Morality is a private and costly luxury.
Author: Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)
Profession: American Historian
The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.
Author: Jean Anouilh (1910-1987)
Profession: French Playwright
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
Author: Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
Profession: Russian-born American Author
While moral rules may be propounded by authority the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them.
Author: Sir Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-1989)
Profession: British Philosopher
I'm as pure as the driven slush.
Author: Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968)
Profession: American Actress
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.
Author: Georges Bataille (1897-1962)
Profession: French Novelist, Critic
I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.
Author: Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)
Profession: British Labor Politician
Just as there's garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up.
Author: Patrick Buchanan (1938)
Profession: American Statesman
Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Profession: British Poet
For the ''superior morality,'' of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this ''superior morality'' is properly rather an ''inferior criminality,'' produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion.
Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author
It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague.
Author: Angela Carter (1940-1992)
Profession: British Author
The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.
Author: Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794)
Profession: French Writer, Journalist, Playwright
I cannot believe that this country cannot come together around some values what these kids need is a moral life... the issue is not ideas, it is conduct. The real question is how we reach these young people morally, and what do we bring to them.
Author: Robert Coles