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Morality quotes
Morality
Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.

- Diderot, Denis
Not on morality, but on cookery, let us build our stronghold: there brandishing our frying-pan, as censer, let us offer sweet incense to the Devil, and live at ease on the fat things he has provided for his elect!

- Carlyle, Thomas
To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny.

- Weil, Simone
Ah! How neatly tied, in these people, is the umbilical cord of morality! Since they left their mothers they have never sinned, have they? They are apostles, they are the descendants of priests; one can only wonder from what source they draw their indignation, and above all how much they have pocketed to do this, and in any case what it has done for them.

- Artaud, Antonin
Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels. This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ideals, of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax.

- Trilling, Lionel
He was not one of those "ungodly" men of whom David speaks in his Psalms, who rob the widow and the fatherless. His morality was as high as that of the average, his honour higher. But of "godliness" in its true sense--of belief that any Being above cared for him, and was helping him in the daily business of life: that it was worth while asking that Being's advice, or that any advice would be given if asked for--of any practical notion of a heavenly Father or a Divine educator--he was as ignorant as thousands of persons who go to church every Sunday, and read good books, and believe firmly that the Pope is Antichrist.

- Two Years Ago, chap. i. 1856.
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.

- Oscar Wilde
There is no such thing as morality or immorality in thought. There is immoral emotion.

- Wilde, Oscar
The vanity of men, a constant insult to women, is also the ground for the implicit feminine claim of superior sensitivity and morality.

- Spacks, Patricia Meyer
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people we personally dislike.

- Oscar Wilde
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

- George Bernard Shaw
If we can get that realistic feminine morality working for us, if we can trust ourselves and so let women think and feel that an unwanted child or an oversize family is wrong -- not ethically wrong, not against the rules, but morally wrong, all wrong, wrong like a thalidomide birth, wrong like taking a wrong step that will break your neck -- if we can get feminine and human morality out from under the yoke of a dead ethic, then maybe we'll begin to get somewhere on the road that leads to survival.

- Guin, Ursula K. Le
While moral rules may be propounded by authority the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them.

- Ayer, Sir Alfred Jules
I cannot believe that this country cannot come together around some values what these kids need is a moral life... the issue is not ideas, it is conduct. The real question is how we reach these young people morally, and what do we bring to them.

- Coles, Robert
Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.

- Martin Luther King Jr.
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.

- Bronte, Charlotte
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

- Henry David Thoreau
There are two sorts of hypocrites; ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others; those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and talk much of free grace; but at the same time make righteousness of their discoveries, and of their humiliation, and exalt themselves to heaven with them.

- Edwards, Jonathan
All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former -- of the corruption of the will.

- Herzen, Alexander
Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them are wrong.

- Mencken, H. L.



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