Ethics And Moral Philosophy Quotes

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Roger Scruton
“It is not enough to be nice; you have to be good. We are attracted by nice people; but only on the assumption that their niceness is a sign of goodness.”
Roger Scruton

Zaman Ali
“Creating individuality, which creates and protects others' individualities is good.”
Zaman Ali, MORALITY An Individual Dilemma

Kevin Dutton
“What if our better nature wasn't better after all? But was instead, well, just nature?”
Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

Václav Havel
“Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.”
Václav Havel

Peter Singer
“The animals themselves are incapable of demanding their own liberation, or of protesting against their condition with votes, demonstrations, or bombs. Human beings have the power to continue to oppress other species forever, or until we make this planet unsuitable for living beings. Will our tyranny continue, proving that we really are the selfish tyrants that the most cynical of poets and philosophers have always said we are? Or will we rise to the challenge and prove our capacity for genuine altruism by ending our ruthless exploitation of the species in our power, not because we are forced to do so by rebels or terrorists, but because we recognize that our position is morally indefensible? The way in which we answer this question depends on the way in which each one of us, individually, answers it.”
Peter Singer

Kim Stanley Robinson
“It's the love of right lures men to wrong.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars

Adebowale Ojowuro
“The terrible error in the course of human civilization is undoubtedly the defective judgment that allowed religious authorities usurp the foundation of societal morality, in which all collective ethics of humankind must take a cause. This appalling blunder is comparable only to assigning the leper exclusive franchise to run beauty clinics in the society; this can only lead to cycles upon cycles of common infection syndrome.”
Adebowale Babatunde Ojowuro, Echoes of Common Sense

James Connolly
“We will not blame him for the crimes of his ancestors if he relinquishes the royal rights of his ancestors; but as long as he claims their rights, by virtue of descent, then, by virtue of descent, he must shoulder the responsibility for their crimes.”
James Connolly

Dov Seidman
“Why is your HOW message today more timely than ever?
All progress now depends on How. We have entered the Era of Behavior. Of course our behavior has always mattered, but in today’s world, it matters more than ever and in ways it never has before. We live in a more connected and interdependent world. Yet we tend to speak about the world in amoral terms. The single most profound implication of an increasingly interconnected world is that it has rendered us ethically, if not morally, interdependent.”
Dov Seidman

“The knowledge of Good and Evil, no matter how systematically or thoroughly consumed, will by no means make us gods. Rather, modern ethics, modern psychotherapy, and modern political ideologies all tend to produce not superhumans but pitiable slaves to the rationalizations generated by our distorted human desires. In order to gain control over the world, we have been too willing to renounce essential aspects of our own freedom.”
Timothy G. Patitsas, The Ethics of Beauty

Angela Carter
“The notion of a natural propensity for vice is essential to Sadeian psychology; vice is innate, as is virtue, if social conditions are unalterable. This straitjacket psychology relates his fiction directly back to the black and white ethical world of fairy tale and fable; it is in conflict with his frequently expounded general theory of moral relativity, that good and evil are not the same thing at all times and in all places.”
Angela Carter, The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography

“I would like to humbly add to this great tradition [Carl Sagan’s legendary quote that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”] by suggesting a razor of my own: that extraordinary harm and mistreatment requires extraordinary justification.”
Alex J. O'Connor

“Intrinsic personal value - the foundation of ethical value - starts when our individual life journeys begin. It ends only with the cessation of our existence.”
John F. Kavanaugh S.J., Who Count as Persons?: Human Identity and the Ethics of Killing

“One of the greatest opportunities to live our values—or betray them—lies in the food we put on our plates.”
Anne Barnhill, Food, Ethics, and Society: An Introductory Text with Readings

Abhijit Naskar
“Energy has no ethical polarity, only potential, ethics of energy lie in the hands of its wielder.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Gentalist: There's No Social Work, Only Family Work

Patricia V. Davis
“If you hold your nose to sleep with skunks, their ticks and fleas still give you disease.”
Patricia V. Davis

Alexander McCall Smith
“There, I've thought it. I've thought the thing I knew I should think. And I feel better for it, because although it's harder to love, it's always better.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The Charming Quirks of Others

Abhijit Naskar
“No ideology has a monopoly over virtue, virtues are born of mind, not ideology.”
Abhijit Naskar, Mucize Misafir Merhaba: The Peace Testament

Abhijit Naskar
“My theology is not rooted in God, but in people. My philosophy is not rooted in knowledge, but in people. My science is not rooted in reason, but in people.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sin Dios Sí Hay Divinidad: The Pastor Who Never Was

Ayn Rand
“Well, if I asked people whether they believed in life, they'd never understand what I meant. It's a bad question. It can mean so much that it really means nothing. So I ask them if they believe in God. And if they say they do -- then, I know they don't believe in life. Because, you see, God—whatever anyone chooses to call God—is one's highest conception of the highest possible. And whoever places his highest conception above his own possibility thinks very little of himself and his life. It's a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now, for your very own. To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it, but to demand it.”
Ayn Rand

W.H. Auden
“Reason requires that I approve
The light-bulb which I cannot love”
W.H. Auden

W.H. Auden
“The primary function of poetry, as of all the arts, is to make us more aware of ourselves and the world around us. I do not know if such increased awareness makes us more moral or more efficient: I hope not.

I think it makes us more human, and I am quite certain it makes us more difficult to deceive, which is why, perhaps, all totalitarian theories of the State, from Plato's downwards, have deeply mistrusted the arts. They notice and say too much, and the neighbors start talking.”
W.H. Auden

Josef Pieper
“In its fusion of positive and negative, of ignorance on the way to further knowledge, wonder reveals itself as having the same structure as hope, the same architecture as hope--the structure that characterizes philosophy and, indeed, human existence itself. We are essentially viatores, on the way, beings who are "not yet." Who could claim to possess the being intended for him? "We are not," says Pascal, "we hope to be." And it is because the structure of wonder is that of hope that it is so essentially human and so essential to a human existence.”
Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture

Johnny Firic
“He would pat the ugliest puppies.”
Johnny Firic, The Oldest Word

Dmitry Dyatlov
“and the Real point... I am trying to make here. besides I HATE THIS SHITHOLE AND I WANT TO GO BACK TO RUSSIA is.... I was influenced. I was influenced by some real, true, pieces of shit. their names include Gregg Hartsuff (piece of shit coach), Greg Yezersky (uncle), my little piece of shit daddy, Jim Smith (Labor department), and Dick M. (anonymous piece of shit sponsor.) there. that's about right. So start to work on yourselves. Your Moral Stature. I think that's what they call it.

I want you to talk about how you feel. how does it FEEL?
to represent USA. A shithole country. your idiot, pussy bitch military is chasing Arabs somewhere. while drunk Russians keep fucking your women in the ass. just for fun. how does that feel, you silly (n word)? I use the word N. to refer to white people I dislike and disrespect, a lot.

see, I worked a lot. a whole lot. because my idiot parents dragged me to this shithole. SHITHOLE. but I don't want to be in this shithole.

can you do something, please, to maybe send me back to Russia?

Russia is a nice place. Samara is a beautiful city.

come on, Gregg. I remember. You were fucking with me because my GPA was like a 3.1. not a 3.2. right. RIGHT? let's be real precise about shit. let's be REAL thorough and precise.

well we won a LOTTERY apparently. To come here. WHERE IS MY FUCKING MONEY?

You stupid piece of shit.”
Dmitry Dyatlov

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