Ethics Quotes

Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling.

Valdemar W. Setzer

Even the most rational approach to ethics is defenseless if there isn't the will to do what is right

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.

Potter Stewart

To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one's own, is ever the beginning of one's real ethical development.

Felix Adler

Change is one thing, progress is another. "Change" is scientific, "progress" is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell

By ethical argument and moral principle the greatest crimes are eventually shown to have been necessary, and, in fact, a signal benefit to mankind.

Chuang Tzu

Ethical living is the indispensable condition of all that is most worthwhile in the world.

Ernest Caldecott

Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.

Freda Adler

In law, a man is guilty when he violates the rights of another. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.

Immanuel Kant

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

Omar Nelson Bradley

Ethical dilemmas have a way of sneaking up on a person. If something smells funny, stay away from it. Or help get rid of it.

Price Pritchett

Notice that "I" is at the center of the word "ethical." There is no "they." Achieving the ethics of excellence is our individual assignment.

Price Pritchett

Those of you who go along to get along have no backbone and destroy the foundation of courage. You are the enablers of those who are guilty of misconduct. You are just as guilty as those who break the code of ethics and oath you swore.

Christopher Jordan Dorner

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Albert Einstein

Man cannot pretend to be higher in ethics, spirituality, advancement, or civilisation than other creatures, and at the same time live by lower standards than the vulture or hyena.

H. Jay Dinsah

The simplest and shortest ethical precept is to be served as little as possible . . . and to serve others as much as possible.

Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy

Your ethical muscle grows stronger every time you choose right over wrong.

Price Pritchett

You can't put someone else in charge of your morals. Ethics is a personal discipline.

Price Pritchett

Excellence calls for character . . . integrity . . . fairness . . . honesty . . . a determination to do what's right. High ethical standards, across the board.

Price Pritchett

But when we get enough people who don't care, and who don't accept personal responsibility for high ethical standards, our organization gets the "M" disease. Mediocrity. Anybody in the place can be a carrier. By the same token, every individual can carry the cure: the ethics of excellence.

Price Pritchett

The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.

Albert Schweitzer

The real task is not to rid life of ethics but to rid ethics of its ideological content.

John Carroll

The best ethics course is to handcuff one of the bastards.

George Walker Bush

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from, as pickpockets are observed commonly to walk with their hands in their breeches' pockets.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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