I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with; something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace; some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene.
—Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) (c.4 BCE–65 CE) Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Tragedian
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.
—Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) American Philosopher
The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error.
—Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805) German Poet, Dramatist
I restrict myself within bounds in saying, that, so far as I have observed in this life, ten men have failed from defect in morals where one has failed from defect in intellect.
—Horace Mann (1796–1859) American Educator, Politician, Educationalist
They talk of morals, O, thou bleeding lamb! the grand morality is love to thee!
—Edward Young (1683–1765) English Poet
The Christian religion is the only one that puts morality on its proper, and the right basis, viz: the fear and love of God.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
Neither can the Vedas be of real help in the hereafter, nor can his birth nor relatives. Only his flawless morality can bring about the happiness in the hereafter.
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 (1861–1947) English Mathematician, Philosopher
In his present life a wise man who is perfectly equipped with morality is always honoured. After his death he will enter into the realm of bliss. He is thus blessed with rejoice everywhere.
The world of empirical morality consists for the most part of nothing but ill will and envy.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
—H. G. Wells (1866–1946) English Novelist, Historian, Social Thinker
There’s always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street.
—D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) English Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Essayist, Literary Critic
For the “superior morality,” of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this “superior morality” is properly rather an “inferior criminality,” produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion.
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) Scottish Historian, Essayist
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
—Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) Austrian Psychiatrist, Psychoanalytic
Though sages may pour out their wisdom’s treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
—Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) (1788–1824) English Romantic Poet
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
Piety and morality are but the same spirit differently manifested. Piety is religion with its fact toward God; morality is religion with its fact toward the world.
—Tryon Edwards American Theologian
Morality is only moral when it is voluntary.
—Lincoln Steffens (1846–1936) American Journalist, Academic, Political Philosopher
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
—Graham Greene (1904–91) British Novelist, Playwright, Short Story Writer
I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
—Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) American Author, Journalist, Short Story Writer
The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.
—Jean Anouilh (1910–87) French Dramatist
To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.
—John Locke (1632–1704) English Philosopher, Physician
No author can be as moral as his work and no preacher as pious as his sermons.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
Morality is a private and costly luxury.
—Henry Adams (1838–1918) American Historian, Man of Letters
The fatal trait of the times is the divorce between religion and morality.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
—Aristotle (384BCE–322BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scholar
Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
—Bertrand A. Russell (1872–1970) British Philosopher, Mathematician, Social Critic
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
—Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) English Novelist, Poet
Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality.
—Mignon McLaughlin (1913–83) American Journalist, Author
The morality of the gospel is the noblest gift ever bestowed by God on man.
—Montesquieu (1689–1755) French Political Philosopher, Jurist