Ethics, morality

Quotations: Ethics, morality

If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization.
— Robert Noyce, inventor

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.
— Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist (1879-1955)

Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.
— Adrian Cadbury, British business executive (b. 1929)

Life is the sum of your choices.
— Albert Camus, French existentialist novelist (1913-1960)

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling that desire.
— Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher (c. 55-c. 135 A.D.)

To exercise good character daily is to be morally fit for life.
— Karen Hartz, CC! coordinator, CHARACTER COUNTS! in Caroline County

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to George Hammond, 1792

It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to George Logan, 1816

Like the body that is made up of different limbs and organs, all moral creatures must depend on each other to exist.
— Hindu proverb

It isn’t the absence of conscience or values that prevents us from being all we should be, it is simply the lack of moral courage.
— Michael Josephson, American ethicist

To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
— Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and president (1858-1919)

The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
— G.K. Chesterton, English essayist and poet (1874-1936)

That which is beautiful is moral. That is all, nothing more.
— Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (1821-1880)

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish wit and author (1854-1900)

The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
— Albert Schweitzer, German Nobel Peace Prize-winning mission doctor and theologian (1875-1965)

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
— Immanuel Kant, Prussian geographer and philosopher (1724-1804)

The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying.
— Thomas Henry Huxley, English evolutionist (1825-1895)

Morality is stronger than tyrants.
— Louis-Antoine-Leon de Saint-Just, French revolutionary (1767-1794)

Morality, when formal, devours.
— Albert Camus, French existentialist novelist (1913-1960)

A moral being is one who is capable of comparing his past and future actions or motives, and of approving or disapproving of them.
— Charles Darwin, English biologist (1809-1882)

Morality begins at the point of a gun.
— Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and national leader (1893-1976)

Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.
— Bertrand Russell, British mathematician and philosopher (1872-1970)

The essence of morality is the subjugation of nature in obedience of social needs.
— John Morley, British statesman and writer (1838-1923)

Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives.
— Ayn Rand, Russian-American novelist and philosopher (1905-1982)

There’s a hole in the moral ozone and it’s getting bigger.
— Michael Josephson, American ethicist

Grub first, then ethics.
— Bertolt Brecht, German dramatist (1898-1956)

Regardless of the moral issue, dishonesty in advertising has proved very unprofitable.
— Leo Burnett, American advertising pioneer (1891-1971)

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis.
— Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (1265-1321), from the Divine Comedy

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is left long without proper reward.
— Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
— Unknown

[Because power corrupts] Society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
— John Adams, American Founding Father and second U.S. president (1735-1826)

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
— George Washington, American Founding Father and war hero, first U.S. president (1732-1799)

The people have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge – I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.
— John Adams, American Founding Father and second U.S. president (1735-1826)

Political interest [can] never be separated in the long run from moral right.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and U.S. president (1743-1826), letter to James Monroe, 1806

Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law nor democratic government will function properly.
— Vaclav Havel, President, Czech Republic

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
— Immanuel Kant, Prussian geographer and philosopher (1724-1804)

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral, forty-eight percent indignation, and fifty percent envy.
— Vittorio De Sica, Italian filmmaker (1902-1974)

Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people’s vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.
— Janet Malcolm, American journalist and author (b. 1934), in The Journalist and the Murderer

There can be no high civility without a deep morality.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist and poet

Compassion is the basis of morality.
— Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)

Lying and stealing are next-door neighbors.
— Arab proverb

I would have been better pleased if you had never made such promises than that you should have made them and not performed them.
— Chief Shingwaukonse (“Little Pine”), Native American leader of the Ojibway community (1790-1854)

Laws control the lesser person. Right conduct controls the greater one.
— Chinese proverb

A slave shows his true character, not while he is enslaved, but when he becomes a master.
— Jewish proverb

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If people speak or act with evil thoughts, pain follows them. If people speak or act with pure thoughts, happiness follows them, like a shadow that never leaves them.
— Siddhartha Gautama, spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563 – 483 BCE)