Morality is only moral when it is voluntary.
It's morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money.
Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers
Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.
The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.
Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
The world of empirical morality consists for the most part of nothing but ill will and envy.
Morality is contraband in war.
There can be no high civility without a deep morality
The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people
The best companion and helper is admirable morals.
Very often it has come to my mind what men of learning there were formerly throughout England, both in religious and secular orders; and how there were happy times then throughout England; and how the kings, who had authority over this people, obeyed God and his messengers; and how they not only maintained their peace, morality and authority at home but also extended their territory outside; and how they succeeded both in warfare and in wisdom; and also how eager were the religious orders both in teaching and in learning as well as in all the holy services which it was their duty to perform for God; and how people from abroad sought wisdom and instruction in this country; and how nowadays, if we wished to acquire these things, we would have to seek them outside.
We do not look in great cities for our best morality.
Man is imperfect. He is at some times more or less hypocritical than at others, and then simpletons say that his morality is high or low.
Mankind are not perfect, but one age is more or less hypocritical than another, and then simpletons say that its morality is high or low.
The enduring assumption that human behaviour is governed by innate morality and reason is at odds with the persistence of human deprivation, inequality, injustice, misery, brutality and conflict.
Formerly, leaders of states practiced realism, but did not honor it With them morality was violated, but moral notions remained intact. The modern governor, owing to the fact that he addresses crowds, is compelled to be a moralist, and to present his acts as bound up with a system of morality.
Up until our own times men had only received two sorts of teaching in what concerns the relations between politics and morality. One was Platos and it said: Morality decides politics; and the other was Machiavellis, and it said Politics have nothing to do with morality. Today we receive a third. M. Maurras teaches: Politics decide morality.
There is a natural right that says that when the state asks you for a third of what you earned through back-breaking work, this seems to you a reasonable demand and you give in. If the state asks you for more, or much more, then it is a clear abuse against you and then you try to find evasive ways to make you feel coherent to your intimate sense of morality and it doesn't make you feel ethically guilty.
I'm a man of honour, a truthful person, a gentleman of absolute morality.
The fact-value distinction admits that values are essential to life and shape the way facts are seen and used. Therefore values are primary. And if they do not come from reason, then they come from passionate commitment, the essence of morality. Of course, since commitment did not really produce values, the values adopted were the remnants of old reasoning, values with fallen arches, reaffirmed by claims of passionate commitment.
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