Quotation Explorer - 'Moral'

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. - Charles Darwin
Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. - Anthony Burgess
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. - Dante Alighieri
When you etch your moral code in stone, you have no room for editing. You leave open the possibility that, as our ethical views evolve, your code becomes less relevant. You could find yourself with four of ten divine moral laws describing how to treat God and zero that prohibit rape or slavery. - David G. McAfee
A deed done to others, but for yourself is not a worthy one at all. Instead, place another before you; in this way, you can be sure your moral compass always points North. - Jason W. Blair
I care not for the body which may rot. Yet, for the transgression of the spirit, of moral ethics, of life, liberty and the soul itself, I must and shall cross the line of battle or lose the very reason not to. - The Great Pacifist
I consider the law prohibiting the sharing of copies with your friend the moral equivalent of Jim Crow. It does not deserve respect. - Richard M Stallman
Self-betrayal occurs when we do to another what we sense we should not do or don't do what we sense we should. Thus self-betrayal is a sort of moral self-compromise, a violation of our own personal sense of how we ought to be and what we ought to do. - C. Terry Warner
In a truly moral society, most of our current laws would not exist. - Michel Templet
Hollywood-Nobody's impressed by anybody because they're all too consumed with trying to cover up their own shortcomings. Hollywood is a microcosm of a world of lazy moral ideals and social indifference where every man is trying to convince himself he's a king. - J. Matthew Nespoli
Companies' motives to make profit means they neglect inherent social or moral values. - Russell Brand
In the common degree of the moral, there is no virtue. Virtue is excellence. - Adam Smith
To treat fiction as if it were a religious or moral sermon is about as far from the actuality of literature as it is possible to get and indeed it is, in my opinion, the purest form of intellectual barbarism. - Edward W. Said
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. - Frédéric Bastiat
Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is. - Thomas Carlyle
Integrity is not just a smart and moral way to navigate your personal life. It’s also part of your professional branding, and it will inevitably affect your business success. - Joe M. Turner
Evil can't be scientifically defined: it's an illusory moral concept that doesn't exist in nature. Its origins and connotations have been inextricably been linked to religion and mythology. - Spencer Reid
Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. - Margaret Chase Smith
Lástima por aquellos que prefieren dañar su integridad moral antes que quedarse solos. - Carolina Pineda
wonderful people are made, not born that the people I admired had achieved an unfakeable inner virtue, built slowly from specific moral and spiritual accomplishments. - David Brooks
Golf may be played on Sunday, not being a game within the view of the law, but being a form of moral effort. - Stephen Leacock
And I got to thinking about the moral meaning of memory, per se. And what it means to forget, what it means to fail to find and preserve the connection with the dead whose lives you, or I, want or need to honor with our own. - June Jordan
There can be no fairer spectacle than that of a man, who combines the possession of moral beauty in his soul with outward beauty of form, corresponding and harmonizing with the former, because the same great pattern enters both. - Plato
Morality often manifests itself as cruelty, So be very kind before you are moral. - Debasish Mridha
You can’t build rich lives simply by reading sermons or following abstract rules. Example is the best teacher. Moral improvement occurs most reliably when the heart is warmed, - David Brooks
Grief helps you come to grips with the loss of a loved one. Guilt helps you make better moral decisions or bring you to apologise for a wrongdoing. In proper doses, these types of negative emotions are necessary and healthy. - Stephen Richards
By exploring the political and moral colorings of discoveries about what makes us tick, we can have a more honest science and a less fearful intellectual milieu. - Steven Pinker
If you want to change something by Tuesday, theater is no good. Journalism is what does that.But, if you want to just alter the chemistry of the moral matrix, then theater has a longer half-life. - Tom Stoppard
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. - John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
religion, the most powerful of the elements which have entered into the formation of moral feeling, having almost always been governed either by the ambition of a hierarchy, seeking control over every department of human conduct, or by the spirit of Puritanism. - John Stuart Mill
The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. - Ayn Rand
moral voices can also become sanctimonious bullies. - Nicholas Kristof
Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral. - Charles Darwin
Lovers navigating with different moral compasses causes the relation ship to sail in circles. - Khang Kijarro Nguyen
Every means hitherto employed with the intention of making mankind moral has been thoroughly immoral. - Friedrich Nietzsche
It is easy to be a moral perfectionist when one is politically unaccountable.
Foremost, step one could take is avoiding the cheap behaviour of compromising principles with decorated lies which assails the moral power of common sense. - Nilantha Ilangamuwa
Its crazy when people of high moral standards, feel its okay for an intimate friend to insult them in a jovial way, forgeting that even casual friends can do just the same in a jovial way. - Michael Bassey Johnson
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi
Power lacks moral or principles. It only has interests. - Horacio Castellanos Moya
The most dangerous diminutions of freedom come from those who are convinced of their moral rectitude. - Daniel Hannan
Liberty exists as the moral fiber within the political tapestry of man. - Albert Thomas Bifarelli
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. - Ronald Reagan
The immoral man always sees the moral man as immoral, just a way for him to justify his immorality. - Ricardo Derose
Evil is ancient, unchanging, and with us always. The more postmodern the West becomes affluent, leisured, nursed on moral equivalence, utopian pacifism, and multicultural relativism the more premodern the evil among us seems to arise in nihilistic response. - Victor Davis Hanson
America's leaders should be examples of integrity and high moral standards. When their behavior evokes shame rather than pride and becomes something that we don't want to discuss in front of the children at the kitchen table, we should consider impeachment. - Ben Carson, M.D.
There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons. - Tony Benn
Social confusion has now reached a point at which the pursuit of immorality turns out to be more exhausting than compliance with the old moral codes.
Art is the indespensible medium for the communication of a moral idea. - Ayn Rand
The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality. - Dante Alighieri
Unless education promotes character making, unless it helps men to be more moral, more just to their fellows, more law abiding, more discriminatingly patriotic and public spirited, it is not worth the trouble taken to furnish it. - William Howard Taft
Government itself does no harm, because it is a fictional entity. But the belief in government the notion that some people actually have the moral right to rule over others has caused immeasurable pain and suffering, injustice and oppression, enslavement and death. - - Larken Rose
Over time, I realized I wasn't necessarily seeing people or things at their best or worst; instead, I was simply seeing things as they were.There didn't seem to be a moral high road to take in most situations, and "What's the right thing to do?" wasn't an easy question. - Dee Williams
The Holiness of God is something more and other than moral perfection: His claim upon us is something more and other than the claim of moral duty. - C.S. Lewis
Accepting necessary conflicts for the sake of improving the lives of children is the only fundamental moral crusade that matters. - Stefan Molyneux
Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.
The moral arc of a Washington career could be divided into four parts: idealism, pragmatism, ambition and corruption.
It is faith among men that holds the moral elements of society together, as it is faith in God that binds the world to his throne
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue. - Edith Wharton
You do not have to be religious to be spiritual and moral. - Toni Sorenson
Americans like to make money; Canadians like to audit it. I know no other country where accountants have a higher social and moral status. - Northrop Frye
To be ethical, never think of anything unethical. To be moral, never hurt anyone. - Debasish Mridha
If there is moral insanity," he said in a conspiratorial whisper, "then there may be the reverse, immoral sanity, if you will, that comes upon one suddenly, like a fever. - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
What God says to His Church at any given period depends altogether upon her moral and spiritual condition and upon the spiritual need of the hour. - A.W. Tozer
The distinction between pretending you are better than you are and beginning to be better in reality is finer than moral sleuth hounds conceive. - C.S. Lewis
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind. - Mahatma Gandhi
No one wants their stuff stolen. No one wants their physical person harmed. If you understand the implications of those two truths, you can come to see the egregious moral and practical problems of a state-managed society. - Jeffrey Tucker
Whether morality is moral is an open question. - R.N. Prasher
The perception of beauty is a moral test. - Henry David Thoreau
Satire's nature is to be one-sided, contemptuous of ambiguity, and so unfairly selective as to find in the purity of ridicule an inarguable moral truth. - E.L. Doctorow
In war, the moral is to the physical as ten to one. - Napoléon Bonaparte
To impart a moral responsibility to exercise fairness in leadership builds greater leaders of strong character. - Wayne Chirisa
I was always an unusual girl.My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean. - Lana Del Rey
Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world. - Etty Hillesum
When the day to day life is suppressing you, how could you put your moral values and will power to the realm of life? - Nilantha Ilangamuwa
Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active. The truly moral person is a poet. - Novalis
The moral of the story is even though that seemed like the end of the world back then, right now I can look back on it and laugh. And if anyone is going through something similar right now just know it will get better. - Phil Lester
There was, I think, a prevailingimpression common to the provincial mind, that his misfortune wasthe result of the defective moral quality of his being a stranger. - Bret Harte
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. - Ayn Rand
You are so afraid of losing your moral sense that you are not willing to take it through anything more dangerous than a mud-puddle. - Gertrude Stein
As regards moral courage, then, it is not so much that the public schools support it feebly, as that they suppress it firmly. - G.K. Chesterton
A moral judgment of abortion is the usage of a man-made ideology to judge a man-made technology. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments. - Nathaniel Emmons
If colleges are going to justify themselves, they are going to have to thrive at those things that require physical proximity. That includes moral and spiritual development. Very few of us cultivate our souls as hermits. We do it through small groups and relationships and in social contexts. - David Brooks
The challenge for people today--and it is not and easy one--is to maintain high personal standards even while feeling that one is living in a moral sewer. - Nathaniel Branden
hold value; not price, carry moral; not pride. be of compassion; not selfishness,humble in your approach to live and loving with your gift to share. - Nikki Rowe
Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. - George Washington
My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy. - George Eliot
Integrity is the ability of being honest and having strong moral principles and values, which reflect in our character.Decide to work in integrity and uprightness of hearts that is the price to be paid for you to realise your vision. - Prince Akwarandu
Those with a moral deficit put on a good show, and sleep like a baby. - Paul Newman
Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong.
As things are now going, the peace we will make, the peace we seem to be making, will be a peace of oil, a peace of gold, a peace of shipping, a peace, in brief... without moral purpose or human interest. - Archibald MacLeish
The character of God is an unchanging Northstar five which to find our way through a world of moral complexity. - Kirby Anderson
The most important thing in life is to dare. The most complicated thing in life is to be afraid. The smartest thing in the world is to try to be a moral person. - Shimon Peres
Christians.....expend more moral energy opposing abortion than fighting genocide. - Sam Harris
Moral grounds are always the last refuge of people who have no sense of beauty. - Oscar Wilde
I feel about Photoshop the way some people feel about abortion. It is appalling and a tragic reflection on the moral decay of our society…unless I need it, in which case, everybody be cool. - Tina Fey
The man who pursues moral ends with unmoral means is involved in acontradiction of motives, and nullifies the object at which he aims,since he denies it by his actions. - Fredrich Von Bernhardi
Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. - Milan Kundera
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. - Milan Kundera
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
DEGRADATION, n. One of the stages of moral and social progress from private station to political preferment. - Ambrose Bierce
One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat. - Jimmy Carter
Appraise war in terms of the fundamental factors. The first of these factors is moral influence. - Sun-Tzu
A man does not consist of memory alone. He has feeling, will, sensibility, and moral being. - Alexander R. Luria
There is nothing as dangerous as an economist who only knows economics except the moral philosopher who knows no economics. - Peter J. Boettke
An all-out attack on evolutionist thinking is possibly the only real hope our nations have of rescuing themselves from an inevitable social and moral catastrophe. - Ken Ham
The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life the sick, the needy, and the handicapped. - Hubert H. Humphrey
No moral system can rest solely on authority. - A. J. Ayer
One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can. - William Wordsworth
The goal of parenting is to create self-sufficient virtues in children. Applying external pressure and punishments tends to teach them fear-based compliance rather than the internalization of moral standards. - Stefan Molyneux
He had never been a religious person. Even as a child he had found the notion of an omnipotent creator who punished his crations inconsistently for minor infractions of a vaguely defined moral code to be unthinkable to anyone with an ounce of sense. - Michael Thomas Ford
Actions that exemplify the limitations of a singular devotion to the profit motive, also draw a troublesome distinction between what is legal and what is moral. - Usman W. Chohan
People who call themselves supporters of Israel are actually supporters of its moral degeneration and ultimate destruction. - Noam Chomsky
I question the moral integrity of anyone who says they have no regrets. - Michel Templet
It’s not God who gave us moral laws, but this doesn’t make them less important - Margherita Hack
If perception is limited to experience and knowledge, what proof do we have of moral judgement? - Kierra C.T. Banks
Nós, homens, somos uns pobres escravos dos preconceitos (...)Por outro lado, quando uma mulher decide ir para a cama com um homm não muralha qye não trema nem fortaleza que não caia, nem nenhuma consideração moral que esteja disposta a ser o seu fundamento: não Deus que lhe valha. - Gabriel García Márquez
The more a nation gets into darkness, the more it's going to hate the light. The more it's going to run from the light. And we have a generation of people who have given themselves to darkness, and they've embraced atheism, because it gets them away from moral responsibility to God. - Ray Comfort
„So ist es, sagte die Herzogin, „und die Moral davon ist Mit Liebe und Gesange hält man die Welt im Gange!„Wer sagte denn, flüsterte Alice, „es geschehe dadurch, daß Jeder vor seiner Thüre fege. - Lewis Carroll
Any Federal official, who engages in employment discrimination, lacks the moral integrity to evenhandedly enforce our Nation’s laws or manage Federal programs. - Tanya Ward Jordan
Assassination is almost always unthinkable to moral, thinking men until after a holocaust has come and gone. - Caitlín R. Kiernan
True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. - A.W. Tozer
Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place - Carl Jung
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri
Our attitude to these criticisms must be determined by our whole moral and emotional reaction to the future of international relations and the Peace of the World. - John Maynard Keynes
The greatest gift is the passion for reading.It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites,it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.It is a moral illumination. - Elizabeth Hardwick
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
Through our scientific and technological genius we've made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers—or we will all perish together as fools. - Martin Luther King Jr.
To be capable of embarrassment is the beginning of moral consciousness. Honor grows from qualms. - John Leonard
I believe that justice is instinct and innate, the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as the threat of feeling, seeing and hearing. - Thomas Jefferson
Marx hated weakness in men, and considered the making of moral judgements as the last resort of the weak. To say 'That is morally wrong' is implicitly to say ' I am powerless to stop that, so I will inveigh against it'. - Paul Robert Wolff
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them. - Saint Thomas Aquinas
The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments. - Ayn Rand
It is the moral duty of every US voter to guarantee that Barack Hussein Obama is a one-term president. - Michel Templet
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. - Edmund Burke
Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation. - André Gide
An action, to have moral worth, must be done from duty. - Immanuel Kant
Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe. - Tom Stoppard
morality is moral only when it is voluntary - Lincoln Steffens
Engineering is not only study of 45 subjects but it is moral studies of intellectual life. - Prakhar Srivastav
America is not a mere body of traders; it is a body of free men. Our greatness-built upon freedom-is moral, not material. we have a great ardor for gain; but we have a deep passion for the rights of man. - Woodrow Wilson
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. - Thomas Szasz
We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us. - John Locke
The worst thing is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We feel morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought. Concepts such as love, friendship, compassion, humility or forgiveness lost their depth and dimension. - Václav Havel
Fearlessness is the first requisite of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral. - Mahatma Gandhi
If a policy is wrongheaded feckless and corrupt I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it's fixed. - David H. Hackworth
In order for grace to truly be grace, it has to extend to absolutely everyone, no matter what, no questions, no exceptions. Otherwise we think that somehow, by living a moral life...we've deserved it - Jay Bakker
Vice...Virtue...It's not good to be too moral. You cheat yourself out of too much life. Aim above morality.
The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class. It is not the realization of a political ideal; it is the discharge of a moral obligation. - John Dalberg
A Christian message or moral cannot redeem a text marred by shoddy workmanship. - Susan Gallagher
Every serious-minded person knows that a large part of the effort required in moral discipline consists in the courage needed to acknowledge the unpleasant consequences of one's past and present acts. - John Dewey
Mahatma Gandi was what wives wish their husbands were: thin, tan and moral. - Unknown
Shame is that intrinsic meter of our own heart to tell us that we have failed to follow our own moral compass.
Apart from the economic value, money does have high moral value. - Amit Kalantri
Social conditioning, accompanied by moral and mental constraints, now serve to render the mediocre mind nearly incapable of unbiased assessment. - Justin K. McFarlane Beau
Eating is not a crime. It’s not a moral issue. It’s normal. It’s enjoyable. It just is. - Carrie Arnold
His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy. - Woody Allen
All my businesses are scrupulously legal. Not because I have any moral problems with crime. It just makes my life easier to obey the law. Crime is for poor people; you don't need to rob the bank if you own it. - Josh Lieb
Veganism is an act of nonviolent defiance. It is our statement that we reject the notion that animals are things and that we regard sentient nonhumans as moral persons with the fundamental moral right not to be treated as the property or resources of humans. - Gary L. Francione
Academics have given up trying to recover an honest picture of the past and have decided that their history-writing should be simply an instrument of moral hand-wringing. - Gordon S. Wood
Men after the heart of God become the moral conscience, the guidance and custodians of justice, not simply in the security of the four walls of their church - Sunday Adelaja
Leadership is an unlimited resource and as such, is a lifelong pursuit of learning. That learning must be to transform 'leader of position' to 'leadership with moral purpose'. - Hilarie Owen
Us atheist people, we believe we have to act properly and honestly for a moral principle and not because we expect an award in Paradise. - Margherita Hack
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it. - Denis Diderot
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. - John Stuart Mill
Since when did the community become our moral compass—our viability and ethics as writers determined so much by our team spirit? ... What if all this communing actually hurts the primary means by which I set out to participate and communicate—my writing itself? - Meghan Tifft
When the state itself is held to the same moral standards as everyone else, it dies. And that's a wonderful thing. - Jeffrey Tucker
Fashion is neither moral or immoral, but it is for rebuilding the morale. - Karl Lagerfeld
The descent to barbarism had begun with Rotterdam. It ended with Dresden and then with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Whatever moral differences had existed when the war began were erased by its end. The victors had been morally conquered by the enemy. - David McReynolds
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
PRISON, n. A place of punishments and rewards. The poet assures us that -- "Stone walls do not a prison make," but a combination of the stone wall, the political parasite and the moral instructor is no garden of sweets. - Ambrose Bierce
Moral victories don't count.
Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one. - Edward Abbey
The pain of failure had led me to understand that technical excellence was a moral requirement. - Paul Kalanithi
A man who does not question his own judgment, society, and who flourishes between deceit and bewilderment, fails his moral responsibility as a rational being. - Duop Chak Wuol
If perception is limited by experience, knowledge, and/or education, what deems my actions correct or my thoughts as moral? - Kierra C.T. Banks
Moral stories are always imaginary , but these stories induce real moral values in a human society . - Usama Gondal
Everything has got a moral if you can only find it. - Lewis Carroll
In your absolute defiance against tyranny, lies and all odds; lies therein, your true moral strength. Rise! - Mamur Mustapha
...while social analysis must always be part of curriculum development and teaching, education policy and practice needs to be protected against the dangers of fads, obsessions and moral panics. - Rob Gilbert and Pam Gilbert
A cop's JOB is to violently enforce upon the rest of us whatever arbitrary bullshit the political parasites declare to be "law." It is, therefore, impossible to be a "law enforcer" and behave morally, for the same reason one can't be a moral car-jacker. - Larken Rose
Sacrifice demands the surrender of things we cherish above all else. Only out of the agony of those loses can a new resolution be born. An undying devotion to a cause greater than one’s self, and a moral duty to see a journey through to its absolute completion. - Emily Thorne
I write plays because writing dialogue is the only respectable way of contradicting yourself. I'm the kind of person who embarks on an endless leapfrog down the great moral issues. I put a position, rebut it, refute the rebuttal, and rebut the refutation. - Tom Stoppard
The case for trade is not just monetary, but moral. Economic freedom creates habits of liberty. And habits of liberty create expectations of democracy. - George W. Bush
A lot of (children's literature) beginners get bogged down by morals. A moral should never be driving the story. And a moral should never be confused with a plot. You can't preach to kids, and you can't talk down to them, either. It's amazing how they sense condescension. - Patty Smith
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable. - George Bernard Shaw
We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. - Oscar Wilde
We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what. - George Santayana
A moral foreign policy means your positions on certain matters are clear no matter what, and that you won't forget about them when it's convenient. - Garry Kasparov
To nurture your career, it makes sense to cultivate your strengths. To nurture your moral core, it is necessary to confront your weaknesses. - David Brooks
Shame is that intrinstic meter of our own heart to tell us that we have failed to follow our own moral compass.
Have the wild things no moral or legal rights? What right has man to inflict such long and fearful agony on a fellow creature, simply because that creature does not speak his language?
Music like religion, unconditionally brings in its train all the moral virtues to the heart it enters, even though that heart is not in the least worthy. - Jean Baptiste Montegut
The elegance is as physical, as moral quality that has nothing common with the clothing. You can see a countrywoman more elegant than one so called elegant woman. - Karl Lagerfeld
It is impossible for us to make any real advance until we take to heart this great truth, that without freedom of choice, without freedom of action, there are not such things as true moral qualities; there can only be submissive wearing of the cords that others have tied round our hands. - Auberon Herbert
If the weak hand, that has recorded this tale, has, by its scenes, beguiled the mourner of one hour of sorrow, or, by its moral, taught him to sustain it - the effort, however humble, has not been vain, nor is the writer unrewarded. - Ann Radcliffe
It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare. - Claude Monet
Guilt's just your ego's way of tricking you into thinking that you're making moral progress. Don't fall for it, my dear. - Elizabeth Gilbert
We need more moral compasses and less Sat Navs - Dean Cavanagh
Science, as long as it limits itself to the descriptive study of the laws of nature, has no moral or ethical quality and this applies to the physical as well as the biological sciences. - Ernst Boris Chain
Selfishness is not a virtue. Altruism is not a moral weakness. Taxation is the price we pay for civilization. - Darryl Cunningham
If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing. - Henry Kravis
And finally, I've always drawn a great deal of moral comfort from Humpty Dumpty. The part I like the best? 'All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.' That's because there is no Humpty Dumpty, and there is no God. None, not one, no God, never was. - George Carlin
We are a kind of Chameleons, taking our hue - the hue of our moral character, from those who are about us. - John Locke
The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy. - Reverend Sean Parker Dennison
No arsenal ... is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - Ronald Reagan
The gentleman understands what is moral. The small man understands what is profitable. - Confucius
In such a society as ours the only possible chance for change, for mobility, for political, economic, and moral flow lies in the tactics of guerrilla warfare, in the use of fictions, of language. - Kathy Acker
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. - Mark Twain
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine. - Sigmund Freud
The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.
There is no credulity so eager and blind as the credulity of covetness, which, in its universal extent, measures the moral misery and the intellectual destitution of mankind. - Joseph Conrad
The moral of this story is that no matter how much we try, no matter how much we want it ... some stories just don't have a happy ending. - Jodi Picoult
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values -- that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control. - Martin Luther King Jr.
You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act. - Barbara Hall
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity. - Lord Acton
Libertarians make no exceptions to the golden rule and provide no moral loophole, no double standard, for government. - Murray N. Rothbard
You cannot live a political life, you cannot live a moral life if you're not willing to open your eyes and see the world more clearly. See some of the injustice that's going on. Try to make yourself aware of what's happening in the world. And when you are aware, you have a responsibility to act. - Bill Ayers
The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. - C. S. Lewis
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. - George Washington
Moral character is assessed not by what a man knows but by what he loves - Augustine of Hippo
A scientist shouldn't be asked to judge the economic and moral value of his work. All we should ask the scientist to do is find the truth and then not keep it from anyone. - Harmony Korine
We are unique not by comparison but by compassion (the moral of my book The Cheetah and the Snail) - Shriram
Genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum. - Charles Spencer
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. - Martin Luther King Jr.
As for moral courage, it is very rare, he said, to find that kind found at 2 o'clock in the morning; that is to say, courage in the face of the unexpected. - Napoléon Bonaparte
Without moral values, which should begin in Congress, America will lose her roots, her basis, her thesis. - Janine Turner
Men have no right to put the well-being of the present generation wholly out of the question. Perhaps the only moral trust with any certainty in our hands is the care of our own time. - Edmund Burke
The moral purpose of every human life should be to attain happiness through service to humanity. - Debasish Mridha
We are much too tolerant of the moral aberration of statesmen and bureaucrats. - Kenzaburō Ōe
A God less than sovereign could not bestow moral freedom upon His creatures. He would be afraid to do so. - A.W. Tozer
When we teach people that suspending moral judgments is a virtue, the necessary outcome is moral horror. - Peter Boghossian
No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy. - Herbert Spencer
What ranks above all else for economic and political reconstruction is a radical change of ideologies. Economic prosperity is not so much a material problem; it is, first of all, an intellectual, spiritual, and moral problem. - Ludwig von Mises
People need to be educated so that they can make intelligent moral choices - Gary L. Francione
Humans are, as Sartre put it, ‘condemned to be free’. To insist that science, or God, objectively defines moral values is to abandon our responsibility as human beings to make such judgments. - Kenan Malik
Saying that you are moral because you believe in a god is like saying you are an economist because you play monopoly. - Robert W. Cox
Physical deformity, calls forth our charity. But the infinite misfortune of moral deformity calls forth nothing but hatred and vengeance. - Clarence Darrow
Our humanity is trapped by moral adolescents. We have too many men of science, too few men of God. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom and power without conscience.
If perception is limited by experience and knowledge, what deems my actions correct or my thoughts as moral? - Kierra C.T. Banks
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of man. - Confucius
Ethics are the moral compass of a human society that change and adjust over time. - Debasish Mridha M.D.
A philosopher is someone who promotes moral excellence, argues for moral excellence, and gets other people to behave morally and excellently based on those arguments. - Stefan Molyneux
It may be better to live under robber barons than omnipotent moral busybodies. - C.S. Lewis
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids - Aristotle
The difference between a moral person and a person of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, made out of weakness and tries to make amends with their life when they find the opportunity to say they are sorry is lost. - Shannon L. Alder
Moral writing is boring. - Johan Van Wyk
Don’t swallow your moral code in tablet form. - Christopher Hitchens
The moral of the story was that if you can talk, it's better not to tell the truth. - Louis de Bernières
A woman can look book moral and exciting ... if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle. - Edna Ferber
It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. - Hubert H. Humphrey
If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality. - C.S. Lewis
A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey. - Chaim Weizmann
My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre, and that I am therefor excused from saving Universes. - Douglas Adams
Scandal is great entertainment because it allows people to feel contempt, a moral emotion that gives feeling of moral superiority while asking nothing in return. - Jonathan Haidt
The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State. - Harry Truman
It is important to be moral, but it is essential to be kind. - Debasish Mridha
Stories carry things. A lesson or moral. Information or a take-home message. - Jonah Berger
There are heroes and schmucks in all worlds. The most important thing is whether you are willing to engage in moral struggle against yourself. - David Brooks
Democracy is, first and foremost, a spiritual force, it is built upon a spiritual basis - and on a belief in God and an observance of moral principle. And in the long run only the church can provide that basis. Our founder knew this truth - and we will neglect it at our peril.
Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires: beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels, it will not go. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A moral system valid for all is basically immoral. - Friedrich Nietzsche
One of the most moral acts is to create a space in which life can move forward. - Robert M. Pirsig
The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little goodevidence. - Carl Sagan
A phased decision can avoid there being a key moment when the moral issue about killing civilians has to be confronted. - Jonathan Glover
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue. - William Blake
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
As the sailor locates his position on the sea by "shooting" the sun, so we may get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. - A.W. Tozer
Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. - Václav Havel
I am neither moral or immoral. I am amoral, and I express it through my kindness. - Debasish Mridha
Moral ideas about what constitutes a meritorious or meaningful use of one’s life and opportunities produce specific attitudes towards drug use and intoxication. - Daniel Waterman
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. - Henry David Thoreau
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. - John Stuart Mill
The key to living a moral life is this: Do nothing in private that you would be ashamed to discuss openly with your mother.
To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature. - Ernst Fischer
We, the Hawaiian people, who are born from the union of Papahanaumoku and Wakea, earth mother and sky father, and who have lived in these islands for over 100 generations, will always have the moral right to the lands of Hawai'i now and forever, no matter what any court says. - Lilikalā K. Kame'eleihiwa
It is a moral travesty to give a woefully thirsty man a drink of water in a measuring cup. - Dennis Adonis
Today every city, town, or village is affected by it. We have entered the Neon Civilization and become a plastic world.. It goes deeper than its visual manifestations, it affects moral matters; we are engaged, as astrophysicists would say, on a decaying orbit. - Raymond Loewy
Moral reform is the effort to throw off sleep. - Henry David Thoreau
Life is a consequence of our moral choices. - Miriam Defensor Santiago
To think is sacred; let every person think freely! To express what you think is sacred; let every person express his thought freely! If you do this, you prove that you are a conscientious and a moral human being! If you don’t do this, you just declare yourself being fascist! - Mehmet Murat ildan
And the matron sighed over the destiny of ladies in good society, whose moral judgement led them to love unabashedly and whose depravity led them to pay for it. - Michelle Franklin
The phenomenon of economic ignorance is so widespread, and its consequences so frightening, that the objective of reducing that ignorance becomes a goal invested with independent moral worth. - Israel M. Kirzner
Setting sail using different moral compasses causes a relationship to go in circles. - Khang Kijarro Nguyen
And the moral of the story is that you don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened. - John Green
History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. - James A. Forude
The verbal patterns and the patterns of behavior we present to children in these lighthearted confections are likely to influence them for the rest of their lives. These aesthetic impressions, just like the moral teachings of early childhood, remain indelible. - Esphyr Slobodkina
The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. - Margaret Chase
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. - Oscar Wilde
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. - John Kenneth Galbraith
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. - Plato
The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others. - Bertrand Russell
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. - Aristotle
A society deadened by a smothering network of laws while finding release in moral chaos is not likely to be either happy or stable.
The law that will work is merely the summing up in legislative form of the moral judgement that the community has already reached. - Woodrow Wilson
Our society encourages women to place a very high value on maternity as an essential part of female identity, both a high moral calling and the deepest source of satisfaction on earth. It's not easy to redefine motherhood as handing your baby over to a stranger. - Katha Pollitt
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. - Mark Twain
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. - H. G. Wells
For every person who rides with a moral high-horse, they also have a dead horse that they haven't fed lying somewhere out of sight. - Zack W. Van
Success from the financial and from the prestige point of view . . . is not enough; what matters even more is . . . adherence to high moral and aesthetic standards." as quoted in "High Financier" by Niall Ferguson - Siegmund Warburg
Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable. - Martin Luther
Democracy could be worthless and counterproductive in the absence of sound moral leadership! - Lennox Lampkin
The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction. - Fulton J. Sheen
Es tan inhumano ser totalmente bueno como totalmente malvado. Lo importante es la elección moral. - Anthony Burgess
Law is the embodiment of the moral sentiment of the people. - William Blackstone
People lack morals, good moral character is important in every aspect of your life. Honesty and Integrity opens the door. Your character allows others to see you for who you truly are. Make your first impression a lasting impression. Ironically it may be your last impression - Amaka Imani Nkosazana
A true writer has a moral duty to uplift humanity. - Debasish Mridha
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