Selected Quotes about Ethics

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics. -- Jane Addams

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit. -- Felix Adler

The conception of worth, that each person is an end per se, is not a mere abstraction. Our interest in it is not merely academic. Every outcry against the oppression of some people by other people, or against what is morally hideous is the affirmation of the principle that a human being as such is not to be violated. A human being is not to be handled as a tool but is to be respected and revered. -- Felix Adler

To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one's own, is ever the beginning of one's real ethical development. -- Felix Adler

Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit. -- Freda Adler

The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion. -- Matthew Arnold

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

We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know. -- W. H. Auden

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. -- Marcus Aurelius

Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one's own way to the highest, to one's own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one's ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication. -- Algernon Black

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. -- William J. H. Boetcker

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. -- Omar N. Bradley

Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world. -- Sergey Brin

As for “Don’t be evil,” we have tried to define precisely what it means to be a force for good—always do the right, ethical thing. Ultimately, “Don’t be evil” seems the easiest way to summarize it. -- Sergey Brin

Conventionality is not morality. -- Charlotte Bronte

It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late. -- Pearl S. Buck

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings. -- Pearl S. Buck

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds. -- Buddha

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

No one can act alone in the name of all and no one can accept the anarchy of a society without rules. -- Jacques Chirac

When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. -- Shirley Chisholm

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. -- Noam Chomsky

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. -- Cicero

Research shows the presence of women raises the standards of ethical behavior and lowers corruption. -- Hillary Clinton

I don't talk much about ethics and values because to me those words imply situational behaviors, subjective beliefs, social mores, cultural norms, or relative truths. I prefer to talk about universal principles and natural laws that are more absolute. -- Stephen Covey

Business leaders cannot begin to foster a climate of positive order if their sole concern is making a profit. They must also have a vision that gives life meaning, that offers people hope for their own future and those of their children. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

We seldom care about what a firm makes- whether it is cheap weapons, poisonous pesticides, or vacuous entertainment. As long as it makes profits, we endorse its management. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Personally, I have nothing against work, particularly when performed, quietly and unobtrusively, by someone else. I just don't happen to think it's an appropriate subject for an "ethic." -- Arthur Dobrin

Companies have three responsibilities: 1) make a profit, 2) satisfy employees, and 3) be socially responsible. -- Peter Drucker

Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules. -- Wayne Dyer

I was raised the old-fashioned way, with a stern set of moral principles: Never lie, cheat, steal or knowingly spread a venereal disease. Never speed up to hit a pedestrian or, or course, stop to kick a pedestrian who has already been hit. From which it followed, of course, that one would never ever -- on pain of deletion from dozens of Christmas card lists across the country -- vote Republican. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. -- Albert Einstein

I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it. -- Albert Einstein

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness. -- Albert Einstein

The highest form of treason: to do the right thing for the wrong reason. -- T. S. Eliot

Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moral sense reappears today with the same morning newness that has been from of old the fountain of beauty and strength. You say there is no religion now. 'Tis like saying in rainy weather, There is no sun, when at that moment we are witnessing one of its superlative effects. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The progress of religion is steadily to its identity with morals. Strength enters just as much as the moral element prevails. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cosmos is neither moral or immoral; only people are. He who would move the world must first move himself. -- Edward Ericson

In the New Testament, religion is grace and ethics is gratitude. -- Thomas Erskine

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right. -- Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; and (3) by suffering. -- Victor Frankl

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Ethics thought out is religious thought; ethics felt out is religious feeling, and ethics lived out is the religious life. -- William Channing Gannett

The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers. -- William Lloyd Garrison

Genuine politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the only politics I am willing to devote myself to -- is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole. -- Vaclav Havel

Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable. -- Matthew Henry

We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice. -- Hierocles

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. -- Eric Hoffer

[T]he true is only the expedient in the way of our thinking, just as the right is only the expedient in the way of our thinking. -- William James

All my growth and development led me to believe that if you really do the right thing, and if you play by the rules, and if you've got good enough, solid judgment and common sense, that you're going to be able to do whatever you want to do with your life. -- Barbara Jordan

Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others. -- HH the Dalai Lama

Although i speak from my own experience, i feel that no one has the right to impose his or her beliefs on another person. -- Dalai Lama

Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar. -- D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. -- Abraham Lincoln

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light. -- Barry Lopez

From the poetry of Lord Byron they drew a system of ethics compounded of misanthropy and voluptuousness--a system in which the two great commandments were to hate your neighbor and to love your neighbor's wife. -- Thomas B. Macaulay

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. -- Nelson Mandela

We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life. -- Edwin Markham

Reason guides our attempt to understand the world about us. Both reason and compassion guide our efforts to apply that knowledge ethically, to understand other people, and have ethical relationships with other people. -- Molleen Matsumura

In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. -- H. L. Mencken

The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all. -- Origen

The truth is that you are nothing more than the custodian of your inner and outer wealth while you are on this planet. All you have to decide is what kind of custodian do you want to be? Do you want to be a good custodian of your inner and outer wealth? Or a bad custodian? -- Suze Orman

Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates about those conflicts. -- Heinz Pagels

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. -- Thomas Paine

Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. Things refuse to be mismanaged long. -- Theodore Parker

To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as morals. -- William Penn

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. -- Plato

With us, people are responding to a redefinition of business, where the human spirit comes into play. -- Anita Roddick

We are honest about our methods and our mistakes. We are not perfect - it isn't possible to be perfect - but we are trying to go in the right direction and in those circumstances, it's best not to mystify what we are trying to do. -- Anita Roddick

The most significant clause in our trading charter is the promise to integrate principles with profits. It gives other people the spotlight and keeps achievement in a healthy perspective. -- Anita Roddick

Ideals have to be share by everyone connected with the business. That includes staff, subsidiaries, franchisees, suppliers and customers. -- Anita Roddick

What I would ultimately like to be able to do is to set up a perfect example of honest trading with a fragile community and make it a benchmarket of home we should conduct such trade in future. -- Anita Roddick

I would rather be measured by how I treat the weaker and frailer communities I trade with than by how big my profits are. -- Anita Roddick

We may value a product in a shop, but we do not understand how it creates people's livelihoods and how it keeps communities together- how it educates, sets up futures and provides rural relief and economic advancement. -- Anita Roddick

Never be seduced into believing it isn't the role of business to tackle the big issues, because it absolutely is. -- Anita Roddick

We would like to believe that we are not in the business of surviving but in being good, and we do not like to admit to ourselves that we are good in order to survive. -- Dorothy Rowe

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives. -- Albert Schweitzer

Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This 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

Let me give you the definition of ethics: it is good to maintain life and to further life. It is bad to damage and destroy life. And this ethic, profound and universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion. -- Albert Schweitzer

Let me give you one definition of ethics: It is good to maintain life and to further life; it is bad to damage and destroy life. And this ethic, profound, universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion. -- Albert Schweitzer

Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. -- George Bernard Shaw

Rich men without convictions are more dangerous in modern society than poor women without chastity. -- George Bernard Shaw

As a society we can't live without moral considerations. We do have to protect the public good. And markets are not designed to do that, so we need a political process. -- George Soros

I don't give any weight to the social consequences of my actions, because in an efficient market there's always somebody else who is ready to take your place at only a marginally different price. -- George Soros

He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good. -- Rabindranath Tagore

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

Always do right--this will gratify some and astonish the rest. -- Mark Twain

The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. -- Mark Twain

In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadow follows the body. -- Unknown

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. -- John Wesley

I have learned two lessons in my life: first, there are no sufficient literary, psychological, or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. -- Elie Wiesel

I'm black, I don't feel burdened by it and I don't think it's a huge responsibility. It's part of who I am. It does not define me. -- Oprah Winfrey

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