Thorstein Veblen
HIGGINS. Have you no morals, man? DOOLITTLE [unabashed] Cant afford them, Governor. Neither could you if you was as poor as me.
George Bernard Shaw
Moral #1: “If you work hard, stay focused, and never give up, you will eventually get what you want in life.” Moral #2: Sometimes the things we want most in life are the things that will kill us.
Donald Miller
No one talks about the real ethics disaster in Washington. It’s that many members of Congress will listen to any argument against a bill except for two: that it’s not moral or that it’s not Constitutional.
Ron Paul
How many of us have been attracted to reason; first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
The influence of woman is the same everywhere. Her condition influences the morals, manners, and character of the people of all countries. Where she is debased, society is debased; where she is morally pure and enlightened, society will be proportionately elevated.
Samuel Smiles
Laws that oppress people have no moral authority.
Richard Stallman
Conservatism is not the problem. Conservatism is the founding of this country, essentially. Conservatism isn’t even really an ideology. Conservatism is just what is right, proper, decent, and moral. That’s all it is.
Rush Limbaugh
I am convinced that we will never build a democratic state based on rule of law if we do not at the same time build a state that is-regardless of how unscientific this may sound to the ears of a political scientist-humane, moral, intellectual and spiritual, and cultural.
Vaclav Havel
The science of constructing a commonwealth, or renovating it, or reforming it, is, like every other experimental science, not to be taught a priori. Nor is it a short experience that can instruct us in that practical science, because the real effects of moral causes are not always immediate.
Edmund Burke
All times are changing times, but ours is one of massive, rapid moral and mental transformation. Archetypes turn into millstones, large simplicities get complicated, chaos becomes elegant, and what everybody knows is true turns out to be what some people used to think.
Ursula K. Le Guin
We live in a unipolar world at this point with America as a moral arbiter and the whole morality is based on this insane corporatocracy.
Ian Svenonius
A man may not transgress the bounds of major morals, but may make errors in minor morals.
Confucius
People in office have to become models of correct behaviour. What they say and how they act should be beyond criticism. And when they commit the slightest mistake, they should quit their office on moral grounds without waiting to be proved guilty. Moral values must take centre stage in all walks of life.
D. R. Karthikeyan
If ignorance and passion are the foes of popular morality, it must be confessed that moral indifference is the malady of the cultivated classes.
Henri Frederic Amiel
To me, hope is a moral imperative. I have hope and faith in forces unseen.
Marianne Williamson
The world is yearning for strong leadership and moral clarity; someone who knows the difference between good and bad.
Isaac Herzog
The political body, therefore, is also a moral being which has a will; and this general will, which tends always to the conservation and well-being of the whole and of each part of it … is, for all members of the state … the rule of what is just or unjust.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
In science the new is an advance; but in morals, as contradicting our inner ideals and historic idols, it is ever a retrogression.
Jean Paul
If it is not tempered by compassion, and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void.
Karen Armstrong
The balance of private good and general welfare is at the bottom of civilized morals but the morals of the Heroic Age are founded on individuality, and on nothing else.
Lascelles Abercrombie
I am fond of music I think because it is so amoral. Everything else is moral and I am after something that isn’t. I have always found moralizing intolerable.
Hermann Hesse
Even a woman who has the soul of a pirate, at least pirate morals, even a woman who prefer loneliness to the bickerings and constraints of heterosexual marriage, even such a woman who is a freak in our society needs a home… The only characteristic freaks share is our knowledge that we don’t fit in.
Kathy Acker
In government-directed economies, the collective takes priority over the individual. The moral ideal is equal results. That approach could not be further removed from the real world.
Paul Ryan
‘Moral police’ is my new word. I am very against the media doing moral policing, giving opinions on actor’s lives. Media should not become moral police; they should just report.
Katrina Kaif
The law is constantly based on notions of morality, and if all laws representing essentially moral choices are to be invalidated under the due process clause, the courts will be very busy indeed.
Byron White
Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.
Swami Vivekananda
Intelligence is a moral category.
Theodor Adorno
Leave the poor Some time for self-improvement. Let them not Be forced to grind the bones out of their arms For bread, but have some space to think and feel Like moral and immortal creatures.
Philip James Bailey
We cannot anticipate the moral circumstances under which we will live. And therefore [I refuse] to say that I will not live in a moral circumstance that requires violence.
George Friedman
Though we have two eyes, we are supplied with but one tongue. Draw your own moral.
Alphonse Karr
The only moral virtue of war is that it compels the capitalist system to look itself in the face and admit it is a fraud. It compels the present society to admit that it has no morals it will not sacrifice for gain.
Helen Keller
There’s a morality… I think there’s a moral compass but whether that comes from religion or just from being a good person, and where one starts and the other begins… I’m a good person, I hope. But I’m never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be.
David Tennant
[R]ights do not belong to men simply as men, but because of the superior qualities, physical, intellectual, moral or political, which are characteristic of certain individuals or races.
Charles Edward Merriam
Our opinions agree as to the evil, moral, political, and economical, of slavery.
James Madison
It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare.
Claude Monet
If we cannot end the conflict, we have an inescapable moral duty to help refugees and provide legal avenues to safety.
Angelina Jolie
We must never lose sight of the fact that the law has a moral foundation, and we must never fail to ask ourselves not only what the law is, but what the law should be.
Anthony Kennedy
Abortion is without a doubt one of the greatest moral evils within modernity. As the “Advocate of Christian Memory,” a pope must take up the mantle of defending the culture of life – a defense the Early Church held against the pagans of Rome.
Pope Francis
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
George Washington
If we cannot be decent, let us endeavor to be graceful. If we can’t be moral, at least we can avoid being vulgar.
Langdon Elwyn Mitchell
This book has been a catalogue of mistakes by politicians, moral and practical disasters which led to wars, enslavement and wretchedness on a scale which no previous age could have dreaded or dreamed of.
A. N. Wilson
The ties of virtue ought to be closer than the ties of blood, since the good man is closer to another good man by their similarity of morals than the son is to his father by their similarity of face.
Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de Sable
Two presidents pursued human rights policies that were serious and effective, Reagan and George W. Bush. They understood that American support for human rights activists is a moral imperative for us and also makes the world safer for us.
Elliott Abrams
There are two books that I often travel with; one is ‘The Theory on Moral Sentiments’ by Adam Smith. The other is ‘The Meditations.’ It’s not that I agree with either views expressed in the books, but I believe ideas and thoughts of older generations can offer food for thought for the current generation.
Wen Jiabao
That’s my personal view I would say most in my caucus agree with that but there are some who don’t and I’ve always said that on these kinds of moral issues, people have the right to their own opinions.
Stephen Harper
Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. Freedom and security.
Thomas Paine
I’ve had the philosophy that John Adams expressed, in the kind of system that we’re trying to create in this country: that this is a system for moral people. It will work for no other.
Charles Koch
And so, today, if the state can no longer appeal to the old moral principles that belong to the Christian tradition, it will be forced to create a new official faith and new moral principles which will be binding on its citizens.
Christopher Dawson
If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie.
Tim O’Brien
The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.
Thomas Aquinas
Overall, the challenge of leadership is both moral and one of developing the characteristics that make us respected by one another.
Louis Farrakhan
If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.
Abraham Lincoln
Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another.
Jon Corzine
Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority.
Lakhdar Brahimi
The [Jewish] Sabbath was not intended to be simply a desert of prohibitions, but rather an oasis for moral restoration and seemly pleasure-one was to eat, drink, even be merry.
Israel Shenker
I’ve a problem with the word charity because I think that NGOs, as I prefer calling them, really do take the work of moral and social responsibilities that ought to be taken on by governments.
Emma Thompson
Do you know what morals are? Morals are an obedience to rules that people laid down to help you live among them.
Theodore Sturgeon
As for ‘Great Expectations’, it is up there for me with the world’s greatest novels, not least as it vindicates plot as no other novel I can think of does, since what there is to find out is not coincidence or happenstance but the profoundest moral truth.
Howard Jacobson
We are confronted primarily with a moral issue… whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated.
John F. Kennedy
It is well known that the older a man grows, the faster he could run as a boy.
Red Smith
The march of intellect is proceeding at quick time; and if its progress be not accompanied by a corresponding improvement in morals and religion, the faster it proceeds, with the more violence will you be hurried down the road to ruin.
Robert Southey
The difficulty of looking at a system like natural selection if you have any sort of moral sense yourself, is almost what makes it beautiful.
Paul Bettany
There is a kinship, a kind of freemasonry, between all persons of intelligence, however antagonistic their moral outlook.
Norman Douglas
When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.
Horace
Budgets are moral documents. They reflect the values of any government and when you’re compromising clean air, clean water, and lead, you’re making a statement about communities you don’t care about.
Tom Perez
Perhaps the most significant moral characteristic of a nation is its hypocrisy.
Reinhold Niebuhr
A story with a moral appended is like the bill of a mosquito. It bores you, and then injects a stinging drop to irritate your conscience.
O. Henry
Our moral virtues benefit mainly other people; intellectual virtues, on the other hand, benefit primarily ourselves; therefore the former make us universally popular, the latter unpopular.
Arthur Schopenhauer
A truly moral nation enacts policies that encourage personal responsibility and discourage self-destructive behavior by not subsidizing people who live irresponsibly and make poor choices.
Benjamin Carson
If a state should pass laws forbidding its citizens to become wise and holy, it would be made a byword for all time. But this, in effect, is what our commercial, social, and political systems do. They compel the sacrifice of mental and moral power to money and dissipation.
John Lancaster Spalding
The world needs to see Christians burning, not with self-righteous fury at the sliding morals in our country, but with passion for God.
Kevin DeYoung
Censor, n. An officer of certain governments, employed to supress the works of genius. Among the Romans the censor was an inspector of public morals, but the public morals of modern nations will not bear inspection.
Ambrose Bierce
Knowledge of birth control is essentially moral. Its general, though prudent, practice must lead to a higher individuality and ultimately to a cleaner race.
Margaret Sanger
Sometimes, his methods and his motives are questionable and even his morals are questionable in the way he does things. But I think his intention is always to protect his daughter.
Victor Garber
Hence, in a state of nature, no man had any moral power to deprive another of his life, limbs, property, or liberty; nor the least authority to command or exact obedience from him, except that which arose from the ties of consanguinity.
Alexander Hamilton
Science does not have a moral dimension. It is like a knife. If you give it to a surgeon or a murderer, each will use it differently.
Wernher von Braun
It is becoming clear that the old platitudes can no longer be maintained, and that if we wish to improve our morals we must first improve our knowledge.
Havelock Ellis
I don’t think the people of the slave states will ever consider the subject of slavery in its true light till some other argument is resorted to other than moral persuasion.
John Brown
You don’t put your personal viewpoints in a good movie. A movie should only be concerned with characters, not some big moral, although it’s always underneath.
Paul Morrissey
Humor is not an unconditional virtue; its moral character depends on its object. To laugh at the contemptible, is a virtue; to laugh at the good, is a hideous vice. Too often, humor is used as the camouflage of moral cowardice.
Ayn Rand
Life is short – while we speak it flies; enjoy, then, the present, and forget the future; such is the moral of ancient poetry, a graceful and a wise moral – indulged beneath a southern sky, and all deserving, the phrase applied to it – the philosophy of the garden.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
I do admit to mocking atheists, because mockery is a legitimate form of debate according to my rule Book. God Himself mocks evil men who refuse His moral government (see Proverbs 1:26-27).
Ray Comfort
CREDIT supposes specific and permanent funds for the punctual payment of interest, with a moral certainty of a final redemption of the principal.
Alexander Hamilton
Courage was America’s watchword, but a courage of the body rather than of the soul – physical courage, not moral.
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The denial of an objective moral law, based on the compulsion to deny the existence of God, results ultimately in the denial of evil iteself.
Ravi Zacharias
Fantasy allows for less rigorous worldbuilding and more vigorous exploration of moral questions. Sci-fi is opp.
Paul S. Kemp
It’s too low, and if Europe wants to be a force in the world it needs to be more than a moral and political and economic force, which Europe is because it shares many of our values and demonstrates them around the world. But it has to have the military power that goes with that as well.
Ashton Carter
The best-regulated home is always that in which the discipline is the most perfect, and yet where it is the least felt. Moral discipline acts with the force of a law of nature.
Samuel Smiles
True knowledge gives a moral standing and moral strength.
Mahatma Gandhi
Never choose the easy path. Choose the one that has morals
Nishan
Faith in the hereafter is as necessary for the intellectual as the moral character; and to the man of letters, as well as to the Christian, the present forms but the slightest portion of his existence.
Robert Southey
I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal…. Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you’re not a good soldier.
Curtis LeMay
Compassion is the basis of morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer
The moral sense is a natural faculty in us like the sense of smell or of touch.
Peter Kropotkin
How important is a constant intercourse with nature and the contemplation of natural phenomena to the preservation of moral and intellectual health!
Henry David Thoreau
I look upon those who would deny others the right to urge and argue their position, however irksome and pernicious they may seem, as intellectual and moral cowards.
William Borah
State-sanctioned marriage is a civil contract, period. A contract is not a judgment of moral value. It is a legal agreement between two parties that testifies to a meeting of minds between those consenting entities. It is not a religious act or rite and so has nothing to do with Adam and Eve or Steve or even Harvey.
Harvey Fierstein
I don’t think we should be deceived that art is such a moral thing.
Svetlana Alexievich
Of the major incentives to improve safety, by far the most compelling is that of economics. The moral incentive, which is most evident following an accident, is more intense but is relatively short lived.
Jerome F. Lederer
The natural world is a gift that we have the obligation to treasure and use carefully. It is our moral responsibility to protect it from damage, and to pass it on to our heirs in good condition. To do less is to dishonor the Giver and the gift.
Frederick Victor Grey Wymark
It has therewith come to be recognized that the history of moral valuations is at the same time the history of an error, the error of responsibility, which is based upon the error of the freedom of will.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they must acquire ritual and moral principles.
Xun Kuang
The moral values I’ve learnt in my life I’ve learnt through football.
Arsene Wenger
Why are empirical questions about how the mind works so weighted down with political and moral and emotional baggage?
Steven Pinker
Everything I do has a moral to it.
Ernest Borgnine
There is no equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom loving nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs that are in [Vladimir] Putin’s defense of his cronyism. There’s no moral equivalency there.
Benjamin E. Sasse
I was always an unusual girl. My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.
Lana Del Rey
A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance.
Wendell Berry
We need to be clear when we venerate entrepreneurs what we are venerating.They are not moral leaders. If they were moral leaders, they wouldn’t be great businessmen.
Malcolm Gladwell
Others first. Whatever your corporate mission, paint a clear and compelling picture that others can understand and embrace. State your mission in terms that appeal to your team’s best instincts. Persuade and empower as if you are leading and mentoring volunteers.
Tony Dungy
In Aristotelian terms, the good leader must have ethos, pathos and logos. The ethos is his moral character, the source of his ability to persuade. The pathos is his ability to touch feelings to move people emotionally. The logos is his ability to give solid reasons for an action, to move people intellectually.
Mortimer Adler
Since the foundation of the State of Israel, the United States has stood by her and helped her to pursue security, peace, and economic growth. Our friendship is based on historic moral and strategic ties, as well as our shared dedication to democracy.
Ronald Reagan
I think the story of the Christian faith is how you can become more deeply and fully human, not how you can become religious. And I don’t see any indication that being religious makes you more moral.
John Shelby Spong
It makes me upset, if not angry, when people assume that there can be no morality without a religious framework. If there’s a moral framework without all that religious stuff, it’s more valuable.
Jane Asher
To this shadowy land, that knows neither sin nor redemption from sin, where evil is not moral but is only the pain residing forever in earthly things, Christ did not come. Christ stopped at Eboli.
Carlo Levi
Justice demands integrity. It’s to have a moral universe — not only know what is right or wrong but to put things in perspective, weigh things. Justice is different from violence and retribution; it requires complex accounting.
Bell Hooks
The only thing that really matters now is whether man can climb up to a higher moral level, to a higher plane of consciousness, in order to be equal to the superhuman powers which the fallen angels have played into his hands. But he can make no progress until he becomes very much better acquainted with his own nature.
Carl Jung
When the panting and thirsting soul first drinks the delicious waters of truth, when the moral and intellectual tastes and desires first seize the fragrant fruits that flourish in the garden of knowledge, then does the child catch a glimpse and foretaste of heaven.
Horace Mann
Moral character is assessed not by what a man knows but by what he loves
Saint Augustine
My political beliefs are my moral, quasi-religious framework.
Ken Livingstone
Nature has made a mistake in the choice of my sexuality and I must do a life-long penance for it, for the moral power to suffer the unavoidable with dignity is lost.
Richard von Krafft-Ebing
There can be no compromise on moral principles.
Ayn Rand
Someone who is perennially surprised that depravity exists, who continues to feel disillusioned (even incredulous) when confronted with evidence of what humans are capable of inflicting in the way of gruesome, hands-on cruelties upon other humans, has not reached moral or psychological adulthood.
Susan Sontag
If we think the main mission of the church is to improve life in Adam and add a little moral strength to this fading evil age, we have not yet understood the radical condition for which Christ is such a radical solution.
Michael Horton
The socialist countries have the moral duty of liquidating their tacit complicity with the exploiting countries of the West.
Che Guevara
Our western science is a child of moral virtues; and it must now become the father of further moral virtues if its extraordinary material triumphs in our time are not to bring human history to an abrupt, unpleasant and discreditable end.
Arnold J. Toynbee
The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
Aldous Huxley
A viewer who skips the advertising is the moral equivalent of a shoplifter.
Nicholas Johnson
The intellectual, the moral, the religious seem to me all naturally bound up and interlinked together in one great and harmonious whole.
Ada Lovelace
So many people get involved with carrying grudges and having these moral battles with people, where they cast themselves as the righteous and the other guy is the dirtbag. They waste tons of energy on it, create all kinds of darkness around themselves and the other person. It gets you nothing.
Stephen J. Cannell
More than anything else, let me be clear – we need to be willing to fight for freedom, and free markets, and traditional moral values. That’s what the American people want to see this movement and this party return to.
Mike Pence
There is too much animal courage in society and not sufficient moral courage.
Mary Baker Eddy
Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
John Adams
When you do an hour and a half and you destroy, like tonight was great. I had an awesome time. I realized that I’d been up there for about an hour and a half and I realized, “Wow, I’m gonna get out of here without doing Walken.” It is a bit of a moral victory.
Jay Mohr
At age 14, my belief systems began to change about myself, about God, about humans, about values, and about moral standards. I also began to align myself with the principles that are laid down by the Creator in the book called the Bible.
Myles Munroe
Your love of liberty — your respect for the laws — your habits of industry — and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.
George Washington
If the rest of them can survive only by destroying us, then why should we wish them to survive? . . . Nothing can make it moral to destroy the best. One can’t be punished for being good. One can’t be penalized for ability.
Ayn Rand
Moral obligation is to me so very strong a Stimulant, that in 9 cases out of ten it acts as a Narcotic. The Blow that should rouse, stuns me.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
To regard the excesses of the passions as maladies has so salutary an effect that this idea renders all moral sermons useless.
Pierre-Claude-Victor Boiste
One of the ways in which parenting is a learning experience and an opportunity for moral growth is that we learn as parents that we don’t choose the kind of child that we have.
Michael Sandel
If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality.
C. S. Lewis
In such a society as ours the only possible chance for change, for mobility, for political, economic, and moral flow lies in the tactics of guerrilla warfare, in the use of fictions, of language.
Kathy Acker
It always sounds kind of trivial, but when I was a kid I was always so impressed by how serious the comic books were. I always liked how they were half way between literature and the cinema. I liked the visuals and I liked the simplicity of a certain type of moral dilemma.
Walter Hill
Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the field of battle.
James A. Baldwin
You know that things are not going well when you lose the moral high ground to a TMZ reporter.
John Oliver
I’m for moral blackmail when it comes to putting away child molesters.
Tucker Carlson
Torture, including practices like waterboarding, violates the legal and moral standards of all civilized nations.
Jerrold Nadler
Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest moral factor and force in our public life.
Joseph Pulitzer
The individual makes a clear effort to define moral values and principles that have validity and application apart from the authority of the groups of persons holding them and apart from the individual’s own identification with the group.
Lawrence Kohlberg
We have a moral obligation to make sure the people who are being required to work have the opportunity to work. We must make sure the jobs are there.
William J. Clinton
Political differences essentially depend on disagreement in moral principles.
Lord Acton
If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution – and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity.
Jane Goodall
There is nothing so bad but it can masquerade as moral.
Walter Lippmann
The imaginations of believers have dressed up and exaggerated the excellence of the style and matter of the New Testament generally, in the same manner, in which they have the moral instructions of Jesus.
Lysander Spooner
The voices of moral authority in the theatre demanded only punctuality and physical performance. In the light of continuing pressure and stress, the occasional lip service paid to moderation was meaningless. Starvation and poisoning were not excesses, but measures taken to stay within the norm.
Gelsey Kirkland
A responsibility to be a role model as a father yes, as a man, as a public figure, yes. That responsibility just leads me to do what I feel is right and to conduct myself with the moral standards, principles, and integrity that were instilled in me by my family.
T.I.
The moral improvement demands an evolution leading to a higher consciousness.
African Spir
I think religion for many people is some sort of moral viagra.
Daniel Dennett
Wartime always brings expansions of state power, together with erosions of moral and constitutional standards.
Joseph Sobran
The end of all moral speculations is to teach us our duty; and, by proper representations of the deformity of vice and beauty of virtue, beget correspondent habits, and engage us to avoid the one, and embrace the other.
David Hume
Indeed, one of the most frightening consequences of the Holocaust may well be that rather than serving as a warning to preserve humanity at all cost, it has provided a license to privilege physical survival over moral existence.
Omer Bartov
In the metaphysical elements of aesthetics the various nonmoral feelings are to be made use of; in the elements of moral metaphysics the various moral feelings of men, according to the differences in sex, age, education, and government, of races and climates, are to be employed.
Immanuel Kant
The moral and religious teachings of no bible reach a higher altitude than the intelligence and mental development of the age and country which produced it.
Kersey Graves
We assume therefore that moral virtue is the quality of acting in the best way in relation to pleasures and pains, and that vice is the opposite.
Aristotle
It was always the view of my parents…that hot weather encouraged loose morals among young people.
Ian Mcewan
The Bible is unfortunately unclear on a long list of moral and social questions and sex is one of them. On the one hand, there are expressions of admiration for the reportedly virgin mother of Jesus, but other portions of scripture speak quite accommodatingly of polygamy.
Steve Allen
By reason of its soporigous quality, lettuce ever was, and still continues the principal foundation of the universal tribe of Sallets, which is to cool and refresh, besides its other properties… including beneficial influences on morals, temperance, and chastity.
John Evelyn
[nonviolence] seeks to secure moral ends through moral means.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices.
C. S. Lewis
Conservatives value economic liberty and moral security, while the liberal values economic security and moral liberty.
Jonah Goldberg
I think of it all as a test. This is a moral examination that one has to pass… to stand up against such social evils.
Kailash Satyarthi
The finest and most beautiful ideas on morals and manners have been swept away before our times, and nothing is left for us but to glean after the ancients and the ablest amongst the moderns.
Jean de la Bruyere
We are, in many respects, in a moral and spiritual free-fall in our country, and we are paying a terrible price.
Joel C. Rosenberg
Were parties here divided merely by a greediness for office,…to take a part with either would be unworthy of a reasonable or moral man.
Thomas Jefferson
The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift demanding no less binding moral responsibilities than the friendship of a human being.
Konrad Lorenz
If female were working in the same proportion as men do, the level of GDP would be up 27 percent in a country like India, but also up 9 percent in Japan and up 5 percent in the United States of America. It’s not just a moral issue, not just a philosophical issue. It just makes economic sense.
Christine Lagarde
When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change. Personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustice others suffer, is the catalyst for solidarity which then gives rise to intellectual inquiry and moral reflection.
Peter Hans Kolvenbach
Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject’s vitality.
Paul Tournier
The sand-castle virtues are all swept away in the tidal destruction, the moral melee.
Jethro Tull
Where the vivacity of the intellect and the strength of the passions exceed the development of the moral faculties the character is likely to be embittered or corrupted by extremes, either of adversity or prosperity.
Anna Brownell Jameson
In my view, aiming at simplicity and lucidity is a moral duty of all intellectuals: lack of clarity is a sin, and pretentiousness is a crime.
Karl Popper
I don’t believe that prayers actually change God’s mind – if there is a God – but I liked praying for people in need. It was like moral weightlifting. I tend to be self-obsessed, and it was nice to get out of my brain once in a while.
A. J. Jacobs
How can we say nobody’s perfect if there is no perfect to compare to? Perfection implies that there really is a right and wrong way to be. And what type of perfection is the best type? Moral perfection? Aesthetic? Physiological? Mental?
A.S. King
It is time that the great center of our people, who reject the violence and unreasonableness of both the extreme right and the extreme left, searched their consciences, mustered their moral and physical courage, shed their intimidated silence, and declare their consciences.
Margaret Chase Smith
We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch. I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Buddha emphasized and re-declared the eternal and unalterable existence of the moral government of this universe. He unhesitatingly said that the law was God Himself.
Mahatma Gandhi
When you send a clerk on business to a distant province, a man of rigid morals is not your best choice.
Ihara Saikaku
In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution is a moral & political evil in any country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages.
Robert E. Lee
Man’s chief moral deficiency appears to be not his indiscretions but his reticence.
Hannah Arendt
I’d always liked the idea that drama acts at its best as a kind of arena for debate, not just about the thing itself, but also producing aesthetic, stylistic, political and moral discussions.
Jeremy Northam
A happy people I call them still, whose peace and genuine morals have not been contaminated with European vices; and whose errorsare only the errors of ignorance, and not the rooted depravity of a pretended civilization, and a spurious and mock Christianity.
John Gabriel Stedman
The instruction furnished is not good enough for the youth of such a country … There is not even any systematic instruction given on political morals: an enormous deficiency in a republic.
Harriet Martineau
Up until the Depression, recession had a moral character: it was supposed to purge the body economic of the greed and excess that attends a business expansion.
James Buchan
If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing. You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.
Henry Kravis
Most people believe you have to have some moral absolutes if you want to hold back chaos.
Peter Kreeft
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
Thomas Hardy
Kant says that we may regard ourselves as legislator of the moral law, and consider ourselves as its author, but not that we are legislators or authors of the law.
Allen W. Wood
Many thousands of youth have been deprived of the benefit of education thereby, their morals ruined, and talents irretrievably lost to society, for want of cultivation: while two parties have been idly contending who should bestow it.
Joseph Lancaster
To reverence the impersonal creation instead of the personal God who created us is a perversion designed for escaping moral accountability to the Creator. God indicts those who worship the creation instead of its Creator (Rom 1:18-23); and warns of the corruption of morals and behavior which results.
Dave Hunt
The USA experiences the crisis of ideological and moral values.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky
The climate-change deniers are rapidly ending up with as much intellectual credibility as creationists and Flat Earthers. They are nudging close to having the moral credibility of Holocaust deniers.
Johann Hari
My own feeling of concern arises from seeing how much moral injury and suffering is created by the superstitions of the Christian mythology.
Harriet Martineau
Donald Trump is a mainstream conservative who wants to profoundly take on the left. The left is infuriated that anybody would challenge the legitimacy of their moral superiority. And so the left goes hysterical.
John S. Dickerson
I think copyright is moral, proper. I think a creator has the right to control the disposition of his or her works – I actually believe that the financial issue is less important than the integrity of the work, the attribution, that kind of stuff.
Esther Dyson
In life, there’s second chances. But that doesn’t mean everyone gets a second chance with your team. That’s where your moral compass comes in.
Herm Edwards
Maxims in times of danger are useless, experience is incommunicable. The knotted strands of life, desire, assumptions, and moral codes cannot be unsnarled; they can only be cut, which is what happens when an air raid occurs, with a silencing fortissimo like the finale of a Beethoven symphony.
Jacques Barzun
In Hollywood Westerns even in the Thirties and Forties, history was mythologized to accommodate some kind of moral code. And what really affects me deeply is when you see it taken to the extent where Native Americans become mythical people.
Jim Jarmusch
Unless a woman has a decided pleasure and facility in teaching, an honest knowledge of everything she professes to impart, a liking for children, and, above all, a strong moral sense of her responsibility towards them, for her to attempt to enroll herself in the scholastic order is absolute profanation.
Dinah Maria Murlock Craik
Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you’re moral, saying your moral is not the same as acting morally.
Alan Dershowitz
I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.
Barack Obama
I think my audience is smart. If there’s a way to be entertained and get things out – real things, not stupid moral crap – that’s the best.
Michael Pitt
The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
Anthony Burgess
It’s through the small things that we develop our moral imagination, so that we can understand the sufferings of others.
Alexander McCall Smith
The highest grossing films have great, moral messages – not dirty, base themes, so we’re trying to get producers to make more of the uplifting movies.
Morgan Brittany
A democrat should not rely upon the force of the arms his state could flaunt in the face of the world, but on the moral force his state could put at the disposal of the world.
Mahatma Gandhi
Courage is a moral quality; it is not a chance gift of nature like an aptitude for games. It is a cold choice between two alternatives, the fixed resolve not to quit; an act of renunciation which must be made not once but many times by the power of the will.
Charles Wilson, 1st Baron Moran
There is something about liberalism that is not nearly as true about conservatism. The further left one goes, the more one finds that the ideology provides moral cover for a life that is not moral. While many people left of center lead fine personal lives, many do not.
Dennis Prager
Teaching is been seen as kind of a moral calling and not as an intellectual job.
Dana Goldstein
As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side.
Mahatma Gandhi
Today there are a lot places where people say they’re just hopeless. If I can come from a hopeless country, get an education, become a hyphenated American and become president of the World Bank, it’s my moral duty to make sure that every single person on the planet has that opportunity.
Jim Yong Kim
In the old days, words like sin and Satan had a moral certitude. Today, they’re replaced with self-help jargon, words like dysfunction and antisocial behavior, discouraging any responsibility for one’s actions.
Don Henley
Black folks are judged by quantity, not quality. It’s a decimal point or figure. How different is that from slavery? There’s no moral code, it’s just about successful business for America.
Chuck D
Whether or not birth control is eugenic, hygienic, and economic, it is the most revolutionary practice in the history of sexual morals.
Walter Lippmann
Today, the UK must be the pioneer of a new model of economic change, that integrates social and environmental consideration. This is not just a question of values and moral duty. It is about our economy’s capacity to sustain itself
David Miliband
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
Ronald Reagan
Technologists provide tools that can improve people’s lives. But I want to be clear that I don’t think technology by itself improves people’s lives, since often I’m criticized for being too pro-technology. Unless there’s commensurate ethical and moral improvements to go along with it, it’s for naught.
Jaron Lanier
Unless the will is free, man has no freedom; and if he has no freedom he is not a moral agent, that is, he is incapable of moral action and also of moral character.
Charles Grandison Finney
One can regard the moral law as an illusion, and so cut himself off from the common ground of humanity.
C. S. Lewis
One of the most destructive anti-concepts in the history of moral philosophy is the term ‘duty.
Ayn Rand
The most remarkable change in the moral history of mankind has been the rise – and occasionally the application – of the view that all people, and not just one’s own kind, are entitled to fair treatment.
James Q. Wilson
There’s a danger our fiscal bankruptcy might overtake our moral bankruptcy.
Mort Sahl
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
Francis Bacon
To imply that religious believers have no right to engage moral questions in the public square or at the ballot is simply to establish a Reichian secularism as our state faith.
Maggie Gallagher
I think all villains have something in common: they have something that they need or want very, very badly. The stakes are very high and they are not bound by moral codes or being ethical, so they can do anything and will do anything to get what they want.
Donna Murphy
Moral epochs have their course as well as the seasons. We can no more hold them fast than we can hold sun, moon, and stars. Our faults perpetually return upon us; and herein lies the subtlest difficulty of self-knowledge.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
You do design because you feel it inside; you have a moral issue to spread quality in our environment.
Massimo Vignelli
To answer brutality with brutality is to admit one’s moral and intellectual bankruptcy.
Mahatma Gandhi
In short, I’m not sure that the abortion problem can be solved by legislation. I think it can only be solved through moral persuasion.
Tony Campolo
Science, as long as it limits itself to the descriptive study of the laws of nature, has no moral or ethical quality and this applies to the physical as well as the biological sciences.
Ernst Boris Chain
How could a society escape destruction if, when political ties are relaxed, moral ties are not tightened, and what can be done with a people master of itself if it not subject to God?
Alexis de Tocqueville
If you look upon chronic diseases as an epidemic, and you see that the chronically ill are the poor, then you see that this issue of the uninsured is not really a moral but a financial obligation to change health care.
Patrick Soon-Shiong
Intellectuals are judged not by their morals, but by the quality of their ideas, which are rarely reducible to simple verdicts of truth or falsity, if only because banalities are by definition accurate.
Perry Anderson
“I criticize America because I love her. I want her to stand as a moral example to the world.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
America has lost the moral high ground with the rest of the world, and we have fewer allies as a result. President Bush and his administration have undermined the war on terror by using tactics outlawed by international treaty and condemned by even our closest friends.
John Olver
Asceticism in most cases is either the result of a sordid imagination or of passion diverted from its natural course, and experience has shown that when the protection of public morals is entrusted to its votaries, the consequences are usually appalling.
Rudolf Rocker
We might not object to the statement that Lear deserved to suffer for his folly, selfishness and tyranny; but to assert that he deserved to suffer what he did suffer is to do violence not merely to language but to any healthy moral sense.
Andrew Coyle Bradley
Sex education, including its spiritual aspects, should be part of a broad health and moral education from kindergarten through grade twelve, ideally carried out harmoniously by parents and teachers.
Benjamin Spock
Our egoism gains nothing from acts of love, but the world gains all the more. Esotericism tells us that love is to the world what the Sun is for outer life. No soul could thrive if love departed from the world. Love is the “moral” Sun of the world.
Rudolf Steiner
Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express – verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner – the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.
Andre Breton
The main thing a childhood in the Church did for me, I think, was set up the universe as a moral system. Once you’ve seen it that way, it always seems that way.
George Saunders
At least in popular parlance, what makes religious folks religious today is not so much that they believe in Jesus’ divinity or Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths but that they hold certain moral positions on bedroom issues such as premarital sex, homosexuality, and abortion.
Stephen Prothero
The awakenings of remorse, virtuous shame and indignation, the glow of moral approbation if they do not lead to action, grow less and less vivid every time they occur, till at length the mind grows absolutely callous.
Anna Letitia Barbauld
Most poverty and suffering – whether in a country, a family or a person – flows from disorganization. A stable social order is an artificial accomplishment, the result of an accumulation of habits, hectoring, moral stricture and physical coercion. Once order is dissolved, it takes hard measures to restore it
David Brooks
If living by these sets of morals and principles and wanting to help better my land, better my country, my community, my team, my environment and helping the next person help themselves, if that’s considered crazy, then I’m a crazy.
Luke Scott
The main bone of contention is whether Islamic injunctions are legal or moral categories. When Muslims say Islam commands daily prayers or bans alcohol, are they talking about public obligations that will be enforced by the state or personal ones that will be judged by God?
Mustafa Akyol
The benefits provided by worker participation are twofold. Quality is improved because of the finding and fixing of a very large number of problems, but also, and perhaps equally important, moral is improved.
George E. P. Box
The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.
William James
One is apt to think of moral failure as due to weakness of character: more often it is due to an inadequate ideal.
Richard Livingstone
Personally I do not resort to force – not even the force of law – to advance moral reforms. I prefer education, argument, persuasion, and above all the influence of example – of fashion.
Rutherford B. Hayes
I wanted to show a normal young girl whose only difference was that she behaved in the way a boy might, without any sense of guilt on a moral or sexual level.
Roger Vadim
When I today ask myself whence I got the moral courage, for it takes moral courage to make a move (or form a plan) running counter to all tradition, I think I may say in answer, that it was only my intense preoccupation with the problem of the blockade which helped me to do so.
Aron Nimzowitsch
God has so framed us as to make freedom of choice and action the very basis of all moral improvement, and all our faculties, mental and moral, resent and revolt against the idea of coercion.
William Matthews
The artist is to be exempt from the moral laws that are binding on ordinary people. Just pronounce the magic word “Art,” and everything is O.K. Rotting corpses with snails crawling over them are O.K.; kicking little girls in the head is O.K.; even a film like L’Age d’Or is O.K.
George Orwell
All the heavenly Bodies, the Stars and Planets, are regulated with the utmost Wisdom! And can we suppose less Care to be taken in the Order of the moral than in the natural System?
Benjamin Franklin
When moral superiority combines with billowing ignorance, they fill up a hot-air balloon that’s awfully hard not to poke.
Barbara Kingsolver
You can’t put someone else in charge of your morals. Ethics is a personal discipline.
Price Pritchett
So great is the effect of cleanliness upon man, that it extends even to his moral character. Virtue never dwelt long with filth; nor do I believe there ever was a person scrupulously: attentive to cleanliness, who was a consummate villain.
Benjamin Thompson
Your presence is a moral poison that would contaminate the most virtuous
Emily Bronte
Genius is the capacity of avoiding hard work.
Elbert Hubbard
The function of criticism is the reeducation of perception of works of art? The conception that its business is to appraise, to judge in the legal and moral sense, arrests the perception of those who are influenced by the criticism that assumes this task.
John Dewey
Cash is always the deciding factor in such matters of moral politics; nothing ever gets done unless motivated by commerce or greed.
Jasper Fforde
But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Society is not homogeneous, and those who do not deliberately close their eyes have to recognize that men differ greatly from one another from the physical, moral, and intellectual viewpoints.
Vilfredo Pareto
You cannot build your life with a consistent worldview that is on the shifting sands of moral relativism.
Lee Strobel
I never held Negroes to be inherently inferior. The statement in Marriage and Morals refers to environmental conditioning. I have had it withdrawn from subsequent editions because it is clearly ambiguous.
Bertrand Russell
I give priority to up-bringing over education because the ultimate goal of up-bringing is morals, and we have a more urgent need for morals than for knowledge.
Ameen Rihani
Modern sociology is virtually an attempt to take up the larger program of social analysis and interpretation which was implicit in Adam Smith’s moral philosophy, but which was suppressed for a century by prevailing interest in the technique of the production of wealth.
Albion Woodbury Small
Science is fundamentally a moral enterprise, following the moral imperative to seek the truth.
George Lakoff
If one starts with an impersonal beginning, the answer to morals eventually turns out to be the assertion that there are no morals.
Francis Schaeffer
Make your enemy afraid, for it is impossible to remain quiet about their moral offences.
Muqtada al Sadr
Nothing I write ever has a moral. If it seems to a reader that there is one, that is unintentional.
Louise Erdrich
The real need of the day is moral and spiritual rearmament. God’s Living Spirit can transcend conflicting political systems, can reconcile order and freedom, can rekindle true patriotism, can unite all citizens in the service of the nation, and all nations in the service of mankind.
Stanley Baldwin
A novel is not moral in the usual sense of the word. It can be called moral when it shakes us out of our stupor and makes us confront the absolutes we believe in.
Azar Nafisi
Law is the embodiment of the moral sentiment of the people.
William Blackstone
Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.
Stephen Covey
When you are around people who have money, you realise money isn’t that impressive, it’s about your class, morals and how you conduct yourself.
Anthony Joshua
Let This Voice Be Heard fulfills the mandate of biography at its best because Maurice Jackson has captured the history of a great moral movement’s origins in a single, extraordinary life. An indispensable addition to the antislavery bibliography.
David Levering Lewis
We need to elect leaders who have a strong moral compass. Leaders who are honest, straightforward, and tough – with a love of justice and fair play.
Ed O’Neill
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.
Francis Bacon
I think we certainly benefit from social institutions which encourage us towards moral behavior. It’s very important to have law. It’s very important to have a moral education.
Richard Dawkins
Experience is no more transferable in morals than in art.
James Anthony Froude
But Adam Smith was a philosopher as well as well as an economist, famous in his time as much for his Theory of Moral Sentiments as for The Wealth of Nations. And as he understood so well, society is more than the sum of its individual parts.
Paul Ormerod
The fact is that the culture does not have only positive effects on our intellectual and moral functions but also negative effects.
Erich Fromm
There are few things more disturbing than to find, in somebody we detest, a moral quality which seems to us demonstrably superior to anything we ourselves possess. It augurs not merely an unfairness on the part of creation, but a lack of artistic judgment. Sainthood is acceptable only in saints.
Pamela Hansford Johnson
Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
Mahatma Gandhi
Morality is not just any old topic in psychology but close to our conception of the meaning of life. Moral goodness is what gives each of us the sense that we are worthy human beings.
Steven Pinker
I can tell you all kinds of moral tales, but fashion and reality are vaguely different.
Karl Lagerfeld
It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.
Italo Calvino
We have to get awakened to the fact that in recent decades, great destruction has been caused to our moral values as a result of our children, parents and families, getting influenced by the chaotic conditions of modern times.
Nirmala Srivastava
America’s greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
John W. Gardner
A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
William Faulkner
You can take the high moral ground intellectually, but if it ever happens to you personally, I don’t know that I could honestly say that I wouldn’t want to kill someone who took someone away from me. So, it’s a rich, fertile ground for great characters and great storytelling. That was the impetus.
Richard LaGravenese
The men can have a moral compass that is just unshakeable, they can have ethics that run to the core.
Lupe Fiasco
Conservatism, I believe, happens to be what happens when people behave according to a certain moral code, a certain sense of right and wrong, people that are accepting responsibility for themselves. Conservatism is what happens when you’re a good citizen.
Rush Limbaugh
People like myself say, ‘Fix the problem. Put him in the general [prison] population. The moral prisoners will deal with him in a way we don’t have the nerve to do.’
Stockwell Day
I got a story, ain’t no moral, I let the bad guy win every now and then.
Billy Preston
If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.
John Lewis
First, philosophy concerns itself with all kinds of issues that don’t get much airtime in day-to-day life. What’s the nature of reality? Can we ever truly know anything, and if so, how? What does it mean to be a moral agent? And while we’re at it, is there any such thing as agency anyway?
Kathryn Schulz
One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
Martin Luther King, Jr.