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Quotations about Morality

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. ~Henry David Thoreau, 1848

Doing good isn't black and white. And the shades of gray are unsettling. ~The Resident, "Burn It All Down," 2020, written by Tianna Majumdar-Langham, Chris Bessounian, & Daniela Lamas  [S3, E20, Marshall Winthrop —tg]

IMMORALITY.  The morality of those who are having a better time. ~H. L. Mencken

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose! ~Friedrich Nietzsche, translated by H. L. Mencken, 1920

Morality is a private and costly luxury. ~Henry Adams

Without doubt half the ethical rules they din into our ears are designed to keep us at work. ~Llewelyn Powys

Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons! ~Thomas Hardy

Beware of making your moral staple consist of the negative virtues. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Conventionality is not morality. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

An ultra right is generally an ultra wrong. ~Publilius Syrus, 1st century BCE, from the Latin by D. Lyman, 1856

The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from custom... ~Michel de Montaigne

Our morality seems to me only a check on the ultimate domination of force, just as our politeness is a check on the impulse of every pig to put his feet in the trough. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. ~Oscar Wilde

We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practise, and another which we practise but seldom preach. ~Bertrand Russell

What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command... ~Havelock Ellis

The world of empirical morality consists for the most part of nothing but ill will and envy. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Bailey Saunders

      Let's haul it out into the middle of the floor and let the cat sniff it. "Sin?" "Sin" like "love" was a word hard to define. It came in two bitter but vastly different flavors. The first lay in violating the taboos of your tribe...
      The other meaning of "sin" was easier to define because it was not clouded by the murky concepts of religion and taboo:  Sin is behavior that ignores the welfare of others. ~Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long, 1973

The Seven Deadly Sins are a litany of victimless crimes, compiled to distract attention from the bloody felonies of the righteous. ~Robert Brault,

It is with flowers, as with moral qualities: the bright-coloured are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet-smelling. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Why should moral distinction be made between death by the spirochete and death by the streptococcus? ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)  [Spirochete because of its association with syphilis. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

There is no such thing as moral phenomena, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, translated by Helen Zimmern, 1907

What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike. ~Alfred North Whitehead

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