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Wise Quotes about Morality

May you find great value in these Morality quotes and sayings.

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

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Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

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A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Every young man would do well to remember that all
successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Morality and its victim, the mother -
what a terrible picture!
Is there indeed anything more terrible,
more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Morality is of the highest importance -
but for us, not for God.
- Albert Einstein

Morality, like language, is an invented structure for
conserving and communicating order.
And morality is learned, like language,
by mimicking and remembering.
- Jane Rule

Myths are stories that express meaning,
morality or motivation.
Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
- Michael Shermer

The Four Stages of Public Opinion
I (Just after publication): The novelty is absurd
and subversive of Religion and Morality.
The propounder both fool and knave.
II (Twenty years later): The Novelty is absolute Truth
and will yield a full and satisfactory
explanation of things in general -
The propounder a man of sublime genius and perfect virtue.
III (Forty years later): The Novelty won't explain
things in general after all, and therefore is a wretched failure.
The propounder a very ordinary person advertised by a clique.
IV (A century later): The Novelty a mixture of truth and error.
Explains as much as could reasonably be expected.
The propounder worthy of all honor
in spite of his share of human frailties,
as one who has added to the permanent possessions of science.
- Thomas Henry [T. H.] Huxley

There is no morality in war.
Morality is the privilege of those judging from the distance.
War is only death and destruction.
- John Cory

The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality.
On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser one.
- David Herbert Lawrence

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness:
action is not life,
but a way of wasting some force, an enervation.
Morality is the weakness of the brain.
- Arthur Rimbaud

Mere heathen morality, and not Jesus Christ,
is preached in most of our churches.
- George Whitefield

Commerce is against morality.
Morality is going to lose every time.
- Robin Day

Thinking that morality is all about commandments is
a relatively new way of thinking,
since the Reformation.
- Timothy Radcliffe

So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality,
and its modern emphasis on justice as well,
have historically evolved as religious issues.
- Huston Smith

Philosophy as practice does not mean its restriction
to utility or applicability,
that is, to what serves morality or produces serenity of soul.
- Karl Jaspers

Where there is politics or economics,
there is no morality.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Even in this glowering age, morality animates our lives with meaning.
- Armstrong Williams

As for morality, well that's all tied up with the question of consciousness.
- Roger Penrose

I believe that a long step toward public morality will
have been taken when sins are called by their right names.
- Billy Sunday

To set up as a standard of public morality a notion
which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open
the door to every kind of tyranny.
- Simone Weil

Rosa Parks was a woman of strength, conviction,
and morality.
Her action on December 1, 1955, to defy the law made
her a leading figure in our nation's civil rights history.
- John Shimkus

Morality will perform all this; and Morality is the fruit of Illumination.
- Adam Weishaupt

I have always maintained that society has no business dictating morality.
- Peter Fonda

Relationships do not preclude issues of morality.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may
be the hijacking of morality by religion.
- Arthur C. Clarke

The Japanese chose the principle of eternal peace as
the basis of morality for our rebirth after the War.
- Kenzaburo Oe

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality
of altruism that men have to reject.
- Ayn Rand

Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust,
and then lust not to follow.
- Karl Kraus

Morality is a test of our conformity rather than our integrity.
- Jane Rule

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Politicians have limited power.
They can't impose morality on themselves.
How can they impose it on the country?
- Cal Thomas

A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence,
the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.
- Grover Cleveland

I think most of the art now is involved with a denial
of any kind of absolute morality,
or general morality.
- Donald Judd

I do not think athletes should get a free pass.
I don't think we should train our children and future
athletes to believe that they are above the law and morality.
- Armstrong Williams

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.
- H. L. Mencken

Taste is the only morality.
Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
- John Ruskin

Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet.
- Judith Martin

To say that authority, whether secular or religious,
supplies no ground for morality
is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
- Joseph Addison

Morality, as has often been pointed out,
is antecedent to religion-it even exists in a rudimentary form among animals.
- Herbert Read

There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate,
and the real wolf at the end of the street.
- David Herbert Lawrence

The difference between religion and morality lies simply
in the classical division of things into the divine and the human,
if one only interprets this correctly.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

You can't legislate morality.
- Jesse Ventura

To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for
regulating human society,
that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.
- John Locke

What happens when good people are put into an evil
place? Do they triumph or does the situation dominate
their past history and morality?
- Philip Zimbardo

Democracy without morality is impossible.
- Jack Kemp

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.
- Jane Austen

Surveillance induced morality: relics of cultural retardation.
- Marc Maron

Our enemy of international terrorism respects no laws of warfare or morality,
and its individual members take innocent lives,
just to create chaos for news cameras.
- Mark Kennedy

The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood,
and the devotion of the people have been manifestly
increased by the total separation of the church from the state.
- James Madison

For us, universal values such as justice,
morality and peace cannot be disputed and it is for
this reason that we pursue the restoration of historical truth.
- Robert Kocharian

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

My parents were pretty lenient with me.
But, they gave me morality while I was growing up.
They taught me the difference between right and wrong.
- Mark Hoppus

Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs
and the morality that suits him.
- Remy de Gourmont

There is a crisis of public morality.
Instead of policing bedrooms, we ought to be doing
a better job policing boardrooms.
- Robert Reich

The preservation of health is a duty.
Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
- Herbert Spencer

Conventionality is not morality.
- Charlotte Bronte

One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.
- James Anthony Froude


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