Ethical Quotes

Quotes tagged as "ethical" (showing 1-30 of 54)
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

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

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

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”
Gary L. Francione

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”
Gary L. Francione

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

H.P. Lovecraft
“As the savage progresses, he acquires experience and formulates codes of 'right' and 'wrong' from his memories of those courses which have helped or hurt him... Then out of the principle of barter comes the illusion of 'justice' ...”
H.P. Lovecraft

عبد الحميد الثاني
“لقد اعتبروني عدوًا للأدب، هكذا أعلنوا! لا لست عدوًا للأدب، وإنما لسوء الأدب، ولست عدوًا للأدباء، وإنما لمن عُدموا الأدب”
عبد الحميد الثاني, مذكرات السلطان عبد الحميد

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Most of my failures can be ascribed to the fact that I chose that which was ‘easy’ over that which was ‘right’. And while it’s ‘right’ to admit this to myself, it isn’t ‘easy.’ So, which choice am I going to make this time?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

“There's something immoral about abandoning your common sense in matters of social importance.”
A.E. Samaan

“Someone once said to me, 'There are so many religions in the world. They can't all be right.'

And my reply was, 'Well, they can't all be wrong either.'

All religions in the world today share more commonalities than differences, yet language blinds many from seeing these truths. Some people will tell me that what I write about is straight from their holy book, but the truth is that the main principles found in all holy books were already engraved in all our hearts. If you think common sense, the golden rule and knowing right from wrong are exclusive only to your faith, then you need to open yourself up to the rest of the world's religions.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Abhijit Naskar
“Killing a bunch of Jihadis may be morally justified, to save humanity from their wrath, but it won't terminate Jihad for long. Jihad or Holy war would keep festering one way or another, until religious fundamentalism is eradicated from the human society. Until the whole humanity learns to scrutinize its most revered scriptures with the sharp tool of reasoning, Jihad will keep on striking over the world. If one does not have the basic conscientious capacity to refute the primitive textual verses of the scriptures that demand one to kill or torture another being for holding a different belief system than one's own, then that entity is no being of the civilized human society, it is merely a pest from the stone-age. No Quran, no Bible, no Gita, no Cow, is greater than the human self. There shall be hope for harmony and peace in the world, only when fundamentalism is destroyed forever. Harmony is not a luxury, it is an existential necessity of the species. And to achieve it, if a hundred Bibles have to be sacrificed, then be it. But for no Bible, Quran or Gita, can harmony be compromised.”
Abhijit Naskar

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The ‘fact’ of my actions frequently collide with the ‘fiction’ of my words. And at what point will I live what I say, so I will avoid what I do?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Steven Magee
“My ethical values prevent me from investing in the stock market.”
Steven Magee

Debasish Mridha
“Ethics are not always ethical just as morals are not always moral.”
Debasish Mridha

Amit Kalantri
“Crime exists because immorality is wicked and morality is weak.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Not every wish you wish comes true and this is a great blessing for you because not every wish you wish is ethical, only some are!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

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