Morals Quotes

Most popular morals quotes

While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils faster.
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
One person standing on the Word of God is the majority.
The color of truth is gray.


Integrity has no need of rules.

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Morals are three-quarters manners.


Right is more precious than peace.


Nothing that is natural is disgraceful.

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Democracy without morality is impossible.


She wears her morals like a loose garment.
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

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A sense of shame is not a bad moral compass.
The time is always right to do what is right.


If there is no God, everything is permissible.


If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.
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Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

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What is morally wrong cannot be politically right.
Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference.

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Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand.

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Manners and morals are twin shoots from the same root.


Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals.


What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.
There is only one moral, as there is only one geometry.
There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.

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He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

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I refuse to be labelled immoral merely because I am godless.


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


No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.


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


An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

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Ask yourself not if this or that is expedient, but if it is right.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.


The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.

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When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

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Morality is its own advocate; it is never necessary to apologize for it.
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.
Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.
Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries, or distinctions of race.


Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.


The moral sense or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or his arm.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate—it's apathy.

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To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
The biggest threat to our well-being is the absence of moral clarity and purpose.

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I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.


Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Many of us look at the Ten Commandments as an exam paper: eight only to be attempted.
What the moral army needs just now is more rank and file and fewer brigadier generals.
If moral behavior were simply following rules, we could program a computer to be moral.
Your morals are like roads through the Alps.  They make these hairpin turns all the time.
More good things in life are lost by indifference than ever were lost by active hostility.

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My father warned me about men and booze but he never said anything about women and cocaine.
The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.


Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.

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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

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The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.


To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.
To have a respect for ourselves guides our morals; to have a deference for others governs our manners.


It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.

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Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one.
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.


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


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


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


Be not too hasty to trust, or to admire, the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels, but they live like men.
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.
It is a perplexing and unpleasant truth that when men have something worth fighting for, they do not feel like fighting.

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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.
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.
Morals are an acquirement — like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis — no man is born with them.


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


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


Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.
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.


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.
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.
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.

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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.
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."
Stigmas are the corollaries of values. If work, independence, responsibility, respectability are valued, then their converse must be devalued, seen as disreputable.
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.


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.


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.

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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.

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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."


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.

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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.


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.

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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.
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.
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.

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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.

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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."

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