Quotes and Sayings about Morals



"The very women who object to the morals of a notoriously beautiful actress, grow big with pride when an admirer suggests their marked resemblance to this stage beauty in physique."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Beauty, Women, Morals, Pride)

"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right."
- Isaac Asimov
(Related: Morals, Right, Sense)

"The novel is a penetrating study of morals and ethics."
- Bille August
(Related: Ethics, Morals, Study)

"We don't do drugs, drink or use profanity. Instead we instill morals and values in my boys by raising them with a love of God and a love and respect for themselves and all people. I believe they will have a chance."
- Anita Baker
(Related: Love, God, People, Values, Boys, Chance, Drugs, Morals, Profanity, Respect, Will)

"A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday."
- Russell Baker
(Related: Church, Morals, Politicians, President)

"When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Law, Morals, Vice)

"The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation."
- Jeremy Bentham
(Related: Happiness, Legislation, Morals)

"I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest."
- Aneurin Bevan
(Related: Politics, Interest, Morals)

"One should make morals judgements for oneself."
- Kathryn Bigelow
(Related: Morals)

"When the sun comes up, I have morals again."
- Elayne Boosler
(Related: Morals, Sun)

"Morals are private. Decency is public."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: Decency, Morals, Public)

"You come before me this morning with clean hands and clean collars. I want you to have clean tongues, clean manners, clean morals and clean characters."
- John Burns
(Related: Manners, Morals, Want)

"The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Difference, Morals, Pride, Study, Vanity)

"People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy."
- John Cheever
(Related: People, Confusion, Fiction, Morals, Philosophy)

"We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Mankind, Manners, Morals)

"No nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling, even if it be only the faintest shadow - and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals."
- Kenneth Clark
(Related: Art, Feeling, Morals, Shadow)

"Relativity must replace absolutism in the realm of morals as well as in the spheres of physics and biology."
- Thomas Cochrane
(Related: Morals, Physics, Relativity)

"You see a moral in them? Do we have morals?"
- Joel Coen
(Related: Morals)

"That I can't relate to today's music or morals doesn't make either necessarily bad. Just different. I leave the judgements to others."
- Perry Como
(Related: Music, Morals, Today)

"You can't, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Care, Duty, Integrity, Man, Morals, Sound)

"They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, have boldly affirmed that 'one man is as good as another;' a maxim that is true in neither nature, revealed morals, nor political theory."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: Nature, Feeling, Man, Maxim, Morals, Popular, Theory)

"The higher the building the lower the morals."
- Noel Coward
(Related: Building, Morals)

"I play a nice crazy lady whose morals are right but who is really foundering."
- Mary Crosby
(Related: Lady, Morals, Play, Right)

"As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Religion, Christian, Culture, Idealism, Lies, Morals, Tradition)

"The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Marriage, Possibility, Divorce, Help, Morals, Population)

"Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Government, African, Countries, Legislation, Morals, Result)

"There are some liberals eager to embrace a culture void of morals, but the majority of America is made up of honest, hard-working families who turned out in droves to protect the traditional way of life."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Life, America, Culture, Liberals, Majority, Morals)

"It has been said that the position of woman is the test of civilization, and that of our women was secure. In them was vested our standard of morals and the purity of our blood."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Women, Civilization, Blood, Morals, Purity, Woman)

"It is becoming clear that the old platitudes can no longer be maintained, and that if we wish to improve our morals we must first improve our knowledge."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Knowledge, First, Morals, Old)

"What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command."
- Henry Ellis
(Related: Blind, Obedience, Words)

"Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Thought, Appearance, Fact, Morals)

"Sometimes his methods are questionable, and even his morals are questionable, but his intention is always to protect Sydney. So in that way I think he's a good parent."
- Victor Garber
(Related: Intention, Morals)

"Sometimes, his methods and his motives are questionable and even his morals are questionable in the way he does things. But I think his intention is always to protect his daughter."
- Victor Garber
(Related: Daughter, Intention, Morals, Motives)

"Books follow morals, and not morals books."
- Theophile Gautier
(Related: Books, Morals)

"He combines the manners of a Marquis with the morals of a Methodist."
- William Gilbert
(Related: Manners, Morals)

"To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?"
- Christopher Hampton
(Related: Happiness, Famous, Morals, Religious, Woman)

"Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Argument, Custom, Manners, Morals, Poets)

"About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Morals)

"Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth."
- Aaron Hill
(Related: Thoughts, Beliefs, Consequences, Morals)

"When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Government, People, Honor, Morals)

"A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals."
- Henry James
(Related: Women, Man, Manners, Morals)

"In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil."
- Anna Jameson
(Related: Religion, Fear, Beginning, Evil, Fanaticism, Morals, Motive, Wickedness)

"There were certain questions about the foundations of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Science, Morals, Questions)

"The laws of morals and the laws of music are the same."
- Zoltan Kodaly
(Related: Music, Laws, Morals)

"Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Corruption, Country, Morals, Prostitution)

"Ain't nobody making music to not be heard and the easiest way to be heard is to be on the radio, but you should never compromise who you are, your values or your morals."
- Talib Kweli
(Related: Music, Values, Compromise, Morals)

"All are agreed, that the increase of learning and good morals are great blessings to society."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Society, Blessings, Learning, Morals)

"Many thousands of youth have been deprived of the benefit of education thereby, their morals ruined, and talents irretrievably lost to society, for want of cultivation: while two parties have been idly contending who should bestow it."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Education, Society, Morals, Want, Youth)

"I have raised the morals and sobriety of the people."
- James Larkin
(Related: People, Morals)

"There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel."
- Vladimir Lenin
(Related: Politics, May, Morals)

"There are three subjects on which the knowledge of the medical profession in general is woefully weak; they are manners, morals, and medicine."
- Gerald F. Lieberman
(Related: Medical, Knowledge, Manners, Medicine, Morals, Profession)

"Politics have no relation to morals."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Politics, Morals)

"Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals."
- Horace Mann
(Related: Manners, Morals)

"It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Lust, Morals, Opinions, Order, Reason, Restraint, Will)

"There's this idea that if you take your clothes off, somehow you must have loose morals."
- Demi Moore
(Related: Idea, Clothes, Morals)

"Religion is the solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God."
- Gouverneur Morris
(Related: Education, Religion, God, Man, Morals)

"To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination."
- George Jean Nathan
(Related: Art, Imagination, Sex, Morals)

"I have my ethics and morals. I have my anchor point of what is right and wrong in real life, but I'm not afraid to entertain any and every aspect of personality in relationship to creating a character."
- Corin Nemec
(Related: Life, Character, Ethics, Morals, Personality, Right, Wrong)

"I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Mistake, Values, Baby, Daughters, First, Morals, Old, Want, Years)

"It has been my fate in a long life of production to be credited chiefly with the equivocal virtue of industry, a quality so excellent in morals, so little satisfactory in art."
- Margaret Oliphant
(Related: Art, Life, Quality, Virtue, Fate, Morals, Production)

"Let's stand up. Let's speak with pride about our morals and our values and redouble our effort to elect more conservative Republicans."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Values, Conservative, Effort, Morals, Pride, Republicans)

"I differ materially from Capt. Lewis, in my account of the numbers, manners, and morals of the Sioux."
- Zebulon Pike
(Related: Manners, Morals, Numbers)

"I have a hard time with morals. All I know is what feels right, what's more important to me is being honest about who you are. Morals I get a little hung up on."
- Brad Pitt
(Related: Time, Being, Morals, Right)

"I am deeply interested in the progress and elevation of journalism, having spent my life in that profession, regarding it as a noble profession and one of unequaled importance for its influence upon the minds and morals of the people."
- Joseph Pulitzer
(Related: Life, People, Progress, Importance, Influence, Journalism, Morals, Profession)

"In morals, truth is but little prized when it is a mere sentiment, and only attains its full value when realized in the world as fact."
- Ernest Renan
(Related: Truth, Fact, Morals, Sentiment, Value, World)

"You know, people who almost - yeah, there's a slight reluctance there - but there's also an ambiguity. What are their morals? What is their code of living. What are they really doing here. And it is just interesting because it is never black or white."
- Matt Robinson
(Related: People, Ambiguity, Living, Morals)

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Society, Man, Mind, Morals)

"I had taken a course in Ethics. I read a thick textbook, heard the class discussions and came out of it saying I hadn't learned a thing I didn't know before about morals and what is right or wrong in human conduct."
- Carl Sandburg
(Related: Class, Ethics, Morals, Right, Saying, Wrong)

"Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will - his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Faith, Environment, Exercise, Man, Morals, Problems, Responsibility, Will)

"Democrats always like to brag that their guys are smarter than the opponents and Republicans always like to brag that their guys are more moral than the opponents. But if you're looking for morals in politics you're looking for bananas in the cheese department."
- Harry Shearer
(Related: Politics, Democrats, Morals, Opponents, Republicans)

"The morals of yesterday are no more. They are as dead as the day they were lived. Economic independence has put woman on exactly the same footing as man."
- Norma Shearer
(Related: Day, Independence, Man, Morals, Woman, Yesterday)

"There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes."
- Herbert Simon
(Related: Technology, People, Morals, Thinking)

"I think the ethics and morals of genetic engineering are very complicated. It intrigues me."
- Roger Spottiswoode
(Related: Engineering, Ethics, Morals)

"We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch. I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: History, Books, Morals, Nothing, Woman)

"One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: May, Mind, Morals)

"Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Manners, Morals, Respect)

"If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Morals, Wrong)

"The people are grown very wild and loose in their morals."
- Peter Stuyvesant
(Related: People, Morals)

"You can't raise the standard of women's morals by raising their pay envelope. It lies deeper than that."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Women, Lies, Morals)

"I challenge you to show me where the saloon has ever helped business, education, church, morals or anything we hold dear."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Business, Education, Church, Challenge, Morals)

"The minister of the Gospel is really the yardstick by which the nation measures its morals."
- Jimmy Swaggart
(Related: Morals, Nation)

"We have found that morals are not, like bacon, to be cured by hanging; nor, like wine, to be improved by sea voyages; nor, like honey, to be preserved in cells."
- William Taylor
(Related: Morals, Sea, Wine)

"Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock 'n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there's always a new generation with new music."
- Bobby Vinton
(Related: Music, Clothes, Morals, Now, Rap, Romantic, Songs)

"The Lord's prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals."
- Arthur Wellesley
(Related: Religion, Morals, Prayer)

"Though large herds of deer do much harm to the neighbourhood, yet the injury to the morals of the people is of more moment than the loss of their crops."
- Gilbert White
(Related: People, Harm, Injury, Loss, Morals)

"It is time to effect a revolution in female manners - time to restore to them their lost dignity. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners."
- Mary Wollstonecraft
(Related: Time, Dignity, Effect, Revolution, Manners, Morals)

"Now here is a departure from the first principle of true ethics. Here we find ideas of moral wrong and moral right associated with something else than beneficial action. The consequent is, we lose sight of the real basis of morals, and substitute a false one."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Ideas, Action, Departure, Ethics, First, Morals, Now, Right, Sight, Wrong)

"It's definitely a struggle to prove yourself just as a good human being. I'm so proud of who I am and what I've become, the morals I have, and the people that I'm surrounded by."
- Tina Yothers
(Related: People, Being, Morals, Struggle)