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The American elite is almost beyond redemption. . . . Moral relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush--sophistry washed down with Chardonnay. The ordinary citizens, thank goodness, still adhere to absolutes. . . . It is they who have saved the republic from creeping degradation while their "betters" were derelict.
      - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Moral virtues are so many sweet flowers strewed over a dead corpse, which hide the loathsomeness of it, but inspire not life into it.
      - Rev. John Flavel (2)

What can laws do without morals?
      - Benjamin Franklin

Morality rests upon a sense of obligation; and obligation has no meaning except as implying a divine command, without which it would cease to be.
      - James Anthony Froude

The moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. For every false word or unrighteous deed, for cruelty and oppression, for lust or vanity, the price has to be paid at last.
      - James Anthony Froude

The moral system of the universe is like a document written in alternate ciphers, which change from line to line.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism

Morality, when vigorously alive, sees farther than intellect, and provides unconsciously for intellectual difficulties.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Divus Caesar

Morality will be very difficult for the man who does not pray.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

Dr. Johnson's morality was as English an article as a beefsteak.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne,
        Our Old Home--Lichfield and Uttoxeter

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

Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people.
      - Don Herold

In moral action divine law helpeth exceedingly the law of reason to guide life, but in the supernatural it alone guideth.
      - Richard Hooker

Everywhere the tendency has been to separate religion from morality, to set them in opposition even. But a religion without morality is a superstition and a curse; and anything like an adequate and complete morality without religion is impossible. The only salvation for man is in the union of the two as Christianity unites them.
      - Mark Hopkins

The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason.
      - David Hume

I never did, or countenanced in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The morality of an action depends upon the motive from which we act. If I fling half a crown to a beggar with intention to break his head, and he picks it up and buys victuals with it, the physical effect is good; but with respect to me, the action is very wrong.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Know that morality is a curb, not a spur.
      - Joseph Joubert

Morality is not really the doctrine of how to make ourselves happy but of how we are to be worthy of happiness.
      - Immanuel Kant

The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
      - Immanuel Kant

The really difficult moral issues arise, not from a confrontation of good and evil, but from a collision between two goods.
      - Irving Kristol

We are come too late, by several thousand years, to say anything new in morality. The finest and most beautiful thoughts concerning manners have been carried away before our times, and nothing is left for us but to glean after the ancients, and the most ingenious of the moderns.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Turning the other cheek is a kind of moral jiu-jitsu.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds (bk. IV, ch. X)

Women are the guardians of morality.
      - Prince de Ligne, Karl Joseph

Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Moral principles require reasoning and discourse to discover the certainty of their truths; they lie not open as natural characters engravers on the mind.
      - John Locke (1)

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