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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
A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies. Alfred Lord Tennyson
All universal moral principles are idle fancies. Marquis de Sade
Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. Vaclav Havel
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. George Haven Putnam
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
The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people. Ron Paul
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
I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world. Malcolm Bradbury
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan
From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned. Charles Sumner
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior. Friedrich Durrenmatt
No public man can be just a little crooked. Herbert Hoover
We must never lose sight of the fact that the law has a moral foundation, and we must never fail to ask ourselves not only what the law is, but what the law should be. Anthony Kennedy
We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love. Ellen Key
There is a higher law than the Constitution. William H. Seward
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 highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. Charles Darwin
We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity. Isadora Duncan
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy. Herbert Spencer
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right. Isaac Asimov
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill
Public opinion is a second conscience. William R. Alger
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
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
There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience. Hartley William Shawcross
A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. Russell Baker
In a constitutional democracy the moral content of law must be given by the morality of the framer or legislator, never by the morality of the judge. Robert Bork
Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong. Adolf Hitler
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it. Denis Diderot
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
We can endure neither our vices nor the remedies for them. Livy
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
We are not angels. Nor are we the devils you have made us out to be. Slobodan Milosevic
When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. Isaac Bashevis Singer
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world. George H. W. Bush
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. Voltaire
It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion. Gerald R. Ford
The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers. William Lloyd Garrison
Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests. C. Wright Mills
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. Oscar Wilde
I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience. Shelley Winters
Those who tortured me had no right to inflict such humiliation on a human being, physically upon my person, and morally upon themselves. Djamila Bouhired
You do what you think is right and let the law catch up. Thurgood Marshall
The Crusaders who slaughtered their way to Jerusalem in 1099 were as Christian as the Christians of the Renaissance and of today. Hisham Melhem
We are really living in a culturally, post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend upon no longer exist. Rod Dreher
You went online, to use a fisherman's expression, trolling for women to meet and have sex with. That seems to be part of our culture now: Meet, hook up, have sex, sayonara. Totally inappropriate behavior. There is no excuse for this whatsoever. Dennis M. Wiley
Young people are told that they are standing up for Christ and resisting America's sexualized culture by claiming virginity as a countercultural, radical stance. Amy DeRogatis
The issue of wealth inequality is ... the great moral issue of our time. Bernie Sanders
It is a risky step to interfere with the most intimate details of other people's lives while loudly claiming liberty for yourself. Douglas Laycock
The phrase 'religious liberty' has become an overused talisman. Most of the invocations lately have nothing to do with actual infringements of free exercise [of religion]. They're about political and cultural dissent from gay rights. Steve Sanders
Caution. Caution is nothing but cowardice! John Brown
Die fearlessly at the hands of your neighbors without fighting back to shame Muslims by your moral example.. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Moral teaching should always be used as a gift and not a cudgel.... It is important that we all be able to share our moral viewpoints without hurting each other. That is what is wrong with political discourse today. Arthur C. Brooks
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
I have a question for those who attacked her! . . . The question is whether you think that after shooting an unarmed and innocent school-going girl you have the right to call yourself a Muslim? Hamid Mir
... advancing against disease, hunger and poverty ... are ... the moral purpose of American influence. George W. Bush
Reg meetings – dirty tricks dept. use of power of WH more ruthlessly in deadly battle – use all weapons. H. R. Haldeman
Come up with a few examples from the Bible – or from history, or from whatever – that kind of show, you know, how when you've made a mess, you can do the best you can to clean it up, you make it right the best you can, and you keep going. Mark Sanford
When you join the CIA, you have to make some peace with whether you are comfortable psychologically and philosophically, with the use of force and using it clandestinely. Jack Devine
No man has the right to initiate the use of physical force against others. Ayn Rand
How many more [murders of abortion providers] is it going to take before we finally realize that legalized abortion in fact will destroy the United States of America? What do you expect people to do who literally understand that these people are making a living killing babies? Well, the evidence is at hand. There are people out there who will go and blow their brains out. Neal Horsley
I think that the mother killing the two children in South Carolina vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things. The only way you get change is to vote Republican. Newt Gingrich
From the beginning when I founded Operation Rescue, the vision was not solely to end child-killing; the vision was to recapture the power bases of America, for child- killing to be the first domino, if you will, to fall in a series of dominoes. My feeling was, and still is, once we mobilize the momentum, the manpower, the money, and all that goes with that to make child-killing illegal, we will have sufficient moral authority and moral force and momentum to get the homosexual movement back in the closet, to get the condom pushers in our schools to be back on the fringes of society. Randall Terry
I have no regrets. I think we did right, and we couldn't have done differently. In wartime, it was a desperate time .... When you are in a war to the death, I don't think you stand around and ask, is it right? Leona Marshall Libby
I certainly do recall how I felt when the atomic bombs were used. My brother-in-law was captain of the first minesweeper scheduled into Sasebo Harbor. My brother was a Marine, with a flame thrower, on Okinawa. I'm sure these people would not have lasted in an invasion. It was pretty clear the war would continue, with half a million of our fighting men dead not to say how many Japanese. You know and I know that General [Curtis] LeMay firebombed Tokyo and nobody even mentions the slaughter that happened then. Leona Marshall Libby
Of all forms of prestige, moral prestige is the most valuable, and no statesman should forget that one of the chief elements of British power is the moral weight that is behind it. William Edward Hartpole Lecky
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
free will is a theologian's artifice. Friedrich Nietzsche
The institution of religion exists only to keep mankind in order ... Voltaire
Sexual intercourse is a momentary affair, terminating in exhaustion and disgust. If it begins in the spirit, it soon ends in the flesh; i. e., the amative, which is spiritual, is drowned in the propagative, which is sensual. The exhaustion which follows naturally breeds self-reproach and shame, and this leads to dislike and concealment of the sexual organs, which contract disagreeable associations from the fact that they are the instruments of pernicious excess. This undoubtedly is the philosophy of the origin of shame after the fall. Adam and Eve first sunk the spiritual in the sensual, in eating the forbidden fruit; and then, having lost the true balance of their natures, they sunk the spiritual in the sensual in their intercourse with each other, by pushing prematurely beyond the amative to the propagative, and so became ashamed, and began to look with an evil eye on the instruments of their folly. John Humphrey Noyes
The Confederate Cromwell Anonymous
Boycotting: A Matter of Christian Stewardship and Personal Holiness…. A boycott is one of the very few means that the Christian community has of visibly and audibly expressing a united concern regarding the debasing of human life American Decency Association
The only moral Foundation of Government is the Consent of the People. But to what an Extent Shall We carry this Principle? Shall We Say, that every Individual of the Community, old and young, male and female, as well as rich and poor, must consent, expressly to every Act of Legislation? No, you will say. This is impossible. How then does the Right arise in the Majority to govern the Minority, against their Will? Whence arises the Right of the Men to govern Women, without their Consent? Whence the Right of the old to bind the Young, without theirs. John Adams
The important thing is to do the right thing. Then credibility will follow. Henry A. Kissinger
The part of the system which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States, was adopted by a great majority of the convention, and without much debate; however, there were some members so unfashionable as to think, that a belief of the existence of a Deity, and of a state of future rewards and punishments would be some security for the good conduct of our rulers. Martin Luther
It is our unhappiness, in this time of danger, to have too many Calvinistic politicians, who seem to think their country will be saved by good words and warm faith, without concomitant exploits … Robert Treat Paine
Many religious people are deeply suspicious. They seem — for purely religious purposes, of course — to know more about iniquity than the unregenerate. Rudyard Kipling
The possibility of a liberal capitalist democracy in South Africa is exactly nil. The racialist propaganda amongst the whites and their desire to maintain what they imagine to be a profitable situation makes it utterly unthinkable that there can be a political alignment that favours a liberal white group. In any case the political immorality, cowardice and vacillation of the so—called progressives amongst the whites render them utterly useless as a force against fascism. Joe Matthews
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
Congress called a special session to debate the treatment of a woman in a persistent vegetative state on a day that 20,000 children died in the third world. Jeffrey Sachs
I think the Right has made a serious mistake in adopting a moral-values strategy, because they’re winning in the short run. But in the long run, they’re going to lose this debate because they won’t be able to restrict it to two issues (abortion & gay marriage). Once you open that door to a values conversation, it’s going to undercut a right-wing economic agenda, which values wealth over work and favors the rich over the poor, or resorts to war as the first resort and not the last. Jim Wallis
We didn’t have a moral majority in America. If we did, Clinton would have been impeached. Paul Weyrich
Men could not be prohibited from marrying more than one woman. A man's first wife could be barren, or seriously ill; he may love her yet want children. In other cases, it is possible to imagine that a woman has no money and no place to go to if her husband divorces her. Islamic regulations allow men to marry more than one woman, under the conditions set down by Islam. Zeinab Radwan
We cannot have homeless people in our society. It's just wrong. Adrienne Clarkson
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
These end of life decisions are so difficult and so personal that government ought to stay out of it. Vic Snyder
In a chaotic world, fundamentalism can be a moral compass. Irshad Manji
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
44 percent of the American People actually believe that Jesus, a historical figure, is sometime in the next 50 years, going to come down from the sky like some superhero, get the bad guys, and all will be right with the world. Sam Harris
There is nothing specific we have to believe in order to have moral and spiritual lives. Sam Harris
In the interval between the defeat of the patriot cause and the last revolution, he resided in the capital, and in a society not remarkable for strict morals, he was distinguished for his immorality... To judge him from his public papers, I do not think him a man of talents. He is prompt, bold and decisive, and not scrupulous about the means he employs to obtain his ends. Joel Roberts Poinsett
… being a man of loose morals and intemperate habits House of Representatives
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. Oscar Wilde
The wrong and unjust interpretations of the New Testament relating to the Jewish people and their supposed guilt (In Christ's death) circulated for too long, engendering sentiments of hostility toward this people. This contributed to a lulling of consciences, so that when Europe was engulfed by a wave of persecutions inspired by a pagan anti-Semitism...the spiritual resistance of many was not what humanity had a right to expect from the disciples of Christ. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
Those that the Muslims killed were not really killed by them. It was Allah who did the killing. Muhammad
Never should a believer kill a believer; but by mistake. Muhammad
Conscience? Great souls do not worry themselves with such little details Aaron Burr
Be these people either Conservatives or Socialists, Yellows or Reds, the most important thing is … that all of them are right in the plain and moral sense of the word. . . I ask whether it is not possible to see in the present social conflict of the world an analogous struggle between two, three, five equally serious verities and equally generous idealisms? I think it is possible, and that is the most dramatic element in modern civilization, that a human truth is opposed to another human truth no less human, ideal against ideal, positive worth against worth no less positive, instead of the struggle being as we are so often told, one between noble truth and vile selfish error. Karel Capek
A nation must be strong in spirit, knowledge, science and morals. Military strength comes last…Today it is not enough to have arms in hand in order to take one’s place in the world. Kemal Ataturk
We have a moral imperative to keep up the search for something better than mutual assured destruction. James D. Watkins
We have defined decency down. Daniel P. Moynihan
… white males, between the ages of 16 and 50, of good moral character, believers in the existence of a Supreme Being, in favor of separation of church and state, and supporters of free education through the Public School System. Junior Order United American Mechanics; JOUAM
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
Eloquent as your speech was, it fails to meet the entire approval of those you love best. Compromises based on the idea that the preservation of the Union is more important than the liberty of nearly 4,000,000 human beings cannot be right. The alteration of the Constitution to perpetuate slavery—the enforcement of a law to recapture a poor, suffering fugitive…these compromises cannot be approved by God or supported by good men… Frances Seward
Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code. Anthony Kennedy
We must take, and continue to take, morally hazardous actions to preserve our civilization. We must exercise our power. But we ought neither to believe that a nation is capable of perfect disinterestedness in its exercise nor become complacent about particular degrees of interest and passion which corrupt the justice by which the exercise of power is legitimized. Reinhold Niebuhr
The difference between the Republican and the Democratic parties on the leading issue of this contest is, that the former consider slavery a moral, social and political wrong, while the latter do not consider it either a moral, social or political wrong; and the action of each…is squared to meet these views. Abraham Lincoln
Judge Taney can do many things, but he cannot…change the essential nature of things—making evil good, and good, evil. Frederick Douglass
At the time the Constitution was adopted, the plain unmistakable spirit of that age, towards slavery, was hostility to the principle, and toleration, only by necessity. Abraham Lincoln
Abortion is a social evil to be avoided. Anibal Cavaco Silva
According to the U. N. Charter, the Secretary General is the chief administrative officer, not its chief moralizer. John Bolton
The end of all political struggle is to establish morality as the basis for all legislation. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sword the world affords. Theodore Roosevelt
Christ would not vote for Barack Obama, because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved Alan Keyes
I do not believe the president’s sex life is any of our business. After 30 years of political reporting I have been unable to establish a link between marital fidelity and high performance in public office. It really doesn’t matter who they screw in private as long as they don’t screw the public. Molly Ivins
What we want is a moral revolution, not one that people associate with street riots and the disorganization of life. A transformation of attitudes that will introduce normal, moral order in the functioning of the state. An order whereby honesty is a positive value, and dishonesty a negative one. Lech Kaczynski
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
People in Washington do things that they shouldn’t do because they owe somebody. Art Buchwald
Do you know that Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert? Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper, before his marriage, habitually practiced celibacy. George Smathers
A lack of moral clarity is also the tragedy that has befallen efforts to advance peace and security in the world. Promoting peace and security is fundamentally connected to promoting freedom and democracy. Natan Sharansky
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
He who helps the guilty, shares the crime. Publius Syrus
The passions of men are in themselves no sin. No more are the actions that proceed from those passions until they know that a law forbids them, which till laws be made, they cannot know. Thomas Hobbes
All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away Mahavir; Niggantha Nathaputta
The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles Mohandas K. Gandhi
Men never do good unless necessity drives them to it. Niccolo Machiavelli
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
The great majority of women are more intelligent, better educated, and far more moral than multitudes of men whose right to vote no man questions. Lucy Stone
If this trade --- slavery --- admits of a moral or a rational justification, every crime, even the most atrocious, may be justified. John Wesley
Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace? You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are child-killers? No one has a moral right to tell us to talk to child killers. Vladimir Putin
Terrorists are dangerous, not because they are immoral or amoral but because they are hyper moral. They justify their behavior in profoundly moral language. John Brady Kiesling
That which we call sin in others, we call experiment in ourselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson
State Universities are breeding grounds, quite literally, for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, homosexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, alcoholism, and drug abuse. James Dobson
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
There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong. Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for. W. E. B. Du Bois
If right were really right it would differ so clearly from not right that there would be no need for argument. Zhuangzi
There are deeds, crimes that may be forgiven. But this is not one of them. Walt Whitman
Is there any wonder that there can be no peace in a world where everything possible is done to guarantee that the youth of every nation will grow up absolutely without moral and religious discipline, and without the shadow of an interior life, or of that spirituality, charity and faith which alone can safeguard the treaties and agreements made by governments? Thomas Merton
… the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart – and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains…an unuprooted small corner of evil. Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Book of Proverbs; Solomon
The just man walks in his integrity Book of Proverbs; Solomon
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes Book of Proverbs; Solomon
“… it is sheer moral perversity to equate the inconsistencies of a democratic civilization with the brutalities which modern tyrannical states practice. Reinhold Niebuhr
Let there arise out from among you a party inviting to all that is good; enjoying what is right and forbidding what is wrong: they are the ones to attain felicity Muhammad
One lesson of history is that moral force counts. Nicholas Kristof
It is our responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the instruction of the church and its members. Presbyterian Church
The political is the moral and the moral is the political. Ben Stein
Technological advances have brought our nation to a point where momentous public choices are inescapable. Hugh Heclo
If Catholic moral doctrines have changed, how can the church still claim to preach the same message Jesus and his disciples did? Peter Steinfels
Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
The moral problem of our day is concerned with the love of money, with the habitual appeal to the money motive in nine-tenths of the activities of life… John Maynard Keynes
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
Government scientists need protections so that they are not forced to choose between violating their scientific ethics or losing their job. Lexi Shultz
Elections, like economic competition, produce winners, but these are not necessarily the best candidates, morally speaking. Shri J.M. Lyngdoh
We can no longer regard the UN Resolution of the 29th of November as having any moral force. After the UN failed to implement its own resolution, we regard the resolution of the 29th of November concerning Jerusalem to be null and void David Ben-Gurion
In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society…. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. United Nations
We see political leaders replacing moral imperatives with a Southern strategy. John Lindsay
If there is no struggle there is no progress…. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Frederick Douglass
If the government is in jeopardy, it is not because we are unable to cope with revolutionary situations. Jeopardy means that either the leaders or the people do not realize they have all the tools required to make the revolution come true. The tools and the opportunity exist. Only the moral imagination is missing. William O. Douglas
It imperils what I conceive to be the underlying, the very first principles of this Republic. It is in conflict with the right of our people to govern themselves free from all restraint, legal or moral, of foreign powers.... William E. Borah
Democracy is something more, vastly more, than a mere form of government by which society is restrained into free and orderly life. It is a moral entity, a spiritual force, as well. And these are things which live only and alone in the atmosphere of liberty. William E. Borah
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
What may, under proper judicial safeguards, sometimes be justifiable and moral measures against the enemies of the democratic system, can never be legitimately employed against one's (political) opponents within that democratic system without calling all the axioms of democracy into question. Sidney Hook
To govern is to increase and spread morality, education, and happiness. Napoleon Bonaparte
Men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it. When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor. Frederic Bastiat
You say: "Here are persons who are lacking in morality or religion," and you turn to the law. But law is force. And need I point out what a violent and futile effort it is to use force in the matters of morality and religion? Frederic Bastiat
The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis for our War on Terrorism. Colin Powell
While history informs us of the organic nature of the state, it at the same time gives us to understand that the state does not stand in the same rank with the lower vegetable and animal organisms, but is of a higher order. History represents the state as a moral-spiritual organism, as a great body that is capable of taking into itself the feelings and thoughts of the people, expressing them as law, and realizing them as deed. It acquaints us with the moral qualities, with the character of single states. It ascribes to the state a personality which has endowed its own will with spirit and body, and made it known.... Johann Kaspar Bluntschli
Our Ancestors founded their government on morality and religious sentiment. They were brought hither by their high veneration of the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate it with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influences through all their institutions, civil, political, social, and educational. Daniel Webster
Pluralism is political polytheism…. a unitary society cannot assimilate a welter of competing, incommensurate moral claims. Gary North
No people in the world ever did achieve their freedom by goody-goody talk and moral suasion. Mark Twain
Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. Chinese Proverb
Republican government loses half its value where the moral and social duties are ... negligently practiced. Noah Webster
When a soldier goes to war he has to have a moral justification for killing the other side. Stephen Mansfield
America sponsors a revolution that destroys morals, curricula, religion, values, and everything related to Islam and to the values of manliness. Mahmoud Kharabshe
The destiny of civilized humanity depends more than ever on the moral forces it is capable of generating. Albert Einstein
There is a group that argues that we cannot criticize others because our ancestors did bad things. Douglas Murray
When Saddam Hussein buried 300,000 Shiites and Kurds alive, we did not hear a single Muslim protesting. Your silence served to acknowledge the legitimacy of these killings Wafa Sultan
America has always viewed the entire world through one kind of eye-glasses--that of American interests. Sa Al-Buti
The foundations of society have cracked as a result of the revolutionary reforms....The definitions and boundary lines of good and evil have disappeared. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Morals are an acquirement -- like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis -- no man is born with them. Mark Twain
It is impossible to design a constitution that is so perfect that no one has to be good. Robert Bork
These people are becoming very sensible of the baneful effects produced on their morals, their health and existence, by the abuse of ardent spirits, and some of them earnestly desire a prohibition of that article from being carried among them. The legislature will consider whether the effectuating that desire would not be in the spirit of benevolence and liberality which they have hitherto practiced toward these our neighbors, and which has had so happy an effect toward conciliating their friendship. Thomas Jefferson
Our president and secretary of state speak with great moral clarity but have no moral authority. Thomas Friedman
Considering history as a moral exercise, her lessons would be too infrequent if confined to real life. Of those recorded by historians few incidents have been attended with such circumstances as to excite in any high degree this sympathetic emotion of virtue. We are, therefore, wisely framed to be as warmly interested for a fictitious as for a real personage. The spacious field of imagination is thus laid open to our use, and lessons may be formed to illustrate and carry home to the heart every moral rule of life. Thus a lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics and divinity that ever were written. Thomas Jefferson
When the principle that force is right is become the principle of the nation itself, they would not permit an honest minister, were accident to bring such a one into power, to relax their system of lawless piracy. Thomas Jefferson
The nation's mere possession of military power ready for exertion provides visible support for the nation's expression of views on foreign affairs, and that often is enough to make the expression persuasive. Thus a foreign policy which has a respectable basis in justice and morality is strengthened if it has also a respectable basis in physical force. Mark Skinner Watson
The most respected men have no scruples about drinking wine, nor the women about fornicating: the women take two husbands, the men drink to inebriation…The native population is dark in color, their language horrible. Muqaddasi
It is our moral duty to intervene today, straight away, to help the Iraqi people in their difficulty. Iraq has to be given back to the Iraqi people Franco Frattini
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
Facts have never made any difference to birth control opponents, because in their minds, the use of contraceptives is itself irresponsible and immoral. Brian Dixon
Corporations are not capable of doing things out of the goodness of their hearts. They don’t have hearts. Charles Fishman
When moral principles, rather than persons, are candidates for power, to vote is to perform a moral duty, and not to vote is to neglect a duty Thomas Paine
This is the great moral issue of our day. 37 million people who live in poverty. It’s wrong. John Edwards
The foundation for moral leadership is the truth. John Edwards
How dare you put yourself in that position where you are the moral judge? Louis Farrakhan
This cleaning up of our culture must extend to nearly all domains. Theater, art, literature, movies, the press, posters, and window displays must be cleaned of the symptoms of a rotting world and put into the service of a moral idea of state and culture. Adolf Hitler
Congress has no authority to interfere in the internal regulations of particular States, relative to the instruction of slaves in the principles of morality and religion; to their comfortable clothing and accommodations, and subsistence; to the regulation of their marriages, and the prevention of the violation of their rights thereof. House of Representatives
Prior to the Revolution, the great majority, or rather the great body of our people had been so long accustomed to the practice and convenience of having slaves, that very few among them ever doubted the propriety and rectitude of it. John Jay
In a country with glaring evidence of persuasive corruption and impunity at all tiers of government, it is morally unjustifiable to amputate the hands of these impoverished people for petty theft, in the name of Puritanism. Malam Shehu Sanni
Politicians, most politicians, are, by definition, people without morals and people who know no limits in what they will do to get elected. Pierre Andre Rinfret
Do not allow your hatred for others to make you swerve to wrongdoing and turn you away from justice. Muhammad
Kill not the old man who can not fight, nor young children nor women; and steal not the spoils of war Muhammad
The traffic in slaves is a matter on which all sects and nations have agreed from the time of the sons of Adam . . . up to this day. I am not aware of its being prohibited by the laws of any sect, and no one need ask this question, the same being manifest to both high and low and requires no more demonstration than the light of day. Abd ar-Rahman
We have exchanged the Washingtonian dignity for the Jeffersonian simplicity, which was in truth only another name for the Jacksonian vulgarity. Henry Codman Potter
Let him say what is true, let him say what is pleasing, let him utter no disagreeable truth, and let him utter no agreeable falsehood; that is the eternal law. Manu
We face . . . a moral crisis as a country and as a people,” said the president. A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution . . . peaceful and constructive for all. John F. Kennedy
Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the body of fact that exists on the mind of the general public. James Inhofe; Brown & Williamson
The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.' Barry Goldwater
There is no such thing as a spare embryo. George W. Bush
The problem of “honor killings” is not a problem of morality or of ensuring that women maintain their own personal virtue; rather, it is a problem of domination, power and hatred of women who, in these instances, are viewed as nothing more than servants to the family, both physically and symbolically. Muslim Women's League
The terrorist war has a particular difficulty, which is that the temptation to break the rules -- to torture, to execute in a summary way, to assassinate, etc., all the tools of dirty war -- are almost inevitable in a terrorist war, partly because in a terrorist war there is a fundamental erasing of the boundary between war and crime…. once you're fighting people you don't accept are also enemy combatants, once you make them illegitimate the way the administration has declared our enemies in the terrorist war illegitimate, then anything is possible. And I see a kind of moral disaster. David Rieff
Patronage cements parties. Those caviling against corruption are principally moralistic muckrakers who were never closely allied to the entrepreneurial spirit Geoffrey Russell Searle
Ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition. Thomas Jefferson
Every foreign policy has to have a moral purpose. Robert D. Kaplan
Our duty is to stand up for those who do the right thing. Michael Howard
Without meaning to be ungrateful, in dealing with authorities on Formosa, moral pressure is not enough. If something more than that, such as the threat of an ouster from their seat in the United Nations, were conveyed to the authorities on Formosa, or if the United States would go a step further and threaten to suspend aid, I assure you the Kuomintang army would disappear overnight. U Myint Thein
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
Upright men can even better convince themselves of the solid grounds on which the teaching of the Church in this field is based if they care to reflect upon the consequences of methods of artificially limiting the increase of children. Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality. Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men—especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point—have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion. Pope Paul VI
Do not return evil to your adversary; requite with kindness the one who does evil to you, maintain justice for your enemy, be friendly to your enemy. Anonymous
The life of the land is perpetuated by righteousness Anonymous
Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government, and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. Anonymous
You are not the guardians of the morality of the community or the participants in a crusade against vice …. You are to consider not whether the play would shock the modesty of an innocent young girl but whether it shocks the sensibilities of the people at large. Anonymous
Sometimes it is necessary to make things clearer than the truth. Dean Acheson
It [the Vietnam War] is worse than immoral. It's a mistake. Dean Acheson
Nothing [is] more uncertain than the moral sensitivities of a political body. Henry Adams
He is, like almost all the eminent men of this country, only half educated. His morals, public and private, are loose. John Quincy Adams
Slavery establishes false estimates of virtue and vice. John Quincy Adams
There is in the clergy of all Christian denominations a time-serving, cringing, subservient morality, as wide from the spirit of the gospel as it is from the intrepid assertion and vindication of truth. John Quincy Adams
The very word woman in the writings of the church fathers stood for the basest of temptations.... As women were lowered in the moral scale because of their identification with her at the very bottom of the pit, so they cannot rise themselves save as they succeed in lifting her with whose sins they are weighed. Jane Addams
Saving lives is the top morality. Mohammed Akhter
The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality. Dante Alighieri
The President was a responsibility beyond that of managing the government. He has a responsibility as a moral leader. George Allen
In the name of their deity, these self-styled keepers of public morality exhibit the most outrageous forms of discrimination, hate, and intimidation against those who challenge organized prayer in public schools. Robert S. Alley
The Palestinian factions … are not terrorists. Every man has the right to become a human bomb and blow himself up …. The actions … are part of the permitted terror which the Koran talks about … Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
International business may conduct its operations with scraps of paper, but the ink it uses is human blood. Eric Ambler
The legal grounds are not near as important as the moral and political grounds, and I can use the courts till you can step on my beard. Cecil D. Andrus
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 Imperial [military] forces exist as moral entities. They defend not only Japan’s territorial needs, but also the enterprising spirit of the state and its everlasting nature, which is coeval with heaven and earth. Sadao Araki
Most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil Hannah Arendt
In a pluralistic society, no group, no matter how numerous or powerful, has a right to prescribe a set of beliefs or a code of ethics for all. Arthur James Armstrong
You must legislate morality. John Ashcroft
No morality can be founded on authority, even if the authority were divine. Alfred Jules Ayer
... a moral skunk .... [who has] debauched America ... Benjamin Franklin Bache
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
[Referring to Watergate:] A group of politicians deciding to dump a president because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. Russell Baker
The Puritan character has ever ... been willing to put restraints on freedoms when the goal, which in modern times tends to be moral uplift, requires it. Russell Baker
When someone disagrees with you on a moral point you assume that he is one step behind in his thinking, and he assumes that he has gone one step ahead. Tom Stoppard
I was arrested because a computer entry said that I have been in Israel at one time … please tell me where the crime in this is. This is against all international law and moral code of every civilized country in the world. I need to get out of here now, every hour multiplies the possibility of my being moved to another location and disappearing forever. Bruce Balfour
Capitalism is based on a kind of inherited moral climate. Robert Bartley
When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law. Frederic Bastiat
We need to take on Hollywood. They are poisoning the minds of our kids. Gary Bauer
You can find a theologian who will spout almost anything. Gary Bauer
All political questions, all matters of right, are at bottom only questions of might. August Bebel
A law is valuable, not because it is law, but because there is right in it. Henry Ward Beecher
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
The killing of a criminal can be moral, but never its legitimation. Walter Benjamin
If you want young people to take right and wrong seriously, you must put them in the presence of people who take right and wrong seriously. William Bennett
Religion is the anchor of morality for most people. William Bennett
so long as it promises to exclude some greater possible evils. Jeremy Bentham
There is no pestilence in a state like a zeal for religion, independent of morality. Jeremy Bentham
Before I entered politics, when I used to appear in public everyone would applaud; now half of the people applaud, and half of them boo. Silvio Berlusconi
I would not hold that we must judge by the favorable or adverse result alone whether an undertaking was just or unjust. Theodore Beza
No society ... can fail in time to explode if it is deprived of the arts of compromise .... No good society can be unprincipled and no viable society can be principle-ridden. Alexander M. Bickel
The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion. Steven Biko
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
The United States does not believe in durable coexistence with a moral threat. Conrad Black
… a model of political virtues and moral enlightenment unique in the history of mankind. Simon Bolivar
Even in war moral power is to physical as three parts out of four. Napoleon Bonaparte
If it becomes accepted that politicians' private lives are fair game, many of the best and most talented people, male or female, will refuse to enter politics. We need strong, determined people in politics, but we also need people who are sensitive and compassionate. The way we are going, we'll end up with only the hard men. Pamela Bone
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
There is no more harm in adultery than in rubbing one's hands together. Boniface VIII
The foundation upon which democracy rests is faith in the moral instincts of the people. Its ballot boxes, the franchise, its laws, and constitutions are but the outward manifestations of the deeper and more essential thing—a continuing trust in the moral purposes of the average man and woman. William E. Borah
All participants in politics want to impose as much of their morality on others as possible. Robert Bork
Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow. Elias Cornelius Boudinot
It is worse than a crime. It is a blunder. Antoine Jacques Claude Joseph
[The apparent extensive sinning] is not more evils in this kind, nor nothing near so many by proportion, as in other places; but they are here more discovered and seen, and made publick by due search, inquisition, and due punishment; for the churches looke narrowly to their members, and the magistrates over all, more strictly than in other places. William Bradford
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. Omar N. Bradley
Democracy is moral before it is political. Louis D. Brandeis
Pure homes make pure governments. William Cabell Preston Breckinridge
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
Sanctions are a very un-Christian weapon. Pat Buchanan
When hope is taken away from the people moral degeneration follows swiftly after. Pearl S. Buck
The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great. Edmund Burke
Business pages of American newspapers should not read like a scandal sheet. George W. Bush
[The Cuban embargo is:] … not just a policy tool [but] a moral statement. George W. Bush
We are all responsible for our actions and our failures to act. George W. Bush
The foundations of morality are like all other foundations: If you dig too much about them, the superstructure will come tumbling down. Samuel Butler
Though I love my country I do not love my countrymen. George Gordon Byron
It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you don’t do it in the street and frighten the horses. Patrick Campbell
Obedience to the law is itself a moral duty. Benjamin N. Cardozo
A State is not morally free to allow anarchy and license ... even if the majority should so desire. Catholic Association for International Peace
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
A private sin is not so prejudicial in the world as public indecency. Miguel de Cervantes
If you do what's right, it's going to work out in the end successfully. John Chafee
Some things are easier to legalize than to make legitimate. Nicolas Chamfort
I have no doubt that if you were to ask a cannibal, he would plead his religion for the heinous acts he does. Shanmukhan Chetty
It is right and honorable to use any means to kill Indians that would kill [white] women and children … damn any man who is sympathy with Indians. John M. Chivington
Courage is the most important of the virtues because it is the one that makes all the others possible. Winston Churchill
Sometimes we have an objective reality that tells you you shouldn’t do what you want to do. Henry Cisneros
We’d have to hide the money for this little old Civil Rights Section under another name or it would never get out of the [Congressional] Committee. Thomas C. Clark
We need a President who is more interested in being right and just than being President. Emanuel Cleaver II
I don't believe the American people want a Gelding in the White House. Grover Cleveland
The President represents everybody and he sets the moral tone of the country. Clark M. Clifford
If we don’t do the right thing, other nations won’t either. Bill Clinton
We can’ t renew our country unless more of us—I mean all of us—are willing to join churches. Bill Clinton
Get a good team and do what you think is right. Bill Clinton
There are times when looking away is simply not enough. Bill Clinton
The American people cannot be divided into parties on a question of simple morals or of common honesty. William B. Cockran
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
Morals, not Art or Literature. Anthony Comstock
The word—right—should be excluded from political language, as the word—cause—from the language of philosophy. Both are theological and metaphysical conceptions; and the former is as immoral and subversive as the latter is unmeaning and sophistical. Auguste Comte
He would not blow his nose without moralizing on conditions in the handkerchief industry. Cyril Connolly
To use government interference as a weapon to try to enforce one’s personal moral standards on other people is wrong … I have never been able to understand how one could be a conservative and also say that government ought to be imposing itself into private decisions by consumers. Charles D. Cook
For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? I Book of Corinthians
What is morally correct and what is legally correct are not always the same thing. Lee Cullum
The framers of the Constitution did not entrust this House with the power to impeach the President of the United States in order to establish this body as a court of personal morality. EIijah E. Cummings
Empire can only be achieved with satisfaction, or maintained with advantage, provided it has a moral basis. George Nathaniel Curzon; 1st Baron Kedleston
There is no good behavior clause in the Constitution. Lloyd Cutler
A conscientious man ought not to regard what may happen to him in this world. Thomas Deacon
Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe myself. Eugene V. Debs
Shall we ever have the government that will not be satisfied to be practical? .... Who can estimate all that the practical people have done to us... Jean Paul Desbiens; Frere Untel
The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of their duties to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and increase the population. Denis Diderot
Political life must be taken as you find it. Benjamin Disraeli
I'd put Stalin on the OSS payroll if I thought it would help defeat Hitler. William J. Donovan
Tricky Dick Helen Gahagan
It is not morality that makes Jews bad, but the Jews make bad morality.... Morals and religion are the products of race. Karl Dühring
A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars. Will Durant
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
I don't want to be politically correct. I want to be humanly correct. Ramona Edelin
Force always attracts men of low morality ... tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels. Albert Einstein
We need to teach responsibility not legislate morality, because the vows of abstinence break far more easily than latex condoms. Joycelyn Elders
What we call “morals” is simply blind obedience to words of command. Havelock Ellis
Moral character has now some influence in our elections, but not that place which it deserves. The law of public opinion excludes confirmed sots, and persons judicially convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors against the State; but it ought to render the election of all profane swearers, notorious Sabbath breakers, seducers, slanderers, prodigals and riotous persons, as well as the advocates of dueling, impracticable. Ezra Stiles Ely
The doctrine of laissez faire is unsafe in politics and unsound in morals. Richard T. Ely
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
The most arbitrary powers in history always hid under the claim of some impersonal logic—God, the laws of nature, the laws of the market—and they always overlooked the backlash when morally intolerable discrepancies became glaringly visible. Yaron Ezrahi
Photons have neither morals or visas. David J. Farber
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
The key to the moral superiority of capitalism is that people get rich by imaginatively serving the needs of others. George Gilder
Ireland forces upon us these great social and great religious questions—God grant that we may have courage to look them in the face. William E. Gladstone
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
It is safe to say that no other superstition is so detrimental to growth, so enervating and paralyzing to the minds and hearts of the people, as the superstition of Morality. Emma Goldman
I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans ... Barry Goldwater
We are not far from the kind of moral decay that has brought on the fall of other nations and peoples. Barry Goldwater
How do you get governments to stop using child labor? Moral arguments work with moral people—and then you better have some economic incentives. Bill Goold
Morality is a social necessity Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
Each man must grant himself … the morality that suits him. Remy de Gourmont
This agency participated in the ethnic cleansing that befell the Western tribes …. By accepting the legacy we accept the moral responsibility of putting things right. Kevin Gover
The perception of the right of every man to do pretty much as he pleases…. [which will produce] a general profligacy and corruption such as this country has never known. Horace Greeley
Who believes that a score of victories over Mexico, the annexation of half her provinces, will give us more Liberty, a purer Morality? Horace Greeley
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
Public opinion in Britain demanded that we should make representations; we did so, to the cost of British material interests. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
If the law commands me to sin, I will break it. Angelina Grimke
Out of bad motives good things often come. John Grisham
We cannot legislate morality. No, and we cannot legislate loyalty, for loyalty is a kind of morality. We cannot produce these things by decrees or commissions or public inquisitions. A. Whitney Griswold
All inflationary processes in history are related to political and moral crises. Itamar Franco
There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as “moral indignation,” which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. Erich Fromm
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
Political action is not moral action, any more than a box on the ear is an argument. William Lloyd Garrison
Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life. Marcus Garvey
What is done cannot be effaced. We have to act upon a moral field prepared for us ... Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marquess Salisbury
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes. Geoffrey Fisher
Eating people is wrong Michael Flanders
All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. Alexander Herzen
A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing, and, as the judgment, so also the conscience may be erroneous. Thomas Hobbes
Our system of morals is a body of imperfect social generalizations expressed in terms of emotion. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
We get the fundamental confusion that government, since it can correct much abuse, can also create righteousness. Herbert Hoover
Man cannot maintain his morals when he has no ordinary means of living. Kenko Hoshi
I’d like to see us re-institute school prayer so that our young children have some moral beliefs, they have some principles Michael Huffington
The expression "World Power" has been made an occasion for ridicule and sneers, but it has a real meaning and a real significance. It means an influence throughout the world, and so long as that influence is wielded for the betterment of mankind, for the uplifting of our unfortunate fellow creatures, for the maintenance of peace, for the promotion of morality and civilization, we may be proud to have taken part in the change of our national policy which made us a world power. Charles Evans Hughes
This is not only war, it is an offensive war, not only an offensive war but an unjust war. I am for the honor of my country forced to say ... it is a wicked war, it is robbery. William Hunter
The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved. Aldous Huxley
The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying. Thomas Huxley
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
The purification of politics is an iridescent dream. Government is force.... 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
There is something wrong in a government where they who do the most have the least. There is something wrong when honesty wears a rag, and rascality a robe; when the loving, the tender, eat a crust, while the infamous sit at banquets. Robert G. Ingersoll
That which is morally wrong will never be politically right. Jesse Jackson
… the moral equivalent of war Henry James
The Moral Equivalent of War William James
Force cannot change right. Thomas Jefferson
Health is the first requisite after morality. Thomas Jefferson
I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. Thomas Jefferson
The commerce in sexual stimulation and auto-eroticism, for its own sake, unrelated to marriage, procreation, or familial relations is an evil, an obscenity... detrimental to the health and morality of the state William Pryor Jr.
Evil acts of the past are never rectified by evil acts of the present. Lyndon B. Johnson
Might and right govern everything in this world; might till right is ready. Joseph Joubert
Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals. Niccolo Machiavelli
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
The decent moderation of today will be the least of human things tomorrow. At the time of the Spanish Inquisition, the opinion of good sense and of the good medium was certainly that people ought not to burn too large a number of heretics; extreme and unreasonable opinion obviously demanded that they should burn none at all. Maurice Maeterlinck
The President can set the cultural agenda. Myron Magnet
Perhaps the society has been too quick to understand and too slow to condemn. John Major
Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse. Janet Malcolm
Lose moral legitimacy, lose the war. David Petraeus; Conrad C. Crane
The nation who has never admitted a chapter of morality into her political code,... will boldly avow that whatever power she can make hers is hers of right Thomas Jefferson
When virtue is banished, ambition invades the minds of those who are disposed to receive it, and avarice possesses the whole community. Charles de Montesquieu
I fear … that morals do not of necessity advance hand in hand with the sciences. Thomas Jefferson
I know but one code of morality for man whether acting singly or collectively. He who says I will be a rogue when I act in company with a hundred others, but an honest man when I act alone, will be believed in the former assertion, but not in the latter. Thomas Jefferson
In a morally adjusted economy ... the rich should not get richer if the poor get poorer. Malachi Martin
The great crime of the politicians is not just the corrosion of their own morality but the corruption they've caused to the American spirit. Jackie Mason
… the happiness of the people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend on piety, religion, and morality …. These cannot be diffused through a community but by the institution of the public worship of God …and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion and morality. Massachusetts
Most people still believe that the White House is a moral address and that only men and women of good character should occupy it. Tom Mathews
Governments almost never act with moral clarity and for very good reason. They are dealing with competing interests. Jessica Tuchman Matthews
It is very unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public. W. Somerset Maugham
If we started prosecuting people for sin, we’d all be in jail. George McGovern
I wish to join the Legion of Decency, which condemns vile and unwholesome moving pictures. I unite with all who protest against them as a grave menace to youth, to home life, to country and to religion. I condemn absolutely those salacious motion pictures which, with other degrading agencies, are corrupting public morals and promoting a sex mania in our land ... considering those evils, I hereby promised to remain away from all motion pictures except those which do not offend decency and Christian morality. John McNichols
Honor is simply the morality of superior men. H. L. Mencken
Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals. H. L. Mencken
The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and human. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression. H. L. Mencken
[Even] The Pope can't repeal the Decalogue [the Ten Commandments]. Raphael Merry del Val
Cannibalism is horrible, but still, for the moment, we have to pretend not to see it. Michaux
It is conceivable that religion may be morally useful without being intellectually sustainable. John Stuart Mill
Laws never would be improved, if there were not numerous persons whose moral sentiments are better than the existing laws. John Stuart Mill
… the great vitality and durability of institutions which place right on the side of might John Stuart Mill
There is no subject on which there is a greater habitual difference of judgment between a man judging for himself, and the same man judging for other people. John Stuart Mill
Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work. John Milton
So spake the Fiend [the devil], and with necessitie, The Tyrant's plea, excus'd his devilish deeds. John Milton
Even if a country has money and technology, if it is retarded spiritually or morally, we cannot say it is advanced. Mahathir Mohamad
God doesn't belong in politics. Walter F. Mondale
Those who would treat politics and morality apart will never understand the one or the other. John Morley
If the end does not justify the means, what does? Robert Moses
It was important that the Japanese accept responsibility for their savage behavior during the war [World War II], [but] responsibility was a question of morality and morality was a matter of religion. Japanese worship nature, but have no religious or philosophical moral basis . Hitoshi Motoshima
Connect liberty with knowledge and both with morality. Thomas Muir
Creating a child by cloning at this time is a moral outrage … Thomas Murray
Changing ideas is a strain not to be lightly incurred, particularly when these ideas are intimately related to one’s self-esteem ... men have elaborated an explanation for their situation in life.... Their rationales are endowed with moral qualities Robert E. Lane
The genius of capitalism consists precisely in its lack of morality …. Deprive a capitalist of his God-given right to lie and cheat and steal, and the poor sap stands a better than even chance of becoming one of the abominable wards of the state. Lewis H. Lapham
To the Puritan all things are impure. D. H. Lawrence
Intelligence work has one moral law—it is justified by results. John le Carre
Medicine is a noble art. We must preserve our moral purity. Le Huu Trac; Hai Thuong Lan Ong; Lan Ong
In this enlightened age there are few, I believe, but what will acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil in any country.... I think it, however, a greater evil to the white than to the black race, and while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. Robert E. Lee
The third world is important then, because it is made up its human beings, human beings who possess the same nature we do, people who are capable of suffering and desire and, even as we suffer and desire, people who are condemned to a shabby, deprived and disease ridden existence, and these are people for whom we have a moral and religious obligation to care about. Paul Emile Leger
In deciding the ratings of the films, no consideration is given to artistic, technical or dramatic values. Only moral content is weighed. Legion of Decency
Men are not flattered by being shown that there is a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them. Abraham Lincoln
I never in my life and felt more certain that I was doing right than I do in signing this paper Abraham Lincoln
I should be damned in time and in eternity for so doing. The world shall know that I will keep my faith to friends and enemies, come what will. Abraham Lincoln
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. Abraham Lincoln
Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest. 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
Your race has suffered the greatest wrong that has ever been inflicted on any continent. Abraham Lincoln
A modern democracy cannot allow its citizens to be exonerated Mario Vargas Llosa
If any man err from the right way, it is his own misfortune, no injury to thee; nor therefore art thou to punish him in the things of this life because thou supposest he will be miserable in that which is to come. John Locke
Ultimately we will win the world struggle on a spiritual basis or victory will elude us. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Law alone cannot make men see right. John F. Kennedy
The fires of discord are busy in every city. Redress is sought in the street, in demonstrations, parades and protests which create tensions and threaten violence. We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and as a people. John F. Kennedy
The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Martin Luther King Jr.
Forgiveness is a basis for moral and ethical behavior. Klaus Kinkel
Sophisticated modern weapons have not eliminated the uncertainty that puts war and warlike activities "in the province of chance" and makes war an extremely dangerous activity with results that are unpredictable and depend as much on "moral force" as on numbers and technology. Jeane Kirkpatrick
… assassination of subversives, politicians and prominent figures both within the national borders of certain Southern Cone countries and abroad … would create a most serious moral and political problem. Henry A. Kissinger
Moral claims can be asserted as a national prerogative only at the cost of long-term domestic and international support. Henry A. Kissinger
The fact that television is raising our moral conscience is a good thing. Henry A. Kissinger
Executions are not psychological events for the healing of the victims’ families. They are moral events. Charles Krauthammer
Thou hast signified to us, indeed, most beloved son in Christ, that thou dost desire to enter into the island of Ireland, in order to subject the people to the laws and to extirpate the vices that have there taken root, and that thou art willing to pay an annual pension to St. Peter of one penny from every house, and to preserve the rights of the churches in that land inviolate and entire. We, therefore, seconding with the favour it deserves thy pious and laudable desire, and granting a benignant assent to thy petition, are well pleased that, for the enlargement of the bounds of the church. for the restraint of vice, for the correction of morals and the introduction of virtues, for the advancement of the Christian religion, thou shouldst enter that island, and carry out there the things that look to the honour of God and to its own salvation. And may the people of that land receive thee with honour, and venerate thee as their master; provided always that the rights of the churches remain inviolate and entire Adrian IV
Strive to imbue that people with good morals, and bring it to pass, as well through yourself as through those whom you know from their faith, doctrine, and course of life to be fit for such a work, that the church may there be adorned, the Christian religion planted and made to grow, and the things which pertain to the honor of God and to salvation be so ordered that you may merit to obtain an abundant and lasting reward from God, and on earth a name glorious throughout the ages Adrian IV
Whistleblowers are moral narcissists who dread living with the corrupted self more than being shunned by others. C. Fred Alford
Militant Christians and Muslims alike see themselves as the only remaining challengers to the agnosticism of an increasingly secular world. R. Scott Appleby
It is perhaps being economical with the truth. Robert Temple Armstrong
There can be no such thing as usury: for what rate of interest is there that can naturally be more proper than another? what natural fixed price can there be for the use of money more than for the use of any other thing? Were it not then for custom, usury, considered in a moral view, would not then so much as admit of a definition…. Putting money out at interest, is exchanging present money for future: but why a policy, which, as applied to exchanges in general, would be generally deemed absurd and mischievous, should be deemed necessary in the instance of this particular kind of exchange, mankind are as yet to learn. Jeremy Bentham
Daily Herald this morning described burning Berlin on Saturday night as having looked “like an oven”. I wonder who really gets the satisfaction out of this terrible deterioration in human values. Vera Brittain
Politicians may do as they please, so long as they violate no rule of right, no principle of justice, no law of God; but in no world, in no order, or condition, have men the right to do wrong. Orestes Augustus Brownson
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
Free trade is not just an economic opportunity, it is a moral imperative: George W. Bush
[A] well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals. Catholic Church
Our modern politicians … claim that they are too practical to be pure and too patriotic to be moral. Gilbert K. Chesterton
As long as the law exists, there will be morality. Chinese Proverb
He who governs by his moral excellence may be compared to the Pole star which abides in its place while all other stars bow towards it. Chinese Proverb
This was a forced oath; the spirits do not hear such. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
Responsible moral behavior is the first and best line of defense against AIDS, and is the only message we should send young people worldwide. Kenneth L. Connor
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
With a good [political] system, even evil men cannot do evil. Deng Xiaoping
Male homosexuality, in particular, seems to possess some quality of being intrinsically subversive when let loose in long-established institutions, especially male dominated ones. John Derbyshire
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
He is guilty if he wastes the money of the people, the taxes which they have paid, in luxury, pomp, and debauchery. He who should improve the morals of the people, be the guardian of the law, and improve their education should not pervert them by his bad example. Frederick II
Princes, sovereigns, and king have not been given supreme authority in order to live in luxurious self-indulgence and debauchery. They have not been elevated by their fellow-men to enable them to strut about and to insult with their pride the simple-mannered, the poor, and the suffering. They have not been placed at the head of the State to keep around themselves a crowd of idle loafers whose uselessness drives them towards vice. The bad administration which may be found in monarchies springs from many different causes, but their principal cause lies in the character of the sovereign Frederick II
Live so that your friends can defend you, but never have to Arnold H. Glasow
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
The moral character of the Indians was (if I may be allowed the expression) uncontaminated. Their fidelity was perfect, and became proverbial. They were strictly honest; they despised deception and falsehood; and chastity was held in high 'veneration, and a violation of it was considered sacrilege. They were temperate in their desires, moderate in their passions, and candid and honorable in the expression of their sentiments, on every subject of importance Mary Jemison
The men of moral and religious earnestness were bent on some measure of fresh reform. A spirit was abroad which could not be put down, and which would not be quiet. The old idea of an authoritative Church was outgrown, and yet no religious system had come in its place which provided for a free personal approach to God Himself. Rufus M. Jones
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
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
No half-human “monsters” [will] be patented or any other “immoral inventions.” Bruce Lehman
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies Clive Staples Lewis
I am naturally antislavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I cannot remember a time when I did not so think, and feel. Abraham Lincoln
People have different concepts of the good life, and any attempt to impose one favored view will be contentious. Loren E. Lomasky
… the spiritual emptiness and moral inadequacy of capitalism Georg Lukacs
As to polygamy, I charge it to be … evil—a scarlet whore! John Alexander McCLernand
Catholics dismissed notions that Africans were biologically inferior to other humans, insisted that slaves be permitted to marry and receive an education, frequently expressed doubts about the morality of slavery as it existed in the nineteenth century, and almost never defended slavery as an unqualified good. But most Catholics accepted slavery in principle, with even twentieth-century theologians declaring slavery “not in itself intrinsically wrong.” Fearful of social disorder and unwilling to distinguish the suffering of slaves from other human miseries, Catholics lumped immediate slave emancipation with a religious and political radicalism that threatened the foundations of society. John T. McGreevy
They have otherwise no Religion: when we pray, they laugh at us; some of them despise it entirely, and some when we tell them what we do when we pray, stand astonished. When we have a Sermon, sometimes ten or twelve of them, more or less, will attend, each having a long Tobacco Pipe, made by himself, in his mouth, and will stand a while and look, and afterwards ask me what I was doing and what I wanted, that I stood there alone and made so many Words, and none of the rest might speak? I tell them I admonished the Christians, that they must not steal, . . . get drunk, or commit Murder, and that they too ought not to do these Things, and that I intend after a while to preach to them, . . . They say I do well in teaching the Christians, but immediately [ask] why do so many Christians do these Things. John Megapolensis
By catering ever more abjectly to the noisy, reactionary extremists of our party who are determined to impose their sectarian views and morality on the rest of us, the GOP’s vulnerability among moderate voters, particularly women, continues to intensify. William G. Milliken
To judge … any man … simply from his own point of view, is weak and illogical. History judges the man from its point of view. It condemns or applauds the point of view itself. The point of view of a malefactor is not to excuse robbery and murder. Nor is the spirit of the age to be pleaded in favor of the evil-doer. John Lothrop Motley
Never will there be grief enough over the corruption of morals so extensively increasing and promoted by irreligious and obscene writings, theatrical spectacles and meretricious houses established almost everywhere; by other depraved arts and monstrous portents of every error disseminated in all directions; by the abominable impurities of all vices and crimes growing constantly and the deadly virus of unbelief and indifferentism spread far and wide; by contempt for ecclesiastical authority Pius IX; Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti
The more men value money the less they value virtue. Plato
I’ve never felt that his private life was the way to judge him. We should judge a president by the way he performs as president. Sumner Redstone
[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
The government is so brave that it dares to arrest, capture and punish Muslim leaders and activists. But officials do not have the courage to capture those engaged in corruption or the gambling mafia, who, destroy the country's moral structure Habib Mohammed Rizieq Shihab
The world should be of no doubt. If terrorists can, they will. Jack Straw
We are as much interested in the maintenance of morality as we can possibly be in war. For what profit is there in having removed the turmoil of the Barbarians, unless we live according to law? ... Let other kings desire the glory of battles won, of cities taken, of ruins made; our purpose is … so to rule that our subjects should grieve that they did not earlier acquire the blessings of our domain. Theodoric; Cassiodorus
What is right is not derived from the rule, but the rule arises from our knowledge of what is right Julius Paulus
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
With the Evangelical Right, compromise is not possible on the issues of conflict. In former times of clashes with courts compromise has taken place. 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
What is the soul, the informing spirit of our institutions, of our entire system of government but public opinion. Let us direct the force, the vast moral force of this engine, to the aid of others. Daniel Webster
As piety cannot bee maintained without church ordinances and officers, nor justice without lawes & magistracy, no more can our safety & peace be preserved without military orders & officers Massachusetts General Court
Public outrage gets used up. You just move to a lower standard. Paul Sarbanes
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
Statutes against Fundamental Morality are void John McLean
In these days when apparently vice triumphs and virtue must be penalized, it may be well for all of us to fight the undertow by which our children may be dragged under and must of necessity perish. Edith Starr Miller
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
The civil Government, though bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability, and performs its functions with complete success, whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State James Madison
The presence in society of different, sometimes opposing political convictions and discordant interests generates political struggle which is waged by both legitimate and morally justified methods and methods sometimes contradicting the norms of public law and Christian and natural morality Russian Orthodox Church
If the vision of the world in its integrity is lost, the field of legal regulation becomes reduced to the cases of the visible damage done, and the boundaries of the latter become more narrow with the erosion of public morality and secularization of consciousness 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
The explosive political issues of our time are issues of values rather than interests. Ron Brownstein
A budget is a moral document of a nation’s priorities. Ted Kennedy
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
The definition of marriage is so fundamental to society that it should not be decided by one court in Massachusetts or by one mayor in San Francisco. In America, the people should decide. In America, the people are fair and tolerant. Let the people decide. Mitt Romney
There is a moral crisis in France and it has a name. That is the crisis of labor or work. Nicolas Sarkozy
This will change our state forever. Because the immediate consequence, if gay marriage goes through, is that K-12 little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal, natural and perhaps they should try it. Michele Bachmann
To defeat evil, we may have to traffic in evils: indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, targeted assassinations, even pre-emptive war. Michael Ignatieff
The end must justify the means. Matthew Prior
For any imperial policy to work effectively...it needs moral and intellectual guidance...It is much to be doubted that the United States can continue to play an imperial role without the endorsement of its intellectual class... Irving Kristol
Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; that until there is no longer any first-class and second-class citizens of any nation; that until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; that until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all, without regard to race -- until that day, the dreams of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained Haile Selassie
The Government will regard as its first and foremost duty to revive the spirit of unity and cooperation in the nation and to preserve and defend its basic principles of Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life. Adolf Hitler
Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. Friedrich Nietzsche
Public diplomacy, practiced in harmony with traditional diplomacy, will enable us to advance our interest, to protect our security, and to continue to provide the moral basis for our leadership in the world. Evelyn Lieberman
Propaganda as a mere tool is no more moral or immoral than a pump handle....the only effective weapon against propaganda on behalf of one policy seems to be propaganda on behalf of an alternative. Harold D. Lasswell
All of our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class, and if morality is to mean anything at all to us, we must regard all the changes which tend toward the uplift and survival of the human race as moral. Margaret Sanger
It is apparent that nothing short of contraceptives can put an end to the horrors of abortion and infanticide. Margaret Sanger
Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. Margaret Chase Smith
Senator, some of us strongly believe that Americans are the last people that can go around the world preaching morality. What we are doing to the blacks in Africa today is what you have already done and continue to do to the American Indian. Roelof Botha
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
Anyone Who throws their lot in with the United States has to be taken care of. Loyalty works both ways… It’s a matter of morality. Paul D. Eaton
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
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
Let this moment be the beginning of an epoch of austere morality and of immaculate justice. Portugal
Democracy must knock the rough edges off capitalism so that capitalism is safe for everyone and not just the big boys. David R. Obey
Massachusetts can not thrive until we get in a stock of slaves sufficient to do all our business. Emanuel Downing
… a restraint of their debauchery by a strict execution of the laws provided against it, more particularly by the suppressing of superfluous brandy shops and unnecessary alehouses. John Locke
That all Superfluities tending to Luxury and sin, might be loaded with so much Impost, as to serve instead of a sumptuary Law to restrain the use of them. But here also care is to be had that it be not better to smuggle then to pay. 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
As a concerned person of faith, … I have watched with increasing alarm as Religious Right groups manipulate religion to further their intolerant political agenda. Walter Cronkite
What we watch on television, we approve. J. C. Watts
Don’t conflate the morality of the death penalty with its unjust distribution among those who are guilty … Equality is less important, morally, than justice … We ought to distribute justice as equally as we can, even though we cannot distribute it perfectly. Ernest van den Haag
The reason we privilege marriage and tie benefits to it is to protect and encourage the institution into which new life comes. That's why we have benefits because traditional marriage creates children and that is where they have the most opportunity to grow up to be healthy, happy children. To extend the same benefits to relationships that do not create children surely dismantles the very reasons for those benefits. Allan C. Carlson
Moral liberty is the power of following, in all circumstances, our sense of right and wrong, or of acting in conformity to our reflecting and moral principles, without being controlled by any contrary principles. Richard Price
All Kabul males were given just six weeks to grow a full beard, even though some of the ethnic groups - the Hazaras, for instance - have limited beard growth. More, beards could not be trimmed shorter than a man’s fist. The religious police stood at street corners with scissors cutting off long hair and often beating culprits. Men had to wear their salwars above the ankle and everyone had to say his/her prayers five times a day. All conceivable forms of entertainment were strictly taboo: movies, TV, video, music, dance. Even, kite flying! "Nawroz", the traditional Afghan New Year celebrations, were declared un-Islamic. Nobody was allowed to hang paintings, portraits or photographs in their homes. The tragic truth is that the very idea of culture was alien to the Taliban. Parshotam Mehra
Out there you might say there is a moral majority and if you could put them together … Paul Weyrich
I feel morally and intellectually required to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed. Harry A. Blackmun
Pray, what thing in the world can be done worse towards us, than if men should rob or steal us away, and sell us for slaves to strange countries; separating husbands from their wives and children. Being now this is not done in the manner we would be done at; therefore, we contradict, and are against this traffic of men-body. And we who profess that it is not lawful to steal, must, likewise, avoid to purchase such things as are stolen, but rather help to stop this robbing and stealing, if possible. And such men ought to be delivered out of the hands of the robbers, and set free…. If once these slaves … should join themselves, fight for their freedom, and handle their masters and mistresses, as they did handle them before; will these masters and mistresses take the sword at hand and war against these poor slaves, like, as we are able to believe, some will not refuse to do? Or, have these poor negers not as much right to fight for their freedom, as you have to keep them slaves? Mennonites
The maker of laws should not practice disputation, but should administer justice. Nor is it fitting that he should appear to have framed the law by contention, but in an orderly manner. For the transaction of public affairs does not demand, as a reward of his labors, the clamor of theatrical applause, but the law destined for the salvation of the people., The framer of laws and the dispenser of justice should prefer morals to eloquence, that his speech may be characterized rather by virtuous sentiments, than by elegance of expression. He should be more eminent for deeds than for words; and should discharge his duties rather with alacrity than with reluctance, and not, as it were, under compulsion Visigoths
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
Preachers come out every night And tell us what's wrong and what's right Anonymous
To this day there exists in the world in all classes of society a veritable revolt against Divine Law, the Moral Law, which they strive to eliminate from the education of its youth and government of its nations. Education without religion sooner or later marches to its doom Earl of Athlone; Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George Cambridge
Morally, as a class, cowboys are foulmouthed, blasphemous, drunken, lecherous, utterly corrupt. Usually harmless on the plains when sober, they are dreaded in towns, for then liquor has an ascendancy over them. Cheyenne Daily Leader
The national laws and the laws of most of the States regulate the sale of narcotic drugs. . . . Their use is, in part, perhaps, due to physical disease, and, in part, to lack of moral stamina, but their abuse is almost wholly a result of violations of the law. If the law can be enforced, medical science would very soon rid the country of this menace Calvin Coolidge
The moral high ground in taking the first hit before attacking has been made obsolete by weapons of mass destruction….You cannot wait for a catastrophic event. Charles Hill
We must study history to learn its lessons, absorb its spirit of possibility, extract and emulate its models of excellence and possibility and honor the moral obligation to remember. We must measure ourselves in the mirror of the best of our history and constantly ask ourselves how can we use the past as a foundation to inform, expand and enrich our present and future. Maulana Karenga
A special representative of the ruler of each state shall be appointed for each university, with appropriate instructions and extended powers . . . . The function of this agent shall be to see to the strictest enforcement of existing laws and disciplinary regulations; to observe carefully the spirit which is shown by the instructors in the university in their public lectures and regular courses, and, without directly interfering in scientific matters or in the methods of teaching, to give a salutary direction to the instruction, having in view the future attitude of the students. Lastly, he shall devote unceasing attention to everything that may promote morality, good order, and outward propriety among the students. . . . The confederated governments mutually pledge themselves to remove from the universities or other public educational institutions all teachers who, by obvious deviation from their duty, or by exceeding the limits of their functions, or by the abuse of their legitimate influence over the youthful minds, or by propagating harmful doctrines hostile to public order or subversive of existing governmental institutions, shall have unmistakably proved their unfitness for the important office entrusted to them. . . . Klemens von Metternich
The urgent moral priority of our time is to dismantle the warfare state, disarm the nukes, roll back the empire from every corner of the globe. We want to live in a country even a crazy man can head and not have it be dangerous for us or the world. Lew Rockwell; Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
The strongest is never strong enough to always be the master unless he transforms strength into right… Jean Jacques Rousseau
History does have a moral. Henry Wiencek
… they shed the blood of Christians like that of the pagans Boniface IV
Existing legal discriminations on account of color are not based on character or conduct, and have no relation to moral worth and fitness for civic usefulness, but are rather relics of prejudice which had its origin in slavery. I recommend their total repeal. George Hoadley
A great aggregation of men, sane of mind and warm of heart, creates a moral consciousness which is called a nation Ernest Renan
Take heed to your selves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness. Book of Luke
A lasting peace cannot be founded on force, but only on a moral order. Leopold III
It is by force of reason and not by force of arms that Justice makes progress; and empires which are not founded on Justice are not blessed by God. Statesmanship emancipated from morality betrays those very ones who would have it so. Pius XII
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
Abortion raises moral and spiritual questions over which honorable persons can disagree sincerely and profoundly. But those disagreements did not then and do not now relieve us of our duty to apply the Constitution faithfully. Harry A. Blackmun
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
From the moment when a subordinate class becomes really independent and dominant, calling into being a new type of State, the need arises concretely, of building a new intellectual and moral order, i.e. a new type of society. Antonio Gramsci
A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal Jewish Proverb
Everything we do as teachers has moral overtones. Nel Noddings
We must wait for the slow progress of moral causes Daniel Webster
For decades, we and the Soviets have lived under the threat of mutual assured destruction; if either resorted to the use of nuclear weapons, the other could retaliate and destroy the one who had started it. Is there either logic or morality in believing that if one side threatens to kill tens of millions of our people, our only recourse is to threaten killing tens of millions of theirs? Ronald Reagan
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
We shall strive for perfection. We shall not achieve it immediately--but we still shall strive. We may make mistakes--but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ours is the only government under heaven where liberty can, in truth, be said to dwell; and the numberless advantages of such a government, for moral, religious, and intellectual improvement, may be learnt from the prosperous state of our country since the time she assumed her just and proper station among the nations of the earth. Zelotes Fuller
He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief. German Proverb
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
He who wars, walks in a mist, through which the keenest eyes cannot always discern the right path. William Francis Patrick Napier
I was ordered to go in there and destroy the enemy. That was my job that day. That was the mission I was given. I did not sit down and think in terms of men, women and children. They were all classified as the same, and that's the classification that we dealt with over there, just as the enemy. I felt then and I still do that I acted as I was directed, and I carried out the order that I was given and I do not feel wrong in doing so. William Calley
What is war but murder and theft committed by great numbers on great numbers? William Ralph Inge
Uncontrolled technology can certainly bring down disaster, perhaps irreparable, on our race. The only protection against it is a growth in man's spiritual and moral maturity proportionate to his growth in technical skill and power. W. Norris Clarke
I’d love to say that politicians who lie should be indicted, but lying except under oath is not a crime—it’s a moral crime however. Andrew Paolo Napolitano
No, not at liberty; because it was considered a stain on the family, but the young men did it; there was a good deal of it.  They often kept one girl steady and sometimes two on different places; men who had wives did it too sometimes; if they could get it on their own place it was easier but they would go wherever they could get it. Harry McMillan
In vain are Schools, Accademics and universities instituted, if loose Principles and licentious habits are impressed upon Children in their earliest years…How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality and Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn that their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers. John Adams
Marriage, as creating the most important relation in life, as having more to do with the morals and civilization of a people than any other institution, has always been subject to the control of the legislature. Stephen J. Field
Federal Authority against Polygamic Theocracy. James Bedell McKean
give the lie to the popular clam our that the women of Utah are oppressed and held in bondage. Let the world know that the women of Utah prefer virtue to vice, and the home of an honorable wife to the gilded pageantry of fashionable temples of sin. Harriet Elizabeth Cook Young
No matter how high a moral standard a community may attain, the introduction in that community of any considerable number of persons of a lower moral tone will cause a general moral deterioration just as sure as night follows a day. The intermarriage of a lower with a higher type certainly does not improve the latter any more than does the breeding of cattle by blooded and common stock improve the blooded stock generally. Martin Ambrose Foran
It is not God that is worshipped but the group or authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
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
Slavery is a slow poison to the morals of any community where it exists. John Quincy Adams
I should be sorry if on this occasion the House should decide that speculations in the funds are violations of either the moral or political law. A government hardly exists in which such speculation is disallowed. Elias Cornelius Boudinot
Since this report has been read in the House, a spirit of havoc, speculation and ruin, has arisen by people who had access to the information… Three vessels Sir have sailed within a fortnight freighted for speculation; they are intended to purchase up the State and other securities in the hands of the uninformed but honest citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. My soul rises indignant at the avaricious and immoral turpitude which so vile a conduct displays. James Jackson
The national policy would be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality George Washington
It was not, as I have said, that we attacked religious fundamentalists, but that they felt themselves obliged to attack us. For the attempt to lead the moral life, or even to try to lead a better moral life, without first accepting religious dogmas was to their way of thinking monstrous. Felix Adler
I do not see God as an old man, sitting in the clouds, and watching my genitals. Louise Hay
Clause (1): a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression; (b) all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms; (c) all citizens have the right to form associations.. Clause (2): Parliament may by law impose (a) on the rights conferred by paragraph (a) of Clause (1), such restrictions as it deems necessary or expedient in the interest of the security of the Federation or any part thereof, friendly relations with other countries, public order or morality and restrictions designed to protect the privileges of Parliament or of any Legislative Assembly or to provide against contempt of court, defamation, or incitement to any offence; (b) on the right conferred by paragraph (b) of Clause (1), such restrictions as it deems necessary or expedient in the interest of the security of the Federation or any part thereof, or public order; (c) on the right conferred by paragraph (c) of Clause (1), such restrictions as it deems necessary or expedient in the interest of the security of the Federation or any part thereof, public order or morality. Restrictions on the right to form associations conferred by paragraph (c) of Clause (1) may also be imposed by any law relating to labor or education. Malysia
The secret value of a conscience, that approves its own action, is lessened somewhat each time that it receives the reward of fame by displaying its deeds. Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
Nothing is so faulty as those laws which correct faults. He who obeys them because they are just obeys a justice which is imaginary and not the essence of law; it is quite self-contained, it is law and nothing more. Blaise Pascal
Free market economics is not enough .... a free market economy can only function in a cultural and moral environment that supports it David Willetts
Not by force of arms are civilizations held together, but by subtle threads of moral and intellectual principle. Russell Kirk
We are living in a sanctimonious age. Linda Greenhouse
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
It is not necessary to have an entire certainty in regard to considerable goods and evils; mere possibility, and much more so probability, is sufficient to induce a reasonable person to deprive himself of some trifling good, and even to suffer some slight evil, with a design of acquiring a far greater good, and avoiding a more troublesome evil. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
What right have the rulers of nations to unsheath the sword of destruction, and to let loose the demons of desolation upon mankind, whenever caprice or pride, ambition or avarice, shall prescribe? DeWitt Clinton
Budgets are moral documents. When you put your budget on the table, we see what you really are. Tavis Smiley
I cannot do what you have asked me to do. Hasan Mazhar
The deportations of the Armenians took place in complete contradiction of humanity, civilization, and the Government’s honor. The massacres and the extermination of the Armenians, and the sacking and looting of their properties are the results of decisions taken by the Central Committee …. The atrocities were committed according to a scheme conceived of in advance and were organized absolutely intentionally. Ferik Vehip Pasha
If this is the vaunted superiority our Government and the purity of our elective institutions, I do not think we have so much to be proud of, and morality and religion are of little use if they cannot teach us to discern the difference between right and wrong. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
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
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent…the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. Louis D. Brandeis
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
This could never be a crime in any society which deems itself enlightened. Jack Kevorkian
A superior man thinks of what is right. A small man thinks of profit. Confucius
No man ruleth safely but that he is willingly ruled. Thomas A. Kempis
The death of dogma is the birth of morality. Immanuel Kant
The child … must not learn religion before he knows morality Immanuel Kant
The world is governed much more by opinion than by laws. It is not the judgment of courts, but the moral judgment of individuals and masses of men, which is the wall of defense around property and life. William Ellery Channing
There are two sides to reconciliation; the law aspect and the moral values. Unless there is improvement for both, changes will not come by easily Taito Waradi
Basic moral values must therefore first be internalized in the hearts and minds of its people before we can hope to enforce legislation reflecting these values Taito Waradi
The man, who in a fit of melancholy, kills himself today, would have wished to live had he waited a week. Voltaire
I did not think we were as low as this! One member suggested that it should be reduced to ten, and oh my God, that it was hard for a man having a charge brought against him not to be able to plead the consent of a child like that. Catherine Booth
In 1857 the Divorce Act was passed, and, as is well known, set up by law a different moral standard for men and women. Under this Act which is still in force a man can obtain the dissolution of the marriage if he can prove one act of infidelity on the part of his wife; but a woman cannot get her marriage dissolved unless she can prove that her husband has been guilty both of infidelity and cruelty. Millicent Fawcett
The British illicit trading of opium in China was rapidly staining the British character with deep disgrace Charles Elliot
Every crime, even the most atrocious, may be justified. John Wesley
Even the cosmic forces do not equal the strength of a great nation which has risen to its moral consciousness and in a just struggle defends it’s existence. Pavel Josef Safarik
This year alone, total world cereal production was estimated to be 2,114 million tons, while total cereal demand was projected at around 1007 million tones, less than half of the cereal production. Ideally, no one should starve or die of hunger in the world we live. Strangely and sadly enough, they do. This is not fair. This is not right. Jakaya Kikwete
I must find a truth that is true for me. Soren Kierkegaard
I don't think morality can be decided on the private level. I think you need public guidance and public support for a moral consensus. The average person has to know instinctively, without thinking too much about it, how he should raise his children. Irving Kristol
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
Neo-conservatives are unlike old conservatives because they are utilitarians, not moralists, and because their aim is the prosperity of post-industrial society, not the recovery of a golden age. Irving Kristol
Thus must we toil in other men's extremes, That know not how to remedy our own. Thomas Kyd
Alexander Hamilton is a man devoid of every moral principle. John Adams
Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him. Pittacus of Mytilene
Man's inhumanity to man will continue as long as man loves God more than he loves his fellow man. Joseph L. Lewis
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
Killing Japanese didn't bother me very much at that time... I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal.... Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you're not a good soldier. Curtis LeMay
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
Slave keeping casts the most indelible odium on a whole people, causing some...to infer that they are a different race formed by the Creator for brutal service, to drudge for us with their brethren of the stalls. Anonymous
Not in vain is Ireland pouring itself all over the earth. Divine Providence has a mission for her children to fulfill; though a mission unrecognized by political economists. There is ever a moral balance preserved in the universe, like the vibrations of the pendulum. The Irish, with their glowing hearts and reverent credulity, are needed in this cold age of intellect and skepticism. Lydia M. Child
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
Providence punishes national sins with national calamities. George Washington
Prosperity seldom chooses the side of the virtuous. Heloise
Congress has a moral obligation as caretaker of America's culture. Jesse Helms
Abhorrence of apartheid is a moral attitude. It is not a policy. Edward Heath
I personally think that Newt is amoral when it comes to politics. He'll do anything to get elected. Brantley Harwell
The Bible nowhere prohibits war. In the Old Testament we find war and even conquest positively commanded, and although war was raging in the time of Christ and His apostles, still they said not a word of its unlawfulness and immorality. Henry Wager Halleck
What would Jesus have done in precisely similar situations? John P. Hale
Hawaii is ours. As I look back upon the first steps in this miserable business and as I contemplate the outrage, I am ashamed of the whole affair. Grover Cleveland
The Senator’s objections to “legislating morality,” his criticisms of the Supreme Court, and his advocacy of “states’ rights” all became the shorthand for an anti-civil rights appeal -- and were clearly understood as such by voters in the North and South Ripon Society
No government has a legitimate right to do what is not for the welfare of the governed. Thomas Jefferson
Until slavery waxeth old, and tendeth to decay, there CANNOT BE any legal recognition of the marriage rite, or the enforcement of its consequent duties. For, all the regulations on this subject would limit the master's absolute RIGHT OF PROPERTY in the slaves. …. He could no longer separate the wife and the husband to suit the convenience or interest of the purchaser; no matter how advantageous might be the terms offered. Hence; all the marriages that could ever be allowed them, would be a mere contract, violable at the master's pleasure. Their present quasi marriages are continually thus voided. They are, in this way, brought to consider their matrimonial alliances as a thing not binding, and they act accordingly. We are then assured by the most unquestionable testimony that licentiousness is the necessary result of our system Presbyterian Church
That such separation, among persons situated as our slaves are, is, civilly, a separation by death, and they believe that, in the sight of God, it would be so viewed. To forbid second marriages in such cases, would be to expose the parties not only to greater hardships and stronger temptations, but to church censure for acting in obedience to their masters, who cannot be expected to acquiesce in a regulation at variance with justice to the slaves, and to the spirit of that command which regulates marriage between Christians. The slaves are not free agents, and a dissolution by death is not more entirely without their consent and beyond their control than by such separation Baptist Church
A slave has never maintained an action against the violator of his bed. A slave is not admonished for incontinence, or punished for fornication or adultery; never prosecuted for bigamy … Daniel Dulany
We find the people to be no better than their laws. William Goodell
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
Moral disarmament is to safeguard the future; material disarmament is to save for the present, that there may be a future to safeguard. Elihu Root
… the damnable doctrine of Wilberforce Horatio Nelson
The Polish society is not composed solely of entrepreneurial and energetic young people. I can't image pensioners who get 600 zlotkies or 800 zlotkies a month getting even less than that. That would be immoral. Lech Kaczynski
That those tribes can not exist surrounded by our settlements and in continual contact with our citizens is certain. They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear. Such has been their fate heretofore, and if it is to be averted -- and it is -- it can only be done by a general removal beyond our boundary and by the reorganization of their political system upon principles adapted to the new relations in which they will be placed. Andrew Jackson
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
This Court always had disavowed the right to intrude its judgment upon questions of policy or morals Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality John F. Kennedy
Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. Dante Alighieri
After the Holocaust, the Jews are justified in taking any steps to protect themselves. Golda Meir
Anything can be justified by security. Fyodor Urnov
I didn't lie. I only didn't elaborate on every detail of the truth. Ferenc Gyurcsany
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things Russell Baker
Slavery is right, just, and lawful and consequently practiced every day. John Brown
Government legitimacy depends on a public perception of fairness. Lawrence Summers
America's conscience is bankrupt. She lost all conscience a long time ago. Uncle Sam has no conscience. Malcolm X
That nation is as depraved in its politics as in its morals. . . . England is the monster against which we should be always prepared. Comte de Vergennes; Charles Gravier
Premarital sex is as bad as heroin addiction. Eric J. Keroack
It is possible that the distinction between moral relativism and moral absolutism has sometimes been blurred because an excessively consistent practice of either leads to the same practical result — ruthlessness in political life. Richard Hofstadter
Striking bargains with repressive regimes does require making moral compromises . Charles A. Kupchan
The Devil himself could not tell which government, England or France is more wicked. Nathaniel Macon
If God is incomprehensible to man, it would seem rational never to think of Him at all …. whether there exists a God or not ... men's moral duties will always be the same so long as they possess their own nature Jean Meslier
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
Although the world has undergone many changes, both good and bad, in the past century, change need not imply the loss of traditional values. Nor is progress another word for moral decay. It is not development and progress which jeopardize values and morality but rather the absence of a strong and secure moral foundation developed first and foremost in the family. Surely, it is possible for one to enjoy the conveniences of modern life-airplanes and automobiles, computers and cell phones, microwaves and VCRs-without losing one's sense of values. When we love God, love our families, we can enjoy life without betraying the practices of decency, without abandoning the traditions of our cultures. Jehan Sedat
I am a fanatic lover of liberty, considering it as the unique condition under which intelligence, dignity and human happiness can develop and grow …. Liberty … consists in the full development of all the material, intellectual and moral powers that are latent in each person; liberty that recognizes no restrictions other than those determined by the laws of our own individual nature … Mikhail Bakunin
I have no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied, especially in tales written to teach children to be good, that babies are born pretty much alike, and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, and man and man, are steady application and moral effort. It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality. The experiences of the nursery, the school, the University, and of professional careers, are a chain of proofs to the contrary. Francis Galton
From the time of the North Briton of the unprincipled Wilkes, a notion has been entertained that the moral spine in Scotland is more flexible than in England. The truth however is, that an elementary difference exists in the public feelings of the two nations quite as great as in the idioms of their respective dialects. The English are a justice-loving people, according to charter and statute; the Scotch are a wrong-resenting race, according to right and feeling: and the character of liberty among them takes its aspect from that peculiarity. John Galt
The wave of terror radiated from the suffering city and spread throughout Germany. Appalling details of the great fire were recounted. The glow of the fires could be seen for one hundred twenty miles. A stream of haggard, terrified refugees flowed into the neighboring provinces. In every large town people said, 'what happened in Hamburg yesterday can happen to us tomorrow.' Berlin was evacuated amid signs of panic. In spite of strict reticence in official communiques, the terror of Hamburg spread rapidly to the remotest villages of the Reich. After Hamburg in the wide circle of the political and the military command could be heard the words: "The war is lost". Adolf Galland
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
One of the things I will talk about … is the dangers of contraception…. Contraception is not OK… It’s a license in the sexual realm to do what is counter to what things are supposed to be. Rick Santorum
It seems to me that the Pope's son, the Cardinal, is not in a condition for me to give him my daughter to wife. Make a cardinal who can marry and take off the hat, and then I will give him my daughter. Frederick IV
We have now in our possession three instruments of civilization, unknown to antiquity. These are the art of printing; free representative government; and, lastly, a pure and spiritual religion, the deep fountain of generous enthusiasm, the mighty spring of bold and lofty designs, the great sanctuary of moral power. Edward Everett
It is society which, fashioning us in its image, fills us with religious, political, and moral beliefs that control our actions. Emile Durkheim
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
Religion has ever filled the mind of man with darkness, and kept him in ignorance of his real duties and true interests. It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason, and Morality. Religion diverts us from the causes of evils, and from the remedies which nature prescribes; far from curing, it only aggravates, multiplies, and perpetuates them. Baron d'Holbach; Paul-Henri Thiry; Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud
Is it right for us, as a society, to do a thing – hang a man – which none of us individually would be prepared to do or even witness? The answer is 'no, not in a civilized society Alfred Denning
The progress made in refinement of manners and morals seems to have gone on simultaneously with the improvement in arts, manufactures and commerce. It moved slowly at first, but has been constantly increasing in velocity…. we are a much better people than we were then, better instructed, more sincere and kind-hearted, less gross and brutal, and have fewer of the concomitant vices of a less civilized state. Francis Place
None of us believe that in order to run a business, you have to leave your humanity at home. Ben Cohen
Next to the sin of murder comes the sin of sexual impurity. Spencer W. Kimball
Love people, not things; use things, not people. Spencer W. Kimball
We encourage all members, as citizens of the nation, to be actively involved in the political process, and to support those measures which will strengthen the community, state, and nation—morally, economically, and culturally. 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
I grieve, however, that anyone could be stupid enough, in any part of our country, to arrest the Vice-Presidential candidate of a recognized party because, on his way to speak to citizens of the United States, he tried to go through a door which was marked as the entrance for people of color. It seems to me completely incredible that, in a State where colored people are allowed to enlist and go to war and be killed for their country, there should exist anything so senseless as a rule which forces human beings to enter through separate doors according to their color. It is fundamentally un-Christian and wrong. Eleanor Roosevelt
Police officers and firefighters simply have no right to recuse themselves from having to protect persons of whose activities they disapprove for religious (or any other) reasons Richard A. Posner
God doesn’t want me to do this, so I can’t do what God doesn’t want me to do Rose Marie Belforti
The real question at issue is the improvement of the social and moral condition of the masses of the population; we wish to elevate in the gradation of society that great class which gains its support by manual labour. The mere interests of the landlords and occupying tenants, important as they are, are subordinate … Robert Peel
Liberty and equality are not only destructive to the morals, but to the happiness of society. George Fitzhugh
If we leave our values at the door, we give up some of the moral glue that has held our country together Barack Obama
And thought the nation ne'er would thrive Till all the whores were burnt alive. Matthew Prior
Equality is the measure of all things, and bad behavior is less bad if everyone indulges in it. Theodore Dalrymple; Anthony Daniels
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. George Washington
No one who knew the true nature of the Indian felt any regret that they were driven off their hunting grounds. This attitude was found wherever the Whites came in conflict with them and explains why they were scarcely regarded as human beings. Madison Grant
Always--from the very day we were attacked--it was right militarily as well as morally to reject the arguments of those shortsighted people who would have had us throw Britain and Russia to the Nazi wolves and concentrate against the Japanese Franklin D. Roosevelt
This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there - with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way. David Vitter
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities Voltaire; Francois-Marie
A party should be founded not merely on numbers, but on moral principles, without which it can neither accomplish useful work nor inspire confidence. Eleftherios Venizelos
Protestantism derived its penultimate conclusions — namely, that religion rests upon morality, and not morality upon religion, as in Catholicism. Miguel de Unamuno
I am a supporter of the Dream Act. There is an intuitive and moral case to be made that you don’t punish children for the sins of their parents. Michael Gerson
[Church] Doctrine tied itself into infinite knots over the realities of sex. Barbara Tuchman
The jury wish to express their and most hearty concurrence in the sentiment expressed so eloquently by Your Honor in regard to the character and tendency of the teachings of these defendants. At the same time, in the exercise of that large discretion confided to them by the State constitution and laws in such cases as these, and in the deference to the honest doubts which existed in the minds of a majority of the jury from the commencement of their deliberations, they have unanimously decided to yield to the defendants that charitable presumption of innocence, when there is a reasonable doubt, by which the law protects those who are placed in jeopardy of life or liberty. Anonymous
He who does not need to lie is proud of not being a liar. Friedrich Nietzsche
Morality in Europe today is herd-morality. Friedrich Nietzsche
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
We wrestle with the political issues of who has stewardship over life. Harold T. Lewis
All Americans want our government to have a moral compass. Jim Wallis
The law exists to express our values. Joseph I. Lieberman
We the people of the Catholic Church throughout the world seeking to escape from the oppressive immorality, the sanctioning of sin, the brainwashing of our children, the labeling of us as extremists, and the forced integration with anti-Catholics, declare our human and international rights to establish our own Nation. Our rights to have a Catholic Nation are no difference than the rights of Israel to have a Jewish Nation, Saudi Arabia to have a Moslem Nation, or England to have a Protestant Nation. Unity Publishing
Education must establish the moral unity of mankind. Harry S Truman
If this isn’t good versus evil, what is? George W. Bush
Being against evil doesn't make you good. Ernest Hemingway
What is considered sinful in one of the great religions to which citizens belong isn't necessarily sinful in the others. Criminal law therefore cannot be based on the notion of sin … Pierre Trudeau
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
Let a man be of what side he may in politics, — unless he be much more of a partisan than a patriot, — he will think it well that there should be some equity of division in the bestowal of crumbs of comfort. Anthony Trollope
It is almost certain that we will fail. But how will future history judge the German people, if not even a handful of men had the courage to put an end to that criminal? Henning von Tresckow
… moral ideas are not fixed. The attitude of public opinion towards slavery was completely changed in twenty or thirty years. Arnold J. Toynbee
Economists, firstly, regard only one part of man's nature, and treat him simply as a money-making animal; secondly, they disregard the influence of custom, and only take account of competition. Arnold J. Toynbee
The way to fame goes through the palaces, the way to happiness does through the markets, the way to virtue goes through the deserts. Chinese Proverb
For the majority of mankind, religion is a habit, or, more precisely, tradition is their religion. Though it seems strange, I think that the first step to moral perfection is your liberation from the religion in which you were raised. Not a single person has come to perfection except by following this way. Henry David Thoreau
The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people. Leo Tolstoy
Justice has nothing to do with victor nations and vanquished nations, but must be a moral standard that all the world's peoples can agree to. Hideki Tojo
Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity? Alexis de Tocqueville
He was as great as a man can be without morality Alexis de Tocqueville
I do not believe in a political strategy that does not have a moral foundation. Shimon Peres
Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? … We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free.. Henry David Thoreau
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 soldier is applauded who refuses to serve in an unjust war by those who do not refuse to sustain the unjust government which makes the war Henry David Thoreau
When you are about to badger the weak, Then imagine yourself before a more powerful man. Thiruvalluvar
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
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
If there was a market in mass-produced portable nuclear weapons, we'd market them, too. Alan Sugar
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
The real need of the day is ... moral and spiritual rearmament ... God's Living Spirit can transcend conflicting political systems, can reconcile order and freedom, can rekindle true patriotism, can unite all citizens in the service of the nation, and all nations in the service of mankind. Stanley Baldwin
A certain moral imbecility marks all ethnocentric movements. I. F. Stone
Those damn preachers got the idea that it was a moral issue Richard B. Russell Jr.
Those in middling circumstances, have less temptation—they are inclined by habit and the company with whom they associate, to set bounds to their passions and appetites—if this is not sufficient, the want of means to gratify them will be a restraint—they are obliged to employ their time in their respective callings—hence less substantial yeomanry of the country are more temperate, or better morals and less ambition than the great. Melancthon Smith
…the exorbitant wealth of individuals has a most baneful influence on public virtue, and therefore should be carefully guarded against. A wicked rich man soon corrupts a whole neighborhood, and a few of them will poison the morals of a whole community. Phillips Payson
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
In the multicultural West, our values are that we have no values: we accord all values equal value Mark Steyn
The United States, … and all civilized nations must have zero tolerance for terrorism. Otherwise, we sink into a swamp of moral relativism and strategic myopia. Robert Blackwill
The most basic building block of any successful government is, first and foremost, a moral authority over the people it leads. Pradip Phanjoubam
While the ramifications of such a law and the results of the Court's decision here may be personally troubling to me as parent, it is my obligation as a judge to impartially apply the laws of this state without imposing my moral view on the decisions of the Legislature. Aberto Gonzales
Every man, however slenderly provided with common sense must perceive that slavery was iniquitous and attrocious . . . repugnant to the laws of nature and the principles of morality and religion, and militates against the very intentions of society, and the happiness of the human race. William Cobbett
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
The more a government strives to curtail freedom of speech, the more obstinately is it resisted; not indeed by the avaricious, ... but by those whom good education, sound morality, and virtue have rendered more free. Men in general are so constituted that there is nothing they will endure with so little patience as that views which they believe to be true should be counted crimes against the laws. Baruch Spinoza
All laws which can be broken without any injury to another, are counted but a laughing-stock, and are so far from bridling the desires and lusts of men, that on the contrary they stimulate them. Baruch Spinoza
Thus by survival of the fittest, the militant type of society becomes characterized by profound confidence in the governing power, joined with a loyalty causing submission to it in all matters whatever Herbert Spencer
… what is true for me may be blasphemy for others. Gerry Spence
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
… what is white to one person may be gray to another. Gene Spafford
People do these things to other people. Not just in Nazi concentration camps and in Abu Ghraib when it was run by Saddam Hussein. Americans, too, do them when they have permission. When they are told or made to feel that those over whom they have absolute power deserve to be mistreated, humiliated, tormented. They do them when they are led to believe that the people they are torturing belong to an inferior, despicable race or religion. For the meaning of these pictures is not just that these acts were performed, but that their perpetrators had no sense that there was anything wrong in what the pictures show. Susan Sontag
I believe that courage is morally neutral. I can well imagine wicked people being brave and good people being timid or afraid. I don't consider it a moral virtue. Susan Sontag
Not all violence is equally reprehensible; not all wars are equally unjust. Susan Sontag
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
The politicians... needed the rural people and used them as ruthlessly as Negroes were used when they were needed. They needed to play voter against voter and all of them against "the Negro" -- and they needed the poor whites' approval of acts which the dominant group's more informed minds could not wholly approve. They needed poor whites to be their yes-men, moral henchmen quieting their leaders' uneasy consciences. Lillian Smith
What many people call sin is not sin; I do many things to break down superstition, and I will break it down. Joseph Smith, Jr.
This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and powerful, and to despise or, at least, neglect persons of poor and mean conditions, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments. Adam Smith
All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind. Adam Smith
No laws, however stringent, can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober Samuel Smiles
We are responsible not only for what we do but also for what we could have prevented. Peter Singer
The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjugation of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security. But these, too, as were the phrases of the Covenant, are only words; their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honor them and give them content and meaning. The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act — and if necessary, to suffer and die — for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied. Haile Selassie
Our moral virtues benefit mainly other people; intellectual virtues, on the other hand, benefit primarily ourselves; therefore the former make us universally popular, the latter unpopular. Arthur Schopenhauer
Compassion is the basis of all morality. Arthur Schopenhauer
Some of the defendants say that dictatorship can be good if there is a good dictator. But I say that a man cannot stay good if he becomes a dictator. Authoritarianism is a system that destroys man's morality. If you take a saint and give him power, he will change into a Hitler or a devil. Baldur Benedikt von Schirach
The memory of war weighs undiminished upon the people's minds. That is because deeper than material wounds, moral wounds are smarting, inflicted by the so-called peace treaties. ... Material loss can be made up through renewed labor, but the moral wrong which has been inflicted upon the conquered peoples, in the peace dictates, leaves a burning scar on the people's conscience. ... Hjalmar Schacht
I am not a political person. My involvement in the Free Speech Movement is religious and moral... I don't know what made me get up and give that first speech. I only know I had to. What was it Kierkegaard said about free acts? They're the ones that, looking back, you realize you couldn't help doing. Mario Savio
When you send a clerk on business to a distant province, a man of rigid morals is not your best choice. Ihara Saikaku
Armenians, as a people that have survived the Genocide, have a moral duty towards mankind and history in the prevention of genocides. We have done and will continue to do our best to support the persistent implementation of the Genocide Convention. Genocide cannot concern only one people, because it is a crime against humanity. Serzh Sargsyan
… we must regard all the changes which tend toward the uplift and survival of the human race as moral. Margaret Sanger
… the Western custom of one wife and hardly any mistress… Hector Hugh Munro
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
All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed. Max Born
Moral certainty is never more than probability. Cesare Beccaria
Knowing what we now know about living systems—how they replicate and how they mutate—we are beginning to know how to control their evolutionary futures. To a considerable extent we now do that with the plants we cultivate and the animals we domesticate. This is, in fact, a standard application of genetics today. We could even go further, for there is no reason why we cannot in the same way direct our own evolutionary futures. I wish to emphasize, however—and emphatically—that whether we should do this and, if so, how, are not questions science alone can answer. They are for society as a whole to think about. Scientists can say what the consequences might be, but they are not justified in going further except as responsible members of society. George Wells Beadle
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
The end must justify the means. Matthew Prior
I admit that Mendeleev has two wives, but I have only one Mendeleev. Alexander III
Philosophers and theologians have yet to learn that a physical fact is as sacred as a moral principle. Louis Agassiz
How do we protect free speech, when it may well be seen by the majority of the population as something that undermines the “just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare…? Legislating against free speech is always dangerous. Worse, in some countries and contexts, lawsuits have been used to harass those who hold dissenting or contrarian views. Ismail Serageldin
In the 19th century, some people looked at the condition of slavery and said that it was monstrous and unconscionable; that it must be abolished. ... Today the condition of hunger in a world of plenty is equally monstrous and unconscionable and it too must be abolished. We must become the 'new abolitionists'. Ismail Serageldin
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
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
Ought a convicted adulteress and her paramour husband be placed in the highest offices in this free land? Charles Hammond
We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise. Terry Hands
It is the moral force which carries a movement forward. James Keir Hardie
When we choose for ourselves, we also choose for others. Jean-Paul Sartre
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, and politics without principle. Mohandas K. Gandhi
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Civilization depends on morality. Ralph Waldo Emerson
… the highest proof of civility is, that the whole public action of the State is directed on securing the greatest good of the greatest number. Our Southern States have introduced confusion into the moral sentiments of their people, by reversing this rule in theory and practice, and denying a man's right to his labor. 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 negro is no model of virtue or manliness. He loves idleness, he has little conception of right and wrong, and he is improvident to the last degree of childishness. He is a creature,--as some of our own people will do well to keep carefully in mind,--he is a creature just forcibly released from slavery. The havoc of war has filled his heart with confused longings, and his ears with confused sounds of rights and privileges: it must be the nation's duty, for it cannot be left wholly to his late master, to help him to a clear understanding of these rights and privileges, and also to lay upon him a knowledge of his responsibilities. He is anxious to learn, and is very tractable in respect to minor matters; but we shall need almost infinite patience with him, for he comes very slowly to moral comprehensions. Sidney Andrews
Some people say torture doesn’t work. I do not know whether it does or not. … The reality is the effect it has on you. When you become the torturer, something happens to that force … it has a corrosive effect over time. You move down a path that is difficult to come back from. Stanley A. McChrystal
It is a mere truism to say that, in politics, there has to be one continual compromise. Of course now and then questions arise upon which a compromise is inadmissible. There could be no compromise with secession, and there was none. There should be no avoidable compromise about any great moral question. But only a very few great reforms or great measures of any kind can be carried through without concession. No student of American history needs to be reminded that the Constitution itself is a bundle of compromises, and was adopted only because of this fact, and that the same thing is true of the Emancipation Proclamation. Theodore Roosevelt
There is another fallacy which appears to me to pervade the so-called “ethics of evolution.” It is the notion that because, on the whole, animals and plants have advanced in perfection of organization by means of the struggle for existence and the consequent “survival of the fittest;” therefore men in society, men as ethical beings, must look to the same process to help them towards perfection. I suspect that this fallacy has arisen out of the unfortunate ambiguity of the phrase “survival of the fittest.” “Fittest” has a connotation of “best;” and about “best” there hangs a moral flavour. In cosmic nature, however, what is “fittest” depends upon the conditions. Thomas Huxley
Since the cosmic process of evolution is amoral, there is no guarantee that good will win out over evil, that human society will thrive rather than fail. Thomas Huxley
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 community at large is under definite obligations to see to it that physicians and scientific men are not needlessly hampered in carrying on the inquiries necessary for an adequate performance of their important social office of sustaining human life and vigor. John Dewey
As men could not make might obey right, they have made right obey might. Blaise Pascal
The Spanish Inquisition sought to avoid direct responsibility for the burning of heretics by handing them over to the secular arm; to burn them itself, it piously explained, would be wholly inconsistent with its Christian principles. Few of us would allow the Inquisition thus easily to wipe its hands clean of bloodshed; it knew quite well what would happen. Equally, where the technological application of scientific discoveries is clear and obvious — as when a scientist works on nerve gases — he cannot properly claim that such applications are "none of his business," merely on the ground that it is the military forces, not scientists, who use the gases to disable or kill. John Passmore
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
We ought never to do wrong when anyone is looking. Mark Twain
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If my doing the right thing will cost me my seat, they can take this job and shove it. Roy J. McDonald
The earth didn’t stop spinning. The moon didn’t fall into the pond. The people who live across the street are the same people, except that they’re married. James S. Alesi
Congress has become the center of legalized bribery/ Thomas Friedman
… demonstrated weakness in moral fiber United States Army
In such a climate, no one who held a position of responsibility in the Manhattan Project could doubt that we were trying to perfect a weapon that, however repugnant to us as human beings, could nonetheless save untold numbers of American lives. Leslie Richard Groves Jr.
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
America has a genius for great unselfish deeds, and into the hands of America, God has placed an afflicted mankind. Pius XII
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
That’s the trouble with inquisitors and censors. They become fascinated by what they deplore. Maureen Dowd
The UN doesn’t take any moral stands unless its against Israel. Ami Horowitz
To the moralist, prostitution does not consist so much in the fact that the woman sells her body, but rather that she sells it out of wedlock. Emma Goldman
Satan’s successes are the greatest when he appears with the name of God on his lips. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure. Lord George Gordon
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
My greatest fear has always been that I would be afraid - afraid physically or mentally or morally and allow myself to be influenced by fear instead of by my honest convictions. 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
...it's so hard to find men of a so high type of morals that they'll stay bought. Mark Twain
There is Moral Sense, and there is an Immoral Sense. History shows us that the Moral Sense enables us to perceive morality and how to avoid it, and that the Immoral Sense enables up to perceive immorality and how to enjoy it. Mark Twain
Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them. Mark Twain
Evidence...proves that prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places, and does not cure it or even diminish it. Mark Twain
Customs do not concern themselves with right or wrong or reason. But they have to be obeyed; one reasons all around them until he is tired, but he must not transgress them, it is sternly forbidden. Mark Twain
It is curious--curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. Mark Twain
The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder's moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a privileged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name. Mark Twain
Get the formalities right, never mind about the moralities. Mark Twain
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime's by action dignified William Shakespeare
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
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. Charlotte Bronte
… vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess! Charles Dickens
Many an act that man does is right or wrong according to the time and place which form, so to speak, its context; strip it of its surrounding circumstances, and you tear away its meaning. Gentlemen reformers, beware of this common practice of yours! Beware of calling an act evil on Tuesday because that same act was evil on Monday! Owen Wister
To tear treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire, with no more moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into a safe. Joseph Conrad
… there are times of moral danger when the hardest virtuous resolution to form is flight, and when the most heroic bravery is flight. Charles Dickens
There are times … when every one of us must make a stand for human right and justice, or you never feel clean again. Arthur Conan Doyle
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity Thomas Hardy
… he knew the lie of silence to be as evil as the lie of speech. Gilbert Parker
The world prefers decorum to honesty. George Meredith
'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
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
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
Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good. John Adams
Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another. Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property. In vices, the very essence of crime—that is, the design to injure the person or property of another—is wanting. It is a maxim of the law that there can be no crime without criminal intent; that is, without the intent to invade the person or property of another. But no one ever practices a vice with any such criminal intent. He practices his vice for his own happiness solely, and not from any malice toward others. Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property, and the corresponding coequal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property Lysander Spooner
Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers. Learned Hand
Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics. George McGovern
Without freedom there can be no morality. Carl Jung
Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers. Learned Hand
State censorship presents itself as a bulwark between society and forces of subversion or moral corruption. To dismiss this account of its own motives by the state as insincere would be a mistake: it is a feature of the paranoid logic of the censoring mentality that virtue ... must be innocent, and therefore, unless protected, vulnerable to the wiles of vice…. Censorship is not an occupation that attracts intelligent, subtle minds. Censors can and often have been outwitted J. M. Coetzee
What Americans should by now be able to see is that neither the laissez-faire marketplace nor strong government has given them a satisfying or permanent resolution. The problem is not the marketplace and it is not government. The problem originates in the contest of clashing values between society and capitalism and, since this human society cannot surrender its deepest values, it must try to alter capitalism's. William Greider
If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Maybe the critics are right. Maybe there's no escaping our great political divide, an endless clash of armies, and any attempts to alter the rules of engagement are futile. Or maybe the trivialization of politics has reached a point of no return, so that most people see it as just one more diversion, a sport, with politicians our paunch-bellied gladiators and those who bother to pay attention just fans on the sidelines: We paint our faces red or blue and cheer our side and boo their side, and if it takes a late hit or cheap shot to beat the other team, so be it, for winning is all that matters. But I don't think so. Barack Obama
What good would politics be, if it didn’t give everyone the opportunity to make moral compromises? Thomas Mann
Between law and equity there is, perhaps there must always be, a considerable interval. Between law and absolute morality there is at times patent contradiction. The undue protection of class interests, the neglect of interests of large classes; the legislation which consults, chiefly and above all else, the profit of the legislator, whether he be king, or noble, or popular assembly; the legislation which postpones moral to material interests, and which makes havoc of man's highest good in order to gratify his lower instincts, his passing caprice, his unreasoning passion -- all this and much else appears to forbid enthusiasm for human law. Henry Parry Liddon
Many a dormant moral issue is brought to life by economic pressure. Lewis F. Korns
There is no such thing as wise regulation of a generally acknowledged evil. Lewis F. Korns
The people of this country are remarkable for their hospitable reception of foreigners, and for their forgetfulness of past animosities. Napoleon Bonaparte, the greatest enemy that England ever had, was treated while at Plymouth with respect, and with commiseration while at St Helena. Marshal Soult, who had fought in many battles against the English, was received with generous acclamation when he came here as Special Ambassador. The King of the French, Mons. Guizot, and Prince Metternich, though all of them great antagonists of English policy and English interests, were treated in this country with courtesy and kindness. But General Haynau was looked upon as a great moral criminal; …. But Viscount Palmerston can assure your Majesty that those feelings of just and honorable indignation have not been confined to England, for he had good reason to know that General Haynau's ferocious and unmanly treatment of the unfortunate inhabitants of Brescia and of other towns and places in Italy, his savage proclamations to the people of Pesth, and his barbarous acts in Hungary excited almost as much disgust in Austria as in England, and that the nickname of "General Hyæna" was given to him at Vienna long before it was applied to him in London. Henry John Temple
His [Theodore Roosevelt’s] chief faults … are three: impatience of the interval between desire and accomplishment; failure to appreciate the persistence of a moral ideal as distinguished from a wise or expedient purpose; and overconfidence in the disposition of the popular mind to consider fine distinctions in passing on a broad issue. Francis E. Leupp
We may have to accept some form of that dual citizenship which meets with so much articulate horror among us. Dual citizenship we may have to recognize as the rudimentary form of that international citizenship to which, if our words mean anything, we aspire. We have assumed unquestioningly that mere participation in the political life of the United States must cut the new citizen off from all sympathy with his old allegiance. Anything but a bodily transfer of devotion from one sovereignty to another has been viewed as a sort of moral treason against the Republic. Randolph Bourne
People are wanted on the farms to raise corn and grow stock for the markets; but they are wanted there far more for the training of manhood and womanhood in moral worth, in religious sensibility, in all the traits of a strong, upright personality. In the future as never heretofore, our cities with their multiplying wealth and lavish luxury are likely to need the country for that steady renewal of their better life which shall keep them from relaxing into sensuality and sinking into decay. George Sherwood Dickerman
Have two centuries of education nothing to do with our success, or an eternity of ignorance with Mexican failure? Was our government a lucky guess, and theirs an unfortunate speculation? The one lesson that America is destined to teach the world, or to miss her destiny in failing to teach, has with us passed into a truism, and is yet continually lost sight of; it is the magnificent result of three thousand years of experiment: the simple truth, that no government is so firm, so truly conservative, and so wholly indestructible, as a government founded and dependent for support upon the affections and good-will of a moral, intelligent, and educated community Charles Francis Adams II
War not only teaches what man can be, but it teaches also what he must not be. Oliver Wendell Holmes
I am sure that university life would be better, both intellectually and morally, if most university students had temporary childless marriages. This would afford a solution to the sexual urge neither restless nor surreptitious, neither mercenary nor casual, and of such a nature that it need not take up time which ought to be given to work. Bertrand; 3rd Earl of Kingston
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
The Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. Bertrand Russell
The peculiar importance attached, at present, to adultery is quite irrational... Moral rules ought not to be such as to make instinctive happiness impossible Bertrand Russell
The right of conquest has no foundation other than the right of the strongest. If war does not give the conqueror the right to massacre the conquered peoples, the right to enslave them cannot be based upon a right which does not exist. Jean Jacques Rousseau
The hostility of society toward homosexuality is only a special case of its general hostility toward the adolescent spirit. In order to undermine the creative efforts of individuals to shape their lives by their own standards of human understanding and morality, society identifies their deviancy in terms of its inadequacies and failures, thereby undermining their access to basic social acceptance in adaptive areas. Paul Rosenfels
Laws are only observed with the consent of the individuals concerned and a moral change still depends on the individual and not on the passage of any law. Eleanor Roosevelt
Sometimes great injustices may be inflicted on the minority when the majority is in the pursuit of a great and just cause. Paul Robeson
Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty. Henry Martyn Robert
We may employ artifice to deceive a rival, anything against our enemies. Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal
Things that used to be illicit are not illicit today. Licit products of yesterday, may be illicit today. Richard Snyder
We have to stop allowing economics to be used as a trump card. Capitalism is like math. It is amoral. It is good at producing wealth; it's bad at distributing wealth. Unless it operates within a moral framework it will produce an unjust society. Charley Reese
A falsehood in which some truth is not stated at the beginning, cannot be maintained in the end. Shlomo ben Yitzchak; Rashi
Religious belief prevented the growth of a sense of realism. But atheism at once makes man realistic and alive to the needs of morality. Gora; Goparaju Ramachandra
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
… morality ends where the gun begins. Ayn Rand
The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. Ayn Rand
I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. 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
Many on the right confuse the "is" of globalization with the "ought" of simply accepting all its effects. They preach a political quietism that is really just a cloak for greed. Bob Rae
… knowledge without conscience is but the ruin of the soul Francois Rabelais
For a long time, we fought in principle against casinos. Finally, we were persuaded it’s big business and if we were not in it, someone else would be. It was becoming increasingly more difficult to shield our people from gambling. We can’t be the nanny. Lee Hsien Loong
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
… what our national experience has made plain is this, that to remain in a continually exalted moral condition is not human nature. That has happened which was prophesied: we have gone down hill from the Revolution until now; we are absorbed in "mere money-getting. Voltairine de Cleyre
Plenty of kind, decent, caring people have no religious beliefs, and they act out of the goodness of their hearts. Conversely, plenty of people who profess to be religious, even those who worship regularly, show no particular interest in the world beyond themselves. John C. Danforth
I view current US nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous, creating unacceptable risks to other nations and to our own" Robert McNamara
… keeper of the national conscience Anthony Lewis
As the record of great figures in history shows, the correlation between a politician's sexual fidelity and his or her contribution to mankind is zero. Anthony Lewis
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
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
A moral consideration of the utmost importance for us: We must respect individual differences, yet we must coordinate, work together, and act as one…. Mutual commitment to ideals -- yes; the stifling of all dissenting notions -- no. Norman Lamm
The morality of a [political] party must grow out of the conscience and the participation of the voters. Eleanor Roosevelt
Morality is the object of government. Ralph Waldo Emerson
One, on God’s side, is a majority. Wendell Phillips
Perish the colonies, rather than a principle! Antoine Barnave
Was the blood which has just been shed so pure? Antoine Barnave
… 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
If one rejects laissez faire on account of man’s fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action. Ludwig von Mises
… everyone is convinced that all sexual wrongs represent a symptom of decadence peculiar to our age. Ludwig von Mises
That a science, which distinguishes the criterions of right and wrong; which teaches to establish the one, and prevent, punish, or redress the other; which employs in its theory the noblest faculties of the soul, and exerts in its practice the cardinal virtues of the heart; a science, which is universal in its use and extent, accommodated to each individual, yet comprehending the whole community; that a science like this should ever have been deemed unnecessary to be studied in an university, is matter of astonishment and concern. William Blackstone
Judge-made law, where there is an absolute government and a lax morality, where there is no bar and no public, is a curse and scandal not to be endured. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Let princes choose ministers … rather upon conscience than upon bravery. Francis Bacon
The stock of materials by which any nation is rendered flourishing and prosperous are its industry, its knowledge or skill, its morals, its execution of justice, its courage, and the national union in directing these powers to one point and making them all center in the public benefit. Edmund Burke
Action is the right outlet of emotion. Henry Ward Beecher
How then can anyone assert that the Constitution, written in the late 18th century, is a specific and absolutely literal guide for legal or moral behavior in the 21st century? Rich Turner
… right now the Republican Party accommodates too much quackery, belligerence and misplaced moralism to play a fully credible part in a vital, essential debate about the size and scope of government. The party should be a place where voters who are reasonably concerned about government overreach can turn. It shouldn’t be a bastion of regressive social ideas and foul tempers. Frank Bruni
Western fundamentalism: By this term I mean the elevation of Western modernity above all other ways of knowing and being and it includes adherence to capitalism, individualism, patriarchy, scientific rationalism, ‘Christian’ morality, commodification of the environment, private property and a belief in progress. Valerie Morse
There is such a thing as justice which is not necessarily the same thing as law. John McLaughlin
History has put America in a position where its national security depends on its further moral growth. Robert Wright
Criticism of the sexual rectitude of politicians first surfaced as a regular part of American public life in the acrimonious milieu of the 1780s and 1790s. During those transitional decades ... older notions of deference and reticence began to recede. In their place emerged a fierce brand of political combat that regarded personal morality as a legitimate field of battle. John H. Summers
Because of our sin, we as individuals and as a nation continue to experience a decline in moral values and beliefs. Our sinful behavior has resulted in increasing rates of unmarried adolescent and adult sexual activity, the birth of children to unwed mothers, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and decreasing marital fidelity. These are all signs of the decline of our culture. National Association of Evangelicals
As long as a man sees in our present society only a few inevitable abuses and recognizes no sin and evil deep-seated in the very constitution of the present order, he is still in a state of moral blindness… Christians should see through the fictions of capitalism. Walter Rauschenbusch
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
From my viewpoint it's the Clinton gang who are the outlaws, the violators of our Constitution and of all of our old-fashioned legal and moral principles, and anything that we do to oppose them is legal and is morally justified. Anyone who goes along with them is a traitor, in the strict, old-fashioned sense of the word, and anyone who sits on his hands now and refuses to oppose the Clinton gang is not much better. William Pierce
We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth: We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations—acting individually or in concert—will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified. Barack Obama
Today, with the Executive Order I am about to sign, we will bring the change that so many scientists and researchers, doctors and innovators, patients and loved ones have hoped for and fought for these past eight years: We will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell research. Now, in recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values. In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. Barack Obama
When confronted with political evil, we are better off responding to the ‘political’ rather than the ‘evil’. Alan Wolfe
No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. John F. Kennedy
A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right as well as reality. John F. Kennedy
Sometimes not all adolescent victims [of sexually predatory priests] are so “innocent”. Some can be sexually very active and aggressive and often quite streetwise. Rembert Weakland
Contrary to most state laws, the Catholic Church considered the age of consent to be as young as 12. Janet Reitman
God is my judge. We were justified under the circumstances. John Brown
Mykola Lebed was of inestimable value to this agency…. He assisted in operations of great importance Allen Welsh Dulles
The humanism of Western civilization and the essence of Christian morality, the peerless legacy of the Enlightenment and Thomas Jefferson immortal affirmation of the inalienable human rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness all stood on the brink of annihilation. Susan Dunn