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A man can do what he ought to do; and when he says he cannot, it is because he will not.
~ Feoude

 

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A moral lesson is better expressed in short sayings than in long discourse.
~ Johann Georg Zimmermann

 

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A set of rules laid out by professionals to show the way they would like to act if it was profitable.
~ Frank Dane

 

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A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
~ Socrates

 

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A woman can look both moral and exciting -- if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
~ Edna Ferber

 

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Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
~ Ronald Reagan

 

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An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

 

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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

 

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Don't be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

 

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Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

 

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Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.
~ William Hazlitt

 

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For morality life is a war, and the service of the highest is a sort of cosmic patriotism which also calls for volunteers.
~ William James

 

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For the ''superior morality,'' of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this ''superior morality'' is properly rather an ''inferior criminality,'' produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff-dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you as finely as may be, he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.
~ John Selden

 

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However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.
~ Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

 

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I cannot believe that this country cannot come together around some values what these kids need is a moral life... the issue is not ideas, it is conduct. The real question is how we reach these young people morally, and what do we bring to them.
~ Robert Coles

 

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I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.
~ Aneurin Bevan

 

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I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with; something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace; some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene.
~ Seneca

 

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