Morality Quotes


A subject that has for centuries been the angst of the average man, morality quotes seem to fall into two different camps: those who like to observe its downfall, and those who seek to inspire others to reach for its lofty grasp. Longfellow offered that morality and religion must be tied together, and certainly The Bible may contain the greatest number of morality quotes. The poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau is credited with one of his classically straightforward gems of encouragement: “Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something,” suggesting that we cannot rest on our laurels, but reach for something greater than ourselves. Reference.com Definition of Morality
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"Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly." Thomas Jefferson
The Jefferson Cyclopedia (1900) pg. 6 Jefferson wrote this to Peter Carr. He wrote this as a rule for action. Add Category or Author

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Mark Twain

"Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catchphrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let man label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country- hold up your head! You have nothing to be ashamed of." Mark Twain
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The fatal trait of the times is the divorce between religion and morality." Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Benjamin Franklin

"Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen." Benjamin Franklin
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"Morality is moral only when it is voluntary." Lincoln Steffens
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"I've heard some debates about the morality of this. To me, it seems like a good idea to put together people from different countries with the same objective. If it could be done outside the sports field, it would be considered fantastic." Massimo Moratti
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Lao Tzu

"When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder." Lao Tzu
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"There's something nice about being able to leave your sense of morality at the door and just be cruel to people all day long." Paul Bettany
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Mahatma Gandhi

"Morality is contraband in war." Mahatma Gandhi
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Mahatma Ghandi

"Ghandi's seven sins:
Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Commerce without morality
Science without humility
Worship without sacrifice
Politics without principle"
Mahatma Ghandi
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"When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble." Joan Didion
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"I don't view this as an issue of morality." Lisa Williams
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"The better one is morally the less aware they are of their virtue." James Froude
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"You can't legislate morality, ... Some very bright lines have to be draw to bring us into the 21 st century for the economy we have now. We can make some very bright lines in the law." James Greenwood
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"Religion and morality are critical to how students think about politics and form opinions on political issues." Jeanne Shaheen
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"However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue." Wilhelm Humboldt
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"Religion is no more the parent of morality than an incubator is the mother of a chicken." Lemuel Washburn
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Martin Luther King

"Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless." Martin Luther King
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Maria Edgeworth

"Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property" Maria Edgeworth
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"Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible." Mark Hopkins
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John Selden

"He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff-dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you as finely as may be, he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat." John Selden
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