59 Greatest Quotes About Ethics
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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.
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.
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.
People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.
Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval.
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.
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.
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.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit.
In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
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.
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.
Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty.
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that 'a quiet conscience makes one strong!'.
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.
You should not decide until you have heard what both have to say.
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
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.
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. .
Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.
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.
I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused.
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
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.
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.
He was impregnably armored by his good intentions and his ignorance.
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.
What we do in every other area of our lives (other than religion), is, rather than respect somebody's beliefs, we evaluate their reasons.
I don't want to do anything that violates my own personal code of ethics and morals.
The faith of religion is belief on insufficient evidence.
Whether a man is a criminal or a public servant is purely a matter of perspective.
Don't violate your own code of values and ethics, but don't waste energy trying to make other people violate theirs.
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.