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

Quote words that affirm all men and women are your brothers and sisters.
“Quote words that affirm
all men and women are your
brothers and sisters.”
Author-Poet Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

E.A. Bucchianeri
“There has to be a cut-off somewhere between the freedom of expression and a graphically explicit free-for-all.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

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

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

Karl Wiggins
“We invariably have an internalised personal code of honour, an inner voice that embodies us with a sincere, strong sense of decency that surpasses Rag, Tag & Bobtail’s acquiescence to law and ethics. Think Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Terry McCann from Minder or the heroic English folklore outlaw, Robin Hood.”
Karl Wiggins, Wrong Planet - Searching for your Tribe

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

Socrates
“Once a man knows good from evil, nothing on earth can compel him to act against that knowledge.”
Socrates

“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

Tom Golway
“Ideas and creativity are the most dangerous weapons against those who look to suppress freedom. Never underestimate the power of collective, civil discussions with those who hold opposing views.”
Tom Golway

“When the forest gives you a fistful of fruits, they are yours; but when it reveals to you a thicket of trees laden with fruit, it is entrusting you to call the whole village.”
Iain Chitsidzo, Our Connected Village: Timeless Wisdom from the Shona

Ayn Rand
“the collectivist premise that men’s lives belong to society [...] reveals the enormity of the extent to which altruism erodes men’s capacity to grasp the concept of rights or the value of an individual life; it reveals a mind from which the reality of a human being has been wiped out”
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

Jordan B. Peterson
“Zaključak toga procesa? ''Neka su djela u sebi toliko užasna da se protive samoj naravi ljudskoga Bića''. Ta je istina temeljna, vrijedi za sve kulture, za svako vrijeme i prostor. ''Postoje zla djela koja se ničim ne mogu opravdati. Dehumanizirati ljudsko biće, uniziti muškarca ili ženu do razine parazita, mučiti ih i zaklati ne razmišljajući o njihovoj nevinosti ili krivnji, nanošenje boli pretvoriti u umijeće - pogrješno je.”
Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Marc M. Minnick
“Do you think it is possible to be a good person,even-though you might have done things that others think are bad or repulsive?"
Francesca thought for a moment and then answered.
"I don't think,or better yet,understand how a good person could do bad things.”
Marc M. Minnick

“Universal ethics is a corollary of universal kinship. Moral obligation is as boundless as feeling.”
J. Howard Moore, Ethics and Education

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“We have to show the world a society in which all relationships, fundamental principles and laws flow directly from ethics, and from them alone. Ethical demands must determine all considerations: how to bring up children, what to train them for, to what end the work of grown-ups should be directed, and how their leisure should be occupied. As for scientific research, it should only be conducted where it doesn't damage morality, in the first instance where it doesn't damage the researchers themselves. The same should apply to foreign policy. Whenever the question of frontiers arises, we should think not of how much richer or stronger this or that course of action will make us, or of how it will raise our prestige. We should consider one criterion only: how far is it ethical?”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward

H.L. Sudler
“I don't work according to anyone's schedule, but according to my ethics.”
H.L. Sudler

Tarif Naaz
“About Morals, I want to tell you that God forget to install inbuilt software of timeless morals in us.”
Tarif Naaz

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“In life, there are always two choices; the selfish and the selfless.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

Aristotle
“The self-indulgent man, then, craves for all pleasant things or those that are most pleasant . . .
Hence he is pained both when he fails to get them and when he is craving for them, for appetite involves pain.”
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Socrates
“Knowledge is the only virtue," because "Once a man knows good from evil, nothing on earth can compel him to act against that knowledge.”
Socrates

“A secular morality teaches that what man thinks, says, and does lives after him and influences for good or ill future generations. This is a higher, nobler, and greater, incentive to righteousness than any life of personal reward or fear of punishment in a future life.”
David Marshall Brooks, The Necessity of Atheism

David Hume
“In every system of morality, which I have hitherto met with, I have always remark’d, that the author proceeds for some time in the ordinary ways of reasoning, and establishes the being of a God, or makes observations concerning human affairs; when all of a sudden I am surpriz’d to find, that instead of the usual copulations of propositions, is, and is not, I meet with no proposition that is not connected with an ought, or an ought not. This change is imperceptible; but is however, of the last consequence. For as this ought, or ought not, expresses some new relation or affirmation, ‘tis necessary that it shou’d be observ’d and explain’d; and at the same time that a reason should be given; for what seems altogether inconceivable, how this new relation can be a deduction from others, which are entirely different from it.”
David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

David Hume
“Take any action allow’d to be vicious: Wilful murder, for instance. Examine it in all lights, and see if you can find that matter of fact, or real existence, which you call vice. In which-ever way you take it, you find only certain passions, motives, volitions and thoughts. There is no other matter of fact in the case. The vice entirely escapes you, as long as you consider the object. You never can find it, till you turn your reflexion into your own breast, and find a sentiment of disapprobation, which arises in you, towards this action. Here is a matter of fact; but ’tis the object of feeling, not of reason. It lies in yourself, not in the object. So that when you pronounce any action or character to be vicious, you mean nothing, but that from the constitution of your nature you have a feeling or sentiment of blame from the contemplation of it. Vice and virtue, therefore, may be compar’d to sounds, colours, heat and cold, which, according to modern philosophy, are not qualities in objects, but perceptions in the mind”
David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

“Always be prepared to be fired or laid off.”
Dr. Mansur Hasib

“The power to make a choice goes with the duty of accepting the responsibility of the outcome of the choice.” (Page 1 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo)”
Michael Eneyo

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