Quotations on Morality

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Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Society, Morality, Consequences, Evil, Man, Misfortune, Poor, Property, Right)

Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else; and primarily, morality consists in the motives, that is in the affections.
- Archibald Alexander
(Keywords: Men, Morality, Motives)

If we allow the consideration of heathen morality and heathen religion to absolve us from the duty of preaching the gospel we are really deposing Christ from His throne in our own souls.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, Christ, Consideration, Duty, Preaching)

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, Emotion, Meaning)

We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy.
- Joe Baca
(Keywords: War, Power, Wisdom, Morality, Democracy, Fight, Nation, Right, World, World war)

Organizations endure, however, in proportion to the breadth of the morality by which they are governed. Thus the endurance of organization depends upon the quality of leadership; and that quality derives from the breadth of the morality upon which it rests.
- Chester Irving Barnard
(Keywords: Leadership, Quality, Morality, Endurance)

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.
- Georges Bataille
(Keywords: Life, Morality, Evil, Light, Opposition, Questioning)

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Business, Morality, Successful, Man)

Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind.
- Paul Bert
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, March)

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Keywords: Society, Morality, Children)

Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste.
- Thomas Edward Brown
(Keywords: Art, Nature, Morality, Letters, Man, Rules, Taste)

The Leadership Training Institute of America trains and equips young men and women to be leaders with high standards of personal morality and integrity.
- Michael Burgess
(Keywords: Leadership, Men, Women, Morality, America, Integrity, Training)

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: History, Religion, Morality, Mankind, May, Tragedy)

A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.
- Grover Cleveland
(Keywords: Government, Success, Intelligence, Morality, People, Interest, Justice)

But the imposition of morality onto science, - where it does not belong - has become rampant in recent years.
- Bill Condon
(Keywords: Science, Morality, Years)

There is no morality in war. Morality is the privilege of those judging from the distance. War is only death and destruction.
- John Cory
(Keywords: Death, War, Morality, Destruction, Privilege)

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
- Aleister Crowley
(Keywords: Nature, Morality, People, Facts, Fighting, Manners)

Commerce is against morality. Morality is going to lose every time.
- Robin Day
(Keywords: Time, Morality, Commerce)

Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
- Vine Deloria, Jr.
(Keywords: Power, Morality, Civilization, Knowledge)

Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property.
- Maria Edgeworth
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, People, Property, Talk)

There are two sorts of hypocrites: ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others are those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and.
- Jonathan Edwards
(Keywords: Men, Religion, Morality, Righteousness)

Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: God, Morality, Importance)

Force always attracts men of low morality.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Men, Morality, Force)

I learned at a very early age, the easiest thing in the world is to tell the truth, and then you don't have to remember what you said. It has nothing to do with morality, just remembering what you said.
- Robert Evans
(Keywords: Age, Morality, Truth, Nothing, World)

God created the family to provide the maximum love and support and morality and example that one can imagine.
- Jerry Falwell
(Keywords: Family, Love, God, Morality, Example, Support)

The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.
- E. M. Forster
(Keywords: Life, Morality, Public)

There is no morality by instinct. There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought; without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould
(Keywords: Experience, Morality, Thought, End, Instinct, Logic, Salvation)

Morality and its victim, the mother - what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman
(Keywords: Mother, Morality, Motherhood)

I just think people should find the music that helps them through the day and enjoy that. I've never felt like, if somebody does or doesn't like what I'm doing, it's a morality issue.
- Amy Grant
(Keywords: Music, Morality, People, Day)

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
- Graham Greene
(Keywords: Wisdom, Age, Morality, Curiosity, Sense)

Fundamentalists are panicked by the apparent disintegration of the family, the disappearance of certainty and the decay of morality. Fear leads them to ask, if we cannot trust the Bible, what can we trust?
- Garrett Hardin
(Keywords: Trust, Family, Morality, Fear, Bible, Certainty)

A technical solution may be defined as one that requires a change only in the techniques of the natural sciences, demanding little or nothing in the way of change in human values or ideas of morality.
- Garrett Hardin
(Keywords: Change, Morality, Ideas, Values, May, Nothing, Solution)

The Christian churches were offered two things: the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul, and they rejected the higher inspiration... Following Paul, we have turned the goodness of love into a fiend and degraded the crowning impulse of our being into a capital sin.
- Frank Harris
(Keywords: Love, Morality, Inspiration, Christian, Being, Churches, Goodness, Sin, Spirit)

Money motivates neither the best people, nor the best in people. It can move the body and influence the mind, but it cannot touch the heart or move the spirit; that is reserved for belief, principle, and morality.
- Dee Hock
(Keywords: Money, Morality, People, Heart, Belief, Body, Influence, Mind, Spirit)

Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible.
- Mark Hopkins
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, Superstition)

Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: God, Morality, Indigestion)

Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking.
- Derek Jarman
(Keywords: Sex, Morality, Decision, Rights, Law, Sea, Sexuality)

Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Society, Morality, Truth)

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Money, Morality, Commerce, Nations)

Well, there's a morality in that you want your work to be good, I suppose.
- Donald Judd
(Keywords: Work, Morality, Want)

I think most of the art now is involved with a denial of any kind of absolute morality, or general morality.
- Donald Judd
(Keywords: Art, Morality, Denial, Now)

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
- Immanuel Kant
(Keywords: Happiness, Morality, Doctrine, May)

For us, universal values such as justice, morality and peace cannot be disputed and it is for this reason that we pursue the restoration of historical truth.
- Robert Kocharian
(Keywords: Peace, Morality, Truth, Values, Justice, Reason)

I believe that my art gets across the point that I'm in this morality theater trying to help the underdog, and I'm speaking socially here, showing concern and making psychological and philosophical statements for the underdog.
- Jeff Koons
(Keywords: Art, Morality, Concern, Help, Theater, Trying)

I love the gallery, the arena of representation. It's a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that's taking place in the art gallery.
- Jeff Koons
(Keywords: Art, Love, Morality, Economics, World)

It is an accepted commonplace in psychology that the spiritual level of people acting as a crowd is far lower than the mean of each individual's intelligence or morality.
- Christian Lous Lange
(Keywords: Intelligence, Morality, People, Acting, Psychology, Spiritual)

The essential function of art is moral. But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind.
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Keywords: Art, Morality, Blood, Mind)

I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins.
- Norman Lear
(Keywords: Leadership, Morality, Responsibility)

The message that President Obama delivered in his speech at Notre Dame was: morality is immoral. Pro-life is the extremist position, not a moral position. Yet we should compromise and work to reduce abortions. Where's the compromise between life and death - and why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there's nothing wrong with them?
- Rush Limbaugh
(Keywords: Death, Life, Work, Morality, Compromise, Nothing, President, Speech, Wrong)

To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.
- John Locke
(Keywords: Love, Society, Morality, Truth)



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