Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal.
Ethical conduct is something that becomes inherent in an organization over a long period of time.
Do the right thing because it is right.
The simplest and shortest ethical precept is to be served as little as possible . . . and to serve others as much as possible.
Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.
The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
In any ethical situation, the thing you want least to do is probably the right action.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.
I mean, look, Nancy Pelosi said in the very beginning this is going to be the most open, honest and ethical Congress in history. And what we're seeing is she's breaking that promise every day.
And what it depends on, of course, is whether the story itself is worth the ethical compromise it requires and whether the competition is onto the story.
Criminals are never very amusing. It's because they're failures. Those who make real money aren't counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.
The industrial revolution has tended to produce everywhere great urban masses that seem to be increasingly careless of ethical standards.
Over the past two decades, we have clearly seen an erosion of ethical values.
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him.
He or she must be successful in economic terms, but always within an ethical framework. Whether his or her constituency is a corporation and its shareholders or the customers in a small and privately held business, his or her first responsibility is to serve that constituency.
My work is based on the assumption that clarity and consistency in our moral thinking is likely, in the long run, to lead us to hold better views on ethical issues.
Your ethical muscle grows stronger every time you choose right over wrong.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
But when we get enough people who don't care, and who don't accept personal responsibility for high ethical standards, our organization gets the "M" disease. Mediocrity. Anybody in the place can be a carrier. By the same token, every individual can carry the cure: the ethics of excellence.
A country should be defended not by arms, but by ethical behavior.
Ethical dilemmas have a way of sneaking up on a person. If something smells funny, stay away from it. Or help get rid of it.
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
If you build that foundation, both the moral and the ethical foundation, as well as the business foundation, and the experience foundation, then the building won't crumble.
At the same time we are aware that our various religions and ethical traditions often offer very different bases for what is helpful and what is unhelpful for men and women, what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil.
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