The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality
touched with emotion. Matthew Arnold Literature and Dogma, ch.1.
We do not look in great cities for our best morality. Jane Austen Mansfield Park, ch.9.
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion.To attack
the first isnottoassail the last.To pluck the mask from the
face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the
Crown of Thorns. Charlotte Bronte« Jane Eyre (2nd edn), preface.
All that I know surely about morality and the obligations of man, I owe to
football. Albert Camus 'What I owe to Football', in France Football. In
his youth, Camus kept goal for
the Oran football club in Algiers.
Two qualities essential for the artist: moralityand perspective. Denis Diderot ^81 Pense es de tache e s sur la peinture.
Dr Johnson's morality was as English an article as a beefsteak. Nathaniel Hawthorne Our Old Home.
As my poor father used to say In1863, Once people start
on all this Art Goodbye, moralitee!
SirA(lan) P(atrick) Herbert 'Lines for a Worthy Person'.
Morality Weighs heavily on
me like unwilling sleep. John Keats 'On Seeing the Elgin Marbles'.
Si la morale de Cle opa" t re e u" t e te moins courte, la
face du monde aurait
change . Son nez n'en serait pas devenu plus long. If Cleopatra's
morality had been less short, the face of the world would
have been altered. Her nose would not thereby have grown
longer. Comte de properly Isidore Ducasse Lautre amont Poe sies, pt.2.
We know of no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of
its periodical fits of morality. 1st Baron In the Edinburgh Review.
the corruption of medicine by morality. H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken Prejudices.
Moralit a« t ist Herden-Instinkt im Einzelnen. Morality is herd
instinct in the individual. FriedrichWilhelm Nietzsche Die fro« hliche Wissenschaft ( The Gay Science),
section116 (translated by W
Herren-Moral und Sklaven-Moral. Master morality and
slave morality. FriedrichWilhelm Nietzsche Jenseits von Gut und Bo« se (Beyond Good and
Evil), section 260 (translated
by R J Hollingdale).
Whatever isfunny issubversive, every joke
isultimatelya custard pie A
dirty joke is not, of course, a serious attack
uponmorality, but it is a sort of mental rebellion, a momentary wish that
things were otherwise. George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell 'The Art of Donald McGill'.
La vraie e loquence se moque de l'e loquence, la vraie morale se moque de
la morale. True eloquence has
no time foreloquence, true morality has no time for
morality. Blaise Pascal c.1654^1662 Pense es, no.4 (translated byA Krailsheimer).
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. Blaise Pascal c.1654^1662 Pense es, no.23.
Religion blushing veils her sacred fires, And unawares
Morality expires. Alexander Pope The Dunciad, bk.4, l.649^50.
Vous e" tes libre, choisissez, c'est-a' -dire, inventez. Aucune morale ge ne
rale ne peut vous indiquer ce qu'il y a a' faire. You are free,
therefore choosethat is to say, invent. No rule of general
moralitycan show you what you ought to do. Jean-Paul Sartre L'Existentialisme est un humanisme (Existentialism
(translated by Philip Mairet).
Money is indeed the most important thing in the world: and all sound and
successful personal and national morality should have
this fact for its basis. George Bernard Shaw The Irrational Knot, preface.
I'm one of theundeserving poorup agen middle-class moralityall the
time What is middle-class morality? Just an excuse for
never giving me anything. George Bernard Shaw Alfred Doolittle. Pygmalion, act 2.
The so-called new morality is too often the old immorality condoned.
George Bernard Shaw In the Observer,17 Jul.
When someone says,'It isgood business', you may be sure it is bad
morality. Robin Skelton A Devious Dictionary.
The preservation of health is a duty.Few seem
conscious that there is such
a thing as physical morality. Herbert Spencer Education, ch.4.
Morality is nothing other than the advantage of the stronger party. Thrasymachus 5c Quoted in Plato
Republic, 338b (translated by RobinWaterfield, 1993).
What marriage is to morality, a properly conducted licensed liquor
traffic is to sobriety. Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain Quotedin AlbertBigelow Paine (ed) MarkTwain's
Notebook (1935), ch.23.
What ismorality inany given time or place? It iswhat
the majority thenand
therehappento like, and immorality is what they dislike. Alfred North Whitehead Conversation, 30 Aug. Collected in Dialogues