Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern which have come under my observation, none appears to me so pure as that of Jesus.
We know of no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.1st Baron
Let us give to our republic a fourth power with authority over the youth, the hearts of men, public spirit, habits, and republican morality. Let us establish this Areopagus to watch over the education of the children, to supervise national education, to purify whatever may be corrupt in the republic, to denounce ingratitude, coldness in the country's service, egotism, sloth, idleness, and to pass judgment upon the first signs of corruption and pernicious example.simón bolívar
Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.william hazlitt
I have carefully and regularly perused the Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion that the volume contains more sublimity, purer morality, more important history, and finer strains of eloquence, than can be collected from all other books, in whatever language they may have been written.william jones
I'm a man of honour, a truthful person, a gentleman of absolute morality .Silvio Berlusconi
People understand God as the expression of the most lofty morality. Maybe He needs only perfect people.Anton Chekhov
The silliest and most tendentious of baseball writing tries to wrest profundity from the spectacle of grown men hitting a ball with a stick by suggesting linkages between the sport and deep issues of morality, parenthood, history, lost innocence, gentleness, and so on, seemingly ad infinitum . (The effort reeks of silliness because baseball is profound all by itself and needs no excuses; people who don't know this are not fans and are therefore unreachable anyway.)stephen jay gould
It is rather more noble to help people purely out of concern for their suffering than it is to help them because you think the Creator of the Universe wants you to do it, or will reward you for doing it, or will punish you for not doing it. The problem with this linkage between religion and morality is that it gives people bad reasons to help other human beings when good reasons are available.sam harris
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.friedrich nietzsche
This is the antinomy : Insofar as we believe in morality we pass sentence on existence.friedrich nietzsche
" My thesis is that morality exists outside the human mind in the sense of being not just a trait of individual humans, but a human trait; that is, a human universal. "michael shermer
There is a certain kind of morality which is even more alien to good and evil than amorality is.Simone Weil
Wisdom, virtue, morality, all these have fallen out of fashion: everybody worships at the shrine of commerce.
I should regret to find that the law was powerless to enforce the most elementary principles of commercial morality.
There are two sorts of hypocrites : ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion ; and the others are those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and talk much of free grace ; but at the same time make righteousness of their discoveries, and of their humiliation , and exalt themselves to heaven with them.
We need leadership that can elevate religion and morality to their position of paramount importance and thus eliminate growing selfishness, immorality and materialism.
In former days the free-thinker was a man who had been brought up in ideas of religion, law, and morality, and only through conflict and struggle came to free-thought; but now there has sprung up a new type of born free-thinkers who grow up without even having heard of principles of morality or of religion, of the existence of authorities, who grow up directly in ideas of negation in everything, that is to say, savages.
According to Gandhi, the seven sins are wealth without works, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principle. Well, Hubert Humphrey may have sinned in the eyes of God, as we all do, but according to those definitions of Gandhi's, it was Hubert Humphrey without sin.
Our vanity would have just that which we do best count as that which is hardest for us. The origin of many a morality.friedrich nietzsche
Abortion may be sinful or immoral, but it is not the function of the law to enforce the whole of morality. It is difficult to understand what religious or moral principle, what divine or human purpose, is served by compelling underprivileged women to undergo pregnancy for the full term and to bear unsought and frequently unwanted children or to risk sickness or death at the hands of incompetent and frequently lecherous and importunate abortionists. No doubt the fact that the price of maintaining this principle is paid almost exclusively by the poor has delayed its critical examination.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion has even a single point of contact with reality.friedrich nietzsche
Religion has ever filled the mind of man with darkness, and kept him in ignorance of his real duties and true interests. It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason, and morality. Religion diverts us from the causes of evils, and from the remedies which nature prescribes; far from curing, it only aggravates, multiplies, and perpetuates them.baron d'holbach
It is safe to say that no other superstition is so detrimental to growth, so enervating and paralyzing to the minds and hearts of the people, as the superstition of morality.