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Quotations about Morality



Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. ~Henry David Thoreau, 1848


Doing good isn't black and white. And the shades of gray are unsettling. ~The Resident, "Burn It All Down," 2020, written by Tianna Majumdar-Langham, Chris Bessounian, & Daniela Lamas  [S3, E20, Marshall Winthrop —tg]


IMMORALITY.  The morality of those who are having a better time. ~H. L. Mencken


Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose! ~Friedrich Nietzsche, translated by H. L. Mencken, 1920


Morality is a private and costly luxury. ~Henry Adams


Without doubt half the ethical rules they din into our ears are designed to keep us at work. ~Llewelyn Powys


Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons! ~Thomas Hardy


Conventionality is not morality. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from custom... ~Michel de Montaigne


Our morality seems to me only a check on the ultimate domination of force, just as our politeness is a check on the impulse of every pig to put his feet in the trough. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. ~Oscar Wilde


We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practise, and another which we practise but seldom preach. ~Bertrand Russell


What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command... ~Havelock Ellis


The world of empirical morality consists for the most part of nothing but ill will and envy. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Bailey Saunders


The Seven Deadly Sins are a litany of victimless crimes, compiled to distract attention from the bloody felonies of the righteous. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


It is with flowers, as with moral qualities: the bright-coloured are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet-smelling. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Why should moral distinction be made between death by the spirochete and death by the streptococcus? ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)  [Spirochete because of its association with syphilis. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike. ~Alfred North Whitehead





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