People have set moral standards for me my entire life, yet they have always left off the ones that they couldn't keep.
—Shannon L. Alder
At the boy's level, hero worship gravitates toward the doer of spectacular deeds; on the average adult level, toward the wielder of power; and in the eyes of a more critical judgment, toward idealism and moral qualities.
Moral: a peerless maxim enumerated by God in his Holy Bible, such as that of Deut. 23.1: "If your testicles are crushed or your male member missing, you must never enter a sanctuary of the Lord.
American business, while it does not frown on helping the human race, frowns on people who start right in helping the human race without first proving that they can sell things to it.
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it.
—Charles Caleb Colton
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
—Henry David Thoreau
There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.
The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.
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.
Morality is herd instinct in the individual.
I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
—G. K. Chesterton