Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern. Matthew Arnold Literature and Dogma, ch.1.
But if marriage be such a blessed state, how comes it, may you say, that there
are so few happy marriages? Now in answer to
this, is it not to be wondered that so few succeed, we
should rather be surprized to find so manydo, considering
how imprudently menengage, the motive they act by, and the very strange
conduct they observe throughout.
Mary Astell Some Reflections upon MarriageOccasion'd by the
Duke and Duchess of
Mazarine's Case which is also consider'd, preface (1706 edn).
When a public man lays his hand on his heart and declares that his
conduct needs no apology, the audience hastens to
put up its umbrellas against the particularly severe
downpour of apologies in store for it. I won't give the
customary warning. My conduct shrieks aloud for apology,
and you are in for a thorough drenching. Sir (Henry) Max(imilian) Beerbohm 'A Straight Talk' (parody of George Bernard Shaw),
in the Saturday Review, 22
There can be no law if we were to invoke one code of international
conduct for those who oppose us and another for our
friends. Dwight D(avid) Eisenhower Speech on the Suez crisis, 31 Oct.
Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the
benefit, and the fact of living in a society renders it
indispensable that each should be bound to observe a certain
line of conduct towards the rest. That conduct consistsin
each person bearing his share of the labours and
sacrifices incurred for defending the society or its
members from injuryand molestation. John Stuart Mill On Liberty.
When it comes to the final judgements on political conduct, history is
not merciful. It is just. NewYorkTimes 'Justice and Mercy in Arkansas', editorial,17 Dec.
Sir Plume, of amber snuff-box justly vain, And the nice
conduct of a clouded cane. Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock, canto 4, l.123^4.
We are a democracy, and there is only one way to get a democracy on its
feet in the matter of its individual, its social, its
municipal, its State, its National conduct, and that is by keeping
the public informed about what is going on.There
isnot a crime, there isnot a dodge, there is not a trick,
there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live
by secrecy.Get these things out in the open, describe
them, attack them, ridicule them in the press, and
sooner or later public opinion will sweep them away. Joseph Pulitzer c.1910 Quoted in Alleyne Ireland An Adventure with a
It is the maxim of every prudent master of a family never to attempt to make
at home what it will cost him more to makethantobuy.Thetaylordoesnot
ofthemfind itfor their interestto employ their whole
industry in a way in which they have some advantage over
their neighbours and to purchase with a part of its
producewhatever else they have occasion for What is
prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce
be folly in that of a great kingdom Would it be a
reasonable law to prohibit the importation of all foreign
wines, merely to encourage the making of claret and burgundy
in Scotland? Adam Smith An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of theWealth
of Nations, bk.4,
Men, indeed, appear to me to act in a very unphilosophical
manner when they try to secure the good conduct of
women by attempting to keep them always in a state
of childhood. Mary also known as Mrs Godwin Wollstonecraft AVindication of the Rights ofWoman, pt.1, ch.2.