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Mignon McLaughlinChildren lack morality, but they also lack fake morality.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Arthur ClarkeThe greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

George Bernard ShawAn Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawThe word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Friedrich NietzscheMorality is herd instinct in the individual.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerCompassion is the basis of morality.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Immanuel KantThe death of dogma is the birth of morality.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Immanuel KantMorality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Immanuel KantTwo things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

H.L. MenckenMorality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Obedience is doing what is told regardless of what is right.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

H.L. MenckenPuritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Oscar WildeMorality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ayn RandThe purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Samuel JohnsonGo into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Will DurantThere is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Lord ActonOpinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.

—  Lord Acton, 1834-1902, English historian

Isaac AsimovNever let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Karl KrausThe immorality of men triumphs over the amorality of women.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausMoral responsibility is what is lacking in a man when he demands it of a woman.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausMorality is the tendency to pour out the baby with the bathwater.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Jean Jacques RousseauThose people who treat politics and morality separately will never understand either of them.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Harry TrumanA person who is fundamentally honest doesn't need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

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AnonymousIf electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

—  Anonymous


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