Randy Cohen Quotes

Duty remains even when harm arises not from malevolence but from religious conviction or local custom or ordinary boneheadedness. What is the key is the well being of the victim not the motive of the perpetrator… I’d feel no better about your burning me at the stake out of deep spiritual yearning than I would because you were just having a bad day .




Randy Cohen, Ethicist, “Inside Job”, New York Times Magazine, January 1, 2006

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Randy Cohen is an American writer and humorist known as the author of The Ethicist column in The New York Times Magazine between 1999 and 2011. The column was syndicated throughout the U.S. and Canada. Cohen is also known as the author of several books, a playwright, and the host of the public radio show Person Place Thing.

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