Selected Quotes about Morals

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. -- Dante Alighieri

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

Morality is character and conduct such as is required by the circle or community in which the man's life happens to be placed. It shows how much good men require of us. -- Henry Ward Beecher

Morality's not practical. Morality's a gesture. A complicated gesture learnt from books. -- Robert Bolt

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it. -- Lewis Carroll

There are two principles of established acceptance in morals; first, that self-interest is the mainspring of all of our actions, and secondly, that utility is the test of their value. -- Charles Caleb Colton

Physical deformity, calls forth our charity. But the infinite misfortune of moral deformity calls forth nothing but hatred and vengeance. -- Clarence Darrow

Force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels. -- Albert Einstein

The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, 'I was wrong.' -- Sydney J. Harris

What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after. -- Ernest Hemingway

The terrible immoralities are the cunning ones hiding behind masks of morality, such as exploiting people while pretending to help them. -- Vernon Howard

Morality is largely a matter of geography. -- Elbert Hubbard

The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved. -- Aldous Huxley

Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis. -- Karl Kraus

As the few adepts in such things well know, universal morality is to be found in little everyday penny-events just as much as in great ones. There is so much goodness and ingenuity in a raindrop that an apothecary wouldn't let it go for less than half-a-crown... -- G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99% of them are wrong. -- H. L. Mencken

The essence of morality is the subjugation of nature in obedience to social needs. -- John Morley

Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press. -- Alexander Pope

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

The aim of morality is to give people a standard of action and a motive to work by which, they will not intensify each person's selfishness, but raise them up above it. -- Cecil J. Sharpe

That wealth and greatness are often regarded with the respect and admiration which are due only to wisdom and virtue; and that the contempt, of which vice and folly are the only proper objects, is often unjustly bestowed upon poverty and weakness, has been the complaint of moralists in all ages. -- Adam Smith

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

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

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