Ethical Quotes

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Sigmund Freud
“Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world, which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessities. But it cannot achieve its end. Its doctrines carry with them the stamp of the times in which they originated, the ignorant childhood days of the human race. Its consolations deserve no trust. Experience teaches us that the world is not a nursery. The ethical commands, to which religion seeks to lend its weight, require some other foundations instead, for human society cannot do without them, and it is dangerous to link up obedience to them with religious belief. If one attempts to assign to religion its place in man’s evolution, it seems not so much to be a lasting acquisition, as a parallel to the neurosis which the civilized individual must pass through on his way from childhood to maturity.”
Sigmund Freud , Moses and Monotheism

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jodi Picoult
“Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn't yours. But grief comes from losing something you've already had.”
Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match

Bertrand Russell
“There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.”
Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics

Donald Van de Mark
“Not only is there often a right and wrong, but what goes around does come around, Karma exists, chickens do come home to roost, and as my mother, Phyllis, liked to say, “There is always a day of reckoning.” The good among the great understand that every choice we make adds to the strength or weakness of our spirits—ourselves, or to use an old fashioned word for the same idea, our souls. That is every human’s life work: to construct an identity bit by bit, to walk a path step by step, to live a life that is worthy of something higher, lighter, more fulfilling, and maybe even everlasting.”
Donald Van de Mark, The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative, and Joyous People

Jodi Picoult
“Life, it turns out, goes on. There is no cosmic rule that grants you immunity from the details just because you have come face-to-face with a catastrophe. The garbage can still overflow, the bills arrive in the mail, telemarketers, interrupt dinner.”
Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match

Gary L. Francione
“All sentient beings should have at least one right—the right not to be treated as property”
GaryLFrancione

Donald Van de Mark
“Your life is a trajectory. Every choice you make alters that trajectory, in a positive or negative way. Will you categorize that dinner with friends as a business expense? Will you be honest with your daughter? Will you take more credit than you’re due? These are just the small questions that we face every day, and little by little, the answers influence the trajectory of our lives and beings.”
Donald Van de Mark

Terence McKenna
“It’s pretty simple, the ethical life. It’s just demanding.”
Terence McKenna

Peter Singer
“In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic. Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased. Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks. So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America, and sold. In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today. Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter, and the destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics. -”
Peter Singer

George Meredith
“We never know what’s in us till we stand by ourselves” (George Meredith, ORF)”
George Meredith

Jodi Picoult
“What if the one I choose to discount is one who has been truly hurt?”
Jodi Picoult

Thomm Quackenbush
“Ethically, she couldn't cause the suffering of any living thing. Logically, bacon cheeseburgers were delicious.”
Thomm Quackenbush, We Shadows

Gary L. Francione
“One of the main arguments that I make is that although almost everyone accepts that it is morally wrong to inflict “unnecessary” suffering and death on animals, 99% of the suffering and death that we inflict on animals can be justified only by our pleasure, amusement, or convenience. For example, the best justification that we have for killing the billions of nonhumans that we eat every year is that we enjoy the taste of animal flesh and animal products. This is not an acceptable justification if we take seriously, as we purport to, that it is wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering or death on animals, and it illustrates the confused thinking that I characterize as our “moral schizophrenia” when it comes to nonhumans.

A follow-up question that I often get is: “What about vivisection? Surely that use of animals is not merely for our pleasure, is it?”

Vivisection, Part One: The “Necessity” of Vivisection | Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach”
GaryLFrancione

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“It's not about taking a stand, for anyone can do that.  Rather, it's about taking a stand for the right reasons, and taking a stand against taking a stand when they're not. And that’s where more of us need to learn to stand.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Jennifer Egan
“I think ethical ambivalence is a kind of innoculation, a way of excusing yourself in advance for something you actually want to do. No offense.”
Jennifer Egan

Jodi Picoult
“Having to face him at a competency hearing is like getting to hell and finding out that the only food available is raw liver-insult added to injury.”
Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“We cannot force people to be intelligent, ethical or wise.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

Kelli Jae Baeli
“I want to make the choice that gives an accurate impression of who I am; and who I am is someone who wants to be ethical, evolved, yet not at all an oil pan for the machinations of the morally corrupt.”
Kelli Jae Baeli, Immortality or Something Like It

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“I want to be a voice for ‘good’ and for ‘God,’ for if I presume to possess the former without the latter there will be nothing good in what I say.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Arnold Hauser
“The essence of the Industrial Revolution consists in the triumph of this principle over the medieval and mercantilist regulations. Modern economy first begins with the introduction of the principle of laissez-faire, and the idea of individual freedom first succeeds in establishing itself as the ideology of this economic liberalism. These connections do not, of course, prevent both the idea of labour and the idea of freedom from developing into independent ethical forces and from often being interpreted in a really idealistic sense. But to realize how small a part was played by idealism in the rise of economic liberalism, it is only necessary to recall that the demand for freedom of trade was directed, above all, against the skilled master, in order to take away from him the only advantage he had over 55 the mere contractor. Adam Smith himself was still far from claiming such idealistic motives for the justification of free competition; on the contrary, he saw in human selfishness and the pursuit of personal interests the best guarantee for the smooth functioning of the economic organism and the realization of the general weal. The whole optimism of the enlightenment was bound up with this belief in the selfregulating power of economic life and the automatic adjustment of conflicting interests; as soon as this began to disappear, it became more and more difficult to identify economic freedom with the interests of the general weal and to regard free competition as a universal blessing.”
Arnold Hauser, The Social History of Art: Volume 3: Rococo, Classicism and Romanticism

Amit Kalantri
“Honest man get hated but he never get doubted.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“King's honesty certainly get rewarded with subject's loyalty.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Whatever be your obsession, it needs not to be reasonable- but ethical.”
Prashant Bhushan Tyagi

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“My conscience might not permit me to do the things that the darker side of me would most certainly like to do. But in the end, what makes the greater story; how I beat the darker side or how it beat me?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

J.S. Mason
“His mentality was dressed up as a moral code, but when naked, was simply a preference.”
J.S. Mason, The Stork Ate My Brother...And Other Totally Believable Stories

“A person’s moral decision of what is right and wrong is not the sheer application of a mathematical principle. Many variables come into play when examining how to conduct a person’s life. A person experiences reality inside their head and we premise our personal version of reality upon the accumulation of knowledge. Decision-making entails the identification and application of personal knowledge in a just and virtuous manner. The only measure of personal integrity is whether a person derives their own judgment in a rational manner and then determinedly implements the moral judgment regardless of the possibility of encountering the derision and scorn of other people.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“We don’t necessarily want to do the ‘right thing’ because it’s not our ‘right thing.’ And maybe when we reach the point where we’ve blown up our lives so much that we can no longer deny that we’ve blown up our lives we’ll finally admit that anything other than the ‘right thing’ will always turn out to be the ‘wrong thing.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Protecting Is My Ethical Duty And Destroying Is My Moral Duty, MURUGA PERUMAL”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

“In order to produce, you must first be ethical. ”
Meir Ezra

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