Best Quotes About Morality

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time. -H. L. Mencken

Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. -Frank Herbert

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. -Ambrose Bierce

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. -Jane Addams

Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet. -Judith Martin

Science by itself has no moral dimension. But it does seek to establish truth. And upon this truth morality can be built. -William Masters

The law is constantly based on notions of morality, and if all laws representing essentially moral choices are to be invalidated under the due process clause, the courts will be very busy indeed. -Byron White

He was a crystal of morality among our scientists. -Nikita Khrushchev

If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants. -Lao Tzu

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality. -Albert Schweitzer

The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. -Andrew Carnegie

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction. -Joseph Addison

Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent. -Vine Deloria, Jr.

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality. -Henry Ward Beecher

I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world. -Malcolm Bradbury

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. -Henry David Thoreau

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality. -Herbert Spencer

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

Religion is no more the parent of morality than an incubator is the mother of a chicken. -Lemuel K. Washburn

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point. -Friedrich Nietzsche

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion. -Matthew Arnold

Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach. -Victor Hugo

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. -Arthur C. Clarke

Compassion is the basis of morality. -Arthur Schopenhauer

My commitment to the security and future of Israel is based upon basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest. Our role in supporting Israel honors our own heritage. -Gerald R. Ford

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. -George Washington

A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality. -William Winwood Reade

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live. -Ayn Rand

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject. -Ayn Rand

Rights are not a matter of numbers – and there can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob. -Ayn Rand

Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality. -John Dalberg-Acton

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. -Jane Austen

The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it. -Jean Anouilh

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil. -Georges Bataille

Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs and the morality that suits him. -Remy de Gourmont

To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality. -John Locke

A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality. -Milan Kundera

None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married. -E. W. Howe

Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality. -William Hazlitt

Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it. -Mikhail Bakunin

To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible. -James Anthony Froude

However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society. -Thomas Jefferson

Honor is simply the morality of superior men. -H. L. Mencken

Obscenity is a moral concept in the verbal arsenal of the establishment, which abuses the term by applying it, not to expressions of its own morality but to those of another. -Herbert Marcuse

Fear is the mother of morality. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science. -Blaise Pascal

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality. -Mahatma Gandhi

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. -John F. Kennedy

Force always attracts men of low morality. -Albert Einstein

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. -Ayn Rand

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. -Thomas Jefferson

To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny. -Simone Weil

Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking. -Derek Jarman

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality. -Mahatma Gandhi

For us, universal values such as justice, morality and peace cannot be disputed and it is for this reason that we pursue the restoration of historical truth. -Robert Kocharian

You can't legislate morality. -Jesse Ventura

I just think people should find the music that helps them through the day and enjoy that. I've never felt like, if somebody does or doesn't like what I'm doing, it's a morality issue. -Amy Grant

Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property. -Maria Edgeworth

I love the gallery, the arena of representation. It's a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that's taking place in the art gallery. -Jeff Koons

I believe that my art gets across the point that I'm in this morality theater trying to help the underdog, and I'm speaking socially here, showing concern and making psychological and philosophical statements for the underdog. -Jeff Koons

The Christian churches were offered two things: the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul, and they rejected the higher inspiration… Following Paul, we have turned the goodness of love into a fiend and degraded the crowning impulse of our being into a capital sin. -Frank Harris

I believe that a long step toward public morality will have been taken when sins are called by their right names. -Billy Sunday

Democracy without morality is impossible. -Jack Kemp

I have always maintained that society has no business dictating morality. -Peter Fonda

Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste. -Thomas Edward Brown

There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street. -D. H. Lawrence

People who relieve others of their money with guns are called robbers. It does not alter the immorality of the act when the income transfer is carried out by government. -Cal Thomas

Morality, like language, is an invented structure for conserving and communicating order. And morality is learned, like language, by mimicking and remembering. -Jane Rule

Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else; and primarily, morality consists in the motives, that is in the affections. -Archibald Alexander

I learned at a very early age, the easiest thing in the world is to tell the truth, and then you don't have to remember what you said. It has nothing to do with morality, just remembering what you said. -Robert Evans

When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country. -Noah Webster

I don't believe in morality in architecture. -Michael Graves

If we allow the consideration of heathen morality and heathen religion to absolve us from the duty of preaching the gospel we are really deposing Christ from His throne in our own souls. -Roland Allen

Try to find the path of least resistance and use it without harming others. Live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings. -Steven Seagal

A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves. -Grover Cleveland

How often I have found that we grow to maturity not by doing what we like, but by doing what we should. How true it is that not every 'should' is a compulsion, and not every 'like' is a high morality and true freedom. -Karl Rahner

Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make the attempt. That's morality, that's religion, that's art, that's life. -Phil Ochs

Do you not see, first, that – as a mental abstract – physical force is directly opposed to morality; and secondly, that it practically drives out of existence the moral forces? -Auberon Herbert

Mere heathen morality, and not Jesus Christ, is preached in most of our churches. -George Whitefield

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

So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality, and its modern emphasis on justice as well, have historically evolved as religious issues. -Huston Smith

My parents were pretty lenient with me. But, they gave me morality while I was growing up. They taught me the difference between right and wrong. -Mark Hoppus

Rigour is to the mathematician what morality is to men. -Andre Weil

Fear, conformity, immorality: these are heavy burdens. They drain us of creative energy. And when we are drained of creative energy, we do not create. We procreate, but we do not create. -David McCallum

But I think it is a serious issue to wonder about the other platonic absolutes of say beauty and morality. -Roger Penrose

As for morality, well that's all tied up with the question of consciousness. -Roger Penrose

If you didn't have any conscious beings in the world, there really wouldn't be morality but with consciousness that you have it. -Roger Penrose

Deterrence itself is not a preeminent value; the primary values are safety and morality. -Herman Kahn

Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant. -Michael Shermer

But the imposition of morality onto science, – where it does not belong – has become rampant in recent years. -Bill Condon

There is more criticism of puritanism, and more distance from Christian morality, than there has been before. -Susie Bright

Surveillance induced morality: relics of cultural retardation. -Marc Maron

It's a morality film, and it poses the question 'What would you do?' I took it very seriously, just as the director did in terms of atmosphere and lighting, and I was just trying to help that vision along. -Kevin Williamson

I learned a lot about morality from fiction, from movies. -Rob Morrow

Our enemy of international terrorism respects no laws of warfare or morality, and its individual members take innocent lives, just to create chaos for news cameras. -Mark Kennedy

While some of them acknowledge the obligation of natural morality in their mode of conducting their cases, and preserve their individual character as gentlemen, there are others who acknowledge no law, human or divine, but the law of Scotland. -George Combe

Relationships do not preclude issues of morality. -Jhumpa Lahiri

Thinking that morality is all about commandments is a relatively new way of thinking, since the Reformation. -Timothy Radcliffe

God created the family to provide the maximum love and support and morality and example that one can imagine. -Jerry Falwell

This is someone who has a very stringent morality, and believes the system works, and has been deeply, deeply disappointed, and hurt, by it. You know, so she's in a very different place in life. -Julianne Moore

And there was a real shedding of the old dogma, like boundaries of morality were being broken down and everybody was into the new party mode of just loving on each other. Which destroyed thousands of us. I lost 16 of my personal friends through that lifestyle. -Barry McGuire

What happens when good people are put into an evil place? Do they triumph or does the situation dominate their past history and morality? -Philip Zimbardo

The moral equation strongly tells everyone who understands freedom, who understands morality, that Israel is engaging in a just war in defense of its people and its freedom. -George Pataki

There is a tone of morality throughout the rural districts of England, which is unhappily wanting in the large towns and the centres of particular manufactures. -Henry Mayhew

Money motivates neither the best people, nor the best in people. It can move the body and influence the mind, but it cannot touch the heart or move the spirit; that is reserved for belief, principle, and morality. -Dee Hock

Of woman as a real human being, with sexual needs and sexual responsibilities, morality has often known nothing. -Havelock Ellis

The Leadership Training Institute of America trains and equips young men and women to be leaders with high standards of personal morality and integrity. -Michael C. Burgess

Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction and powers of each of the branches of government. It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending. -Bob Woodward

Even in this glowering age, morality animates our lives with meaning. -Armstrong Williams

I do not think athletes should get a free pass. I don't think we should train our children and future athletes to believe that they are above the law and morality. -Armstrong Williams

Therefore the great mediator of any community is human morality. -Armstrong Williams

We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy. -Joe Baca

If anyone tells you that you cannot legislate morality, remeber that legislation IS morality. -Jay Alan Sekulow

Commerce is against morality. Morality is going to lose every time. -Robin Day

We say to the British government: you have kept those sculptures for almost two centuries. You have cared for them as well as you could, for which we thank you. But now in the name of fairness and morality, please give them back. -Melina Mercouri

It has been wisely observed by the greatest of modern thinkers that mankind has progressed more rapidly in every other respect than in morality. -Lafcadio Hearn

Philosophy as practice does not mean its restriction to utility or applicability, that is, to what serves morality or produces serenity of soul. -Karl Jaspers

The Japanese chose the principle of eternal peace as the basis of morality for our rebirth after the War. -Kenzaburo Oe

So, one of the things I was doing with the aliens in The Quiet Invasion was creating that advanced society which had ideas about morality and proper use of natural resources that were radically different from ours, as the Europeans were from the American Indians. -Sarah Zettel

I guess it was but I think peoples morality has changed. It's gotten more liberal and more diverse and even in a sense much more fundamental, you take the fundamental religious right in this country, its got to go back about 50 years. -Larry Hagman

I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins. -Norman Lear

A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned. -Xun Kuang

Fundamentalists are panicked by the apparent disintegration of the family, the disappearance of certainty and the decay of morality. Fear leads them to ask, if we cannot trust the Bible, what can we trust? -Garrett Hardin

A technical solution may be defined as one that requires a change only in the techniques of the natural sciences, demanding little or nothing in the way of change in human values or ideas of morality. -Garrett Hardin

It is an accepted commonplace in psychology that the spiritual level of people acting as a crowd is far lower than the mean of each individual's intelligence or morality. -Christian Lous Lange

Irony, I feel, is a very high form of morality. -Jean Stafford

A poem may be an instance of morality, of social conditions, of psychological history; it may instance all its qualities, but never one of them alone, nor any two or three; never less than all. -Allen Tate

And it is to rock the soul and lead the person to immorality, corruption – to forget their prayers, to forget their God. And thus the world has partaken of the spirit of the Negro race, accepting their ways. -Warren Jeffs

It is almost impossible to imagine that any one could be so insensible to the high morality of Mr. Mill's character as to suggest to him any course of conduct that was not entirely upright and consistent. -Millicent Fawcett

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

Rosa Parks was a woman of strength, conviction, and morality. Her action on December 1, 1955, to defy the law made her a leading figure in our nation's civil rights history. -John Shimkus

I think most of the art now is involved with a denial of any kind of absolute morality, or general morality. -Donald Judd

Well, there's a morality in that you want your work to be good, I suppose. -Donald Judd

The Ten Commandments are the most visible symbol because these commandments are recognized by Christians and Jews alike as being the foundation of our system of public morality. -Pat Robertson

I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That's what we're upset about. -Toni Morrison

I tend to think of action movies as exuberant morality plays in which good triumphs over evil. -Sylvester Stallone

Once is a man's life, for one mortal moment, he must make a grab for immorality; if not, he has not lived. -Sylvester Stallone

He was as great as a man can be without morality. -Alexis de Tocqueville

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people. -Aleister Crowley

Conventionality is not morality. -Charlotte Bronte

The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason. -David Hume

When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. -Shirley Chisholm

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. -Alexis de Tocqueville

Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust, and then lust not to follow. -Karl Kraus

To eat steak rare… represents both a nature and a morality. -Roland Barthes

Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible. -Mark Hopkins

There is a crisis of public morality. Instead of policing bedrooms, we ought to be doing a better job policing boardrooms. -Robert Reich

The vanity of men, a constant insult to women, is also the ground for the implicit feminine claim of superior sensitivity and morality. -Patricia Meyer Spacks

The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality. On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser one. -D. H. Lawrence

Observe decorum, and it will open a path to morality. -Mason Cooley

There is no morality by instinct. There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought; without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience. -Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould

To be ashamed of one's immorality: that is a step on the staircase at whose end one is also ashamed of one's morality. -Friedrich Nietzsche

One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion. -Gustave Flaubert

The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink. -E. M. Forster

I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality. -George Bernard Shaw

Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are. -John Ruskin

Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion! -Thomas Huxley

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power. -James Baldwin

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins. -Salman Rushdie

The difference between religion and morality lies simply in the classical division of things into the divine and the human, if one only interprets this correctly. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

For children to take morality seriously they must be in the presence of adults who take morality seriously. And with their own eyes they must see adults take morality seriously. -William Bennett

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales. -Aleister Crowley

The essential function of art is moral. But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind. -D. H. Lawrence

A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. -Socrates

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

Religion and morality are critical to how students think about politics and form opinions on political issues. -Jeanne Shaheen

Politicians have limited power. They can't impose morality on themselves. How can they impose it on the country? -Cal Thomas

Chaperons, even in their days of glory, were almost never able to enforce morality; what they did was to force immorality to be discreet. This is no small contribution. -Judith Martin

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. For the latter makes use of violence, the former – of the corruption of the will. -Alexander Herzen

The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes. -Freda Adler

The message that President Obama delivered in his speech at Notre Dame was: morality is immoral. Pro-life is the extremist position, not a moral position. Yet we should compromise and work to reduce abortions. Where's the compromise between life and death – and why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there's nothing wrong with them? -Rush Limbaugh

This point seems counter-intuitive, given the amount of conspicuous vulgarity, vice, and immorality in America. Indeed some Islamic fundamentalists argue that their regimes are morally superior to the United States because they seek to foster virtue among the citizens. -Dinesh D'Souza

As a parent and a citizen, I'll take a Bill Gates (or Warren Buffett) over Steve Jobs every time. If we must have billionaires, better they should ignore Jobs's example and instead embrace the morality and wisdom of the great industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. -Eric Alterman

Philosophers and theologians have argued for centuries over the morality of targeted assassinations – a technique that the Israelis use with some frequency – without ever reaching anything approaching consensus. -Eric Alterman

Everything about morality and obligations I owe to football. -Vidal Sassoon

It's easier to lecture women on sexual morality than it is to explain why all Americans shouldn't have comprehensive, fair, and equal health care coverage. -Martha Plimpton

I do not value religion chiefly for its morality. -Leon Wieseltier

Conservatism vests in and depends on the widespread, informed understanding of human nature, self-governance and the First Principle of Progress: free people interacting in free markets produce the greatest good for the greatest number always, but only, when tethered to virtue and morality. -Mary Matalin

My father always taught by telling stories about his experiences. His lessons were about morality and art and what insects and birds and human beings had in common. He told me what it meant to be a man and to be a Black man. He taught me about love and responsibility, about beauty, and how to make gumbo. -Walter Mosley

I gravitate toward the law, I think, certainly more times than not, because it's our best mechanism for legislating human behavior, and morality, and ethics. -David E. Kelley

The time has come for all evangelists to practice full financial disclosure. The world is watching how we walk and how we talk. We must have the highest standards of morality, ethics and integrity if we are to continue to have influence. -Billy Graham

That for me was the big turning point in my artistic life, when my wife and I had our kids. The world got infused with morality again. Every person in the world should theoretically be loved as much as I love my daughters. -George Saunders

It's never acceptable to target civilians. It violates the Geneva Accords, it violates the international law of war and it violates all principles of morality. -Alan Dershowitz

I say Democrats should not be afraid to talk about the morality of life, of caring for children who are born. It seems the Republican obsession with being pro-life lasts about nine months. After that, it's each baby for herself. -Jennifer Granholm

There's such cultural rot taking place, such a disintegration throughout our culture. Values, morality, you name it. Standards have been relaxed, and people are not being held to them. People's intentions, if they're said to be good and honorable, that's all that matters. -Rush Limbaugh

Children often have a much stronger concept of morality than adults. -Nina Bawden

All I can hope to do is instill great morality in my son and trust him along the way. The music he listens to or how he chooses to wear his hair doesn't define his moral compass, and if he wants to listen to country music and wear a cowboy hat too, that's fine. -Mark Hoppus

I really believe that you grow up a certain way in New York. There's a New York morality, a sense of loyalty. You know how to win and lose. There's a thousand kids outside, you know who to push and who not to push. There's a sixth sense you develop just because it's New York. -James Caan

Every society and religion has rules, for both have moral laws. And the essence of morality consists, as in art, of drawing the line somewhere. -Huston Smith

One of the great questions of philosophy is, do we innately have morality, or do we get it from celestial dictation? A study of the Ten Commandments is a very good way of getting into and resolving that issue. -Christopher Hitchens

Ordinary morality is innate in my view. -Christopher Hitchens

I mean, technology is amoral. It has no morality. -Robert Ballard

Is there one specific source that determines correct morality and everybody should follow that? Or should individuals come up with following that source or not depending on their situation? -Asghar Farhadi

The vampire craze is kind of fascinating. We're interested in the idea of immorality and I think we're drawn to people or creatures who can give in to those base impulses and just be bad and not feel bad about it. -Benjamin Walker

Me, myself, personally, I like to keep myself private. I have never said I am a paragon of virtue, a model of morality. I simply do what I do. -Steve Coogan

Of course 'Hamlet' is a debate about the nature and morality of revenge and whether it is right to do something to assuage your angry feelings. -Samuel West

I'd forgotten it's an important thing to give thought to your morality and how you intend to live your life. -Lee Pace

I do think that there are gray lines of morality in a newsroom, when it comes to some stories. The best-intentioned journalist still has a difficult mission, to try to boil down people. -Jim Lynch

In the continuing debate over the morality of enhanced interrogation, an essential consideration is often overlooked: intent. -Gary Bauer

Obviously, marriage is not a synonym for morality. But stable marriages and families do encourage moral behavior. -Gary Bauer

Guided by nothing but pop culture values, many children no longer learn how to think about morality and virtue, or to think of them at all. They grow up with no shared moral framework, believing that the highest values are diversity, tolerance and non-judgmentalism. -Gary Bauer

I think it is very difficult to legislate for morality. -Ben Elton

It makes me upset, if not angry, when people assume that there can be no morality without a religious framework. If there's a moral framework without all that religious stuff, it's more valuable. -Jane Asher

I believe in pursuing my own morality. That is all I have ever stuck by. It is my own morality that really matters. -Jonathan King

I'm not a good father and they're not children any more; the eldest is in his fifties. My relationship with their mothers broke down and, because of what the law was, they went with their mothers and were imbued with their mothers' morality in life and they were not my people any more. -Wilbur Smith

People are so phobic and crazed about this word 'commitment.' It's weird. Everyone has taken this word to a new height of morality. -Chris Noth

I don't believe a poet has a better hold on truth or morality than a fiction writer has. And I don't think a fiction writer has anything over a journalist. It's all about the good word, properly inserted. -Colum McCann

I wanted to be an actor from a young age, but actually becoming one and seen the ugly side of the world does feel different and sometimes unwelcome. There are shallow, vapid, untalented people zombieing the streets of Hollywood, adding decadence and immorality to an already extravagant business. -Fran Kranz

I'm leery of legislative solutions to what is morality. -Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Are we prepared to tolerate a world in which countries which care about morality lay down their nuclear weapons, leaving others to threaten the rest of the world or hold it to ransom? -Des Browne

Moral evil is the immorality and pain and suffering and tragedy that come because we choose to be selfish, arrogant, uncaring, hateful and abusive. -Lee Strobel

I consistently encounter people in academic settings and scientists and journalists who feel that you can't say that anyone is wrong in any deep sense about morality, or with regard to what they value in life. I think this doubt about the application of science and reason to questions of value is really quite dangerous. -Sam Harris

There are a few dogmas and double standards and really regrettable exports from philosophy that have confounded the thinking of scientists on the subject of morality. -Sam Harris

The science of morality is about maximizing psychological and social health. It's really no more inflammatory than that. -Sam Harris

Morality must relate, at some level, to the well-being of conscious creatures. If there are more and less effective ways for us to seek happiness and to avoid misery in this world – and there clearly are – then there are right and wrong answers to questions of morality. -Sam Harris

Human well-being is not a random phenomenon. It depends on many factors – ranging from genetics and neurobiology to sociology and economics. But, clearly, there are scientific truths to be known about how we can flourish in this world. Wherever we can have an impact on the well-being of others, questions of morality apply. -Sam Harris

The moral landscape is the framework I use for thinking about questions of morality and human values in universal terms. -Sam Harris

We should reserve the notion of 'morality' for the ways in which we can affect one another's experience for better or worse. Some people use the term 'morality' differently, of course, but I think we have a scientific responsibility to focus the conversation so as to make it most useful. -Sam Harris

It's simply untrue that religion provides the only framework for a universal morality. -Sam Harris

Modern secular thought has its own dualism: It treats only the physical world as knowable and testable, while locking everything else – mind, spirit, morality, meaning – into the realm of private, subjective feelings. The so-called fact/value split. -Nancy Pearcey

The true basis of morality is utility; that is, the adaptation of our actions to the promotion of the general welfare and happiness; the endeavour so to rule our lives that we may serve and bless mankind. -Annie Besant

Theosophy has no code of morals, being itself the embodiment of the highest morality; it presents to its students the highest moral teachings of all religions, gathering the most fragrant blossoms from the gardens of the world-faiths. -Annie Besant

This Old Testament – containing error, folly, absurdity and immorality – is by English statute law declared to be of divine authority, a blasphemy – if there were anyone to be blasphemed – blacker and more insolent than any word ever written or penned by the most hotheaded Freethinker. -Annie Besant

In truth, even if they have an imperfect insight into their own methods, I still slightly mistrust writers of fiction who are assured literary critics; it makes me suspect that they favour the word over the world it should describe. Such scribes fall victim too easily to the solecism of equating style with morality. -Will Self

I can't help being Christian because I was brought up in Britain, and the morality of Christianity is part of the fabric of this country. -Helen Mirren

I'm not saying that atheists can't act morally or have moral knowledge. But when I ascribe virtue to an atheist, it's as a theist who sees the atheist as conforming to objective moral values. The atheist, by contrast, has no such basis for morality. And yet all moral judgments require a basis for morality, some standard of right and wrong. -William A. Dembski

I like moral judgment to emerge from the reader. We are being sold a very simplistic morality by our leaders at a time when nuance and understanding are at a premium. -Hari Kunzru

I'm sure that the standard of public morality we've helped build will force government in Canada to approve complete health insurance. -Tommy Douglas

I don't think that the Internet has contributed greatly to immorality. -Gordon B. Hinckley

Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality. -Linus Pauling

The atomic weapons race and the secrecy surrounding it crushed American democracy. It induced us to conduct government according to lies. It distorted justice. It undermined American morality. -Stewart Udall

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

We need leadership that can elevate religion and morality to their position of paramount importance and thus eliminate growing selfishness, immorality and materialism. -George W. Romney

The stirrings of morality emerge early in childhood. Toddlers spontaneously offer toys and help to others and try to comfort people they see in distress. -Steven Pinker

Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to play music that I liked, and even when I was in cover bands when I was a teenager we only played cover tunes that we liked. That was the simple morality that I grew up with. -Neil Peart

Consciousness permits us to develop the instruments of culture – morality and justice, religion, art, economics and politics, science and technology. Those instruments allow us some measure of freedom in the confrontation with nature. -Antonio Damasio

The reaction to 'Aftermath' has been far worse than to 'A Life's Work,' yet I find I'm perhaps a little less touched by it. In both cases, I've coped artistically by believing the criticisms weren't right. They upset me, but they didn't challenge my understanding of how to write, nor of how morality functions in literature. -Rachel Cusk

Modern morality is all about perception. -Rachel Cusk

I don't want to play these games of statistics any more; I have done that. I don't want to be imprisoned by that, or by the morality that is expected of activists. I have never been that pristine person, that role model. -Arundhati Roy

Religion may have become a codification of morality, and it may fortify it, but it's not the origin of it. -Frans de Waal

Human morality is unthinkable without empathy. -Frans de Waal

The sturdiest pillars of human morality are compassion and a sense of justice. -Frans de Waal

The roles of art, morality, religion, political faith, science itself are not to repair organic exhaustion nor to provide sound functioning of the organs. All this supraphysical life is built and expanded not because of the demands of the cosmic environment but because of the demands of the social environment. -Emile Durkheim

When I began my work on how morality varies across the political spectrum, there was a partisan, manipulative element to it. I wanted to help the Democrats win. -Jonathan Haidt

I began graduate school in the late 1980s, and my goal was to understand how morality varied across cultures and nations. I did some research comparing moral judgment in India and the U.S.A. -Jonathan Haidt

There must be right and wrong answers to questions of morality and values that potentially fall within the purview of science. On this view, some people and cultures will be right (to a greater or lesser degree), and some will be wrong, with respect to what they deem important in life. -Sam Harris

Capitalism actually encourages morality because capitalism can't function well if people can't trust each other and people aren't honest, if a deal isn't a deal. -Rick Santorum

As an immigrant, I appreciate, far more than the average American, the liberties we have in this country. Silence is a big enemy of morality. I don't want our blunders in history to get repeated. -Gloria Estefan

Morals are built on religious faith. Virtue is built on morality and influences a culture. -Michele Bachmann

It is true that legality is not morality, and sticking to the law is necessary for good citizenship, but it is not sufficient. -Julian Baggini

Indeed, without emotion it seems unlikely we can even have morality. -Julian Baggini

I hope there's some kind of morality in all my work. -Martin McDonagh

When you think of it, really there are four fundamental questions of life. You've asked them, I've asked them, every thinking person asks them. They boil down to this; origin, meaning, morality and destiny. 'How did I come into being? What brings life meaning? How do I know right from wrong? Where am I headed after I die?' -Ravi Zacharias

The struggle for morality never stays won. It's always in process. -Alan Dershowitz

Scientists search for truth. Philosophers search for morality. A criminal trial searches for only one result: proof beyond a reasonable doubt. -Alan Dershowitz

Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that morality is not just a matter of opinion. -Brian Dennehy

I've been working with Pat Robertson on Africa debt-relief, and we disagree on virtually everything except certain very specific, inalienable rights, and the truth is that morality and patriotism come in all shapes and sizes. -George Clooney

Behaving morally because of a hope of reward or a fear of punishment is not morality. Morality is not bribery or threats. Religion is bribery and threats. Humans have morality. We don't need religion. -Penn Jillette

Good action films – not crap, but good action films – are really morality plays. They deal in modern, mythic culture. -Sylvester Stallone

As a pastor, I addressed the sorts of issues I see people struggling with most and the issues talked about most directly and most frequently in the New Testament. That leads us to recurring concerns with sexual immorality, relational sins, and vices associated with the breaking of the Ten Commandments. -Kevin DeYoung

We delude ourselves into believing that morality comes from somewhere else, whereas in reality we behave as we've been told to behave. -Greg Graffin

All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football. -Albert Camus

In any society that is governed by the rule of law, some form of morality is always imposed. It's inescapable. -Kirk Cameron

The modern view of criminal justice, broadly, is that public concern with morality or expediency decrees expiation for the violation of a norm; this concern finds expression in the infliction of punishment on the evil doer by agents of the state, the evil doer, however, enjoying the protection of a regular procedure. -Max Weber

My basis of morality is this: does this action enhance life, or does it denigrate life? Does it build up or does it tear down? -John Shelby Spong

Women are at once the guardians and the well-spring of the world's faith, morality, and tenderness; and if ever they are degraded to a commonplace level with men, this fine essential quality will be impaired, and their weakness will have to beg and follow where now it guides and controls. -John Boyle O'Reilly

Thou shalt free thyself from convention, from everyday morality. -Karen Horney

Even I haven't downed enough L.A. Kool-Aid to believe that somehow Hollywood movies are an overt instrument of morality. -John Ridley

If the American public is so into morality in movies, why don't they throw more of their disposable income at religious-themed entertainment? For every 'Passion of the Christ,' there's a 'Fireproof' that comes and goes with no notice. -John Ridley

Many a man renounces morals, but with great difficulty the conception, 'morality.' Morality is the 'idea' of morals, their intellectual power, their power over the conscience; on the other hand, morals are too material to rule the mind, and do not fetter an 'intellectual' man, a so-called independent, a 'freethinker.' -Max Stirner

I think it is fair to say that during World War II there was a high sense of purpose. The country had a very clear vision of its own standing, of its own morality. It was not an ambiguous time. Today, we live in a world that is highly ambiguous, very fractured, with many of the historical, traditional values in a state of collapse, really. -Friedrich St. Florian

Without moral progress, stimulated by faith in God, immorality in all its forms will proliferate and strangle goodness and human decency. Mankind will not be able to fully express the potential nobility of the human soul unless faith in God is strengthened. -James E. Faust

Are you sick and tired of these moralizing moralizers imposing their morality on the rest of us? I know I am. -David Harsanyi

Regardless of what society says, we can't go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment coming. -Billy Graham

The thing that alarms me is that there are so many clergymen who say that the so-called 'new morality' is all right. They say we're living in a new generation; let's be relevant, let's change God's law. Let's say that adultery is all right under certain circumstances; fornication's all right under certain circumstances. If it's 'meaningful.' -Billy Graham

I like French films, Chabrol in particular. With him, you often get a skewed morality in which you sympathise with the person you shouldn't. -Ronald Frame

While the West has enjoyed overwhelming global power, its moral preachings have been legitimised, and in effect enforced, by that power. But as that power begins to ebb, then the morality of its actions will be the subject of growing scrutiny and challenge. -Martin Jacques

There are some who invoke separation of church and state – to try to get the government out of the business of morality – but this is antithetical to what the founders wanted. The founders wanted to keep theology out of government so that government could focus on the proper business of morality. -Dinesh D'Souza

I was a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, and my neighbor was Michael Novak, a theologian and philosopher who has written about issues like the morality of capitalism and the Christian roots of free markets. It's possible to be fascinated intellectually with the Christian heritage without being devout. -Dinesh D'Souza

The rise of capitalist practice and morality brought with it a radical revision of how the commons are treated, and also of how they are conceived. -Noam Chomsky

'Noah' doesn't merely get the story wrong; like all Biblical adaptations, it's bound to do that (although some aspects of the film are out and out ridiculous). It gets the morality of the story wrong, and in the process turns God into Gaia and morality into radical deep green environmentalism. -Ben Shapiro

Theology always has moral implications, and morality is always undergirded by theology. -David Novak

As a writer, I've tried to avoid strong opinions about morality. You just want to present things as they are and let the viewer come to their own conclusion. -Terence Winter

One of the qualities essential to writing exciting stories, whether for page or screen, is an ability to abandon one's morality. We simply cannot be good writers and good people. One must be able to access one's darkest self, one's venality and pettiness and murderousness. -Russell Smith

Even putting aside the Judeo-Christian morality upon which the Constitution and our nation's culture are based, the notion of forced euthanasia would contradict the long-held body of medical ethics to which all American doctors must adhere. -Sherwin B. Nuland

At times, morality can be dismissed as a matter of personal conscience, no matter how widespread its acceptance. Ethics, on the other hand, arises from societal or group commitments to principia of behavior. -Sherwin B. Nuland

It's not that there is a terrible morality in Hollywood. I think there isn't any. There isn't any, by and large. -Alan Arkin

The political Right likes to champion individual rights and individual liberty, but it has also worked to enforce morality in relation to abortion, gambling, and homosexuality. -Dave Brat

Perhaps looking out through big baby eyes – if we could – would not be as revelatory experience as many imagine. We might see a world inhabited by objects and people, a world infused with causation, agency, and morality – a world that would surprise us not by its freshness but by its familiarity. -Paul Bloom

Humans are born with a hard-wired morality: a sense of good and evil is bred in the bone. I know this claim might sound outlandish, but it's supported now by research in several laboratories. -Paul Bloom

Immorality, violence, and divorce, with their accompanying sorrows, plague society worldwide. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

There are surely times when a conservative and a liberal would agree. We would agree on how moral it is to discriminate on the basis of race. There's absolutely no light between those two positions. It becomes a little more complex when you talk about law as opposed to morality. -Dennis Prager

I appreciate both… for me, I think 'Star Wars' is more science fantasy and is based on a lot of great legendary heroes and morality plays and stuff. And 'Star Trek' is just pure fun. Pure science fun. And I've always appreciated both. -Ming-Na Wen

The struggle of democratic secularism, religious tolerance, individual freedom and feminism against authoritarian patriarchal religion, culture and morality is going on all over the world – including the Islamic world, where dissidents are regularly jailed, killed, exiled or merely intimidated and silenced. -Ellen Willis

The war waged against terror since September 11 puts a strain on democracy itself, because it is mostly waged in secret, using means that are at the edge of both law and morality. Yet democracies have shown themselves capable of keeping the secret exercise of power under control. -Michael Ignatieff

There's no such thing as morality. -Robert M. Pirsig

Our morality is based on so many factors: of where we were born, who we were born to, what values were instilled in us, what values we chose, the way that our lives have shaped us. That dictates so much of what we assume is our morality, and also the culture, all of these things. -Oscar Isaac

It is a very great mistake, and a very common one, even for well-read persons, to adopt the idea that the progress of the human race in the science of government, in the arts of civilization and refinement, and in the establishment of morality and religion, has been constantly and steadily towards improvement and perfection. -Samuel Freeman Miller

One of the most important things liberals don't understand about conservatism, obscured by too much lazy talk about conservatism's various 'wings,' is that its tenets form a relatively organic base for its adherents, where 'traditional morality' serves the interests of laissez-faire economics and vice-versa. -Rick Perlstein

When you go to the polls, ethics and morality should be part of the evaluation. -John Shimkus

I know that war and mayhem run in our blood. I refuse to believe that they must dominate our lives. We humans are animals, too, but animals with amazing powers of rationality, morality, society. We can use our strength and courage not to savage each other, but to defend our highest purposes. -Donella Meadows

Both 'Consenting Adults' and 'Glengarry Glen Ross' revolve around the economic stresses of the '90s. They are about what people do when they're pushed against that wall, and how they're manipulated. They are both morality tales, though in very different genres. -Kevin Spacey

There may be men who think they are attacking Christianity when they investigate the historical origin or the morality of some dogma; I do not think so. Honest investigation can result only in growth. -Bjornstjerne Bjornson

Whatever we want to think about American business – work hard, tell the truth, have morality – it's a myth. There's a lot of graft. -Mark Ruffalo

Poetry, whatever the manifest content of the poem, is always a violation of the rationalism and morality of bourgeois society. -Octavio Paz

People saw the Depression as a necessary thing – a chance to squeeze out the excesses, get back to Puritan morality. That just made things worse. -Ben Bernanke

I'm fascinated with the stories that we tell. Real histories become fantasies and fairy tales, morality tales and fables. There's something interesting and funny and perverse about the way fairytale sometimes passes for history, for truth. -Kara Walker

The only morality I'm interested in is the morality between your ears, between each player's ears, because that's the interesting thing to me. -Warren Spector

I have a morality. I don't know if it's the best morality. And I do like thinking. If people perceive that as a moral intellectualism, that's fine. That's up to them to decide. -Stephen Colbert

It is hard to conceive of the utter demoralization, of the political blindness and immorality, of the patriotic dishonesty, of the cruelty and degradation of a people who supplemented the incomparable Declaration of Independence with the Fugitive Slave Law. -Robert Green Ingersoll

I genuinely don't like Los Angeles. L.A. is this little petri dish of lack of morality. -Chris Eigeman

I took a 19th-century Russian novel class in college and have been smitten with Russian literature ever since. Writers like Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Grossman, and Solzhenitsyn tackle the great questions of morality, politics, love, and death. -Anthony Marra

I think, actually, any morality system that rewards only the extremes is a flawed system. Players don't approach life that way, they don't approach games that way, and they shouldn't be trained to approach games that way. They shouldn't be in the 'Star Wars' mode where, 'I've got to choose every good option.' -Chris Avellone

One of the reasons I love writing for middle graders, besides their voracious appetite for books, is their deep concern for fairness and morality. -K. A. Applegate

When the word 'morality' comes up in connection with economics, income distribution and financial stability are usually the issues. Is it moral for rich countries to use such a high proportion of the world's resources or for investment bankers to earn large bonuses? -Edmund Phelps

For my part, I desire to see the time when education – and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry – shall become much more general than at present, and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate the happy period. -Abraham Lincoln

All thoughtful persons perceive that the ideas of the morality of sexual relations upheld by the religions and laws of the Western nations are in our time undergoing a radical transformation. -Ellen Key

For thousands of years, poetry has been picturing love as a mysterious and tragic power. But when anyone says the same thing in plain prose, and adds that life would be colourless and poor without the great passions, then this is called immorality! -Ellen Key

The simplest formula for the new conception of morality, which is beginning to be opposed to the moral dogma still esteemed by all society, but especially by the women, might be summed up in these words: Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love. -Ellen Key

Countless are the women parasites who, to satisfy their craving for pleasure and luxury, impoverish father or husband. These lame limbs in the social organism, which themselves accomplish nothing, but for whom all other limbs work, are the most flagrant example of womanly immorality in the present. -Ellen Key

When, in any ethical department, unity is attained between outer demands and inner desires, between nature and conscience, between the needs of society and the individual, the moral formula is void because inner necessity then makes it psychically and physically impossible to break the outer law. Thus, true morality is attained. -Ellen Key

'Power Play' is a morality tale for our post-Enron world and – not incidentally – wildly entertaining. Nothing wrong with that. -M. J. Rose

One of the threats to Christianity in the 21st century is this idea that religion is best understood as a kind of aesthetic experience, and that you can get all your morality from that. -John Cornwell

A dominant misconception among believers is that their atheist brethren are a slavering pack of hell-bound debauchees, gleefully wining and wenching their way through life while loudly professing their amorality. -Lynn Coady

To the extent that laws are founded on morality and on logic, they can lead men's hearts and minds. -Robert Kennedy

My favorite part about Mare Barrow is her almost selfish survival instinct, as well as her increasingly gray morality. Her character arc in 'Glass Sword' is a lot deeper and more emotional than before, so I'm glad I got to write this sequel and that people want to read it. -Victoria Aveyard

In calling someone a bad guy, I reassure myself that I'm good. I elevate myself. I call it the 'Star Wars morality'. And unfortunately, it underpins most of the stories we tell. -Joshua Oppenheimer

All morality consists in a system of rules, and the essence of all morality is to be sought for in the respect which the individual acquires for these rules. -Jean Piaget

Provision must be made for the extension of speedy and effective assistance when any African State is threatened with military aggression. We cannot rely solely on international morality. -Haile Selassie

Woman was always the custodian of human sentiment, morality and honour, and in these respects, man always has yielded woman the palm. -Maria Montessori

The respect and protection of woman and of maternity should be raised to the position of an inalienable social duty and should become one of the principles of human morality. -Maria Montessori

I deeply believe – and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality – that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They're moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. -Tim Kaine

Basically, in 'American Pie,' things are heading in the wrong direction. It is becoming less ideal, less idyllic. I don't know whether you consider that wrong or right, but it is a morality song in a sense. -Don McLean

I liked the clear morality of 1941, when you had no doubt about good and evil. There was a lot of idealism, people fighting for a cause. People are searching for morality today. -David L. Wolper

The Holocaust changed our perception of morality not only because we discovered that morality is the only thing that can stand up to the ultimate evil, but also because it shifted the focus from society to the individual. -Yair Lapid

We have to make a bridge of confidence based on natural and elementary morality which corresponds to the natures of man and which would be respected by all men. I may be naive in this, but I think it is better to be naive than skeptical. -Dominique Pire

I've been in revolt for years against ignominy, against injustice, against inequality, against immorality, against the exploitation of human beings. -Hugo Chavez

Without imagination, there can be no genuine ardor in any pursuit or for any acquisition, and without imagination, there can be no genuine morality, no profound feeling of other men's sorrow, no ardent and persevering anxiety for their interests. -William Godwin

Men never get free from morality, only women. -George A. Moore

I'm interested in morality and mortality, and 'Deadpool' kind of has all of these themes. -T. J. Miller

One sees in Latin America, and also elsewhere, among many Catholics a certain schizophrenia between individual and public morality. -Pope Benedict XVI

In thinking about it, the villains often have a little bit more range because their morality is different. You can have just a really good time as an actor, and there is just more there that you can explore on that side of the story. -Mahershala Ali

What kind of people will these ghettos of Palestinians produce? What form of morality, national consciousness and hope will people be left with after so many years of stifling occupation and a sense of hopelessness? -Sayed Kashua

Mr. Miyazaki's specialty is taking a primal wish of kids, transporting them to a fantasyland, and then marooning them there. No one else conjures the phantasmagoric and shifting morality of dreams – that fascinating and frightening aspect of having something that seems to represent good become evil – in the way this master Japanese animator does. -Elvis Mitchell

To give religion two minutes a day, in its own space, isn't exactly selling general morality or atheism short. -Melvyn Bragg

Part of the new morality of the '60s and '70s is a new attitude toward homosexuality. The homosexual men and women have organized to fight for acceptance and respectability. -Walter Cronkite

Faith properly informs the religious lawyer or judge, and morality is not in tension with fidelity to the law. -William H. Pryor

Offence is no longer defence – it's a full-time profession. Everyone is so offended all the time. The new police force that we weren't told about: the moral police. No qualifications, no training, no understanding of actual morality, but they have a degree in the art of being offended. -Karan Johar

I've made six films for Disney, and they have a clause in their contracts called the morality clause that I've always refused to sign. -Stellan Skarsgard

I have seen many teachers in real life, which come from the same background and morality and treat their profession like just another one rather than a noble profession. -Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Sin is more than turning our backs on God – it is turning our backs on life! Immorality is much more than adultery and dishonesty: it is living drab, colorless, dreary, stale, unimaginative lives. -Mike Yaconelli

Clearly America is exceptional in its immorality, lack of human compassion, and disrespect for law and its founding document. -Paul Craig Roberts

Promoting and protecting human rights internationally is not just a matter of principle or morality – doing so also serves our national security interests. -Todd Young

It should be quite clear that it is possible for unpleasant people who are small in various ways other than in their artistic genius to produce great art. Art and morality have no necessary connection. -Fred Kaplan

I do think of my films as morality plays, even though my reputation is, you know, splatter films and like that. But I think of them as very moral. -George A. Romero

Don't ever silence your morality to be a part of anything. -Trevor Jackson

I think crime is probably driven more by morality than anything else. -Sarah Huckabee Sanders

It is foolish to view realism and idealism as incompatible or to consider our power and wealth as encumbered by the demands of justice, morality, and conscience. -John McCain

When government – in pursuit of good intentions – tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player. -Milton Friedman

I've never seen a Western that was really truthful. Most are just morality plays. Good guys and bad guys – and the good guys always win, whereas in reality, most of the sheriffs were as bad as the gangsters they were after. -Harry Dean Stanton

In the business arena, the standard rules of morality don't apply. What we're really looking for is efficiency. It doesn't do anyone any good to be nice to the weak. In a certain sense, competition is inefficient. -H. W. Brands

Abortion is not a right. It is a violent act against the defenseless. It violates every principle of morality and should be barred by American law. Until that day, I fully support bans on partial-birth abortion, third-trimester abortion, and indeed every limit that can receive public support. -Josh Hawley

Books and theater were the way I understood the world and also the way I organized my sense of morality, of how to live a good life. -Greta Gerwig

'God Loves Uganda' is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting 'sexual immorality' and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. -Roger Ross Williams

The whole realm of morality and ethics is something that has escaped the attention of women, by and large. And it needs the attention of intellectual women most desperately. -Lorraine Hansberry

I believe that the financial crisis of 2008/9 exposed more a lack of ethics and morality – especially by the financial sector – rather than a problem of regulation or criminality. There were, of course, regulatory lessons to be learned, but at heart, there was a collective loss of our moral compass. -Paul Polman

I believe the assertion that every human life has an inherent and inalienable value will only be strengthened if we apply this principle to the morality of defending both convicted criminals and the lives of the unborn. -Blase J. Cupich

The morality of a society is not judged by the behaviour of an oppressed class but by the rules and laws made by the state, which either protect or exploit an already depressed section of society. -Asma Jahangir

'The Dictator' – well, that was just a comedy, and I suppose the morality was incidental. It was just something to try and make people laugh rather than being a serious thing. -Adeel Akhtar

A great sense of morality was instilled in me through my upbringing in the Catholic faith – particularly because my father is a moral theologian. And morality is something I believe exists separate from faith, as an intrinsic human quality that one should aspire to understand and participate in. -David Lowery

Graham functioned as a megaphone for conservative biblical ideas that dovetailed with conservative politics, including family, sexual morality, and adherence to laws. He was not only an evangelist, he was also an enforcer: enforcing conservative white Christian social beliefs and evangelical ethical claims as 'America's Pastor.' -Anthea Butler

I feel like I've always approached criticism with a degree of morality, right? Like, not as a moralizer, but just as somebody who wants to make sure that the culture we're getting is at least morally aware of how it's functioning. -Wesley Morris

I was always fascinated by the Torah, the Bible, in terms of story telling: heroes and villains, morality and flaws. There's no better epic. Also, being part Latin and Jewish means I have a sense of the theatrical. There were always a lot of people in my house. My home was always filled with a lot of storytellers. -Nina Tassler

The Internet has played a major role in undermining public morality. -Mahathir Mohamad

There is a minimum requirement of morality, of moral compass, of decency, of moral empathy. And if you are incapable of meeting that minimum requirement, you can't even talk to me about policy. -Ana Navarro

The Queen has well-informed opinions of many of her bishops and likes those who are straightforward and intelligent. Both she and Prince Philip believe Christianity is as much about forgiveness as morality. -Ingrid Seward

There's the laws of society and morality and then there's the laws of the heart. -Lela Loren

Kathleen Wynne and her band of radical-left cronies think they have a handle on what constitutes human identity and also what should constitute human morality. And I think that that's being pushed in a manner in schools that's completely reprehensible. It's not education, in my estimation. It's a form of indoctrination. -Jordan Peterson

I love Cillian Murphy's character in 'Peaky Blinders' and Tom Hardy's in 'Taboo' – theses are characters that, as audience members, we follow along with and root for. But our own morality is tested throughout that journey, because these characters ride a thin line between morality and amorality. -Stana Katic

A morality clause is a grey area that the powers that be say if it is immoral, than it's immoral, and you are getting fired. -Shane Douglas

If you say morality is just what you like, you lose the metaphysical level of what in the history of philosophy is called 'categorical imperative.' -Emir Kusturica

You can read Windrush as a morality tale, but it is about the future of black people in the Caribbean. Where next will they want us to labour? Where is the next place they will take us? Why do we not focus on building our own economies and societies? We need to put all hands on deck to get our economies to function at a higher level. -Hilary Beckles

You a role model by way of someone will model after your role. They'll model themselves after what they perceive is success. That doesn't mean they take your morality and virtue seriously. They want what you want, and they're willing to do what you do to get it. -Killer Mike

The genius of 'Game of Thrones' is that in this rich imagining of a world redolent of the medieval, the rules of a Middle Ages morality play have been so thoroughly discarded. -Julia Gillard

A sense of morality makes a person repetitive in thought and action. Such a person will obviously not get anywhere. -Jaggi Vasudev

If you impose morality on people, they will find ways to circumvent their guilt. They will make offerings to temples – or other places of worship – but also continue doing things that make them feel guilty. -Jaggi Vasudev

At times, it appears easy to sermonise on morality and ethics. But morality and ethics appear good only when applied to others, never on oneself. -Jaggi Vasudev

For the first time in human history, there seems to be a radical increase in the proportion reaching principled morality. -Lawrence Kohlberg

These youngsters hold that all morality is relative but that middle class morality is just plain bad. -Lawrence Kohlberg

The arguments about parents being too permissive and kids growing up without superegos are not based on fact. Our research tells us that the family is not the only purveyor of morality. -Lawrence Kohlberg

Gay marriage was a trick: it's a tool to tell people to bake cakes. Laws are based on morality, so if it's illegal for a Catholic to refuse a ceremony, you are saying that Catholicism is immoral, and that was really the goal of gay marriage – discredit Christianity. -Gavin McInnes

Needless to say, oftentimes a 'religion' is not needed to breed extremism. People breed it all by themselves, oftentimes with the subjective morality of modern secularism breeding the worst kind. -Steven Crowder

The morality we all grew up with and are accustomed to is what feels right. -Stephen Hillenburg

If you think about it, just the psychology of the superhero is, 'Because I can, I should protect people, and I should put bad guys away, and I should defend society.' But you're forming your own justice. There's no judge and jury here: you are it. That, in and of itself, is a very complicated way of looking at morality. -Sam Esmail

We tend to talk about the world in a myriad of ways – a microscopic world of elementary particles, a biological world of organisms and evolution, a social world of morality and meaning. But it's all the same underlying world. That's the underlying theme of 'The Big Picture.' -Sean M. Carroll

In India and elsewhere in the world, the moment a woman speaks out against harassment, people sort of start making all sorts of character judgments about her, about her morality, about what she was wearing, and all such things, and I think that is not fair. -Huma Qureshi

I think for those of us who think that our morality is something that needs to be in touch with our religious faith personally, then it's really important to explain that no one party has a monopoly on faith. -Pete Buttigieg

The press is always more comfortable with factual determinations than moral ones, although in day-to-day life, a lot of people care a heck of a lot more about morality than every precise actual fact. -Ari Melber

I'm a dad with six kids, and I'm trying to teach each of them a little bit of morality. -Rick Harrison

My parents are naive in their morality of things, and so, without realising it, I landed up being ethical and having strong opinions. -Sonali Bendre

White guilt and the fear of speaking up concerning issues of race and morality is costing this nation greatly. -Jesse Lee Peterson

There are a few blacks who have the courage to speak honestly about immorality within the black culture, and whites should work with them to help unite the races with truth. -Jesse Lee Peterson

When I was growing up in Alabama in the '50s, even though we were poor and the laws were against blacks, we still had a sense of morality. -Jesse Lee Peterson

Free markets, hard work, and morality will benefit blacks and all Americans. -Jesse Lee Peterson

The Left has pushed immorality to the point we have so-called 'same-sex marriage' and 'transgender' nonsense trampling the rights of Christians. -Jesse Lee Peterson

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