59 Greatest Quotes About Ethics

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi
Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess. Thomas Paine
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth. Ayn Rand
I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it. Albert Einstein
I obviously do everything to be "hard to understand" myself. Friedrich Nietzsche
People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad. Stephen King
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. Aristotle
Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Abraham Lincoln
Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. Oscar Wilde
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so. Immanuel Kant
You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
People who truly understand what is meant by self-reliance know they must live their lives by ethics rather than rules. Wayne Dyer
While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? George Bernard Shaw
I wasn't the biggest, the fastest, the strongest, and then I bought into something called work ethic. Ray Lewis
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle
It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit. Aristotle
In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi
We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach. Bertrand Russell
It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more. Woody Allen
Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty. Fidel Castro
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. Albert Schweitzer
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. Bertrand Russell
Let unswerving integrity be your watchword. Baruch Spinoza
Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. Albert Schweitzer
Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that 'a quiet conscience makes one strong!'. Anne Frank
Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. Albert Schweitzer
You should not decide until you have heard what both have to say. Aristophanes
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. Albert Schweitzer
Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better. Mark Twain
In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all. . Oscar Wilde
Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics. Jane Addams
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. John Stuart Mill
The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind. Mary Shelley
I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused. Graham Greene
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience. Adam Smith
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings. Albert Schweitzer
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire
Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. Mahavira
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
Nothing can be accomplished by logic and ethics. Anton Chekhov
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. Elie Wiesel
We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper. Sam Harris
What I'm asking you to entertain is that there is nothing we need to believe on insufficient evidence in order to have deeply ethical and spiritual lives. Sam Harris
He was impregnably armored by his good intentions and his ignorance. Graham Greene
Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do. Michael Pollan
What we do in every other area of our lives (other than religion), is, rather than respect somebody's beliefs, we evaluate their reasons. Sam Harris
I don't want to do anything that violates my own personal code of ethics and morals. Michael Moore
The faith of religion is belief on insufficient evidence. Sam Harris
Whether a man is a criminal or a public servant is purely a matter of perspective. Tom Robbins
Don't violate your own code of values and ethics, but don't waste energy trying to make other people violate theirs. Melody Beattie
Transhumanism is the ethics and science of using things like biological and genetic engineering to transform our bodies and make us a more powerful species. Dan Brown