ETHICS and MORALITY QUOTES

An important species of pleasure, and therewith the source of morality, arises out of habit. Nietzsche 

In this modern world the peons must be fed an ever increasing amount of hopefulness, otherwise they might realize what a miserable life we have created for them. Source: Guidelines for Billionaire Altruists.

He who fights against monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process, and when you stare persistently into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you. Nietzsche

To become a lawyer you must discard your ethics and become an eloquent devil that views justice as god. Kane Morgan

Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation. Somerset Maugham

Ethics evolve naturally, and we trample upon them with laws created by reason and experience. Churchill

Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. John F Kennedy

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

Morality and ethics are nothing but footballs, wherewith people, strong people play to win points. Theodore Dreiser

The only absolute morality is absolute stagnation. Samuel Butler

Scandal: gossip made tedious by morality. Oscar Wilde

Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers. Samuel Butler

Principles do not mainly influence even the principled; we talk on principle, but we act on interest. Walter Savage Landor

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. Omar N Bradley

Morality is largely a matter of geography. Hubbard

Without "ethical culture”, there is no salvation for humanity. Einstein

Be not too hasty to trust or to admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels, but they live like men. Samuel Johnson

Grub first, then ethics. Bertolt Brecht

There cannot any one moral rule be proposed whereof a man may not justly demand a reason. John Locke

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

He, who yields a wise obedience, exercises a portion of control. Garth R Stoner

To make our morality center on forbidden acts is to defile the imagination and to introduce into our judgments of our fellow men a secret element of gusto. Robert Louis Stevenson

The whole world’s morality would be uplifted if everybody had a full stomach. Earnest Milne 

National integrity is dependent upon ethical practice between people and business; whilst it declines so does the fabric of human society, in that; philosophy will mean as much to us as it does to a cat.  Terence D. Tate

There is nothing so bad but it can masquerade as moral. Walter Lippmann

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. Nietzsche

A man may not transgress the bounds of major morals, but may make errors in minor morals. Confucius

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

Individualism has really the higher aim. Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one’s age. Oscar Wilde

All systems of morality are based on the idea that an action has consequences that legitimize or cancel it. A mind imbued with the absurd merely judges that those consequences must be considered calmly. Albert Camus

The consistent thinker, the consistently moral man, is either a walking mummy or else, if he has not succeeded in stifling all his vitality, a fanatical monomaniac. Aldous Huxley

The law is the witness and external deposit of our moral life. Its history is the history of the moral development of the race. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A wrong should not succeed by technicalities, but it often does, especially when money is involved. A. Henkel

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. Bertrand Russell

Donald trump desecrates the concept of giving via his effort to, in effect, buy copies of documents from Barack Obama. If Mr. Trump has 5 million dollars to spare, would it not be more congruent with the spirit of compassion to join with President Obama in determining the most worthwhile cause /s for such benevolence? Roger Stevens

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

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

Science, by itself cannot, supply us with an ethic. Bertrand Russell

Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty. Aldous Huxley

State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules. Thomas Jefferson

A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her, but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account. Somerset Maugham

The most disgusting cad in the world is the man who on the grounds of decorum and morality avoids the game of love. He is one who puts his own ease and security above the most laudable of philanthropies. H. L. Mencken


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

The moral sense enables one to perceive morality, and avoid it. The immoral sense enables one to perceive immorality and enjoy it. Mark Twain

It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole France

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as “moral indignation” which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. Erich Fromm

Whatever may be the general endeavor of a community to render its members equal and alike, the personal pride of individuals will always seek to rise above the line, and to form somewhere an inequality to their own advantage. Alexis de Tocqueville 

I don't like principles. I prefer prejudices. Oscar Wilde

Compulsion precedes morality, indeed morality itself is compulsion for a time, to which one submits for the avoidance of pain. Nietzsche

The great secret of morals is love. Shelley

Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics. Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity. Max Lerner

Morality is contraband in war. Gandhi

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. John D. Rockefeller

Are we so conditioned by our group affiliations, whatever they are, that we are unable to overcome the irrational prejudices that are handed down from generation to generation?... Is there anyone out there with the courage to draw that line in the sand and shout “Enough”? Quoted cited by Anne Watts

The cause of all human evils is the not being able to apply general principles to special cases. Epictetus

Intellectual generalities are always interesting, but generalities in morals mean absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde

Too many moralists begin with a dislike of reality. Clarence Day

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught. H.L. Mencken

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong what is against it. Emerson

He that can carp in the most eloquent or acute manner at the weakness of the human mind is held by his fellows as almost divine. Spinoza 
 
Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sensual selection, make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change. Oscar Wilde

In practice, such trifles as contradictions in principle are easily set aside; the faculty of ignoring them makes the practical man. Henry Adams

They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, and his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience. Joseph Conrad

A good conscience is the best divinity. Thomas Fuller

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. 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. H.L. Mencken

You can judge the moral stature of a nation by the way it treats its animals. Mahatma Gandhi

Riches may enable us to confer favors, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give. Charles Caleb Colton

Sin is a dangerous toy in the hands of the virtuous. It should be left to the congenitally sinful, who know when to play with it and when to let it alone. H. Mencken

According to columnist and author Jimmy Breslin, during a luncheon of the New York Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, its chaplain urged the state’s governor to sign a bill into law establishing the death penalty.  This chaplain harangued, in the guise of a prayer, “For our governor, just one little thing he’s got to do, Lord: he’s got to learn to turn the switch.” Breslin then continues: I believe in God more deeply than ever, and in the love of all neighbors. What church allows its people to demand death? Source: The Church that forgot Christ by Jimmy Breslin

Most sorts of diversion in men, children, and other animals, are an imitation of fighting. Jonathan Swift

In statesmanship get formalities right, never mind about the moralities. Mark Twain

If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics; a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage; surely that proves you are in the right. George Orwell

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

Whilst everyone can discriminate, not everyone can oppress. Before you can deny people their rights, you must have power.

If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong. I do not say "give them up," for they may be all you have; but conceal them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people. Robert Louis Stevenson

Shortly after the birth control pill was approved for public distribution, one woman wrote to John Rock, its inventor, “You should be afraid to meet your maker.” Rock, despite being Catholic replied, “My dear Madam, in my faith, we are taught that the Lord is with us always. When my time comes, there will be no need for introductions.” Quote from: What the Dog Saw and other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

Criminal defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson states: “I’m troubled by the fact that we don’t respond well to people who are victims. People who lose loved ones in these cases just break my heart. I can identify with the sheer horror of having someone in the family killed. But I don’t think we should respond to that by executing people or by feeding this violence by saying, “now we have the right to hurt someone else”. I think we need to get to a point where we see all aspects of victimization.”

We wish genius and morality where affectionate companions, but it is a fact that they are often bitter enemies. They don’t necessarily coalesce any more than oil and water do. Artemus Ward 

To know the good is to react against the bad. Indifference is the mark of deprivation. Marya Mannes

The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting. Emerson

If we cannot be decent, let us endeavor to be graceful. If we can’t be moral, at least we can avoid being vulgar. Langdon Mitchell  

There are always two pathways: that’s tosh! We tread with light or heavy foot upon the path we lay. Christopher Piers  

To a greater extent these days’ companies can create rules that override the basic principles of the ordinary man and hence the integrity of mankind continues to decline. Terence Corrigan  

In the conduct of life we make use of deliberation to justify ourselves in doing what we want to do. Somerset Maugham 

A just cause should need no interpretation yet flounders when confronted by self- interest and corruption. Peter Dunne  

Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. Martin Luther King 

Cruel huntsmen rejoice the dying fox; whose pleading eyes see those who defile their own sanctuary. Clayton T Grassant

A lover would find life less broken apart after a misguided love affair if they could feel that they had been sinful rather than foolish. Phyllis MC Ginley

Some people can be reasoned into sense, and others must be shocked into it. Thomas Paine 

If it is the great delusion of moralists to suppose that all previous ages were less sinful than their own, then it is the great delusion of intellectuals to suppose that all previous ages were less sick. Louis Kronenberger

Anecdote: An English veterinarian, training during the 1970,s in a Colombian practice recounts: “Most dogs owned by wealthy people had their ears cut off. Breeders and owners alike admired the prick-eared effect, and it seemed a veterinary surgeon’s reputation could be made or broken on this one operation. … Privately, I thought I would rather starve. Later, there were days when I literally did go without food, but I never sacrificed my principles on ear-cropping. Quote source: Viva El Vet by David Grant

DEFINITION and MEANING
Ethics and morality reflect the principles upon which a society is predicated. As with other ideals, they vary from age to age-at times, it seems, from decade to decade. Still, no matter how deeply the “get ahead” and “go for it” ideas are set forth, we all undoubtedly retain some sense of rightness and rectitude.