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Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

George Washington (1732-1799) First President of the USA.

Morality is the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian fhysician. Founder of Psychoanalysis.

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.


Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.

A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one that we preach, but do not practice, and another that we practice, but seldom preach.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.