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To give a man a full knowledge of true morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.
      - John Locke (1)

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning,--an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh
         (ch. XIII)

Moral supremacy is the only one that leaves monuments, and not ruins, behind it.
      - James Russell Lowell

Every age and every nation has certain characteristic vices, which prevail almost universally, which scarcely any person scruples to avow, and which even rigid moralists but faintly censure. Succeeding generations change the fashion of their morals with the fashion of their hats and their coaches; take some other kind of wickedness under their patronage, and wonder at the depravity of their ancestors.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        On Moore's Life of Lord Byron

Ten men have failed from defect in morals where one has failed from defect in intellect.
      - Horace Mann

Whatever may be the laws and customs of a country, women always give the tone to morals. Whether slaves or free, they reign, because their empire is that of the affections.
      - Aime Martin

The health of a community is an almost unfailing index of its morals.
      - James Martineau

To denounce moralizing out of hand is to pronounce a moral judgment.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

The moral influence of woman over man is almost always salutary.
      - John Stuart Mill

I find the doctors and the sages
  Have differ'd in all climes and ages,
    And two in fifty scarce agree
      On what is pure morality.
      - Thomas Moore, Morality

All systems of morality are fine. The gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality, divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few common-place sentences put into bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The ideal of morality has no more dangerous rival than the ideal of highest strength, of most powerful life. It is the maximum of the savage.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

There is something more horrible than hoodlums, churls and vipers, and that is knaves with moral justification for their cause.
      - P.J. O'Rourke

Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it.
      - Emmeline Pankhurst

As soon as one is unhappy one becomes moral.
      - Marcel Proust

It is a notable circumstance that mothers who are themselves open to severe comments as to their, moral character, are generally most solicitous as to the virtuous behavior of their daughters.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

In that fearful loneliness of spirit, when those who should have been his friends and counsellors only frown upon his misgivings, * * * and everything seems wrapped in hideous uncertainty, I know but one way in which a man may come forth from his agony scathless: it is by holding fast to those things which are certain still--the grand, simple landmarks of morality. In the darkest hour through which a human soul can pass, whatever else is doubtful, this at least is certain. If there be no God and no future state, yet even then it is better to be generous than selfish, better to be chaste than licentious, better to be true than false, better to be brave than to be a coward. Blessed beyond all earthly blessedness is the man who in the tempestuous darkness of the soul has dared to hold fast to these venerable landmarks.
      - Frederick William Robertson

Morality is the fruit of religion: to desire the former without the latter is to desire an orange without an orange-tree.
      - Joseph Roux

There are many religions, but there is only one morality.
      - John Ruskin

The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

If we are told a man is religious we still ask what are his morals? But if we hear at first that he has honest morals, and is a man of natural justice and good temper, we seldom think of the other question, whether he be religious and devout.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

I have to live for others and not for myself; that's middle class morality.
      - George Bernard Shaw

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