Moral Philosophy Quotes

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Thomas Jefferson
“As you say of yourself, I too am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us.

[Letter to William Short, 31 October 1819]”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Robert A. Heinlein
“If we can use an H-bomb--and as you said it's no checker game; it's real, it's war and nobody is fooling around--isn't it sort of ridiculous to go crawling around in the weeds, throwing knives and maybe getting yourself killed . . . and even losing the war . . . when you've got a real weapon you can use to win? What's the point in a whole lot of men risking their lives with obsolete weapons when one professor type can do so much more just by pushing a button?'
Zim didn't answer at once, which wasn't like him at all. Then he said softly, 'Are you happy in the Infantry, Hendrick? You can resign, you know.'
Hendrick muttered something; Zim said, 'Speak up!'
I'm not itching to resign, sir. I'm going to sweat out my term.'
I see. Well, the question you asked is one that a sergeant isn't really qualified to answer . . . and one that you shouldn't ask me. You're supposed to know the answer before you join up. Or you should. Did your school have a course in History and Moral Philosophy?'
What? Sure--yes, sir.'
Then you've heard the answer. But I'll give you my own--unofficial--views on it. If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cuts its head off?'
Why . . . no, sir!'
Of course not. You'd paddle it. There can be circumstances when it's just as foolish to hit an enemy with an H-Bomb as it would be to spank a baby with an ax. War is not violence and killing, pure and simple; war is controlled violence, for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your government's decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him . . . but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing . . . but controlled and purposeful violence. But it's not your business or mine to decide the purpose of the control. It's never a soldier's business to decide when or where or how--or why--he fights; that belongs to the statesmen and the generals. The statesmen decide why and how much; the generals take it from there and tell us where and when and how. We supply the violence; other people--"older and wiser heads," as they say--supply the control. Which is as it should be. That's the best answer I can give you. If it doesn't satisfy you, I'll get you a chit to go talk to the regimental commander. If he can't convince you--then go home and be a civilian! Because in that case you will certainly never make a soldier.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

John Stuart Mill
“The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest-Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure, and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain, and the privation of pleasure.”
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism

John Stuart Mill
“I will call no being good who is not what I mean when I apply that epithet to my fellow creatures; and if such a creature can sentence me to hell for not so calling him, to hell I will go .”
John Stuart Mill, An examination of Sir William Hamilton's philosophy, and of the principal philosophical questions discussed in his writings

Baruch Spinoza
“The good which every man, who follows after virtue, desires for himself he will also desire for other men...”
Baruch Spinoza, Ethics

Tolulope Oyewole
“I believe that one of the reasons that Christians are ineffective is because we do not take enough time with the Holy Spirit to know the will of God; and just as with Joshua and the Israelite, we make decisions with our emotions and warped moral compass.”
Tolulope Oyewole, The Spirit of Prayer: The Believer's Authority on the Earth

“People subscribe to absolutism or relativism because it gives their minds stability. It doesn’t matter what the choice is. Our beliefs underpin our egos. So, people end up taking sides. It doesn’t matter what side you are on! Everyone here on Earth has a role to play.”
Abhaidev, The Influencer: Speed Must Have a Limit

“If you think of yourself as a follower of Christ’s teachings, if you consider yourself a good person, you are morally obligated to be against greed. It’s your duty as a good person to be against exploitation. It’s your moral duty to be against predatory capitalism.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, How to Defeat the Trump Cult: Want to Save Democracy? Share This Book

“We often see this today: people expect the liturgy to be conformed to their emotional states rather than they conforming themselves to an objective cult, which conforms itself to God.”
Chad A. Ripperger, Topics on Tradition

Ken Poirot
“Knowing the difference between right and wrong is not some religious ideal; it is our moral obligation.”
Ken Poirot

Kashonia Carnegie
“Ethical actions can often entail short-term pain, but will always result in long-term gains. By contrast, unethical actions frequently have short-term gains, which make them so attractive. But I guarantee that unethical actions will always result in some form of long-term pain and ultimate collapse, frequently in unexpected ways.”
Kashonia Carnegie PhD

Munia Khan
“Only righteous path leads us to the right way”
Munia Khan

Thomas De Quincey
“For a philosopher should not see in the eyes of the poor limitary creature calling himself a man of the world, and filled with the narrow and self-regarding prejudices of birth and education, but should look upon himself as a Catholic creature, and as standing in an equal relation to high and low - to educated and uneducated, to the guilty and the innocent.”
Thomas de Quincey

David Deutsch
“There is an explanatory link between ought and is, and this provides one of the ways in which reason can indeed address moral issues.”
David Deutsch

“If we don't know how to control ourselves, Authority, Power, Money and Success may make us arrogant and lead to destruction.

यदि हम स्वयं पर नियंत्रण रखना नहीं जानते तो अधिकार, शक्ति, धन और सफलता हमें अंहकारी बना पतन के मार्ग पर ले जा सकते हैं !

Sharad Kashyap”
Sharad Kashyap

“The purpose of a story is not to convey the value of truth, indeed the moral values”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Aysha Taryam
“Morality is man’s only trustworthy guiding tool and empathy is that natural instinct in which without it the world would be a much darker place to inhabit.”
Aysha Taryam

Thomas Aquinas
“[Aristotle] shows how currency serves as a measure...[I]f men always needed immediately the goods they have among themselves, they would have no need of any exchange except of thing for thing, e.g., wine for grain. But sometimes one man (who has a surplus of wine at present) does not need the grain that another man has (who is in need of wine), but perhaps later he will need the grain or some other product. In this way then for the necessity of future exchange, money or currency is, as it were, a surety that if a man has no present need but may want in the future, the thing he needs will be available when he presents the currency.”
Thomas Aquinas

“Dostoevsky's...typically Russian emphasis on man as a collective being leads logically to his belief in our all-guilt; we are, again, in some mysterious manner, guilty of everybody's sins...Our own deeds, good or bad, are nothing but pebbles in the river of life that will be carried on and on until they somehow touch our remotest fellow man.”
William Hubben, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Kafka

Mikhail Bulgakov
“Izlazak maga s njegovim dugačkim pomoćnikom i mačkom koji je stupio na pozornicu na stražnjim nogama, vrlo se svidio publici. - Dajte mi naslonjač - tiho je naredio Woland i istog časa, ne zna se kako i odakle, na pozornici se pojavio naslonjač u koji je sjeo mag.
- Reci mi, ljubazni Fagote - upitao je Woland kockastog šarlatana koji je, kako se čini, nosio i drugo ime osim ''Korovjojv'' - po tvom mišljenju, nije li se moskovsko pučanstvo znatno promijenilo? Mag je pogledao utihnulu publiku, iznenađenu pojavom naslonjača iz zraka.
- Upravo tako, messire - tiho je odgovorio Fagot-Korovjov. - Imaš pravo. Građani su se jako promijenili, izvana, velim, kao i sam grad uostalom. O odjeći da i ne govorimo, ali pojavili su se ti... kako se zovu... tramvaji, automobili...”
Mikhail Bulgakov, Master & Margarita or, the Devil Comes to Moscow

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“I fear lies more than death. Simply, because even the ideas of heaven and hell might fall within its domain.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

Meg Wolitzer
“Sometimes you had to let go of your convictions, or at least loosen them far more than you ever thought you would.”
Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion

Alasdair MacIntyre
“Man is ... essentially a story-telling animal. That means I can only answer the question 'what am I to do?' if I can answer the prior question of 'what story or stories do I find myself a part of?”
Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

Alasdair MacIntyre
“(We) are never able to seek for the good or exercise the virtues only qua individual ... we all approach our own circumstances as bearers of a particular social identity. I am someone's son or daughter, a citizen of this or that city. I belong to this clan, that tribe, this nation. ... I inherit from the past of my family, my city, my tribe, my nation, a variety of debts, inheritances, expectations and obligations.”
Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

John Rawls
“During much of modern moral philosophy the predominant systematic theory has been some form of utilitarianism…Those who criticized them [i.e. the great utilitarians such as Hume, Smith and Mill] often did so on a much narrower front. They pointed out the obscurities of the principle of utility and noted the apparent incongruities between many of its implications and our moral sentiments. But they failed, I believe, to construct a workable and systematic moral conception to oppose it. The outcome is that we often seem forced to choose between utilitarianism and intuitionism. Most likely we finally settle upon a variant of the utility principle circumscribed and restricted in certain ad hoc ways by intuitionistic constraints. Such a view is not irrational; and there is no assurance that we can do better. But this is no reason not to try.”
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice

Iris Murdoch
“Philosophy of mind is the background to moral philosophy; and insofar as modern ethics tends to constitute a sort of Newspeak which makes certain values non-expressible, the reasons for this are to be sought in current philosophy of mind and in the fascinating power of a certain picture of the soul. One suspects that philosophy of mind has not in fact been performing the task … of sorting and classifying fundamental moral issues; it has rather been imposing upon us a particular value judgement in the guise of a theory of human nature.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good

Terry Dowling
“We all lie to serve a purpose, Eric. By omission or commission, we all know when to lie. Parents lie to children about reality all the time, a most heinous and culpable offense since it does not involve the way reality is perceived. But, then as now, lying can be seen as a sign of extreme care. It all has to do with the motive and ethic behind the lie, doesn't it?”
Terry Dowling, The Man Who Lost Red

“In this age, moral value is decreasing but money value is increasing.”
Dr Sivakumar Gowder

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Above all he is jealous of his own self-respect; this is his most valued possession and it would be a real loss to him were he to acquire the respect of others at the expense of his own.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reveries of the Solitary Walker

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