Quotation Explorer - 'Decency'

The hand that gives is among the hand that takes. Money has no fatherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain. - Napoléon Bonaparte
There are few things more discomfiting than a spontaneous outburst of genuine decency from someone you’re determined to dislike for no good reason. - Gregory David Roberts
Skepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism--and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency. - Stephen Jay Gould
Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail ­ as you surely will ­ adjust your lives, not the standards. - Ted Koppel
Have you no sense of decency, sir? - Joseph N. Welch
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her.
It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. - H. L. Mencken
A woman once drove me to drink, and I never had the decency to thank her. - Sir Winston Churchill
The people who keep their lifestyle natural as much as possible to the decency level meet quite often in life a beautiful person. - Anuj Somany
We care about moral issues, nobility, decency, happiness, goodness—the issues that matter in the real world, but which can only be addressed, in their purity, in fiction. - Orson Scott Card
Acts of sacrifice and decency without regard to what's in it for you create ripple effects. Ones that lift up families and communities, that spread opportunity and boost our economy. - Barack Obama
It's a free world to do as you please, within the law, however it's also free to have an opinion - as well as morals, ethics and decency. - Auliq-Ice
Politeness, delicacy [and] decency ... are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice. - John Adams
...civility doesn't require consensus or the suspension of criticism. It is simply the ability to disagree productively with others while respecting their sincerity and decency. - Ravi Iyer and Jonathan Haidt
That laughter costs too much which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency. - Quintilian
Morals are private. Decency is public. - Rita Mae Brown
It is a good idea to be ambitious, to have goals, to want to be good at what you do, but it is a terrible mistake to let drive and ambition get in the way of treating people with kindness and decency. The point is no that they will then be nice to you. It is that you will feel better about yourself.
You cultivate the essential virtues: high purpose, intelligence, decency, humility, fear of the Lord, and the passion for freedom.
I know I can't tell you what it's like to be gay. But I can tell you what it's not. It's not hiding behind words, Mama. Like family and decency and Christianity. - Armistead Maupin
The rat had no morals, no conscience, no scruples, no consideration, no decency, no milk of rodent kindness, no compunctions, no higher feeling, no friendliness, no anything - E.B. White
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. - H. L. Mencken
Don't overestimate the decency of the human race. - H. L. Mencken
The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency. - Theodore Roosevelt
silence is not weakness and decency is not pride - Arthur Machen
Life would be a great deal easier if dead things had the decency to remain dead. - Doug MacLeod
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