Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
The time is always right to do what is right.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion.
Nothing that is morally wrong can be politically right.
Without ethics, everything happens as if we were all five billion passengers on a big machinery and nobody is driving the machinery. And it's going faster and faster, but we don't know where.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.
A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
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.
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
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.
Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines - these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization.
We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.
Even the most rational approach to ethics is defenseless if there isn't the will to do what is right.
I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.
Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
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