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1. "Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth."
Author: Aaron Hill
2. "True morals are a priceless thing that possesses the highest value and can never be bought or sold at any cost."
Author: Abigail Landsbrook
3. "It is this idea 'decency' should be attached to wealth -and 'indecency'' to poverty - that forms the core of one strand of skeptical complaint against the modern status-ideal. Why should failure to make money be taken as a sign of an unconditionally flawed human being rather than of a fiasco in one particular area if the far larger, more multifaceted, project of leading a good life?Why should both wealth and poverty be read as the predominant guides to an individual's morals ?"
Author: Alain De Botton
4. "I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal, and you are your own temple and your own priest. I don't believe anymore in religions, because you see today there are religious wars, prejudice, false morals, and the woman is despised. Religion is too old now; it's from another century, it's not for today."
Author: Alejandro Jodorowsky
5. "Society is endangered not by the great profligacy of a few, but by the laxity of morals amongst all."
Author: Alexis De Tocqueville
6. "We don't do drugs, drink or use profanity. Instead we instill morals and values in my boys by raising them with a love of God and a love and respect for themselves and all people. I believe they will have a chance."
Author: Anita Baker
7. "You can find yourself a decent,honorable man, one to love you, respect you, cherish you. Someone withmorals, with a decent job and a good future. That's what you think youwant, isn't it? Not some white trash from Alabama. Not some ex-conwho's running the scam of a lifetime. You're so good and decent, the verythought of me disgusts you, doesn't it?" His voice was low and seductiveas he pushed the words at her.She met his gaze with what she hoped was a fearless one of her own."Yes," she said."Then tell me, Rachel," he said, letting his hand toy with the looseneckline of her tunic, "why aren't you out somewhere, fucking your littlegentleman's brains out? Why are you here with me, quivering when Itouch you?"
Author: Anne Stuart
8. "Morality and legality have nothing to do with one another. I'm more than fine with breaking a law if it disagrees with my values and morals."
Author: Ashly Lorenzana
9. "Morals are taught & preached not for the sake of heaven, but to assist those people on earth who have everything they need & more to retain their possessions & to help them to accumulate still more. Morals is the butter for those who have no bread."
Author: B. Traven
10. "Basic religion is the reason we have morals."
Author: Brandon Flowers
11. "Modern society, the political body, the legal and judiciary system, the state of governance, capitalism and the very fabric of the society itself, including our religions and so-called morals and values, are institutions steeped in traditions of absolute and total violence."
Author: Bryant McGill
12. "While we are actually subjected to them, the 'moods' and 'spirits' of nature point no morals. Overwhelming gaiety, insupportable grandeur, sombre desolation are flung at you. Make what you can of them, if you must make at all. The only imperative that nature utters is, 'Look. Listen. Attend."
Author: C.S. Lewis
13. "You know, I'm cursed with morals. I was raised a certain way. I wish I wasn't. I wish I was raised by wolves."
Author: Carson Daly
14. "Shayna wasn't so lucky. She waved as she passed her. "Looking good, Mrs. Mancuso." No. She wasn't. Mrs. Mancuso's neck skin dragged a path between the tulips. "Go to church and get some morals, hussy!"
Author: Cecy Robson
15. "People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love."
Author: Charles Bukowski
16. "To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?"
Author: Christopher Hampton
17. "It might sound like I'm a dreamer, but economic models have reached their height of evolution. Technology has evolved. What hasn't evolved is mankind's spirituality; everything is from 3,000 years ago. With spirituality comes morals, a better way of thinking."
Author: Damian Marley
18. "Nay, if we should suppose, what seldom happens, that a popular religion were found, in which it was expressly declared that nothing but morality could gain the divine favor; if an order of priests were instituted to inculcate this opinion in daily sermons and with all the arts of persuasion; yet so inveterate are the people's prejudices, that, for want of some other superstition, they would make the very attendance on these sermons the essentials of religion, rather than place them in virtue and good morals."
Author: David Hume
19. "All a child's life depends on the ideal it has of its parents. Destroy that and everything goes - morals, behavior, everything. Absolute trust in someone else is the essence of education."
Author: E.M. Forster
20. "When the sun comes up, I have morals again."
Author: Elayne Boosler
21. "In morals, truth is but little prized when it is a mere sentiment, and only attains its full value when realized in the world as fact."
Author: Ernest Renan
22. "The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on - I am not too sure."
Author: H.L. Mencken
23. "I hope for some sort of peace—but I fear that machines are ahead of morals by some centuries and when morals catch up there'll be no reason for any of it."
Author: Harry S. Truman
24. "There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes."
Author: Herbert Simon
25. ". . .we fumble through and make decisions that allow us to sleep at night- because morals are more important than ethics, and love is more important than the law."
Author: Jodi Picoult
26. "For Jefferson, William and Mary was largely about what university life is supposed to be about: reading books, enjoying the company of like-minded, and savoring teachers who seemed to be ambassadors from other, richer, writer worlds. Jefferson believed Williamsburg "the finest school of manners and morals that ever existed in America."
Author: Jon Meacham
27. "But I'd far rather live without souls or morals than Parmesan."
Author: Kate Quinn
28. "One should make morals judgements for oneself."
Author: Kathryn Bigelow
29. "Morality is a matter of money. Poor people cannot afford to have morals. So they have religion."
Author: Khushwant Singh
30. "If you haven't developed morals by the time you start reading erotica, it's probably too late."
Author: Kitty Thomas
31. "The balance of private good and general welfare is at the bottom of civilized morals; but the morals of the Heroic Age are founded on individuality, and on nothing else."
Author: Lascelles Abercrombie
32. "Morals aren't just for when it's easy, Anita. They aren't morals if you throw them aside every time it's convenient."
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
33. "It is time to effect a revolution in female manners - time to restore to them their lost dignity. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners."
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
34. "My friends, I like them; my morals, I like them more!"
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
35. "Unless a person can give reasons, there is, literally, no reason why anyone else should take that person seriously. But without reasons, all we are left with is emotional blackmail. We sometimes call it 'moral blackmail,' but it has nothing to do with morals, only with the implied juvenile threat of having a tantrum unless everyone else gives in."
Author: N.T. Wright
36. "The higher the building the lower the morals."
Author: Noel Coward
37. "For the various spiritual forms of the imagination have a natural affinity with certain sensuous forms of art - and to discern the qualities of each art, to intensify as well its limitations as its powers of expression, is one of the aims that culture sets before us. It is not an increased moral sense, an increased moral supervision that your literature needs. Indeed, one should never talk of a moral or an immoral poem - poems are either well written or badly written, that is all. And, indeed, any element of morals or implied reference to a standard of good or evil in art is often a sign of a certain incompleteness of vision, often a note of discord in the harmony of an imaginative creation; for all good work aims at a purely artistic effect. ‘We must be careful,' said Goethe, ‘not to be always looking for culture merely in what is obviously moral. Everything that is great promotes civilisation as soon as we are aware of it."
Author: Oscar Wilde
38. "Society, civilized society at least, is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. It feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than morals, and, in its opinion, the highest respectability is of much less value than the possession of a good chef."
Author: Oscar Wilde
39. "He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals."
Author: Oscar Wilde
40. "Beginning with a critique of my own limbs, which she said, justly enough, were nothing to write home about, this girl went on to dissect my manners, morals, intellect, general physique, and method of eating asparagus with such acerbity that by the time she had finished the best you could say of Bertram was that, so far as was known, he had never actually committed murder or set fire to an orphan asylum."
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
41. "I thank the bullies who bullied me in many ways they taught how not to treat other human beings, not to manipulate, to not to lack empathy, to not lack morals, not to to abuse physically and/or emotionally. I thank them for the assumptions that I was "slow", "stupid", "thick".I often wonder with most them hitting their late 20's would they want their children/loved ones to be treated how they treated me? Good question isn't it and I probably know the answer. Because the scary thing is looking into the lense of someone else acting the same as YOU to your loved one must be difficult to take."
Author: Paul Isaacs
42. "The Bible may be an arresting andpoetic work of fiction, but it is not the sort of book you should giveyour children to form their morals."
Author: Richard Dawkins
43. "When you devalue ethics and morals by proclaiming that our attitude toward them should be casual or lenient, you can't be surprised by a rising generation who then behaves disrespectfully; treating life, people, and choices as if they possess little value or worth.  For whether or not that was the intention, society has taught them to believe thusly."
Author: Richelle E. Goodrich
44. "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."
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
45. "We should therefore, with grace and optimism, embrace NOMA's tough-minded demand: Acknowledge the personal character of these human struggles about morals and meanings, and stop looking for definite answers in nature's construction. But many people cannot bear to surrender nature as a "transitional object"--a baby's warm blanket for adult comfort. But when we do (for we must), nature can finally emerge in her true form: not as a distorted mirror of our needs, but as our most fascinating companion. Only then can we unite the patches built by our separate magisteria into a beautiful and coherent quilt called wisdom."
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
46. "Who then was the orthodox, who the freethinker? Where lay the true position, the true state of man? Should he descend into the all-consuming all-equalizing chaos, that ascetic-libertine state; or should he take his stand on the "Critical-Subjective," where empty bombast and a bourgeois strictness of morals contradicted each other? Ah, the principles and points of view constantly did that; it became so hard for Hans Castorp's civilian responsibility to distinguish between opposed positions, or even to keep the premises apart from each other and clear in his mind, that the temptation grew well-nigh irresistible to plunge head foremost into Naphtha's "morally chaotic All."
Author: Thomas Mann
47. "If on a sinking ship out at sea, the moral law is to always help save women & children first...Why can't we apply the same morals here in our nation?"
Author: Timothy Pina
48. "I have a strong Lutheran background, and my parents instilled in me strong morals."
Author: Tippi Hedren
49. "What the present day greeders don't understand... is that your character, lack of integrity, low morals, no ethics and devious actions are being RECORED indelibly for the global public to view for next few hundred years...on the internet TATOO!.Your childrens', childrens', childrens' childrens' childrens' childrens' childrens - will read on the web of your low-intelligence, devious thievery, corruption, and inept leadership.. And they will cry with shame... because their ancestors seemed to behave no better than greedy Graboons.We need to Rethink leadership"
Author: Tony Dovale
50. "In editing a volume of Washington's private letters for the Long Island Historical Society, I have been much impressed by indications that this great historic personality represented the Liberal religious tendency of his time. That tendency was to respect religious organizations as part of the social order, which required some minister to visit the sick, bury the dead, and perform marriages. It was considered in nowise inconsistent with disbelief of the clergyman's doctrines to contribute to his support, or even to be a vestryman in his church.In his many letters to his adopted nephew and younger relatives, he admonishes them about their manners and morals, but in no case have I been able to discover any suggestion that they should read the Bible, keep the Sabbath, go to church, or any warning against Infidelity.Washington had in his library the writings of Paine, Priestley, Voltaire, Frederick the Great, and other heretical works.[The Religion of Washington]"
Author: Washington

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