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Quotations on Ethics

"Ethics" is a term defined so differently by many throughout the centuries. Below are some great quotes on ethics. I hope you will enjoy!

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“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion” --- Abraham Lincoln


“The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty… The ordinary objects of human endeavor -- property, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me” --- Albert Einstein


“Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.” ---Albert Schweitzer


“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.” ---Buddha


“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” ---Plato


“That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.” ---William J.H. Boetcker


“We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; and (3) by suffering.” ---Victor Frankl


“The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.” ---Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The noblest worship is to make yourself as good and as just as you can.” ---Isocrates


“Character is what you are in the dark.” ---Unknown


“Character, not circumstance, makes the person.” ---Booker T. Washington


“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.” ---Aristotle


“Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward [people], but they are complete and natural only when we feel this Reverence for Life and the desire to have compassion for and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I think that this ethic will become more and more recognized because of its great naturalness and because it is the foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if our culture is to become truly ethical.” --- Albert Schweitzer

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