Friday, March 21, 2008

Morality -

He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections. Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, Nov. 4, 1775

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader...if virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.--Samuel Adams

Of course my standards are out of date! That's why they're called standards. - Alan Bennett

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.-- Jeremy Bentham

Morals today are corrupted by our worship of riches. - Cicero

Morality and immorality are not defined by man's changing attitudes and social customs. They are determined by the God of the universe, whose timeless standards cannot be ignored with impunity. Dr. James Dobson

Values imparted by the reigning culture have now received the sanction of the state. This is reflected in the distribution of condoms in schools, in the prohibition of school prayer, in the official rhetoric--"nonmarital childbearing" or "alternative lifestyle"--and in other ways.
It takes a great effort for the individual to decide that something is immoral and to act on that belief when the law declares it legal and the culture deems it acceptable. --Gertrude Himmelfarb _The De-Moralization of Society_

The foundation of all morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying; to give up pretending to believe that for which there is no evidence, and repeating unintelligible propositions about things beyond the possibilities of knowledge-- Thomas Henry Huxley

The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason. David Hume in F A Hayek, The Fatal Conceit.

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.

No man in the world acts up to his own standard of right. --T. B. Macaulay, _Hallam_, 1828 (Edinburgh Review, Sept.)

'... belief in survival after death - the individual survival of John Smith, still conscious of himself as John Smith - is enormously less widesread than it was. Even among professing Christians it is probably decaying: other people, as a rule, don't even entertain the possibility that it might be true. ... There is little doubt that the modern cult of power worship is bound up with the modern man's feeling that life here and now is the only life there is. ... I would say that the decay of belief in personal immortality has been as important as the rise of machine civilization. ... I do not want the belief in life after death to return.... What I do point out is that its disappearance has left a big hole, and that we ought to take notice of that fact. ... [Mankind] is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.-George Orwell, 'As I Please' 3 March 1944

The weakling and the coward cannot be saved by honesty alone; but without honesty, the brave and able man is merely a civic wild beast who should be hunted down by every lover of righteousness. No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community. Theodore Roosevelt, "The Eighth and Ninth Commandments in Politics" _Outlook_ (May 12, 1900)

My show is not about mental health, It's about moral health. I don't give advice. I give my never-to-be-humble opinion -- Laura Schlessinger

Modesty is the proof morality is sexy. -- Wendy Shallit

The nations morals are like its teeth, the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them. George Bernard Shaw

If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are wrong. I do not say give them up, for they may be all you have, but conceal them like a vice lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people. --Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)_Across the Plains_ [1892], "Lay Morals"

A person educated in mind and not in morals is a menace to society. --Juanita Kidd Stout (1919- )

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), What Is Man?(1906)

Our society is afflicted with the scourge of AIDS and other diseases that owe their origin to promiscuity. Yet the cry is not, "How can we stop promiscuity?" but rather, "How can we cure AIDS?" --Terry Virgo _Men Of Destiny_ [1987], "Blessed Are Those Who Mourn"

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. Washington

This country has spent about 30 years trying very hard to prove that no one, not even children, should be fettered by anyone else's idea of proper behavior. Now we have no norms. Or at least none that we hold in common. Are we happy yet? The Wall Street Journal, editorial, 1999

What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike. Alfred North Whitehead

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