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It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds. Samuel Butler
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
Politics have no relation to morals. Niccolo Machiavelli
When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned. Herbert Hoover
All universal moral principles are idle fancies. Marquis de Sade
A man should be upright, not be kept upright. Marcus Aurelius
There is no man more dangerous, in a position of power, than he who refuses to accept as a working truth the idea that all a man does should make for rightness and soundness, that even the fixing of a tariff rate must be moral. Ida Tarbell
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. Harper Lee
Abhorrence of apartheid is a moral attitude, not a policy. Edward Heath
Great and good are seldom the same man. Winston Churchill
Leave undone whatever you hesitate to do. Kenko Yoshida
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. Shirley Chisholm
Good government is the outcome of private virtue. John Jay Chapman
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius
There will be a meeting of the great powers who will disagree, and the next noise we hear will be the screeching of elevators going up and down from heaven to hell. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson
It is necessary to make virtue fashionable. Jose Marti
Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality. William Hazlitt
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason. T. S. Eliot
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior. Friedrich Durrenmatt
No public man can be just a little crooked. Herbert Hoover
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. Vladimir Lenin
Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught. H. L. Mencken
We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. Thomas Babington Macaulay
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education. Plutarch
The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it. Thomas Babington Macaulay
When your conscience says law is immoral, don't follow it. Jack Kevorkian
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. Thomas Jefferson
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. Napoleon Bonaparte
Public opinion is a second conscience. William R. Alger
Honesty is the best policy. Benjamin Franklin
The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits. Leo Tolstoy
We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. Menander
Talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not ourselves, for it is not of our making. Jose Marti
The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre. Michel de Montaigne
Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way. Swami Vivekananda
Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt. Felix Adler
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. Albert Camus
When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. Isaac Bashevis Singer
There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics. Emma Goldman
The best plan is to profit by the folly of others. Pliny the Elder
What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public. Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit. Freda Adler
Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds. Logan Pearsall Smith
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. Joseph Conrad
It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
An honest man is always a child. Socrates
A harmful truth is better than a useful lie. Thomas Mann
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. Ambrose Bierce
We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come. Maria Weston Chapman
In the long run, the public interest depends on private virtue. James Q. Wilson
You do what you think is right and let the law catch up. Thurgood Marshall
Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. In one direction lies a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash and grab and anything to win. This is Nixonland. America is something different. Adlai Stevenson
Sometimes you have to strike a deal with the Mafia. But remember, the Mafia is not Mother Theresa. We must always keep that in mind. Ari Shavit
Reg meetings – dirty tricks dept. use of power of WH more ruthlessly in deadly battle – use all weapons. H. R. Haldeman
Frankly, I wouldn't put anything past him [Nixon] and those damn technocrats. You can't begin to compete with the professional Nixonites when it comes to deception.... If Nixon told them to nationalize the railroads, they'd have nationalized the railroads. If he'd told them to exterminate the Jews, they'd have exterminated the Jews. Tom Charles Huston
No man has the right to initiate the use of physical force against others. Ayn Rand
If we we were to intentionally set out to cause the extinction of a species, we should think about that. I would want there to be some consideration and reflection of a social consensus before we take that step. Henry T. Greely
The fundamental basis of ethics must be chosen in some non-scientific way. Richard P. Feynman
We can remake the biosphere to be what we want, from woolly mammoths to nonbiting mosquitos. Do we want to live in nature or in Disneyland? Henry T. Greely
Church members who buy and sell slaves and trade in such miserable people commit a sin. For these are people of the same nature as them rather than mere animals. Even though such slave trade is conducted by not only Jews, Turks, and Pagans, but so-called Christians, indeed, Dutchmen, as well. Reformed members should not taint themselves with such uncompassionate trade. Rather, they should act fully in fear of the Lord, in order that the money they make will be a blessing rather than a curse Jacobus Hondius
Talk does not cook rice. Chinese Proverb
God has sent us the Schiavo case to draw attention to the fact that I and the conservative movement are under attack. Thomas D. DeLay
You cannot Adhere to the teachings of the church on Sunday and not apply them to the marketplace on Monday. LeRoy Bailey Jr.
A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it Kurt Vonnegut
There is nothing specific we have to believe in order to have moral and spiritual lives. Sam Harris
A family is where character is formed, values are learned, ethics are created, and society preserved. Anonymous
We´re opening a process against 15% of Congress members. I wonder if in any other part of the world such a massive inquiry in democracy has taken place. This means we´re beginning an in depth cleaning operation to recover the prestige of the Brazilian Legislative which has never had its image so tarnished. Raul Jungmann
We have defined decency down. Daniel P. Moynihan
So often the seeds of a Congressional ethics scandal are sown by the reforms of the last ethics scandal. Karen Tumulty
The Department of Justice should never be reduced to a political arm of the White House. Patrick Leahy
There have been 2000 Americans who have served in Congress. The people who serve in Congress are no better nor no worse than those in any other American institution. Louis Stokes
In a Congressional ethics investigation of members there is a conflict of interest…in a sense, the norms and practices of the institution are on trial. Dennis Thompson
There is a kind of innate conflict of interest when members of congressional ethics committees are called upon to judge their colleagues. Lee H. Hamilton
All parties to the human embryo debate have something vital to defend. Leon Kass
I have dreams about embryos. A little embryo says to me, ‘Leon, what are you going to do for me today.’ Leon Kass
The usually travelled route for a great many Members of the last Congress was an exceedingly crooked one, even for politicians. Horace Greeley
Judge Taney can do many things, but he cannot…change the essential nature of things—making evil good, and good, evil. Frederick Douglass
Moral change still depends on the individual and not on the passage of any law. Eleanor Roosevelt
Governments acting in a crisis are guided by questions of expediency, and moral considerations are given very little weight, and that America is no different from any other nation in this respect. Leo Szilard
Malefactors of great wealth Theodore Roosevelt
Web of corruption Criminals of great wealth Apologists for corrupt wealth Powerful wrongdoers Hypocritical baseness Peculiarly flagrant iniquity Flagrant dishonesty Rottenness Greed, trickery and cunning Representatives of predatory wealth Wealth accumulated by iniquity Corrupt men of wealth Law-defying wealth Mammon of unrighteousness Very wealthy criminals Corruption of organized politics Evil eminence of infamy The death knell of the Republic Wealthy malefactors Theodore Roosevelt
People in Washington do things that they shouldn’t do because they owe somebody. Art Buchwald
There are things a man must not do to save a nation. Murray Kempton
The question is, do corporate executives, provided they stay within the law, have responsibilities in their business activities other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible? And my answer to that is, no they do not. Milton Friedman
The hardest way to make a million dollars is to become a United States senator. Any vicious, impudent, brazen, shrewd, gifted person can think of an infinite number of better ways to become rich than to become a crooked politician. Walter Karp
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
People all over the world are today questioning matters that only a few generations ago were generally seen as "just the way things are.” Riane Eisler
There can be no fundamental distinction between what is morally right and what is politically right. Martin Buber
People have been paying their premiums for years and the insurance companies just raped them. Spike Lee
Responsibility's like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight. William McFee
In order to obtain and hold power a man must love it. Thus the effort to get it is not likely to be coupled with goodness, but with the opposite qualities of pride, craft and cruelty. Leo Tolstoy
Moral crusade: Public activity undertaken by middle-aged men who are cheating on their wives or diddling little boys. Moral crusades are particularly popular among those seeking power for their own personal pleasure, politicians who can't think of anything useful to do with their mandates, and religious professionals suffering from a personal inability to communicate with their god. John Ralston Saul
Corporate bodies are more corrupt and profligate than individuals, because they have more power to do mischief, and are less amenable to disgrace or punishment. They feel neither shame, remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill. William Hazlitt
I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year. Walden O'Dell
If right were really right it would differ so clearly from not right that there would be no need for argument. Zhuangzi
The money is given in these state judges elections by the very people who will appear before these judges. Now that can’t be a good system. Sandra Day O'Connor
The just man walks in his integrity Book of Proverbs; Solomon
I am a gentleman. I live by robbing the poor. George Bernard Shaw
Technological advances have brought our nation to a point where momentous public choices are inescapable. Hugh Heclo
The extent to which ethics leads or lags the scientific juggernaut will now be measured in the specific policy decisions our democratic political systems produce. Hugh Heclo
Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice Charles T. Sprading
No human being or society ... ever did or ever will come to much unless their conduct was governed and guided by the love of some ethical ideal Thomas Huxley
In keeping people straight, principle is not as powerful as a policeman. Abel Hermant
As long as dishonorable success outranks honest effort—as long as society bows and cringes before the great thieves, there will be little ones enough to fill the jails. Robert G. Ingersoll
I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man. Thomas Jefferson
If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, and kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows. Jean Molière
The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.... It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind Albert Schweitzer
Government scientists need protections so that they are not forced to choose between violating their scientific ethics or losing their job. Lexi Shultz
Exigencies render the prohibited as lawful Anonymous
The steps which my predecessor took and the legislation passed on his recommendation have accomplished much, have caused a general halt in the vicious policies which created popular alarm, and have brought about in the business world a much higher regard for existing law. William Howard Taft
National morality, by example and by persuasion, should begin at the White House and have the good influence to reach out to every corner of the land Barry Goldwater
The moral fiber of the American people is beset by rot and decay Barry Goldwater
We have not entire faith in the trust that Congress has in the unchangeableness of the laws of arithmetic. We might think that their competency to select a professor of history might be doubted. They seem to have an impression that there is such a thing as" American" political economy, which can no more be than "American" chemistry or "American" physics. Finally, gentlemen, we should a little distrust the selection by Congress of a professor of ethics. Of course, we should feel no doubt in regard to the tenure of office of the professors being entirely suitable, it being the well-known practice of both branches of Congress to select men solely for fitness, without regard to locality, and to keep them in office as long as they are competent and faithful. Charles W. Eliot
The legal profession is overrun with money-makers, who regard it only as a business by which money is made, with little or no thought of the quality of the means used. We greatly need many more lawyers who regard the profession as a ministry in the temple of Justice... John B. Winslow
Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. Chinese Proverb
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Each is indispensable to civilization. Without law, we should be at the mercy of the least scrupulous; without ethics, law could not exist. Earl Warren
I was just visited by a constituent of mine who runs a company that provides services that your agency might use and I would like someone to meet and tell them if there are any opportunities for them. I personally do not know the quality of their work, and I of course do not want any special favor or consideration for them. I have told them that I will only help them identify Federal opportunities but to win any work they must be the best company and the low bidder. Paul H. Douglas
Turks, Tartars, even Persians constituted the infidel powers which neighboured and threatened European Christiandom. The word "Turk" was mainly used in two ways, as a generic name for an Islamic State with its own characteristic institutions of Government and military; and as a description of behaviour or character -- the Turks being of nature cruel and heartless... The idea of cruelty was probably produced by the Turks' distant foreignness combined with an absence from their lives of comprehensible Christian ethics, but more importantly by their military threat. Simon Shephard
Meese was a sleaze. Edward J. M. Little
We have to raise the bar on corporate governance. Shareholders want ethical behavior and honesty. Catherine Kinney
Mankind's salvation lies exclusively in everyone's making everything his business, in the people of the East being anything but indifferent to what is thought in the West, and in the people of the West being anything but indifferent to what happens in the East. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Industry leaders have the power to set standards. Liza Featherstone
It is impossible to design a constitution that is so perfect that no one has to be good. Robert Bork
There never was an anti-slavery movement until white Christians—Englishmen and Americans—created one. David Horowitz
It is impossible that a man who is false to his friends and neighbors should be true to the public. George Berkeley
Now we are all sons of bitches. Kenneth Bainbridge
The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended. Aristotle
One must be especially wary of an Administration that seems to feel that what it judges to be a good end, always justifies any means. Robert Byrd
If you do not accept the yoke of the Church and the King of Spain, I will make war on you everywhere in every way that I can. The death and destruction will be your fault. Francisco Pizarro
Corporations are not capable of doing things out of the goodness of their hearts. They don’t have hearts. Charles Fishman
The free man is as courageous in timely retreat as in combat Baruch Spinoza
Superstitious persons, who know better how to rail at vice than how to teach virtue, and who strive not to guide men by reason, but so to restrain them that they would rather escape evil than love virtue, have no other aim but to make others as wretched as themselves; Baruch Spinoza
Industrial contests take on all the attitudes and psychology of war, and both parties do many things that they should never dream of doing in times of peace…. all parties in interest must be judged from that standpoint. Clarence Darrow
Duty remains even when harm arises not from malevolence but from religious conviction or local custom or ordinary boneheadedness. What is the key is the well being of the victim not the motive of the perpetrator… I’d feel no better about your burning me at the stake out of deep spiritual yearning than I would because you were just having a bad day . Randy Cohen
There is no such thing as a spare embryo. George W. Bush
It takes a crook to catch those crooks. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Corruption is not, therefore, a matter of a few ‘rotten apples’ or of a venal ‘class’, even less an ‘evil’ to be eradicated by means of vigorous ‘ethical’ campaigns. On the contrary, it is a habitual part of everyday life, and expected element of every social transaction. This ought not to surprise us. As we have already emphasized, there is in Africa a marked reluctance to abide by the abstract and universalist norms of the legal-bureaucratic order that are the foundation of Western politics. Patrick Chabal; Jean-Pascal Daloz
You can’t set aside … values in the name of political expediency. Lindsey Graham
Violent People: Are they the cause of violence or are their genes? James D. Watson
There's been so much rhetoric in the past decade about how important religion is to being a good person, for people to say they don't believe in God. Lori Lipman Brown
Change is not always progress. Barrett Duke
If God does not condone homosexual behavior, He must not condone homosexual marriage…. God created man and woman. These two comprise humanity. God did not create homosexuals. Barrett Duke
We oppose the immoral practice of embryonic stem cell research. It is fraught with ethical problems. Any good that may come from this avenue of research will be forever morally tainted .... adult stem cell research is the only life-affirming stem cell research. Barrett Duke
Economics is built on the assumption of scarcity. Therefore, it deals with values and calculations. It cannot seek the good that fits a specific person within a given human condition. Where scarcity rules, ethics is reduced to numbers and utility. Further, the person engaged in the manipulation of mathematical formulas loses his or her ear for ethical nuance; one becomes morally deaf. Ivan Illich
No man should be a judge in his own case. Anonymous
One does evil enough when one does nothing good. Anonymous
The lawless in spirit soon become the lawless in practice. Anonymous
America has the best congress money can buy. Anonymous
Conscience: something that feels terrible when everything else feels well. Anonymous
He that resolves to deal with none but honest men must leave off dealing. Anonymous
He who thinks that anything can be accomplished with money will himself likely to do anything for money. Anonymous
King of Honoraria Anonymous
Law-makers should not be law-breakers. Anonymous
Many things lawful are not expedient. Anonymous
Money doesn’t smell. Anonymous
Moral victories don't count. Anonymous
You are not to do evil that good may come of it. Non faciat malum, ut inde veniat bonum. Anonymous
Only lie about the future. Anonymous
Senator Sleaze Anonymous
The chief is a thief! Anonymous
Vice often rides triumphant in Virtue's chariot. Anonymous
A contribution of $2,500 is not going to buy the reputation and decisions of an elected official. Robert Abrams
Sometimes it is necessary to make things clearer than the truth. Dean Acheson
It is a very great misfortune that persons employed in the most important Departments should ... have separate interests from the publick whom they profess to serve. Abigail Adams
When a majority could benefit only its enemies by telling the truth, history shows that honorable men often preferred to tell what is untrue. Henry Adams
Government of the people, by the people, for the benefit of the Senators. Henry Adams
[Thomas Jefferson is:] ... a slur upon the moral government of the world. John Quincy Adams
In politics as in private life, [Henry] Clay is essentially a gamester, and, with a vigorous intellect, an ardent spirit, a handsome elocution, though with a mind very defective in elementary knowledge, and a very undigested system of ethics, he has all the qualities which belong to that class of human characters. John Quincy Adams
Commenting on President James Monroe's reluctance to deal with corruption:] He rather turns his eye from misconduct, and betrays a sensation of pain when it is presented directly to him. John Quincy Adams
The right must ... yield to the expedient. John Quincy Adams
Saving lives is the top morality. Mohammed Akhter
I will assist you in your amour if your mistress be to be gained either by presents or persuasions; but we must use no other means, because she is free-born. Alexander III
What you do not wish others to do to you, do not to other men. Alfred the Great
Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Jean Anouilh
Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some individuals … while the same acts are immoral for others … Thomas Aquinas
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never made up their minds to be either good or evil. Hannah Arendt
Most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil Hannah Arendt
All virtue is summed up by just dealing. Aristotle
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. Aristotle
[Youth] have exalted notions, because they have not yet been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations.... They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones; their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning.... All their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently.... They love too much, hate too much; they think they know everything: in fact, this is why they overdo everything. Aristotle
It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. I was being economical with the truth. Robert Temple Armstrong
One to mislead the public, another to mislead the Cabinet, and the third to mislead itself. Herbert Henry Asquith
He [David Lloyd George] couldn't see a belt without hitting below it. Margot Asquith
No morality can be founded on authority, even if the authority were divine. Alfred Jules Ayer
I suppose we should all sing "Bail to the Chief. Howard Baker
Puritan standards have become the public standards of America, and you will find more of New England in Colorado Springs, Boulder, or Greeley than in most towns of Massachusetts. James Baker
Where the public money runs deepest the hogs fight each other to get their snouts in the trough, and the big trough nowadays runs through the Pentagon. Russell Baker
I am not one of those senators who feel it is necessary for the Senate to pass a resolution binding the membership to be honorable men. If I thought it was necessary to pass a resolution to make us honorable, I would not want to be a member of this body. Alben W. Barkley
Capitalism is based on a kind of inherited moral climate. Robert Bartley
We are now facing a problem more of ethics than of physics. Bernard Baruch
... a very foolish lapse of judgement on my part. Stanley G. Bedford
You're either in a conflict or you're not in a conflict. Griffin Bell
Write on any subject you choose. There are no taboos except what is prohibited by law and press ethics. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Ethics is a fluid term ...It's the standards by which a civilized society lives. Robert S. Bennett
It is the greatest good to the greatest number which is the measure of right and wrong. Jeremy Bentham
I have never regarded politics as an arena of morals. It is the arena of interests. Aneurin Bevan
I would not hold that we must judge by the favorable or adverse result alone whether an undertaking was just or unjust. Theodore Beza
Judge Bradley says of the electoral commission: "I firmly believe that the differences of opinion were honest and arose from the different standpoints of individuals." Not a doubt of it; seven members of the commission looked at the question from a standpoint of self-interest, and eight considered it from one of personal advantage. Ambrose Bierce
Anything done [in politics] is all right unless you get caught. Theodore G. Bilbo
We can only judge what is right and proper by our own standards of right and wrong, which differs widely from the whites if I have been properly informed. The whites may do wrong all their lives, and then if they are sorry for it when they die, all is well, but with us it is different. We must continue to do good throughout our lives ... If the Great Spirit wished us to believe and do as the whites, He could easily change our opinions so that we could see, think, and act as they do... I believe that every man must make his own path. Black Hawk
It's easy to get into the grey zone [of ethics]. Sherwood Boehlert
We’re not defined simply by the laws we pass, but by the example we set. David Bonior
Of course, in my country most political leaders are really, well, I suppose I think of them as being, well, not gangsters but more or less the same kind of thing, no? I mean—people who go in for getting elected. What can you expect of a man like that? Jorge Luis Borges
The choice of "fundamental values" by the [Supreme] Court cannot be justified. Where constitutional materials do not clearly specify the value to be preferred, there is no principled way to prefer any claimed human value to any other. The judge must stick close to the text and history, and their fair implications, and not construct any new rights. Robert Bork
The most effective way to gather intelligence and thwart terrorism can also be a direct route into morally repugnant terrain. A survey of the landscape of persuasion. Mark Bowden
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. Omar N. Bradley
The reality of going before the voters and seeking election should force Congressmen to behave. Stanley Brand
We need people willing to do things because they are doing what is right, not because some powerful trade association wants it done. Richard C. Breeden
Any politician that can’t take people’s money and then turn around and screw them, doesn’t belong in the business. Willie Brown
[Commenting on America:] In no other country is the ideal side of public life so ignored by the mass and repudiated by its leaders. James Bryce
Public virtue is the vital spirit of republics, and history proves that when this has decayed and the love of money has usurped its place, although the forms of the free government may remain for a season, the substance has departed forever. James Buchanan
There are no honorable rulers. Pearl S. Buck
There is no longer a value judgement on the need to tailor a message to television. It's now a matter of survival, not a matter of ethics or intellectual honesty. John Buckley
You don't know what the [ethical] rules are until the gallows pull up in front of your door and they drag you out to hang you. John Buckley
A man's virtue is best secured by shame, and best improved by emulation in the society of virtuous men. Edmund Burke
[He was] Resolved to die in the last dyke of prevarication. Edmund Burke
[Describing "political alienation:" The feeling that politics is a racket for a few insiders and is meaningless to the rest of the people. James MacGregor Burns
Business pages of American newspapers should not read like a scandal sheet. George W. Bush
I will do anything to get re-elected. George W. Bush
When government tries to serve as a parent or teacher or a moral guide, individuals may be tempted to discard their own sense of responsibility, to argue that only government must help people in need. If we've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue. George W. Bush
To pursue science is not to disparage things of the spirit. Vannevar Bush
Regulators are wined and dined by the people they regulate. John Camp
I want no money raised by injustice. Canute
If the moral and physical fiber of its manhood and its womanhood is not a state concern, the question is, what is? Benjamin N. Cardozo
A trustee is held to something stricter than the morals of the market place. Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Globalization has made multinationals more accountable, and accountable to whomever has the highest standards, rather than the lowest ones. Brian M. Carney
I don't know of anything illegal or even unethical that Bert Lance has ever done. Jimmy Carter
I told him that Mrs. Carter and I would be deeply hurt and shocked and disappointed—because our daughter is only seven years old. Jimmy Carter
Since the state is a community of human beings it is as truly subject to the moral law as any private society. Catholic Association for International Peace
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle or a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven, than for a politician to lay aside disguise. James Caulfield, 1st Earl of Charlemont
He is only honest who is not discovered. Susanna Centilivre
A private sin is not so prejudicial in the world as public indecency. Miguel de Cervantes
How we behave in our public lives inevitably reflects values, attitudes and experiences embedded in our private lives and vice versa. William H. Chafe
If you do what's right, it's going to work out in the end successfully. John Chafee
Principles and rules are binding, but when they come into conflict they must be balanced. James Childress
The flame of Christian ethics is still our highest guide. Winston Churchill
Crimes are not to be measured by the issue of events, but from the bad intentions of men. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Sometimes we have an objective reality that tells you you shouldn’t do what you want to do. Henry Cisneros
American women don't need to be lectured about values by men in Washington. Hillary Clinton
The American people cannot be divided into parties on a question of simple morals or of common honesty. William B. Cockran
As an institution becomes less and less democratic, the obligation to abide by its decisions diminishes. Randy Cohen
The assumption has to be that members of Congress are, like eunuchs in a harem, physically incapable of a conflict of interest. Richard Cohen
They [corporations] cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls. Edward Coke
Fraud and deceit abound in these days more than in former times. Edward Coke
The attempt to turn a complex problem of the head into a simple moral question for the heart to answer, is of course a necessary part of all political discussion. Frank Moore Colby
I've been investigated by the best, and there's nothing there. Tony Coleho
When all run by common consent into vice, none appear to do so. Charles Caleb Colton
If the official is himself upright, the people will play their roles without orders. If he is not upright, even under orders the people will be disobedient. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
All a man can betray is his conscience. Joseph Conrad
When I bought a new car, the folks back home were sure the lobbyists had gotten to me already. Silvio O. Conte
Character is the only secure foundation of the state. Calvin Coolidge
The age of virtuous politics is past. William Cowper
I have never and never will do anything for the sake of popularity; he that steers by any other compass than his own sense of duty may be popular, but cannot be an honest and ... useful public servant. John Wilson Croker
What is morally correct and what is legally correct are not always the same thing. Lee Cullum
There is no good behavior clause in the Constitution. Lloyd Cutler
Honorariums are really dishonorariums. So long as they continue, public trust in Congress will sink even below its minimal level today.... Public officials should have only one paymaster: the Government. When the Government pays too little, the temptation to find other paymasters becomes far harder to resist. Lloyd Cutler
Great men are almost always bad men. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
It has been my philosophy all my life that good government is good politics. Richard Joseph Daley
Indictments don't mean anything; men are entitled to be innocent until they are proved guilty. Richard Joseph Daley
Can you make me some money? Alphonse D'Amato
I give special consideration to everybody. Alphonse D'Amato
You have violated your obligations under the independent counsel statute and have unlawfully intruded on the power of impeachment, which the Constitution gives solely to the House [of Representatives.] Samuel Dash
A conscientious man ought not to regard what may happen to him in this world. Thomas Deacon
When you have a president who in my opinion has cheated on his wife, he will cheat on the American people. Thomas D. DeLay
Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is in his own power. Benjamin Disraeli
He [William Gladstone] made his conscience not his guide but his accomplice. Benjamin Disraeli
We are not being invited to speak [and be paid honoraria] because of our forensic abilities ... or because we have some fantastical insights to offer. We are being invited because we sit on a committee that involves legislation that affects those interests. Christopher Dodd
If the national security is involved, anything goes. There are no rules. Helen Gahagan
Tricky Dick Helen Gahagan
Much of the money raised in politics does not come free of charge. Elizabeth Drew
There are few archbishops in espionage. He's on our side and that's all that matters. Besides, one needn't ask him to one's club. Allen Welsh Dulles
I have learned that a clear conscience, or a legal opinion, does not make you ethically bullet proof. David Durenburger
A good cause can become bad if we fight for it with means that are indiscriminatingly murderous. Freeman Dyson
For when morality is strictly up to the individual, with no judgment possible by communities it is likely that everyone will do what is right in his own eyes.... America will then become a land composed of strangers whose religion, if any, is a private matter, and who are bound by no social ties or common aspirations. Terry Eastland
Be not righteous overmuch. Book of Ecclesiastes
What man's mind can create, man's character can control. Thomas A. Edison
People say I've had brushes with the law . That's not true. I've had brushes with overzealous prosecutors. Edwin W. Edwards
Whosoever fails to take small matters seriously in the spirit of truth, cannot be trusted in greater affairs. Albert Einstein
I’ll lie as much as the next guy when my country’s interests are involved—if I have a chance of being believed.. Dwight D. Eisenhower
What we call “morals” is simply blind obedience to words of command. Havelock Ellis
There is within man an ethical feeling ... telling us that in our economic life as well as elsewhere we must seek to promote the welfare of our neighbor and brother. Richard T. Ely
The doctrine of laissez faire is unsafe in politics and unsound in morals. Richard T. Ely
Most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Union is a delectable thing, and so is wealth, and so is life, but they may all cost too much, if they cost honour. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our citizens do not know whom to believe, and many of them have concluded that all the processes of government have become so compromised that honest government has been rendered impossible. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Law is not self-executing. Unfortunately, at times its execution rests in the hands of those who are faithless to it. And even when its enforcement is committed to those who revere it, law merely deters some human beings from offending, and punishes other human beings for offending. This does not make men good. This task can be performed only by ethics or religion or morality. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Because market forces and institutions are ethically indifferent, they require a deliberative, communal intelligence to prevent extreme injustice. Yaron Ezrahi
Photons have neither morals or visas. David J. Farber
A politician cannot separate his own personal advantage from his own political advantage. James Farmer
I do not think Adam [Clayton Powell] was an immoral man or a moral man. I think he was amoral. I think he was almost completely political. James Farmer
Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established. Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach
Some statesmen go to Congress and some go to jail. It is the same thing, after all. Eugene Field
What was right yesterday can't be wrong today. Klaus Filbinger
No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth. Jean Giraudoux
The history of governments is one of the most immoral parts of human history. William E. Gladstone
The Reagan people want four more years, but the way they're going some of them will get ten to twenty. John Glenn
All men are fallible; no man can be justified in setting up his judgment as a standard for others. We have no infallible judge of controversies; each man in his own apprehension is right in his decisions; and we can find no satisfactory mode of adjusting their jarring pretensions. William Godwin
Important is not what is right, but what wins. Joseph Goebbels
No two men see the world exactly alike, and different temperaments will apply in different ways a principle that they both acknowledge. The same man will, indeed, often see and judge the same things differently on different occasions. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are not far from the kind of moral decay that has brought on the fall of other nations and peoples. Barry Goldwater
If they chased every man or woman out of this town who has shacked up with somebody else or got drunk, there wouldn't be any government left in Washington. Barry Goldwater
I would never stultify my opinion for the sake of a little security. Ulysses S. Grant
Constituent demands must take a back seat to the safety of ... constituents as a whole. Edwin J. Gray
A policy which rules out and all moral purpose except national interest has a fatal lack of what is essential to enduring success. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
I hadn't thought that gross stupidity was a violation of House rules. Barney Frank
So long as politicians need millions to win a seat in Congress and nearly a billion to contest the White House, they will sanctify the methods needed to raise such sums. Max Frankel
If we're not careful, to be in public life, you're going to have to be the product of a virgin birth. Martin Franks
He that resolves to deal with none but honest men, must leave off dealing. Thomas Fuller
The usual trade and commerce is cheating all around by consent. Thomas Fuller
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune. Mohandas K. Gandhi
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Men say that I am a saint losing myself in politics. The fact is that I am a politician trying my hardest to be a saint. Mohandas K. Gandhi
I have observed that voluntary workers are apt to behave as if they are not bound to render a detailed account of the business or monies with which they are entrusted because, like Caesar's wife, they are above suspicion. This is sheer nonsense. Mohandas K. Gandhi
It was an act of both conscience and cowardice. Leonard Garment
I am not worth it [the high salary] as John Garner, and any value I have attained as Vice President of the United States is not for sale. John Nance Garner
Politicians need three things to be successful: money, unchecked ego, and sociopathic drive. Ann Garofalo
Political action is not moral action, any more than a box on the ear is an argument. William Lloyd Garrison
There's an impression in the public that Congress takes care of its own. George W. Gekas
I would rather risk my Crown than do what I think personally disgraceful ... it is impossible that the nation shall not stand by me; if they will not, they shall have another King. George III
Lying was a way of life. The solution to the problem is ultrasimple: tell the truth, no matter how painful. A. Ernest Fitzgerald
That was wrong. It was a mistake in judgment on my part. [Through a plea bargain, he received probation for the felony count as was thus able to maintain his seat in the legislature. Charles E. Flaherty
Eating people is wrong Michael Flanders
I am not prepared to explain to a sick child with cystic fibrosis, facing death and fighting for breath, the ethical grounds that hinder the science which could save him. Roman Herzog
It may well be true that, as a former cabinet member, I had better access than some. Carla Hills
Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially insofar as it might bring out something favorable to the opponent.... The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. Adolf Hitler
... a step in the direction of tyranny. Donald Hodel
Our system of morals is a body of imperfect social generalizations expressed in terms of emotion. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Man cannot maintain his morals when he has no ordinary means of living. Kenko Hoshi
Conscience is the highest of all Courts. Victor Hugo
Bad politics tends to drive out good politics, just as bad money drives out good money. Aldous Huxley
The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved. Aldous Huxley
All politics is an extension of ethics ... We cannot leave out conscience at the caucus room door. Henry Hyde
Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) told an AP reporter that he doesn’t mind queers, but he does mind queers having sex (which is a cool distinction) – and then complained that he wasn’t being given the right to say what he wanted about what those cute nasty gay boys do. Penn Jillette
I hold that man in the right who is most closely in league with the future. Henrik Ibsen
The Decalogue and the Golden Rule have no place in a political campaign. The commander who lost the battle through the activity of his moral nature would be the derision and jest of history. John James Ingalls
Isn't it interesting that we can see the necessity of teaching ethnic pride and not ethical pride? The Ten Commandments aren't being taught any more than black history. Don't you think that just might have something to do with the way our young people are behaving? Jesse Jackson
The Moral Equivalent of War William James
Whenever you do a thing, tho' it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you and act accordingly. Thomas Jefferson
My observations do not enable me to say I think integrity the characteristic of wealth ... The decisions of the people in a body, will be more honest and more disinterested than those of wealthy men. Thomas Jefferson
I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches. Thomas Jefferson
Evil does not grow out of the soil, nor does mischief spring from the ground. Only man is born to do mischief, just as sparks fly upward. Book of Job
Extremism in the pursuit of the presidency is an unpardonable vice. Lyndon B. Johnson
Representative Gingrich failed to exercise the discipline and caution of his office and so is subject to penalty today. Nancy Lee Johnson
In those days [after Samson's death] there was no king in Israel, but every man did what was right in his own eyes. Book of Judges
Honesty is praised and starved. Decimus Junius Juvenal
We know of no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. Thomas Babington Macaulay
A prudent ruler cannot and should not observe faith [keep his promises] when such observance is to his disadvantage. Niccolo Machiavelli
The prince must not mind incurring the scandal of those vices without which it would be difficult to save the state. Niccolo Machiavelli
Murder is not absolved of immortality by committing murder. Murder is absolved of immorality by bringing men to think that murder is not evil. This only the perversion of the mind can bring about. And the perversion of the mind is only possible when those who should be heard in its defense are silent. Archibald MacLeish
Railways are my politics. Allan MacNab
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls would be necessary. James Madison
No government any more than an individual will long be respected, without being truly respectable. James Madison
There is a seeming impropriety in leaving any set of men without control to put their hand into the public coffers, to take out money to put in their pockets. James Madison
There is no maxim ... which is more liable to be misapplied ... than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong. James Madison
I had believed it [organizing the Watergate break-in] was wrong but believed that the greater good was in serving the President. Jeb Stuart Magruder
I fear … that morals do not of necessity advance hand in hand with the sciences. Thomas Jefferson
The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Thomas Jefferson
When the goals of science collide with moral and ethical judgment, there are certain times when science has to take a time-out. James O. Mason
Most of us [members of Congress] are honest at all times, and all of us are honest most of the time. Charles McC. Mathias Jr.
No man can serve two masters. Book of Matthew
What has a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Book of Matthew
It is very unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public. W. Somerset Maugham
[On congressional reform:] If you purify the pond, the water lilies die. Eugene McCarthy
If you've been around for thirty years posing moral judgments on politics and society, you've got to take a stand. You can't go waving your wooden sword forever. Eugene McCarthy
… a man steeped in falsehood … who had recourse to the lie whenever it suits his convenience …. He would sell his grandmother for any advantage. Joseph R. McCarthy
I note your refusal to give us answers to our questions. Your insistence is extremely revealing. It would seem that the last man in the world who would try to protect and hide the facts about one of his top officer's [William Bundy] association with, and contributions to, a convicted traitor [Alger Hiss] would be the head of the CIA.... That the matter cannot and will not rest here is, of course, obvious. Joseph R. McCarthy
Who are your friends and supporters and how do they influence you? That's part of public concern about character. Karen McCarthy
In politics ... retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons. Mary McCarthy
Not knowing the answer is better than consciously misleading. Michael D. McCurry
Truth is a habit of integrity—not a strategy of politics. George McGovern
[Richard Nixon was:] The greatest moral leader of the last third of this century. John McLaughlin
I have refused to bend under the constant drumbeat and media attention. Edwin Meese
If experience teaches us anything it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. H. L. Mencken
Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals. H. L. Mencken
I am going to leave this car as property of the nation. But meanwhile I shall use it myself. Carlos Menem
The legal and ethical issues are just beginning. Kenneth Meslin
There are certain things, when you get into public office, that you just should not do. James Miller
Character is what you are in the dark. Dwight L. Moody
If the end does not justify the means, what does? Robert Moses
When I became press secretary my father sent me a telegram and said, "Tell the truth if you can and if you can't tell the truth, don't tell a lie." That became very difficult to do. Bill Moyers
Presidents cannot seem to be hesitating in any area that concerns their propriety. Daniel P. Moynihan
It may not have been fair, but it changed history. Rupert Murdoch
Even the best-intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest man to do. Jean de la Bruyere
There comes a time in the life of every public official when he must decide between right and regularity. Fiorello H. La Guardia
There are times when lying is the most sacred of duties. Eugene Labiche
I did not wish to bribe myself. William Lamb Melbourne
If you are a model to the Empire, then constant virtue will not be wanting [to the people]. Lao Tzu
Truth purchases hatred. Veritas odium parit. Latin Proverb
Medicine is a noble art. We must preserve our moral purity. Le Huu Trac; Hai Thuong Lan Ong; Lan Ong
Moderation in the pursuit of truth is no virtue. Vigilance in the defense of public ethics is no vice. James Madison Leach
I cannot consent to receive pay for services I do not render. Robert E. Lee
I should be trading on the blood of my men. Robert E. Lee
[Objecting to administration policies:] Truth is on the scaffold, wrong is on the throne. William Lemke
You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. John Lennon
We should work for material progress and at the same time ethical progress. Li Peng
Do you take the President of the United States to he a commission broker? You have come to the wrong place, and for you and every one who comes for such purposes, there is the door! Abraham Lincoln
In relation to these pledges [for recommendations to offices] I must not only be chaste but above suspicion. Abraham Lincoln
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. Abraham Lincoln
There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good. Almost every thing, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two. Abraham Lincoln
You cannot institute any equality between right and wrong. Abraham Lincoln
If the national government falls into the hands of sufficiently unprincipled men, they can do terrible things before any one can stop them. Walter Lippmann
[American military and diplomatic] aid and protection is apt to be given to any American interest that is financially powerful enough ... no matter whether it be a legitimate interest or, as has so often been the case, a claim for spoils resulting from a fraudulent concession or monopoly worked through by the aid of corrupt and heavily bribed [local] officials. William Kimball
As it was in the beginning, Is today official sinning, And shall be forever more. Rudyard Kipling
Between knowing and not knowing is not wanting to know. Charles Krauthammer
If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who will contract out the messy things in life: the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show: and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery. Charles Krauthammer
A conception of law which identifies what is right with the notion of what is good for—for the individual, or the family, or the people, or the largest number—becomes inevitable once the absolute and transcendent measurements of religion or the law of nature have lost their authority Hannah Arendt
It is perhaps being economical with the truth. Robert Temple Armstrong
What is the cause of the great overflow of Vice in this age Thomas Beard
Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatsoever. But, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth. Edmund Burke
It is foolish, generally speaking, for a philosopher to set fire to another philosopher in Smithfield Market because they do not agree in their theory of the universe. That was done very frequently in the last decadence of the Middle Ages. Gilbert K. Chesterton
All the officials responsible for giving ethical advice to the emperor were chased away. Chinese Proverb
It seems that the world considers whoever gets benefit is the virtuous one Chinese Proverb
This was a forced oath; the spirits do not hear such. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
No social system, however, elevates "Goodness" to a deciding principle, whether the realm be art, politics, or economics. Tyler Cowen
I was attempting to, with a good cover story, test to see what would happen in subways, for example, when a cloud was laid down on a city. It was denied on reasons that always seemed a little absurd to me William M. Creasy
Religion to me really means ethical systems. Michael Crichton
Sometimes you’ve got to do what is right even though it might be ahead of the people. Howard Dean
With a good [political] system, even evil men cannot do evil. Deng Xiaoping
There has been a very great alteration among the youth of the town, with respect to reveling, frolicking, profane and unclean conversation, and lewd songs: instances of fornication have been very rare: there has also been a great alteration amongst both old and young with respect to tavern-haunting. Jonathan Edwards
There is honour even among thieves. English Proverb or Saying
Live so that your friends can defend you, but never have to Arnold H. Glasow
What is done from necessity involves neither censure nor applause Italian Proverb
A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen Thomas Jefferson
Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus Thomas Jefferson
Everything depends on whether the technological disposition is allowed to proceed to its self-augmenting limits, or whether it can be restricted and brought under intellectual, spiritual, moral, and political rule. Leon Kass
This [human cloning] is an unethical human experiment on the child to be. It is a major step in the conversion of procreation to manufacture. Leon Kass
For half a century past, the African slave-trade began to awaken a spirit of remorse and sympathy in the breasts of men, and a conviction that the traffic was repugnant to the principles of Christian duty, and the maxims of justice and humanity James Kent
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life. Roger L'Estrange
As regards the inferred premise that there is an absolute and invariable moral code by which the men of all ages and of all degrees of civilization are to be tried and convicted or acquitted, a very slender acquaintance with the history of ethics would appear sufficient to establish its fallacy. It would be overbold to suggest that morals are purely conventional and arbitrary, yet anthropological research has shown that there is scarce a sin condemned in the Decalogue which has not been or may not now be regarded rather as a virtue, or at least as an allowable practice, at some time or place among a portion of mankind Henry Charles Lea
People have different concepts of the good life, and any attempt to impose one favored view will be contentious. Loren E. Lomasky
Do not do unto others what would not be good for yourself. Adarbad Mahraspandan
As to polygamy, I charge it to be … evil—a scarlet whore! John Alexander McCLernand
It is just a matter of simple justice…. It was the right thing to do. James E. McGreavy
Whenever you travel over your lands, permit not the servants, neither your own, nor a stranger's, to do any damage in the villages, or in the fields, that they may not curse you. Wheresoever you go, and wherever you stay, give the destitute to eat and to drink. Above all honor the stranger, whencesoever he may come, whether he be a commoner, a nobleman or an ambassador Vladimir Monomakh; Vladimir II
I did not allow the mighty to distress the common peasant or the poverty-stricken widow Vladimir Monomakh; Vladimir II
An evil remains an evil whether practiced by white against black or black against white. Robert Mugabe
Why should I not be able to do what is right and natural and kill those who commit such an abomination? (Inter-racial marriage) William Pierce; Andrew Macdonald
The more men value money the less they value virtue. Plato
[On the Vietnam War:] I leave all morality up to you clergymen. Dean Rusk
a handbook for gangsters Bertrand Russell
Our world has sprouted a weird concept of security and a warped sense of morality. Weapons are sheltered like treasures and children are exposed to incineration Bertrand Russell
It’s almost impossible to imagine a society saying, “It’s all right use embryonic stem cells to save your dying dog, but it’s not okay to use them to save your dying child.”… America’s love affair with animals will slowly but inevitably undermine the religious, moral, and ethical arguments against genome-based therapies for people. Healthier cats and dogs will generate an irresistible demand for healthier children and adults. Michael Schrage
Sometimes ‘tis necessary to be cruel in order to be kind. William Shakespeare
They [Standard Oil] had never played fair, and that ruined their greatness for me … the open disregard of decent ethical business practices by capitalists. Ida Tarbell
Everything that you can imagine is going on is going on. Fred Wertheimer
What you have a right to do is not necessarily right to do. You have a Constitutional right to state publicly which of your children you love the most. It’s not however a good idea. Charles Gardner Geyh
One cannot but regret the deliberate absence of every transcendental moral reference in governing the so-called developed society. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
The United States has made it through more than 200 years without ever finding it necessary to prosecute a journalist for soliciting a public employee to disclose confidential national security information. Geoffrey Stone
If you want to go into the court of world opinion, you had better go in with clean hands. Tom Harkin
It is not wrong for a company to try and save money [by outsourcing jobs], but is it right for me to lose my ability to make a living. Gerry Evans
Slavery, by separating the mass of the ignorant from each other, and bringing them in contact and daily intercourse with the well-informed, becomes an admirable educational system - no doubt a necessary one. By subjecting them to the constant control and supervision of their superiors, interested in enforcing morality, it becomes the best and most efficient police system George Fitzhugh
The issue [slavery] is clear, explicit, determinate. The parties understand each other, and are drawn in battle array. They can never be reconciled--never walk together--never consent to a truce--never deal in honeyed phrases--never worship at the same altar-never acknowledge the same God. Between them there is an impassable gulf. In manners, in morals, in philosophy, in religion, in ideas of justice, in notions of law, in theories of government, in valuations or men, they are totally dissimilar. William Lloyd Garrison
We are immodest before the barbarians, who are more chaste than we. Even more, the barbarians are wounded at our lack of modesty; the Goths do not permit debauchees of their own nation to remain among them; alone in the midst of them, by the sad privilege of their nationality and their name, the Romans have the right to be impure. The oppressed fly to the barbarians to seek for mercy and a shelter. Salvien of Marseilles
Why should ethical decisions as personal as those involved in reproduction and medical care be decided by democratic vote? Ronald Bailey
Statutes against Fundamental Morality are void John McLean
The true knowledge of good and evil arouses disturbances of the mind Baruch Spinoza
Surely one will not expect men to be less moral than women, nor less capable of disciplining their desires Musonius; Musonius Rufus
It's very much simpler to get rid of any written rule you choose than it is an item of customary morality... while laws are preserved on tablets of wood or stone, customary morality is engraved deep in our living souls Diogenes
We acknowledge the diversity of deeply held convictions within our fellowship even as we seek to interpret the Scriptures under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Many American Baptists believe that, biblically, human life begins at conception, that abortion is immoral and a destruction of a human being created in God's image … Many others believe that while abortion is a regrettable reality, it can be a morally acceptable action and they choose to act on the biblical principles of compassion and justice … and freedom of will. … Many gradations of opinion between these basic positions have been expressed within our fellowship. American Baptist Churches
Our culture needs a sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts Justice & Healing Religious Institute on Sexual Morality
The Church raises the question concerning the need to establish comprehensive control over transnational corporations and the processes taking place in the financial sector of economy. This control, aimed to subject any entrepreneurial and financial activity to the interests of man and people, should be exercised through all mechanisms available in society and state. Russian Orthodox Church
Examine what is around you and see that princes and masters have power over your body alone, not over your soul, and always keep this in mind. Why when they order, say, to kill or to do something else, inappropriate, unrighteous and harmful for the soul, it is not proper to obey them, even though they torture your body. God has created the soul free and self-ruled, and it is free to do as it wills, good or bad Anthony of Egypt
Law is a special realm, different from the related ethical realm, as it does not qualify the inner conditions of the human heart. Russian Orthodox Church
In the contemporary world, state is normally secular and not bound by any religious commitments. Its co-operation with the Church is limited to several areas and based on mutual non-interference into each other's affairs. However, the state is aware as a rule that earthly well-being is unthinkable without respect for certain moral norms — the norms which are also essential for the eternal salvation of man Russian Orthodox Church
The pleasures of moral purity are available to those who fancy themselves a small-church militant in an unconverted world. George Will
Shall this harbor of Yankee democracy be burned? George Cockburn
The world has gone back a half a millennium in its conduct of international relations in time of war…. no nation has to bear a greater blame for this than our own ….As for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, some of us think it was shameful. Are we Christians? We act like pagans. J. Reuben Clark
We Republicans came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us. Thomas G. Thompson
Consort with all the peoples, kindreds and religions of the world with the utmost truthfulness, uprightness, faithfulness, kindliness, good-will and friendliness Effendi Abbas; Abdul Baha
Abuse is no argument against proper use Ancient Roman Proverb
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours …. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. Tecumseh
Each person is his own judge. Shawnee Indian Tribe
Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future. Lumbee Indian Tribe
Each bird loves to hear himself sing. Arapaho Tribe
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation. Woodrow Wilson
There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life. Michel de Montaigne
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes. Milan Kundera
Saying is one thing and doing is another. Michel de Montaigne
There is object proof that homosexuality is more interesting than heterosexuality. It's that one knows a considerable number of heterosexuals who would wish to become homosexuals, whereas one knows very few homosexuals who would really like to become heterosexuals. Michel Foucault
To defeat evil, we may have to traffic in evils: indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, targeted assassinations, even pre-emptive war. Michael Ignatieff
It's better to act and to regret / Than to regret not to have acted Mellin de Saint-Gelais
Ethics is not a job that anyone turns to naturally, but every public agency has to have it. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
People hold elected officials to a higher ethical standard than most others. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant, I should point to India. And if I were to ask myself from what literature we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thoughts of Greeks and Romans, and of the Semitic race, the Jewish, may draw the corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human a life...again I should point to India Max Muller
The tyranny we impose on others, we will eventually impose on ourselves. Thucydides
The end must justify the means. Matthew Prior
Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it Patrick Henry
Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice John Adams
Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth. Thich Nhat Hanh
Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education. However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness. Thich Nhat Hanh
It is not good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace, and live in peace Shenandoah Indian Proverb
Be satisfied with needs instead of wants. Lakota Indian Proverb
There was a mentality in Congress that regarded foreign agents who had committed human rights abuses as unacceptable. The government was too quick to take them off its payrolls, limiting its access to terrorists. It’s that kind of political correctness that you can’t afford in the intelligence business. Vincent Cannistraro
People are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they are different. Jean Molière
If the innocent people who died in the attack on Afghanistan, and those who have been dying from lack of food and medical care in Iraq, are considered collaterals, are not the 3,000 who died in New York and the 200 in Bali also just collaterals, whose deaths are necessary for the operations to succeed? Mohamad Mahathir
The worst men give the best advice Philip James Bailey
Calls for Christians to mobilize politically against others is contrary to the teaching and example of Jesus. Petero Mataca
The healing of a nation is a slow process that requires patience. It begins with truth telling, the confession of wrong-doing, the genuine respect for forgiveness and the willingness to accept the consequences of one's actions. Petero Mataca
We cannot point to a single definitive solution of any one of the problems that confront us — political, economic, social or moral, that is, having to do with the conduct of life. We are still beginners, and for that reason may hope to improve. Peter Medawar
There must be some kind of factory in every town. That is the only way to break German morale. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In fighting with Japanese savages all previously accepted rules of warfare must be abandoned William Daniel Leahy
When sinking ships there shall be complete destruction of the crews of the enemy's ships. Japan
Execute Unrestricted Air and Submarine Warfare Against Japan U. S. Navy
The entire Japanese population is a proper military target…. "For us, there are no civilians in Japan United States Army
The United States, the Dominions and the British ruling classes are alike race-conscious, and the underlying instinct of the Anglo-Saxons is to preserve the Anglo-Saxon breed intact against the rising tide of color. Despite emotional appeals and jingo talk, the common British and American attitude towards the people of other colors is a fundamental factor in the present situation U. S. State Department
I was angry with the Church because they were not aggressively pointing out the immorality of racism. Clarence Thomas
We are pursuing a course not calculated to promote our real interests, and one that will make us detested in the world. Henry Addington
My friends doubt about this Danish business. I own the policy doubtful; but our right is clear, if self defense is clear. They would have become our enemies very shortly. Still, our national character is injured. William Wilberforce
This Copenhagen expedition. Is it an unjust action for the general good? Who can say that such a precedent is pardonable? When the line of justice is passed, there is no shame left. England has been unjust! Charles James Napier
What the devil are we going to be at with this great fleet, and the reinforcements if ships and troops that are following? The Danes have done nothing hostile towards us … Would it be justifiable without any previous hostile act? Charles Paget
This Government intends no injury to honest business. The processes we follow in seeking social justice do not, in adding to general prosperity, take from one and give to another. In this modern world, the spreading out of opportunity ought not to consist of robbing Peter to pay Paul. In other words, we are concerned with more than mere subtraction and addition. We are concerned with multiplication also -- multiplication of wealth through cooperative action, wealth in which all can share. Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is not only a moral imperative that we cover everybody (with insured heath care), it has become an economic necessity. Hillary Clinton
There are, in every society, rules of conduct, and practices of life, which the progress of events has gradually marked out, and general observance hallowed. Of these, some are founded on the principles of morality and religion, some on caprice, some on prejudice. The breaking of any of them is always esteemed a crime against society. John Rae
Set a thief to catch a thief. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Responsibility is the product of definite social arrangements. Charles Frankel
The instinctive need to be the member of a closely knit group fighting for common ideals may grow so strong that it becomes inessential what these ideals are Konrad Lorenz
What is a value? Obviously, normal and healthy people are able to appreciate something as a high value for which to live and if necessary, to die, for no other reason than that it was evolved in cultural ritualization and handed down to them by a revered elder. Konrad Lorenz
In the case of Fornications, most of the punishments not made by pecuniary mulcts and commuted, are but shame. William Petty
Party service does not require intelligent, independent action, and politics today stands for party fealty more than for governmental ethics Lemuel K. Washburn
Our foreign policy has from the beginning endeavored to take into account the realities and to work accordingly, But it has never dropped from its high moral ideals; it wanted to be and, I think it really and truly was, idealistic and founded entirely upon moral principles Eduard Benes
The Capitol Building should have a sign saying, “Warning!! You are now Entering an Ethics-Free Zone!” Margaret Carlson
The Confucian culture really did contribute to the initial face of the industrialization of several Asian countries because it emphasized discipline and group behavior and so on, which was needed to initiate the industrialization process. Cho Soon
Remember that you cannot please everybody because you are likely to end up pleasing nobody. Anson Chan
In a partnership, it is good to have two partners who have complementary means of action, under the assumption that these two partners sufficiently talk to each other to find out what they want to do together Guenter Burghardt
We're so used to thinking in the short term, and the minute you speak in more long-term language then you tend to get dismissed as utopian and so on. We have a real problem here in making long-term thinking respectable Elise Boulding
Man must have an incentive to set him in motion before he can be given a goal towards which this motion should be directed. This incentive can obviously be none other than the law itself Immanuel Kant
One who deserteth the Means, deserteth the Ends Thomas Hobbes
No free subject ought to be under the least restraint in respect to accusing the greatest, so long as his accusation strikes only at the political conduct of the accused: his private we have no right to meddle with James Burgh
If you're not engaged in challenging the lies of the system, what's the good of living in this society? Tariq Ali
An overzealous prosecutor ….an underpaid, inexperienced defense attorney Bill Curtis
Civil Propriety is the Curse, is manifest thus, Those that Buy and Sell Land, and are landlords, have got it either by Oppression, or Murther, or Theft; and all landlords lives in the breach of the Seventh and Eighth Commandements, Thous shalt not steal, nor kill. Gerrard Winstanley
In our culture, the people who have the most respect are not those who have the most material possessions or those who have accomplished the most. It is the people who have helped others the most. Wilma Mankiller
Honesty may not be the best policy, but it is worth trying once in a while Richard Nixon
The committee believes that, short of war, assassination is incompatible with American principles, international order and morality. It should be rejected as a tool of foreign policy. Frank Church
It's not enough to have a skill. Not enough to have read all the books or know all the facts. Values are what really matter Tim Russert
Never let your fame outshine your truth. American Indian proverb
A Fox may steal your Hens, Sir, A Whore your Health and Pence, Sir, Your Daughter rob your Chest, Sir, Your Wife may steal your Rest, Sir. A Thief your Goods and Plate. But this is all but picking, With Rest, Pence, Chest and Chicken; It ever was decreed, Sir, If Lawyer's Hand is free'd, Sir, He steals your whole Estate. The Lawyers are bitter Enemies to those in our Way [thieves]. They don't care that any body should get a clandestine Livelihood but themselves. John Gay
Regardless of the eventual shape of the evolved discourse and policy on reparations, there are five essential aspects which must be addressed and included in any meaningful and moral approach to reparations. They are public admission, public apology, public recognition, compensation, and institutional preventive measures against the recurrence of holocaust and other similar forms of massive destruction of human life, human culture and human possibility. Maulana Karenga
The state of slavery is of such a nature that it is incapable of being introduced on any reasons, moral or political, but only by positive law, which preserves its force long after the reasons, occasion, and time itself, from whence it was created, is erased from the memory; it is of a nature that nothing can be suffered to support it but positive law. James Mansfield
No doubt it is also necessary to improve the classes who now oppress you, but you will never succeed in doing this unless you begin by improving yourselves. Giuseppe Mazzini
What, pray, does it profit a man to teach others, and to be prating always about virtue, in high-sounding words, if he fails to give heed to his own instructions? Francesco Petrarca
Do not repeat calumny, neither hear it. It is the way of expression of the hot-bellied Report a thing observed, not heard. If it is negligible, do not say anything Ptah-Hotep
If You are a man of trust, sent by one great man to another, be exact when he sends You. Give his message as he said it. Guard against slanderous speech, which embroils one great with another. Ptah-Hotep
Saint-Just's lips were believed to be pure. There was faith in him because of his reputation for asceticism and Spartan frugality. He had been an example of all the civic virtues. The purity of morals which he passionately demanded was no more than that which he practiced himself Rafael Sabatini
The inclinations of men differ according to their varied dispositions; and each one in his calling has his particular end in view. Some aim at gain, some at glory, some at the public weal. Samuel de Champlain
If I work 60 hours a week, for example, and I make much more money than someone who works 40 hours a week, is my standard of living higher? I suppose it depends on your values. If I do not have time, because I work 60 hours a week, to spend time with my children, I may not consider myself to have a high standard of living. Karen Selick
People should be judged by the principles they espouse and the principles they betray. Shashi Tharoor
We corrupt the word of truth, and mix ... our doctrine with what is common and cheap... in order to turn the adulteration to our profit, and accommodate ourselves to those who meet us, and curry favor with everyone, becoming ventriloquists and chatterers, who serve their own pleasures by words uttered from the earth, and sinking into the earth, and, to gain the special good will of the multitude Gregory of Nazianzus
… they shed the blood of Christians like that of the pagans Boniface IV
What is seen being done by the many soon obtains the force of custom; while the affairs of men have scarcely ever been so well regulated that the better things pleased the majority. Therefore, the private vices of the many have often caused public error, or rather a general agreement on vices, which these good men now want to make law… John Calvin
The US became arrogant because of what it owns of weapons and technology. For that, it handles the world as it pleases, and changes the ideologies of people, their habits and ethics in order to spread Western culture at the expense of Islam. Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri
Is religion a private affair? Would you like to see Islam, as a moral and political ideal, meeting the same fate in the world of Islam as Christianity has already met in Europe? Is it possible to retie in Islam as an ethical ideal and to reject it as a polity in favor of national politics, in which religious attitude is not permitted to play any part? …. The proposition that religion is a private individual experience is not surprising on the lips of a European. In Europe the conception of Christianity as a monastic order, renouncing the world of matter and fixing its gaze entirely on the world or spirit. led by a logical process of thought, to the view embodied in this proposition…. The religious ideal of Islam, therefore, is organically related to the social order, which it has created. The rejection of the one will eventually involve the rejection of the other. Therefore, the construction of a polity on national lines, if it means a displacement of the Islamic principle of solidarity is simply unthinkable to a Muslim. Muhammad Iqbal
These are the meats to abstain from- others' wealth, others' wives, slander, envy, covetousness and pride. Angad Dev Ji
Ethics and Washington DC. Are they mutually exclusive? Keith Obermann
Take heed to your selves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness. Book of Luke
Men condemne the same things in others, which they approve in themselves; on the other side, they publickly commend what they privately condemne; Thomas Hobbes
Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers’ suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children. Gro Harlem Brundtland
Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government. Denis Diderot
it is no easy task to find the middle. Aristotle
Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it ... or because it is traditional, …. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conductive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings—that doctrine believe and cling to Buddha
A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal Jewish Proverb
It is by doing good that we become good. Jean Jacques Rousseau
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. J. K. Rowling
The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore. Robert J. Sawyer
The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit. Franklin D. Roosevelt
He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent Book of Proverbs
A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal Jewish Proverb
Per Sr. Mgmt request, these data should not see the light of day to anyone outside of GSK. Martin Freed
One of the most difficult and embarrassing, questions of political morality is the extent and limits of the, right of those who have first taken possession of the, unoccupied portion of the earth's surface to exclude the, remainder of mankind from inhabiting it. John Stuart Mill
These days to be great is to exceed on prosperity; greatness today has nothing to do with moral magnanimity. Cornel West
How can it be illegal or unethical if the most important man in Congress is doing it? Nancy Cunningham
I urge you to help me in my battle for Christian values. Randy Duke Cunningham
We are living in a sanctimonious age. Linda Greenhouse
You treat everyone with respect even though you don’t know them and even though you do not agree with them. Michelle Obama
Conservatives have long stayed away from fairness debates. Arthur C. Brooks
The question with me is, not whether you have a right to render your people miserable, but whether it is not your interest to make them happy. It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do, but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do. Is a politic act the worse for being a generous one? Is no concession proper but that which is made from your want of right to keep what you grant? Edmund Burke
I think McCarthy was a menace... because he corrupted the ethics of American conservatives, and that corruption leads to the situation we have now. It gave the conservatives the habit of appeasing the forces of the hysterical right... and appeasing them knowingly, expediently. I think that was the original sin of the conservative movement, and we [conservatives] are all suffering from it. Peter Robert Edwin Viereck
To whom can I speak today? There are no righteous men. The land is surrendered to criminals. Anonymous
I cannot receive pay for services I do not render. Robert E. Lee
I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and sense of responsibility with or without religion. Tenzin Gyatso; Dalai Lama
The worst government is the most moral. H. L. Mencken
Make sure you input all income as in “base income”. DO NOT break it down by overtime, commissions or bonus….NO GIFT FUNDS! If you borrower is getting a gift, add it to a bank account along with the rest of the assets…try submitting with slightly higher income. Inch it up $500 to see if you can get the findings you want. Do the same for assets. J. P. Morgan Chase Bank
A superior man thinks of what is right. A small man thinks of profit. Confucius
The death of dogma is the birth of morality. Immanuel Kant
The IDF and its soldiers are obligated to protect human dignity. Every human being is of value regardless of his or her origin, religion, nationality, gender, status or position. Israel
The British illicit trading of opium in China was rapidly staining the British character with deep disgrace Charles Elliot
In the social equation, the value of a single life is nil; in the cosmic equation, it is infinite... Not only communism, but any political movement which implicitly relies on purely utilitarian ethics, must become a victim to the same fatal error. It is a fallacy as naïve as a mathematical teaser, and yet its consequences lead straight to Goya's Disasters, to the reign of the guillotine, the torture chambers of the Inquisition, or the cellars of the Lubianka. Arthur Koestler
Hypocrisy is not the failure to practice what you preach but the failure to believe it. Hypocrisy is propaganda. Peter Kreeft
Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him. Pittacus of Mytilene
It is impossible to deny that dishonest men often grow rich and famous, becoming powerful in their parish or in parliament. Their portraits grace shop windows; and they live and die respected. This success is theirs; yet it is not the success which a noble soul will envy. George Henry Lewes
Human cloning and attempts at creating animal-human hybrids are immoral and unethical practices that devalue human life and have questionable, if any, scientific merit. These practices are a direct affront to the sanctity of human life in this state, and have no place in our society. Kris Jordan
A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than that of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.. Aldo Leopold
That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.. Aldo Leopold
I have no right, for the sake of carrying a measure, or stirring up excitement, or swaying the popular opinion, to urge, as a matter of universal obligation, what God has left as a matter to be decided by every man’s conscience Francis Wayland
Slavery in this country will yet cease, for it is wrong, but it will never be made to cease by the present efforts. They have on them, in my opinion, every mask of failure, for they are not made in the fear of God or with love to man. They may destroy the union, plunge this country into a civil war, break us up into a half dozen different confederacies, but abolish slavery as they are now attempting to do it – they never will. You may note my words, they never will. Francis Wayland
As slavery is a moral evil, it ought to be removed as speedily as possible, and trust the consequences of such duty in the hands of unerring Providence Elihu Embree
Prosperity seldom chooses the side of the virtuous. Heloise
I made a serious mistake. I should not have been in the company of any woman, not my wife. Gary Hart
In place of a pay raise, we're going to enact legislation that will provide every senator and member of Congress at all times with an accountant and a clergyman. Tom Harkin
Kick him in the balls! Robert Kennedy
It is easy to sacrifice the substantial interests of society by a strict adherence to ordinary rules. Alexander Hamilton
What would Jesus have done in precisely similar situations? John P. Hale
It was the same thing as going into a business community and interesting the leading business men by giving them shares. Oakes Ames
Greed has been severely underestimated and denigrated—unfairly so in my opinion. … there's nothing wrong with avarice as a motive as long as it doesn't lead to dishonest … conduct. Conrad Black
If you teach your boy that it is right to buy a vote, it is an easy step for him to learn to use money to bribe or corrupt officials or trustees of any class. If you teach your boy that it is right to steal votes, it is an easy step for him to believe that it is right to steal whatever he may need or greatly desire. The results of such an influence will enter every branch of society, it will reach your bank cashiers, and affect positions of trust in every department; it will ultimately enter your courts, and affect the administrations of justice. John Knox
You don’t make decisions in hindsight; you make them in the present. You live and learn. David Cameron
Of God and Evil, there is nothing simply and absolutely so; nor any common Rule of Good and Evil, to be taken from the nature of the objects themselves. Thomas Hobbes
I think the inherent right of the Government to lie to save itself when facing a nuclear disaster is basic Arthur Sylvester
In a world of rapid change, an agile and adaptable mind, a pragmatic and cooperative temperament, a strong ethical orientation - these are increasingly the keys to effective leadership. And I would add to this list a capacity for intellectual humility which keeps one’s mind constantly open to a variety of viewpoints and which welcomes pluralistic exchange. Aga Khan IV
You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people, and it's not for sale. Harry S Truman
After the Holocaust, the Jews are justified in taking any steps to protect themselves. Golda Meir
I didn't lie. I only didn't elaborate on every detail of the truth. Ferenc Gyurcsany
The eight men who are survivors of the syphilis study at Tuskegee are a living link to a time not so very long ago that many Americans would prefer not to remember, but we dare not forget. It was a time when our nation failed to live up to its ideals, when our nation broke the trust with our people that is the very foundation of our democracy. It is not only in remembering that shameful past that we can make amends and repair our nation, but it is in remembering that past that we can build a better present and a better future. And without remembering it, we cannot make amends and we cannot go forward…. The United States government did something that was wrong—deeply, profoundly, morally wrong. It was an outrage to our commitment to integrity and equality for all our citizens. Bill Clinton
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics Richard Brinsley Sheridan
To be good is noble but to show others how to be good is nobler. Mark Twain
Striking bargains with repressive regimes does require making moral compromises . Charles A. Kupchan
If we have learned anything at all in this century, it is that all new technologies will be put to use, sooner or later, for better or worse, as it is in our nature to do. Lewis Thomas
Governance is a universal phenomenon in any society, but it may not lead a society to human development. G. Shabbir Cheema
I should have done violence to my convictions of duty, had I not made use of all the lawful means in my power to liberate those people, and assist them to become men and women, rather than leave them in the condition of chattels personal. Thomas Garrett
I rejoice that I have lived to see this day, when the colored people of this favored land, by law, have equal privileges with the most favored. And I have faith to believe that ere long equal justice will be granted to the poor Indians and the Chinese. Thomas Garrett
Judge — thee hasn't left me a dollar, but I wish to say to thee, and to all in this court room, that if anyone knows of a fugitive who wants a shelter, and a friend, send him to Thomas Garrett, and he will befriend him! Thomas Garrett
Might a sense of the true aims of life elevate the tone of politics and trade, till public and private honor become identical! Margaret Fuller
The ideologue says “whatever is right works.” The pragmatist says “whatever works is right.” Mark Shields
In relations with other nations, there is neither right nor wrong; there is only strength and weakness. Roman Dmowski
Virtue cannot dwell with wealth either in a city or in a house. Diogenes
If you are to be kept right, you must possess either good friends or red-hot enemies. The one will warn you, the other will expose you. Diogenes
None of us believe that in order to run a business, you have to leave your humanity at home. Ben Cohen
Abramoff did not own me, but we did engage in the culture of corruption together. Robert William Ney
The whole system is bribery. Jack Abramoff
Love people, not things; use things, not people. Spencer W. Kimball
it is the personal and individual thing which is done by one human being for another that is the most valuable assistance which can be rendered in time of trouble. Better not only for the one who receives, but a thousand times happier for the one who gives. Eleanor Roosevelt
Equality is the measure of all things, and bad behavior is less bad if everyone indulges in it. Theodore Dalrymple; Anthony Daniels
What is price gouging and what is capitalism can sometimes be a fine line. Aaron Brown
Racial intermarriage is a very personal problem. I would never say yes or no to intermarriage. Eleanor Roosevelt
It is an impious act to violate or break with the teeth a leek or an onion. O holy nation! whose gods grow for them in the gardens. Every table abstains from animals that have wool. It is a crime there to kill a kid, but human flesh is lawful food. Decimus Junius Juvenal
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities Voltaire; Francois-Marie
Each man is worth more than the whole of humanity, nor will it do to sacrifice each to all save in so far as all sacrifice themselves to each. Miguel de Unamuno
If someone tells you he is going to make ‘a realistic decision’, you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad. Mary McCarthy
In political matters it is very hard for a man in office to be purer than his neighbours, — and, when he is so, he becomes troublesome. Anthony Trollope
When I observe that there are different ways of surveying, my employer commonly asks which will give him the most land, not which is most correct. Henry David Thoreau
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. Henry David Thoreau
The highest law is often the greatest wrong.. Publius Terentius Afer
… the public has come to accept torture as a legitimate instrument of government, something that the Founding Fathers would have been aghast at. Andrew Sullivan
One evades discussion of serious issues by the simple device of passing them off as value problems, whereas, to say the least, many of these conflicts arose out of man’s very agreement regarding values. Leo Strauss
In some countries the effort to debate and legislate the social and ethical implications of the new biological and genetic technologies often precedes their application. This observation confirms the realization by the public that biotechnological applications will interfere with all the basic and profound value systems considered by every human being Calum MacKellar
If we did find that (most) mathematically gifted people possessed a special gene, would implanting such a gene in our children ever be justified? If certain traits are objectively superior to others, should we not promote active potentials to acquire such traits? The difficulty in answering this question lies in the fact that we live in a pluralist society. If people were to disagree about the ranking of certain characteristics, how would we decide which ranking is the correct one? It may be true that some characteristics are objectively superior to others (or better before God). And it may be true that many people would be capable of picking out a few such superior qualities. But who is to be appointed supreme judge? Agneta Sutton
We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat. John Steinbeck
Base thy life on principle, not on rules. John Lancaster Spalding
If we learn from those only, of whose lives and opinions we altogether approve, we shall have to turn from many of the highest and profoundest minds. John Lancaster Spalding
Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; But when the truth entails tremendous ruin, To speak dishonorably is pardonable. Sophocles
Leadership is not manifested by coercion, even against the resented. Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods. Margaret Chase Smith
We are responsible not only for what we do but also for what we could have prevented. Peter Singer
Technical problems can be remediated. A dishonest corporate culture is much harder to fix. Bruce Schneier
The time to talk about it in schools and churches and magazines and debate societies is now. If you wait, five years from now the gene doctor will be hanging out the MAKE A SMARTER BABY sign down the street. Arthur Caplan
Renegade scientists and totalitarian loonies are not the folks most likely to abuse genetic engineering. You and I are--not because we are bad but because we want to do good. In a world dominated by competition, parents understandably want to give their kids every advantage. ... The most likely way for eugenics to enter into our lives is through the front door as nervous parents ... will fall over one another to be first to give Junior a better set of genes. Arthur Caplan
People ask, 'Is the science going to run ahead of the ethics?' I don't think that's always the problem. I think it's that the science runs ahead of the politics. Bioethics can alert people to something coming down the road, but it doesn't mean policy and politicians are going to pay attention. They tend to respond when there's an immediate crisis. The job of the ethicist, in some ways, is to warn or be prophetic. You can yell loudly, but you can't necessarily get everybody to leave the cinema, so to speak. Arthur Caplan
Scientists, therefore, are responsible for their research, not only intellectually but also morally. This responsibility has become an important issue in many of today's sciences, but especially so in physics, in which the results of quantum mechanics and relativity theory have opened up two very different paths for physicists to pursue. They may lead us - to put it in extreme terms -- to the Buddha or to the Bomb, and it is up to each of us to decide which path to take. Fritjof Capra
The Human Genome Project alone is the Full Employment Act for bioethicists. Arthur Caplan
All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed. Max Born
It is not clear to anyone, least of all the practitioners, how science and technology in their headlong course do or should influence ethics and law, education and government, art and social philosophy, religion and the life of the affections. Yet science is an all-pervasive energy, for it is at once a mode of thought, a source of strong emotion, and a faith as fanatical as any in history. Jacques Barzun
Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human duty. We are now facing a problem more of ethics than physics. Bernard Baruch
I never thought I would see a President of the United States say on television that “I am not a crook.” The worst part of it was, Nixon couldn’t even look the camera in the eye. Gore Vidal
We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. Howard Zinn
It’s not only what you do in politics. It’s what you appear to do. John McCain
Many people will automatically develop a sort of selective morality. They will have one set of ethics—the one they were taught as children and been used to all their lives—for judging their selves and their friends. They will have another, and a much lower one, for the President of the United States. Margaret Halsey
We don't take over the means of those whom we abhor. Lee H. Hamilton
When we choose for ourselves, we also choose for others. Jean-Paul Sartre
Civilization depends on morality. Ralph Waldo Emerson
it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God Book of Matthew
Men are seldom more innocently employed than when they are making money. Samuel Johnson
The words of Jesus, as distinguishable from the matter in which they are embedded as diamonds in dunghills. A more precious morsel of ethics was never seen. Thomas Jefferson
Is there any way we can screw him? Richard Nixon
This is a matter far too important to be left solely in the hands of the scientific and medical communities. The belief that surrogate mothers and clonal babies are inevitable because science always moves forward, an attitude expressed to me recently by a scientific colleague, represents a form of laissez-faire nonsense dismally reminiscent of the creed that American business, if left to itself, will solve everybody's problems. Just as the success of a corporate body in making money need not set the human condition ahead, neither does every scientific advance automatically make our lives more 'meaningful.' No doubt the person whose experimental skill will eventually bring forth a clonal baby will be given wide notoriety. But the child who grows up knowing that the world wants another Picasso may view his creator in a different light. James D. Watson
The best way to make money on Wall Street is to sell the most sophisticated [and complex] products to the most unsophisticated clients. Greg Smith
The industrial revolution was accomplished by a group of financial titans, whose methods were not scrutinized with too much care, and who were honored in proportion as they produced the results, irrespective of the means they used. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We ought never to do wrong when anyone is looking. Mark Twain
It is now clear that giving to a candidate’s PAC is equivalent to giving to his campaign; the leaders of the PAC are, for all practical purposes, are the campaign’s bag men. New York Times
The wealthiest in this country have never had it so good. They want more, and more, and more, and more, and they don’t care how many children they have to step on to get it.. Bernie Sanders
Congress has become the center of legalized bribery/ Thomas Friedman
For the things we [scientists] are working on no amount of protesting or fiddling with politics will save our souls. The accident that we worked out this terrible thing [nuclear weapons] should not give us the responsibility of having a voice in how it is to be used. The responsibility must in the end be shifted to the people as a whole and that can only be done by making the facts known. Edward Teller
Although I was aware they were illegal. We had become somewhat inured to using some activities that would help us in accomplishing what we thought was a legitimate cause Jeb Stuart Magruder
We ought to see clearly that the end does justify the means Charles Wagner
Ethical and legal are not synonyms. ; Randy Cohen
The hardest thing in life is to know when to hold fast to one’s principles and when it is acceptable to bend them. Bernhard Schlink
Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be "damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Eleanor Roosevelt
The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet. Mark Twain
No matter how healthy a man's morals may be when he enters the White House, he comes out again with a pock-marked soul. Mark Twain
What we call real estate--the solid ground to build a house on--is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests. Nathaniel Hawthorne
This above all,--to thine own self be true; and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare
… vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess! Charles Dickens
'Do other men, for they would do you.' That's the true business precept. Charles Dickens
There is nothing namable but that some men will undertake to do it for pay. Herman Melville
Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies. Emily Bronte
I am a citizen of the world, and I have met, in my time, with so many different sorts of virtue, that I am puzzled, in my old age, to say which is the right sort and which is the wrong Wilkie Collins
All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. . . The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land. Aldo Leopold
Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics. George McGovern
There is no perfect justice, just as there is no absolute in ethics. But there is perfect injustice, and we know it when we see it. Alan Dershowitz
Our profession is the chastest of all; even the shadow of a fault tarnishes the luster of our finest achievements. George Washington
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side; one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach. Bertrand Russell
Necessity is the most powerful divinity the world knows--it is the result of physical forces set in operation by ethical forces. Jose Rizal
We must live for the future of the human race, and not for our own comfort or success. Hyman Rickover
When the common good of a society is regarded as something apart from and superior to the individual good of its members, it means that the good of some men takes precedence over the good of others, with those others consigned to the status of sacrificial animals. Ayn Rand
All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty. Walter Raleigh
… knowledge without conscience is but the ruin of the soul Francois Rabelais
Whereas religions may serve a benign purpose by letting many people feel comfortable with the level of morality they themselves can attain, no religion holds its members to the high standards of moral responsibility that the secular world of science and medicine does! Daniel Dennett
… keeper of the national conscience Anthony Lewis
Christian ethics are seldom found save in the philosophy of some unbeliever. Heywood Broun
The moral foundations of a society do not extend only to its political system; they must extend to its economic system as well. America's commitment to capitalism is unquestionably the best example of this principle. Capitalism is not, contrary to what those on the left have tried to argue, an amoral system based on selfishness, greed, and exploitation. It is a moral system based on a biblical ethic. There is no other comparable system that has raised the standard of living of millions of people, created vast new wealth and resources, or inspired so many beneficial innovations and technologies. The wonderful thing about capitalism is that it does not discriminate against the poor, as so often has been charged; indeed, it is the only economic system that raises the poor out of poverty. Capitalism also allows nations that are not rich in natural resources to prosper. Margaret Thatcher
At the moment, our society does not permit human cloning. But that could change. Morgan Freeman
We try to make virtues out of the faults we have no wish to correct. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The road to Hades is the easiest to travel. Bion of Borysthenes
… as a rule capitalists and entrepreneurs are not saints excelling in the virtue of self-denial. But neither are their critics saintly. Ludwig von Mises
There is no such thing as a just and fair method of exercising the tremendous power that interventionism puts into the hands of the legislature and the executive. Ludwig von Mises
It is impossible for me, with any agreement to my sense of propriety, to accept any sort of compensation for services which I may endeavor to do upon a public account. Edmund Burke
Nothing deters a good man from what honor requires of him Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Action is the right outlet of emotion. Henry Ward Beecher
If someone has been paying you or employing you, it is very difficult to blow the whistle. It offends our sense of loyalty. George Loewenstein
History has put America in a position where its national security depends on its further moral growth. Robert Wright
Try spending a good chunk of your life as a reformer in the New York State Senate. See how you like it. Gail Collins
Some States just have a good political culture. It’s not all greed driven. Gail Collins
Louisiana showed up at the top of a study of political corruption that calculated the number of convictions per capita. Georgia came out as worst on a corruption risk report from the State Integrity Investigation, which measured factors like accountability, transparency and ethics enforcement. Gail Collins
Sex scandals, while embarrassing, are far less depressing than financial corruption. I would way rather have an important elected official who patronized prostitutes than one who spent $60,000 of the taxpayers’ money on sushi and lobster. Gail Collins
No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. John F. Kennedy
The art of power often involves brutality — and other offenses too. Jill Abramson
Anybody who covers Washington and Wall Street knows that there is an awesome amount of self-dealing, most of it perfectly legal. David Brooks
Mykola Lebed was of inestimable value to this agency…. He assisted in operations of great importance Allen Welsh Dulles
I was a partisan attack dog. There’s a lot of things that went down that I feel terrible about. Joseph Steffan
Every intelligence agency has contacts with unsavory characters. I don’t think you would get any denial from … the CIA that people in their … organization have contacts with members of groups that have different agendas from the government. But that doesn’t mean that that they are being directed or being approved or otherwise given a seal of approval. Hillary Clinton
… a creed of greed John Kerry
A senator should be held to a higher standard than Joe Six-Pack. Robert Byrd
None of us is pure or without flaw, but when those flaws damage the institution of the Senate, it is time to have the grace to go. But Senator [Robert W.] Packwood has chosen to do the opposite. He has chosen to stay in spite of the continuing damage he is doing. Robert Byrd
Even if you win the rat-race, you’re still a rat. William Sloane Coffin
Americans want their political candidates to want the job. They don't like what many of them do to get it, but they want them to want it. Jack Germond
In the cloning debate to come, the political lines will not be drawn cleanly. And those who we presuppose would be the most fearful of the concept of human cloning, may themselves be split into those who would want clones to be born if a woman were pregnant with the clone and those who would see a clone as an Anti-Christ or other evil that must be destroyed. Lewis D. Eigen
A movement without a vision is a movement without moral foundation. Nelson Mandela
Neither ethical lapses nor public corruption are commonplace, let alone tolerated.. William J. Howell
Virginia is for Lovers of unlimited political gifts, anything goes campaign spending, lax ethics rules, and minimal oversight. Marianne Seregi
Ethical issues are not always obvious and they never go away. Michelle King; Robert
It is the essence of responsibility to put the public good ahead of personal gain. Robert Kennedy
Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue. John Witherspoon
Behind every great fortune there is a crime. Honore de Balzac
If you really want to help your country, sometimes you have to make uncomfortable decisions. Anthony Horowitz
All [political] headquarters make these little mistakes … I was particularly interested to receive this, however, because it has such a startling heading, a quotation from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "That this nation [...] shall not perish from the earth." The inference of course, is that there is a possibility that the nation will perish if one of the candidates in the present campaign is elected! Eleanor Roosevelt
I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale. Wiliam Andrews Clark
The primary purpose of organized society is to enable everybody to get a living. Prestonia Mann Martin
No limit, no definition, may restrict the range or depth of the human spirit's passage into its own secrets or the world's. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Beholden to nobody Wilson had risen to his position through brainpower, wedding the complexity of his intellect with the simplicity of his faith, placing principles before politics, he followed his conscience, never first checking public opinion A. Scott Berg
Tensions plagued his [Woodrow Wilson’s] presidency--particularly the one between principal and pragmatism in United States foreign policy. This is perpetual and the defies resolution. Jeff Shesol
Once you open the toy box they will play with the toys Margaret Atwood
It was a morally representative act. Helms withheld the information because it would have cost him his job. John Moss Whitten
New developments in negative advertising like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth allow a campaign to hurl invective while shielding the candidate from any association with such strategies. David Mark
If the United States is to survive, long standing concepts of fair play must be reconsidered. James Harold Doolittle
Corruption has also proved difficult to root out because it is not simply a matter of the powerful preying on the weak.… graft and fraud can offer ways for a poor person to climb the socioeconomic ladder. Basharat Peer
The Central Intelligence Agency was interested in obtaining some factual information and data on the use and effect of various hallucinogens, including marijuana tetrahydrocannabinol and the then brand new LSD. Tests were made under both clinical and nonclinical conditions on both witting and unwitting subjects. George H. White
The ends do not justify the means. The means are the ends. Gloria Steinem
the high moral ones cost more because they give tone to a measure. Mark Twain
The ends do not always justify the means William Sloane Coffin
He’s on our side and that’s all that matters. Besides, one needn’t ask him to one’s club. Allen Dulles
Evil or atrocity often explodes from a furnace built from the steady accretion of small, unchallenged wrong. Neil Shea
In Washington, they [the politicians] do take money—I know it’s open, though it’s hard to identify—they take money from the same people they regulate. Now, in New York City, you would never get away with that … Michael Bloomberg
And when the guy [politician] says “Yes, I took money, but it didn’t influence my vote”? Oh, come on. The company that’s giving you the money thinks it is going to influence the vote. Why else would they give you the money? Michael Bloomberg
I don’t care how honest a man is. If he is timid, he is no good. Theodore Roosevelt
I have nothing but contempt for this. The tone seems to be similar across all banks Angela Merkel
If they saw the enormity of it up front, they might decide they have a choice. They might say that the cost to the taxpayer is too high. The deficit has to look big enough to be important but not too big that it spoils everything. John Bowe
If we are not anti-China, are we still human? Ai Weiwei
They shouldn’t, sir. You sold your souls and you’re going to continue selling them. You can be very moral and righteous in asking me that question sir, but there is not one of you in this room that’s going to turn down any of our money. You’re going to take it. I can only offer it…. We want to put our materials on the bodies of your athletes and the best way to do it is to buy your schools or buy your coach. Sonny Vaccaro
Power shifts your thinking from what is right and wrong to what is necessary Bill Moyers
I didn't accept it. I received it. Richard V. Allen
It's an old Washington tradition to dodge and weave when you're under interrogation. William Colby
With money we will get partisans, with partisans votes, and with votes money, is the maxim of our political pilferers. John C. Calhoun
The U.N. acts as the world's conscience. Shirley Temple
It is not true that people of high principle are ill-suited for politics. Vaclav Havel
He [the President] has the power, but that does not mean that he has the legitimate, constitutional right to use it. J. William Fulbright
Technical problems can be remediated. A dishonest corporate culture is much harder to fix. Bruce Schneier
In contriving any system of government, and fixing the several checks and controls of the constitution, every man ought to be supposed a knave, and to have no other end, in all his actions, than private interest. David Hume
The ages of greatest public spirit are not always eminent for private virtue. David Hume
Never underestimate the creativity of the American legal profession. Kenneth Feinberg
Many government officials have very high moral standards at the beginning of their duties, but after a while some officials sway from the right path and easily fall into the temptation of bribery and fraud. Jiang Yi-huah
American experimentation on humans continued during the Cold War in violation of the Nuremberg Code. Annie Jacobsen
Life on earth is a hand-to-hand mortal combat... between the law of love and the law of hate. Jose Marti
No man who believes that all is for the best in this suffering world can keep his ethical values unimpaired, since he is always having to find excuses for pain and misery. Bertrand Russell
I am sorry to say I do doubt the honesty of many men that are called good at home, that have given themselves up to serve a party. David Crockett
The Deputy Director of the CIA revealed that over thirty universities and institutions were involved in an "extensive testing and experimentation" program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens "at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign." Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to "unwitting subjects in social situations." At least one death, that of Dr. Olson, resulted from these activities. The Agency itself acknowledged that these tests made little scientific sense. The agents doing the monitoring were not qualified scientific observers Ted Kennedy
I view the [credit] ratings agencies as one of the key culprits. They were the party that performed the alchemy that converted the securities from F-rated to A-rated. The banks could not have done what they did without the complicity of the ratings agencies. Joseph Stiglitz
The world’s gravest conflicts are not over ethical principles or disputed values but over disputed facts. Robert Wright
Voter suppression is wrong even if it’s not racist. Any legislation that exists for the sole purpose of making it more difficult for an otherwise eligible person to vote is unethical. It’s straightforward cheating. Chuck Klosterman
Not just whether but how we find our way truly matters. Ira Katznelson
Recognizing past mistakes is a far cry from making reparations for them. Amaney A. Jamal
The people who generated great personal wealth in the process of creating this mess [the Great Recession]—bankers and financiers who invented products like mortgage-backed securities and credit default swaps—are now actively eschewing any responsibility for that problem by blaming the state for their mistakes. Mark Blyth
Existing [biological ethical] standards, in some cases regulated by government agencies in the United States and other developed countries, were a generation old and therefore outdated. Craig Venter
… work on synthetic biology, or synbio, had become so cheap that its practitioners were no longer classically trained biologists. This meant that there were no shared assumptions regarding the new field’s ethics, professional standards, or safety. Craig Venter
We ought never to do wrong when people are looking. Mark Twain
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. Mark Twain
When in doubt, tell the truth. Mark Twain
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain
… he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him. Abraham Lincoln
When you cut through the noise, what’s really at stake is how we remain true to who we really are in a world that is remaking itself at dizzying speed. Barack Obama
Laws are often made to express collective ethical principles, to establish a climate of opinion … Donald Sassoon
It’s clear that cracking the genetic code would be of significantly less benefit if we allow our moral code to become cracked as well. Al Gore
Lenin's conscience consisted in putting himself outside the boundaries of human conscience in all dealings with his foes; and in thus rejecting all principles of honesty he remained honest with himself. Victor Mikhailovich Chernov
The more advanced nations have laws recognizing the sanctity of property and the protection of person, but international laws and ethics have not kept pace with intra-national laws and ethics. Edward Mandell House
… the term "equality" as applied in Mexico has a very restricted meaning in comparison with the meaning given it in other parts of the world. In Mexico it means that all persons, regardless of learning, preparation or ethics, are equally qualified for governmental positions. Toribio Esquivel Obregon
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
I was not very wise to the ways of the world and did not realize this was wrong. Jim Thorpe
The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion Arthur C. Clarkee
They are playing politics at the expense of human misery. Herbert Hoover
My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter. Bertrand Russell
We have rebelled against all controls and religions, all laws and judgments which the mighty sought to foist upon us. We kept to our dedication and our missions. By these will the State be judged, by the moral character it imparts to its citizens, by the human values determining its inner and outward relations, and by its fidelity, in thought and act, to the supreme behest: "and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Here is crystallized the eternal law of Judaism, and all the written ethics in the world can say no more. The State will be worthy of its name only if its systems, social and economic, political and legal, are based upon these imperishable words. They are more than a formal precept which can be construed as passive or negative: not to deprive, not to rob, not to oppress, not to hurt. David Ben-Gurion
If there is one thing that our role models in this election have taught us, it's that omitting important information is completely different from lying. Scott Adams
In relations with other nations, there is neither right nor wrong; there is only strength and weakness. Roman Demoski
Opinions upon moral questions are more often the expression of strongly felt expediency than of careful ethical reasoning Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business. William Saroyan
The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth. Che Guevara
In our great cities there is plainly in evidence much wealth contrasted with much poverty and some of the wealth has been acquired or is used in a manner for which there is no moral justification. Theodore Roosevelt
No man ought to be condemned for exhorting people to pursue justice in a certain line, though he may foresee that in the pursuit of that justice the opposition given to those who are proceeding in a just course may produce collision, and that collision lead to the commission of crime; but our duty, as I conceive, is to seek for the injustice, and there to impute the crime… It is to that injustice, and not to those who pursue a just course for the attainment of a right end, that the guilt is to be ascribed. James Warren Doyle
The slaughter was continued all that day and the next, which extraordinary severity, I presume, was used to discourage others from making opposition. And truly I believe that this bitterness will save much effusion of blood. I am persuaded that this is a righteous judgment of God upon those barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands in so much innocent blood, and that it will tend to prevent the effusion of blood for the future which are the satisfactory grounds for such actions.] Edmund Ludlow
Education will never be raised to a level adequate to the demands of the present form of civilization--it is woefully inadequate now--till international ethical action raises it. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
An ethic is not international until it is internationally acknowledged and practiced as the rule, exceptions to which are visited with disgrace if not with punishment. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
Our preachers talk glibly of "introducing the Christian spirit into international relations. Do they realize what that involves? Do they realize that the introduction of the Christian spirit into international relations is impossible without the willingness of all nations to sacrifice their national interests for the sake of international interests of greater importance? …. Are they prepared to go to their government with that demand, or to fight the next election on that basis? If not, let them talk no more of introducing the Christian spirit into international relations. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
My philosophy is different than most of the people up here. I think if you do the right thing and you lose, you still did the right thing. I think if you do less than the right thing and win, it’s morally reprehensible. Tom Coburn
One of the most disconcerting phenomena of these times is the disparity between the enormous amount of idealist propaganda that goes on from pulpit, platform and press, and the inconsiderable effect that it seems to produce in the actual conduct of men and of nations. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
Our ethical values point one way, towards intergenerational responsibility, but our political system points another, towards the short-term horizon of the next election. We should consider introducing agents who can vote in a far-seeing and impartial way. Thomas Wells
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. Robert A. Heinlein
No man in our position and subject to our responsibilities, holding in his hands a weapon of such possibility for accomplishing the purpose and saving those lives, could have failed to use it and look his countrymen in the face. J. Robert Oppenheimer
We were at war and it was necessary and right for us to make [atomic] bombs. J. Robert Oppenheimer
The situation that exists among nations in their relations to one another is such that it tempts even those who ordinarily come far short of cynicism to say that there is no connection between ethics and international relations. John Dewey
It is the aim of public life to arrange that all forms of power are entrusted, so far as possible, to men who effectively consent to be bound by the obligation towards all human beings which lies upon everyone, and who understand the obligation. Simone Weil
Economic problems have no sharp edges. They shade off imperceptibly into politics, sociology, and ethics. Indeed, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the ultimate answer to every economic problem lies in some other field. Kenneth Ewart Boulding
We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right [individually] to appropriate a dollar of the public money. David Crockett
Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so. Theodore Parker
It is not enough to show me that a measure is expedient: you must show me also that it is right. Charles Sumner
The standard of what offends 'the common conscience of the community' conflicts ... with the command of the First Amendment. ... Certainly that standard would not be an acceptable one if religion, economics, politics or philosophy were involved. How does it become a constitutional standard when literature treating with sex is concerned? Any test that turns on what is offensive to the community's standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they don't like, provided the matter relates to 'sexual impurity' or has a tendency to 'excite lustful thoughts.' This is community censorship in one of its worst forms... William O. Douglas
In public life as in private life, a man of the very highest repute will occasionally go wrong.. Theodore Roosevelt
Signs everywhere now show a great moral awakening—the cleaning out of rotten business & still more rotten policies. But we’ve only begun! For the first time, men were questioning the fundamentals of democracy, inquiring whether we truly had self-government in America, or whether it had been corrupted by selfish interests. This questioning came not alone from what one might call the working class, but from middle America as well. Ray Stannard Baker
I have no more right to object to a man for holding a different opinion from mine than I have to differ with a man because he wears a wig and I wear my own hair; but if he takes his wig off and shakes the powder in my face, I shall consider it my duty to get quit of him as soon as possible.. John Wesley
I could not accept such a large sum from anyone outside my own family. William Howard Taft
I am willing to undergo the disadvantage in order to make certain that in the future we shall reduce the power of money in politics.. William Howard Taft
We have reached a crises in the history of this country when no man, however humble his rank or limited his influence, has a right to stand neutral.. Millard Fillmore
A scientist belongs to the world in times of peace but to his country in times of war. Fritz Haber
Poison gas meant that the war could be brought to an end sooner and thus reduce the number of casualties. Fritz Haber
Man must assume responsibility for the direction of his life and destiny. Felix Adler
Science is a magnificent force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm tossed human vessel. William Jennings Bryan
The great political questions are in their final analysis great moral questions. William Jennings Bryan
No man could earn a million dollars honestly. William Jennings Bryan
I will not eat dinner with that man [Richard M. Nixon]. W. Averell Harriman
I personally like Adams ... I respect him because of his personal and official integrity. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I want to give businessmen an honorable place but they make crooks out of themselves. Dwight D. Eisenhower
One's concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one's personal interest in the issue ... Any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical. Saul Alinsky
Gentlemen, in light of this discussion, I must really leave the room. I can't stay any longer. It wouldn't be proper for me to remain. Gerald R. Ford
There are two kinds of truth. There are real truths and there are made up truths. Marion Barry
You can't adopt politics as a profession and remain honest. Louis McHenry Howe
We could keep his body going, but it was trying its hardest to die. Jessica Nutik Zitter
He who speaks the truth must keep one foot in the stirrup. Turkish Proverb
Gingrich’s violation of House rules was not an inadvertent error. It was a systematic pattern of deception, carried out with hubris and defiance over several years. William Schneider
In Washington, and wherever two or more politicians may gather, he who does not get caught has ‘character’ and he who gets caught has none.. Jonathan Yardley
It is never exactly clear what makes something a quid or a quo. Max Ehrenfreund
War being the greatest of evils, all its accessories necessarily partake of the same character. Herman Melville
It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interest of the country. Hilaire Belloc
This question [torture] is not about our enemies; it is about us. We need not risk our national honor to prevail in any war. John McCain
Sometimes you have to do bad things to get into power so you can do good things when you get there. Paula Milne
Everyone has their price. You just have to find out what it is. J. Pierpont Morgan
Get the money out fast and do it honestly. Harry Hopkins
I myself have constantly refused to print anything that might countenance vice or promote immorality, though … I might have gotten much money. Benjamin Franklin
In 1984, one out of four campaign dollars was budgeted for accountants and lawyers to circumvent—or comply with—the law. Mitch McConnell
Spending limits have proven a monumental failure at limiting campaign spending in presidential elections, merely diverting the money underground. Mitch McConnell
You’ve got to help people that are downtrodden and poor, and I just think that that’s part of our culture. You’ve got to help people that can’t help themselves. John Kasich
Lee Atwater [Republican National Committee Chairman] saw politics as a cutthroat game and didn't mind holding the blade. David Gergen
If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to prevent it and to damn the consequences. Alfred Milner
Politics is so corrupt that even the dishonest people get fucked. George Carlin
They constantly try to escape From the darkness outside and within By dreaming of systems so perfect That no one will need to be good. T. S. Eliot
In an age when immense technological advances have created lethal weapons which could be, and are, used by the powerful and the unprincipled to dominate the weak and the helpless, there is a compelling need for a closer relationship between politics and ethics at both the national and international levels…. But as long as there are governments whose authority is founded on coercion rather than on the mandate of the people, and interest groups which place short-term profits above long-term peace and prosperity, concerted international action to protect and promote human rights will remain at best a partially realized struggle. There will continue to be arenas of struggle where victims of oppression have to draw on their own inner resources to defend their inalienable rights as members of the human family. Aung San Suu Kyi
It’s frightening. Our politics, because of him [Donald Trump], is defending to a level of a third world country. There’s just nothing beneath him. Vin Weber
If I'm elected, at the end of four years or eight years I hope the people will say, "You know, Jimmy Carter made a lot of mistakes, but he never told a lie." Jimmy Carter
Just because you can say things that are uncivil does not mean that your should say things that are uncivil. Andrew Solomon
[Should we] pry intimately into the lives of an undefended and appallingly damaged group of human beings, an ignorant and helpless rural family, for the purpose of parading the nakedness, disadvantage and humiliation of these lives before another group of human beings, in the name of science, of ‘honest journalism”? James Agee
I would guess that you have taught your own children many, if not all of the life lessons listed below. Lessons such as: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” “Don’t bully other people.” “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” “When you’re wrong, it’s okay to admit it.” “Learn to say you’re sorry.” “Don’t make fun of other peoples physical appearances.” “Love yourself (okay you don’t need help with this one) so you can learn to love others.” (you however may need some work on this one.) Jeff Valdez
Companies that are owners and producers of oil, natural gas, or coal reserves are excluded from our mutual funds. As inverstors we are not simply passive actors. Each investment is a decision to allocate capital. We should be mindful or the wider implications. This is particualrly true for climate change, which places all life at risk. We are now living on a planet whose atmosphere ahs changed int one that no human being has ever excperienced before. Amy Domini
“There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts. Scottie Nell Hughes
There are the good and bad and every morrally ambiguous shade in between. Matt Vella
The Lords punish evil, I execute their judgement. When I raise the sword, I wish the sinner everlasting life. Anonymous
Manditory minimums were almost always excessive, and they made me feel unethical, even dirty. Shira Scheindlin
The fact that the United States, with less than 5 percent of the world's population incarcerates 25% of the world's prisoners is largly due to manditory minimum sentences. Shira Scheindlin
Even if we Moslems believe that we have been the victims of crimes, we should not commit crimes in retaliation. It makes a mockery of our ethical and moral system. Omar Saif Ghobash
A free enterprise system that is not underlaid with values is bankrupt. Michael Novak
A perception of a conflict of interest is jsut as bad as a conflict of interest, Eric Swalwell
The whole history of the world has been the struggle between the selfish and the unselfish. Garson Kanin
Look at all the guilty pleas and contradictions from there. The White House is full of liars. Jerry Brown
New technologies are often met with skepticism. But if the world is to continue the remarkable progress of the past few decades, it is vital that scientists, subject to safety and ethics guidelines, be encouraged to continue taking advantage of such promising tools as CRISPR. Bill Gates
Autonomous weapons are the worst possiblity for an Aitificial Intelligence application. I don't even want a single gun to be automomous.... We should ahve laws against autonomous weapons. One of the major problems with autonomous weapons is that they become the enemy's arsenal when the software is hacked and that always happens sooner or later. D. Scott Phoenix
Major General Thomas Jesup has committed an unprecedented violation of that sacred rule which has ever been recognized by every nation, civilized and uncivilized, of treating with all due respect those who had ever presented themselves under a flag of truce before the enemy, for the purpose of proposing the termination of warfare. John Ross
You could have two world leaders that are business partners, It makes it almost impossible to conduct diplomacy in an even handed manner. That does not work. Richard W. Painter

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