Quotations on Decency

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God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: God, Decency, Man, Mind)

I say we have not even had the decency to maintain the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us - our roads, our bridges, our wastewater systems, our sewer systems; by the way, those weren't Bolsheviks, those weren't socialists that built those things for us - much less build the infrastructure we need for the 21st century.
- Michael Bennett
(Keywords: Decency, Grandparents)

I had a marketing idea that everybody hated, decency is sexy.
- James L. Brooks
(Keywords: Idea, Decency, Marketing)

Morals are private. Decency is public.
- Rita Mae Brown
(Keywords: Decency, Morals, Public)

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
- Pablo Casals
(Keywords: Courage, Act, Decency, Giving, Goodness, Needs, World)

As for plenty, we had not only for necessity, conveniency and decency, but for delight and pleasure to superfluity.
- Margaret Cavendish
(Keywords: Decency, Delight, Necessity, Pleasure)

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Men, Decency, Giving, Injury, Justice)

Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
- Quentin Crisp
(Keywords: Decency, Sleep, State, Succeed)

Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written.
- William Faulkner
(Keywords: Decency, Honor, Pride)

A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her.
- W. C. Fields
(Keywords: Decency, Woman)

On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
(Keywords: Baseball, Decency, Race)

I believe that we should die with decency so that at least decency will survive.
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Keywords: Decency, Will)

People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it.
- Henrik Ibsen
(Keywords: Time, People, Decency, Waste)

HUD's mission is to provide decency and sanitary housing for low and moderate income people in this country.
- Alphonso Jackson
(Keywords: People, Country, Decency, Income, Mission)

With a foreign policy appropriately rooted in some sense of humanitarian decency, the Central African crisis will not be easily ignored by American policymakers. It screams for remedy.
- Michael Johns
(Keywords: Policy, African, American, Crisis, Decency, Foreign policy, Sense, Will)

Western civilization, Christianity, decency are struggling for their very lives. In this worldwide civil war, race prejudice is our most dangerous enemy, for it is a disease at the very root of our democratic life.
- Mordecai Wyatt Johnson
(Keywords: Life, War, Civilization, Christianity, Decency, Disease, Enemy, Prejudice, Race)

Above all, it is not decency or goodness of gentleness that impresses the Middle East, but strength.
- Meir Kahane
(Keywords: Strength, Decency, Goodness)

As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.
- Caroline Kennedy
(Keywords: Decency, Economy, Kindness, Prosperity)

I respect anyone who has to fight and howl for his decency.
- Deborah Kerr
(Keywords: Decency, Fight, Respect)

I see the great continuities in New Zealand history as being decency and common sense and up until now when we've confronted these things we've been able to talk them through, and I'm sure we will with this issue as well.
- Michael King
(Keywords: History, Being, Common sense, Decency, Now, Talk, Will)

Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish.
- Thurgood Marshall
(Keywords: Constitution, Decency, Freedom, Sense, Today)

That past is still within our living memory, a time when neighbour helped neighbour, sharing what little they had out of necessity, as well as decency.
- Mary McAleese
(Keywords: Time, Decency, Living, Memory, Necessity, Past, Sharing)

The extent to which all people in our society are made to count, and believe that they count, is not just a measure of decency; it makes sound economic sense.
- Mary McAleese
(Keywords: Society, People, Decency, Measure, Sense, Sound)

As a governor and senator, John Chafee set the standard for honesty and decency that the rest of us on our best days could only dream to emulate.
- John McCain
(Keywords: Dream, Honesty, Decency, Rest)

Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.
- H. L. Mencken
(Keywords: Decency, Race)

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
- H. L. Mencken
(Keywords: Honesty, Common sense, Decency, Hate, Office, Public)

That so unlikely an outcome should accrue to a man possessed of such limited talent and so many flaws, and one lacking in a sense of ethics and decency was one of the bitter ironies of history.
- William Thomas Green Morton
(Keywords: History, Talent, Decency, Ethics, Flaws, Man, Sense)

In addition to fines, violators of decency standards could be required to air public service announcements serving educational and informational needs of children.
- Charles W. Pickering
(Keywords: Children, Decency, Needs, Public, Service)

Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?
- Dennis Prager
(Keywords: Age, Life, Beauty, Friendship, Love, Decency, Example, Measure, Order, Statistics)

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Decency, Law, Laws)

Alabama citizens, like the vast majority of Americans, respect and value the meaning of decency, and appreciate public institutions that reflect the common values of our society.
- Mike Rogers
(Keywords: Society, Values, Americans, Decency, Majority, Meaning, Public, Respect)

The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004 helps address the continuing degradation on the broadcast airwaves and helps send a clear message to the broadcast industry that Alabama families, like the rest of American families, have had enough.
- Mike Rogers
(Keywords: Act, American, Decency, Rest)

The practice of executing such offenders is a relic of the past and is inconsistent with evolving standards of decency in a civilized society.
- John Paul Stevens
(Keywords: Society, Decency, Past, Practice)

I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence - providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.
- Studs Terkel
(Keywords: Intelligence, People, American, Books, Decency, Deep, Facts, Information)

I would like above any other place to go to Hartford. I want to face the conservatism there centered and compel it into decency.
- Victoria Woodhull
(Keywords: Conservatism, Decency, Want)

Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter.
- Tiger Woods
(Keywords: Honesty, Decency, Golf)

It is impossible to practice parliamentary politics without having patience, decency, politeness and courtesy.
- Khaleda Zia
(Keywords: Politics, Courtesy, Decency, Patience, Politeness, Practice)

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