Morals Quotes

Most popular morals quotes

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. - Oliver Goldsmith quote.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

action

The time is always right to do what is right. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
The time is always right to do what is right.

inspirational

If there is no God, everything is permissible. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky quote.
If there is no God, everything is permissible.

God

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality. - Mahatma Gandhi quote.
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
Goodness is the only investment that never fails. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Goodness being good

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us to the end, dare to do our duty, as we understand it. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us to the end, dare to do our duty, as we understand it.
Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience. - Albert Einstein quote.
Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. - Charles Darwin quote.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

thoughts

There is a Moral Sense, and there is an Immoral Sense. History shows us that the Moral Sense enables us to perceive morality and how to avoid it, and that the Immoral Sense enables us to perceive immorality and how to enjoy it. - Mark Twain quote.
There is a Moral Sense, and there is an Immoral Sense. History shows us that the Moral Sense enables us to perceive morality and how to avoid it, and that the Immoral Sense enables us to perceive immorality and how to enjoy it.
One person standing on the Word of God is the majority. - Maya Angelou quote.
One person standing on the Word of God is the majority.
We speak of morals because it is easier. Furthermore — and this is bad taste — we deal with themes related to matrimonial morals and those tied to the sixth commandment because they seem more colorful. Thus we give a very sad image of the Church. - Pope Francis quote.
We speak of morals because it is easier. Furthermore — and this is bad taste — we deal with themes related to matrimonial morals and those tied to the sixth commandment because they seem more colorful. Thus we give a very sad image of the Church.

Catholic church

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will.

character integrity

Integrity has no need of rules. - Albert Camus quote.
Integrity has no need of rules.

integrity character

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. - General H. Norman Schwarzkopf quote.
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

conscience

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice. - Confucius quote.
To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.

cowardice

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. - Thomas Paine quote.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
To have a respect for ourselves guides our morals; to have a deference for others governs our manners. - Laurence Sterne quote.
To have a respect for ourselves guides our morals; to have a deference for others governs our manners.

manners

Morality is its own advocate; it is never necessary to apologize for it.
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 Harris quote.
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."

apologies

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. - Aristotle quote.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit. - Josh Billings quote.
It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.

human nature

The biggest threat to our well-being is the absence of moral clarity and purpose.

purpose of life

In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful. - C. S. Lewis quote.
In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

virtue character empathy

Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one. - Robert Breault quote.
Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one.
The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it. - François de La Rochefoucauld quote.
The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.

greatness

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. - G. K. Chesterton quote.
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.
The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

inspirational iconic

If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs proverbs

Stigmas are the corollaries of values. If work, independence, responsibility, respectability are valued, then their converse must be devalued, seen as disreputable.
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. - Jane Addams quote.
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.
He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it. - Seneca quote.
He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

crime action

A sense of shame is not a bad moral compass. - Colin Powell quote.
A sense of shame is not a bad moral compass.
One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well. - Louis Kronenberger quote.
One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well.
If moral behavior were simply following rules, we could program a computer to be moral.
It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them. - Adlai Stevenson quote.
It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.

human nature

More good things in life are lost by indifference than ever were lost by active hostility.

action apathy

Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand.

action apathy

Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference.

action apathy

I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate—it's apathy. - Leo Buscaglia quote.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate—it's apathy.

action apathy

It is a perplexing and unpleasant truth that when men have something worth fighting for, they do not feel like fighting. - Eric Hoffer quote.
It is a perplexing and unpleasant truth that when men have something worth fighting for, they do not feel like fighting.

action apathy

There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.

action apathy

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life but that it bothers him less and less. - Václav Havel quote.
The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life but that it bothers him less and less.

apathy

Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.

apathy

While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils faster. - Abigail Van Buren quote.
While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils faster.
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. - H. G. Wells quote.
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

indignation judging jealousy

It's important that people should know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for.

principles

It is not the business of science to inherit the earth, but to inherit the moral imagination; because without that, man and beliefs and science will perish together. - Jacob Bronowski quote.
It is not the business of science to inherit the earth, but to inherit the moral imagination; because without that, man and beliefs and science will perish together.

science

Many of us look at the Ten Commandments as an exam paper: eight only to be attempted. - Malcolm Muggeridge quote.
Many of us look at the Ten Commandments as an exam paper: eight only to be attempted.
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. - William Blake quote.
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

honesty truth

The color of truth is gray. - André Gide quote.
The color of truth is gray.

truth

Where opinions, morals and politics are concerned, there is no such thing as objectivity. The best we can hope for is that freedom will enable subjective points of view to meet and complement each other.

objectivity freedom politics opinions

What is morally wrong cannot be politically right. - William Gladstone quote.
What is morally wrong cannot be politically right.
Democracy without morality is impossible. - Jack Kemp quote.
Democracy without morality is impossible.

democracy

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse. - Adlai Stevenson quote.
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.

public opinion public relations

The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other. - Henry Kissinger quote.
The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.

war

Of the seven deadly sins, envy is the silliest, because if you have it, you don't feel better. You feel worse. I've had some good times with gluttony. We won't get into lust. - Warren Buffett quote.
Of the seven deadly sins, envy is the silliest, because if you have it, you don't feel better. You feel worse. I've had some good times with gluttony. We won't get into lust.

sin funny envy

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience. - Theodore Roosevelt quote.
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.
Right is more precious than peace. - Woodrow Wilson quote.
Right is more precious than peace.

peace

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 quote.
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.
My father warned me about men and booze but he never said anything about women and cocaine. - Tallulah Bankhead quote.
My father warned me about men and booze but he never said anything about women and cocaine.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. - Mae West quote.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

funny

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. - Marcus Aurelius quote.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
If you're honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you're forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal. This puts you metaphysically on the run. America is full of metaphysical outlaws. - Tom Robbins quote.
If you're honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you're forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal. This puts you metaphysically on the run. America is full of metaphysical outlaws.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. - John Stuart Mill quote.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

inaction accountability evil action

Ask yourself not if this or that is expedient, but if it is right.
She wears her morals like a loose garment. - Langston Hughes quote.
She wears her morals like a loose garment.
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. - Shirley Chisholm quote.
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money. - Robert Jackson quote.
Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.
There is only one moral, as there is only one geometry. - Voltaire quote.
There is only one moral, as there is only one geometry.
Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him. - Billy Graham quote.
Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.
The moral sense or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or his arm. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
The moral sense or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or his arm.
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others. - Charles Darwin quote.
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others.
Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. - H. L. Mencken quote.
Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

English people

I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it. - Will Rogers quote.
I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.

stupidity

I wish Bill [Schroeder, artificial-heart recipient] had written down on the consent form at what point he would Want to say, "Stop this, l've had enough."
Morals are an acquirement — like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis — no man is born with them. - Mark Twain quote.
Morals are an acquirement — like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis — no man is born with them.

experience

Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries, or distinctions of race.

race

All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." - H. L. Mencken quote.
All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."

progress doubt

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

golden rules taste

Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness. - Immanuel Kant quote.
Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.

happiness

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. - G. K. Chesterton quote.
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.

manners

Morals are three-quarters manners. - Felix Frankfurter quote.
Morals are three-quarters manners.

manners

Manners and morals are twin shoots from the same root.

manners

What the moral army needs just now is more rank and file and fewer brigadier generals. - Josh Billings quote.
What the moral army needs just now is more rank and file and fewer brigadier generals.
A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. - Russell Baker quote.
A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.

politicians president

Be not too hasty to trust, or to admire, the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels, but they live like men. - Samuel Johnson quote.
Be not too hasty to trust, or to admire, the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels, but they live like men.
Your morals are like roads through the Alps.  They make these hairpin turns all the time. - Erica Jong quote.
Your morals are like roads through the Alps.  They make these hairpin turns all the time.
Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals. - H. L. Mencken quote.
Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals.

time

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. - Oscar Wilde quote.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

books

Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice. - Thomas Aquinas quote.
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.

justice

Nothing that is natural is disgraceful.

Latin proverbs proverbs

We shall never be able to effect physical disarmament until we have succeeded in effecting moral disarmament.

peace

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives—of approving of some and disapproving of others.
To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition. - Jawaharlal Nehru quote.
To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
I refuse to be labelled immoral merely because I am godless.

atheist

The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgement and action. - Albert Einstein quote.
The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgement and action.

religion