Morality Quotes

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 judgment and action.

Albert Einstein

Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity; a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quick sand to virtue.

Friedrich von Schiller

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.

G. K. Chesterton

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.

Arthur Rimbaud

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

Charlotte Bronte

Morality in Europe today is herd-morality

Friedrich Nietzsche

Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions - and unwanted children living in misery.

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Civilization depends on morality.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time

Henry Louis Mencken

Education must have two foundations --morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.

Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

If anyone tells you that you cannot legislate morality, remeber that legislation IS morality.

Jay Sekulow

What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics.

Oscar Wilde

Deterrence itself is not a preeminent value; the primary values are safety and morality.

Herman Kahn

Organizations endure, however, in proportion to the breadth of the morality by which they are governed. Thus the endurance of organization depends upon the quality of leadership; and that quality derives from the breadth of the morality upon which it rests.

Chester Irving Barnard

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.

Ayn Rand

Hygiene is the corruption of medicine by morality. It is impossible to find a hygienist who does not debase his theory of the healthful with a theory of the virtuous. The true aim of medicine is not to make men virtuous; it is to safeguard and rescue them from the consequences of their vices.

Henry Louis Mencken

Morality, when vigorously alive, sees farther than intellect, and provides unconsciously for intellectual difficulties.

James Anthony Froude

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.

Graham Greene

Egoism, which is the moving force of the world, and altruism, which is its morality, these two contradictory instincts, of which one is so plain and the other so mysterious, cannot serve us unless in the incomprehensible alliance of their irreconcilable antagonism.

Joseph Conrad

Morality is a private and costly luxury

Henry Brooks Adams

In the Buddha's life story we see the three stages of practice: Morality comes first, then concentrated meditation, and then wisdom. And we see that the path takes time.

Dalai Lama

Morality turns on whether the pleasure precedes or follows the pain. Thus, it is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first, and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.

Samuel Butler

The preceding criticism ... justifies the following definition of the entire human: human existence as the life of unmotivated celebration, celebration in all meaning of the word: laughter, dancing, orgy, the rejection of subordination, and sacrifice that scornfully puts aside any consideration of ends, property, and morality.

Georges Bataille
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