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Morality must relate, at some level, to the well-being of conscious creatures. If there are more and less effective ways for us to seek happiness and to avoid misery in this world - and there clearly are - then there are right and wrong answers to questions of morality.
Thou shalt free thyself from convention, from everyday morality.
The struggle of democratic secularism, religious tolerance, individual freedom and feminism against authoritarian patriarchal religion, culture and morality is going on all over the world - including the Islamic world, where dissidents are regularly jailed, killed, exiled or merely intimidated and silenced.
Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.
A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
John F. Kennedy
Human morality is unthinkable without empathy.
Frans de Waal
Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
Force always attracts men of low morality.
God created the family to provide the maximum love and support and morality and example that one can imagine.
Morality will perform all this; and Morality is the fruit of Illumination.
I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality.
George Bernard Shaw
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
H. L. Mencken
Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science.
The true basis of morality is utility; that is, the adaptation of our actions to the promotion of the general welfare and happiness; the endeavour so to rule our lives that we may serve and bless mankind.
Scientists search for truth. Philosophers search for morality. A criminal trial searches for only one result: proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
I consistently encounter people in academic settings and scientists and journalists who feel that you can't say that anyone is wrong in any deep sense about morality, or with regard to what they value in life. I think this doubt about the application of science and reason to questions of value is really quite dangerous.
Morals are built on religious faith. Virtue is built on morality and influences a culture.
For children to take morality seriously they must be in the presence of adults who take morality seriously. And with their own eyes they must see adults take morality seriously.
The science of morality is about maximizing psychological and social health. It's really no more inflammatory than that.
Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction and powers of each of the branches of government. It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending.
Conservatism vests in and depends on the widespread, informed understanding of human nature, self-governance and the First Principle of Progress: free people interacting in free markets produce the greatest good for the greatest number always, but only, when tethered to virtue and morality.
Look, we want freedom and we want liberty in this country. But we've also got to have the guts to stand up and run a tight ship in America. Morality is now a word that many people consider very square and outdated. But if we don't stand up for it, we deserve what we will get in the end - unprincipled anarchy.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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