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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

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

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

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

Mango Wodzak
“Compassion and determination are the keys to true progress.”
Mango Wodzak, Topsy-Turvy World - Vegan Anarchy

“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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Night fell. Yet, despite the day’s grueling efforts to rummage for food and secure safe habitation, the forest and its inhabitants drifted off to sleep in perfect unison. And I thought that none of them jostled for the position of another, or sought some better position for themselves out of avarice or greed or some baser agenda. Rather, each played its role admirably and found that in doing so all of those roles meshed in a now stilled unity. And staring at the stars with the crickets gently lulling a satisfied world to sleep, I wondered why we can’t be more like the woods.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

John Fowles
“It may have something to do with intelligence, but I am certain it has nothing to do with knowledge - I mean that there are people who have an instinctive yet perfect moral judgment, who can perform the most complex ethical calculations as Indian peasants can sometimes perform astounding mathematical feats in a matter of seconds. Lily was such a person. And I craved her approval.”
John Fowles, The Magus

Sarvesh Jain
“Sometimes staring at the line is the only thing you should do, because once you cross it there is no coming back from that.”
Sarvesh Jain

Louisa May Alcott
“Seeing this did more for Jo than the wisest sermons, the saintliest hymns, the most fervent prayers that any voice could utter. For with eyes made clear by many tears, and a heart softened by the tenderest sorrow, she recognized the beauty of her sister's life––uneventful, unambitious, yet full of the genuine virtues which 'smell sweet, and blossom in the dust', the self–forgetfulness that makes the humblest on earth remembered soonest in heaven, the true success which is possible to all.”
Louisa May Alcott

“History, whether personal or collective, is the best guide to our individual and collective lives. We need always to compute who--or which action, in self or others--deserves praise, and which deserts principle and deserves criticism and condemnation.”
Dr. Michael Aeschliman

“I'm all for supporting entrepreneurship, especially within one's personal sphere. Still, be wise. Careful who you do business with (especially someone handling sensitive information i.e finances, records, contracts). It takes one "falling out", and your entire life is laid bare over hard feelings. Business ethics and diplomacy tend to get lost in the fog of anger, jealousy, and/or resentment. Everything is not for everyone. Vet a friend, like you would a stranger.
It's business, not personal.”
Liz Faublas, Million Dollar Pen, Ink.

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“You can’t tell someone to trust you. Rather, you have to show them that you can be trusted. And when we hear a whole lot of ‘telling’ but see very little ‘showing,’ we can be assured that there’s a whole lot of ‘nothing’ to trust.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“One of the promises that the world has given us is the promise that a promise is never a promise.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If we’re going to reject something maybe we should reject it on its true merits and not on the merits that have been imposed upon it by those who themselves have no merit.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Steven Magee
“I have a great deal of respect for Gordon Moore of Intel. We are fellow electrical and electronic engineers and I use many of his Intel products. However, I do see a man that is probably aware he is funding a known biologically toxic astronomy facility atop the most sacred mountain in Hawaii. How ethical is that? Have you ever heard Gordon Moore talk about Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)? Some of his products are known to aggravate the debilitating condition that many people have started to develop around the world. It is the disease of electricity, electronics and wireless radiation.”
Steven Magee, Magee’s Disease

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