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Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language. Hilaire Belloc
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
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country. Karl Kraus
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. Albert Camus
No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals. Belva Lockwood
Quite frequently, economic needs may compel people to act against their best impulses, even strongly felt natural values. Murray Bookchin
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
[The] doctrine of the total depravity of man makes it plain that the moral consciousness of man as he is today cannot be the source of information about what is ideal good or about what is the standard of the good.... No man living can even put the moral problem as he ought to put it, or ask the moral questions as he ought to ask them, unless he does so in the light of Scripture. Cornelius Van Til
We cannot re-write the whole of history for the purpose of gratifying our moral sense of what should be. Oscar Wilde
I support the death penalty morally and philosophically…. But if we have a death penalty it must be administered impartially and fairly and it is not. Richard Land
A budget is a moral document. Jim Wallis
The destiny of civilized humanity depends more than ever on the moral forces it is capable of generating. Albert Einstein
The American color bar, unless speedily removed, will be the rock on which our international Good Neighbor policy and our pious claims to moral leadership will founder. Charles Hamilton Houston
Most of us believe that we are morally bound to live as long as we can and to help our neighbors do the same. Bill Clinton
Damn democracy. It is a fraudulent term used, often by ignorant persons but no less often by intellectual fakers, to describe an infamous mixture of socialism, miscegenation, graft, confiscation of property and denial of personal rights to individuals whose virtuous principles make them offensive. Westbrook Pegler
The profound influence of religion on American politics is vital, but it is best when indirect: on the morals, habits, and souls of individual Americans; on the political climate and the principals that should guide policy, rather than on specific policies themselves… Richard Nixon
Everything, everything in war is barbaric…But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being. Ellen Karolina Sofia Key
While all of us have been impoverished spiritually by this stigma upon our nation, minority groups of color such as the Blacks, the American Indians, and the Mexican-Americans have borne the brunt of this malady Greek Orthodox Church
This country was founded by individuals who worked together for the common good. Betty Castor
I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets. If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles. Eugene V. Debs
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
Let's observe how low did public morality stoop: people do not give to charity anymore, nor do they respect property which we entrusted to them. Males obey females, filial loyalty disappears when children get married. Men drink wine, clad in silk. They associate with musicians and belly dancers Ali Belhadj
The Europeans do not respect human rights alone but go further and defend animal rights in the manner of that tart Brigitte Bardot. They even defend vegetation rights like those of trees in public parks. Indeed they equate liberty and permissiveness, notably in sexual matters. Ali Belhadj
I have never regarded politics as an arena of morals. It is the arena of interests. Aneurin Bevan
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
Self-respect and prosperity are the most effective guardian of morals. Louis D. Brandeis
Men moralize among ruins. Benjamin Disraeli
It is not the Bible that produced religion and morals, but religion and morals that produced the Bible. William E. Gladstone
Man cannot maintain his morals when he has no ordinary means of living. Kenko Hoshi
I fear … that morals do not of necessity advance hand in hand with the sciences. Thomas Jefferson
It may not have been fair, but it changed history. Rupert Murdoch
I was sorely exercised in going to their courts to cry for justice, in speaking and writing to judges and justices to do justly; in warning such as kept public houses for entertainment that they should not let people have more drink than would do them good; in testifying against wakes, feasts, May-games, sports, plays, and shows, which trained up people to vanity and looseness, and led them from the fear of God; and the days set forth for holidays were usually the times wherein they most dishonoured God by these things. George Fox
I felt certain that the secrets of Washington would quickly become known and that our nation would be swept with moral indignation and revulsion when Americans saw exposed to the light of day even a small part of the foul record of the diseased creature that had squatted in the White House for so many years, surrounded by his appalling gang of degenerates, traitors, and alien subversives Revilo P. Oliver
This is a world in which only the strong and resolute nations survive, while the weak, especially the morally weak, who babble about brotherhood and peace, are biologically degenerate and doomed to extinction. Revilo P. Oliver
We shall never be able to think rationally about our own survival until we have the courage to say, in our own minds: We are Americans, White men of the West. This is our country because we took it from the Indians. And we have an unquestionable right to this country so long as we have the power and will to defend it. Revilo P. Oliver
Nor can any man that is conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms in any case be justly compelled thereto if he will pay such equivalent. Delaware
Markets work; morals matter. Michael Barone
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
It is not only a moral imperative that we cover everybody (with insured heath care), it has become an economic necessity. Hillary Clinton
In every generation good men have been perplexed by the paradoxical relation between moral and economic values. Herbert A. L. Fisher
He that sells his corn in a town pressed with famine at the utmost rate he can get for it does no unjustice against the common rule of traffic, yet if he carry it away unless they will give him more than they are able, or extorts so much from their present necessity as not to leave them the means of subsistence afterwards, he offends against the common rule of charity as a man John Locke
Evil, by definition, is that which endangers the good, and the good is that which we perceive as a value. Konrad Lorenz
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
It seems to me a very unjust thing to take away a man's life for [stealing] a little money; for nothing in the world can be of equal value with a man's life: and if it is said that it is not for the money that one suffers, but for his breaking the law, I must say extreme justice is an extreme injury; for we ought not to approve of these terrible laws that make the smallest offences capital, nor of that opinion of the Stoics that makes all crimes equal, as if there were no difference to be made between the killing a man and the taking his purse, between which, if we examine things impartially, there is no likeness nor proportion. God has commanded us not to kill, and shall we kill so easily for a little money? Thomas More
If we consider how easy it is to elude the Laws of man, to commit unproveable crimes, to corrupt and divert Testimonies, to wrest the sense and meaning of the Laws, etc. there follows a necessity of contributing towards a public Charge, wherewith to have men instructed in the Laws of God, that take notice of evil thoughts and designs, and much more of secret deeds, and that punisheth eternally in another world, what man can but slightly chastise in this. William Petty
In the case of Fornications, most of the punishments not made by pecuniary mulcts and commuted, are but shame. William Petty
Her paternal cousin can cut her braid. Arab Proverb
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 anti-slavery feeling has got to be so great at the North that the owners of slave property in these States have a presentiment that it is a doomed institution, and the instincts of self-interest impels them to get rid of that property which is doomed. The consequence is, that it will go down lower and. lower, until it all gets to the Cotton States--until it gets to the bottom. There is the weight of a continent upon it forcing it down. Henry Lewis Benning
History is a cruel tutor because its lessons are often so contradictory. Fred Charles Ikle
Slavery, like all other great systems of wrong, founded in the depths of human selfishness, and existing for ages, has not neglected its own conservation. It has steadily exerted an influence upon all around it favorable to its own continuance. And to-day it is so strong that it could exist, not only without law, but even against law. Custom, manners, morals, religion, are all on its side everywhere in the South; and when you add the ignorance and servility of the ex-slave to the intelligence and accustomed authority of the master, you have the conditions, not out of which slavery will again grow, but under which it is impossible for the Federal government to wholly destroy it, unless the Federal government be armed with despotic power, to blot out State authority, and to station a Federal officer at every cross-road. This, of course, cannot be done, and ought not even if it could. Frederick Douglass
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
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
History does have a moral. Henry Wiencek
A lasting peace cannot be founded on force, but only on a moral order. Leopold III
Much legislation is moral legislation because it conditions the action and the thought of the nation in broad and important spheres of life. George Will
Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government. Denis Diderot
It is possible to fight a war with undiminished respect for the rights of the enemy individual. Indeed, that is the duty of every soldier. But the terrorist must disregard this duty and disobey the law of war. His feelings towards the individual are abolished by his loathing of the group, and it is this—rather than his cowardice, cruelty, or intemperate hate—that constitutes his true moral corruption. Roger Scruton
Everything we do as teachers has moral overtones. Nel Noddings
A liberal is one who says that it's all right for an 18-year-old girl to perform in a pornographic movie as long as she gets paid the minimum wage. Irving Kristol
My doctrines, sir, on the slavery question, are the doctrines of my ancestors, modified as they were by themselves in an act of confederation. In this one respect, they left society in the political condition in which they found it--a reform would have been fearful and calamitous--a political revolution with one class was morally impracticable. Consulting a wise humanity, they submitted to the condition in which Providence had placed them; they settled the question in the deep foundations of the Constitution Churchill C. Cambreleng
It's a poor kind of man that won't fight for his own freedom. Alice Childress
The law exists to express our values. Joseph I. Lieberman
Poverty, and material and moral misery, are everywhere. There is little to cheer us. Unfortunately, this is the true state of the country. It’s not our fault: unthinking rulers, ignorant of the way of the world, have run this country for years, not to say centuries, and reduced a paradise to this sorry state. Most of our officials are inexperienced and at a loss. Our poor people have ability, but they have fallen under the influence of superstitions which have been presented as sacred dogma. Kemal Ataturk
Shall I ask the brave soldier who fights by my side in the cause of mankind, if our creeds agree? Thomas Moore
It is against all canons of morality and civilization and the teachings of Islam that we should harm the weak. On the contrary it is the duty of every Mussalman to protect the minorities in spite of whatever provocation there may be. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The defense of morals is the battle-cry which best rallies stupidity against change. Alfred North Whitehead
The period of Prohibition … brought on the greatest breakdown of law and order the United States has known until today. I think there is a lesson here. Do not regulate the private morals of people. Do not tell them what they can take or not take. Because if you do, they will become angry and antisocial and they will get what they want from criminals who are able to work in perfect freedom because they have paid off the police. Gore Vidal
Victorian values…were the values when our country became great. Margaret Thatcher
No one would have remembered the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well. Margaret Thatcher
If the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and press is to mean anything, it must allow protests even against the moral code that the standard of the day sets for the community. William O. Douglas
Young girls have been infected by television programs and have become sex addicts…. Young women should not laugh in public. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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
Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent or vital has lasted. Everything I was sure or taught to be sure was impossible, has happened. Winston Churchill
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
In the amenities of life our hoydenish young people are pitifully lacking. Nothing but discipline can give poise, firmness, self-confidence, steadiness, control; nothing can be more beneficial to the youth than to be taught promptness, self-mastery, erect carriage, alertness, cleanliness, obedience, respect, loyalty. Our practice of turning out our young people, raw, uncouth, penniless — into a competitive world to scramble fiercely for a living — cannot give them the real discipline in morals and manners which they need. Nothing can atone for this early lack. Prestonia Mann Martin

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