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Morality quotes and quotations

No moral system can rest solely on authority.
A. J. Ayer

Good laws have their origins in bad morals.
Ambrosius Macrobius

If your morals make you dreary, depend on it , they are wrong.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
Saint Thomas Aquinas

The soul is the captain and ruler of the life of morals.
Sallust

All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.
Voltaire

The moral system of the universe is like a document written in alternate ciphers, which change from line to line.
James Anthony Froude

Compassion is the basis of all morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.
Bertrand Russell

Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. What humanity own to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements the inquiring constructive mind.
Charles Dickens

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
Oscar Wilde

The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness.
Harry Harrison

Rough Johnson, the great moralist.
Lord Byron

Morality is of the highest importance--but for us, not for God.
Charles Dickens

Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people.
Don Herold

Morality is herd instinct in the individual.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
Denis Diderot

Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and life.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

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

Morality, when vigorously alive, sees farther than intellect, and provides unconsciously for intellectual difficulties.
James Anthony Froude

Dr. Johnson's morality was as English an article as a beefsteak.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Taste is not only a part and index of morality, it is the only morality. The first, and last, and closest trial question to any living creature is "What do you like?" Tell me what you like, I'll tell you what you are.
John Ruskin

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.
Charles Dickens

The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy.
Reverend Sean Parker Dennison

I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
G. K. Chesterton

History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.
James A. Forude

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
George Bernard Shaw

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
H. L. Mencken

Obscenity is in the crotch of the beholder.
Justice William O Douglas

When your dreams tire, they go underground and out of kindness that's where they stay.
Libby Houston

I cannot believe that this country cannot come together around some values what these kids need is a moral life... the issue is not ideas, it is conduct. The real question is how we reach these young people morally, and what do we bring to them.
Robert Coles

No mere man since the Fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the Commandments.
Book of Common Prayer

"Tut, tut, child," said the Duchess. "Everything's got a moral if only you can find it."
Lewis Carroll

The Bearings of this observation lays in the application on it.
Charles Dickens

The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.
Noel Coward

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
Oscar Wilde

Turning the other cheek is a kind of moral jiu-jitsu.
Gerald Stanley Lee

There is something more horrible than hoodlums, churls and vipers, and that is knaves with moral justification for their cause.
Thomas Moore

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning,--an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good ;consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.
Albert Schweitzer

Evangelical faith without Christian ethics is a travesty on the gospel.
V. Raymond Edman

Idealist: a cynic in the making.
Irving Layton

The end never really justifies the meanness.
E. Duane Hulse

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

I find the doctors and the sages Have differ'd in all climes and ages, And two in fifty scarce agree On what is pure morality.
Thomas Moore

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
George Bernard Shaw

Turning the other cheek is a kind of moral jiu-jitsu.
Gerald S. Lee

It is difficult to offend a New Yorker.
Alan Dershowitz

I'm one of the undeserving poor . . . up ugen middle-class morality all the time . . . . What is middle-class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything.
Thomas Moore

Everywhere, the ethical predicament of our time imposes itself with an urgency which suggests that even the question "Have we anything to eat?" will be answered not in material but in ethical terms.
Hugo Ball

The word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.
George Bernard Shaw

Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
William J. Durant

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde

The attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion.
Stanley Baldwin

We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise.
Terry Hands

Principle, particularly moral principal, can never be a weathervane, spinning around this way and that with the shifting winds of expediency. Moral principle is a compass forever fixed and forever true. And that is as important in business as it is in the classroom.
Edward R. Lyman

So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Ernest Hemingway

To denounce moralizing out of hand is to pronounce a moral judgment.
H.l. Mencken

A man can do what he ought to do; and when he says he cannot, it is because he will not.
Feoude

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Anne Frank

I think it's unethical to take money for poor quality performance.
Alvin Burger