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Morality is a private and costly luxury.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

There is nothing which strengthens faith more than the observance of morality.
      - Joseph Addison

Kant, as we all know, compared moral law to the starry heavens, and found them both sublime. On the naturalistic hypothesis we should rather compare it to the protective blotches on a beetle's back, and find them both ingenious.
      - Arthur James Balfour (1st Earl of Balfour),
        Foundations of Belief

Morality is character and conduct, such as is required by the circle or community in which the man's life happens to be placed.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Morality is good, and is accepted of God, as far as it goes; but the difficulty is, it does not go far enough.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Morality must always precede and accompany religion, and yet religion is much more than morality.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

No mere man since the Fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the Commandments.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Shorter Catechism

If we are told a man is religious, we still ask what are his morals.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

Rough Johnson, the great moralist.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XIII, st. 7)

Beautiful it is, and a gleam from the same eternal pole-star visible amid the destinies of men, that all talent, all intellect, is in the first plane moral. What a world were this otherwise!
      - Thomas Carlyle

"Tut, tut, child," said the Duchess. "Everything's got a moral if only you can find it."
      - Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles L. Dodgson),
        Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
         (ch. VIII)

Morality is the vestibule of religion.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Morality may exist in an atheist without any religion, and in a theist with a religion quite unspiritual.
      - Frances P. Cobbe

In cases of doubtful morality, it is usual to say, Is there any harm in doing this? This question may sometimes be best answered by asking ourselves another: Is there any harm in letting it alone?
      - Charles Caleb Colton

I have no two separate moral standards for the sex.
      - Caroline H. Dall

The Bearings of this observation lays in the application on it.
      - Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
         (ch. XXIII)

From the point of view of morals, life seems to he divided into two periods; in the first we indulge, in the second we preach.
      - William James (Will) Durant

Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
      - William James (Will) Durant

Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. What humanity own to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements the inquiring constructive mind.
      - Albert Einstein

Morality is of the highest importance--but for us, not for God.
      - Albert Einstein

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.
      - Albert Einstein

It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the "dear deceit" of beauty.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Morality is the object of government.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Socrates taught that true felicity is not to be derived from external possessions, but from wisdom, which consists in the knowledge and practice of virtue; that the cultivation of virtuous manners is necessarily attended with pleasure as well as profit; that the honest man alone is happy; and that it is absurd to attempt to separate things which are in nature so closely united as virtue and interest.
      - William Enfield (used pseudonym The Enquirer)

The system of morality which Socrates made it the business of his life to teach was raised upon the firm basis of religion. The first principles of virtuous conduct which are common to all mankind are, according to this excellent moralist, laws of God; and the conclusive argument by which he supports this opinion is, that no man departs from these principles with impunity.
      - William Enfield (used pseudonym The Enquirer)

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