Moral Life Quotes

Moral Life Quotes by Ted Malloch, J. P. Morgan, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Michael Polanyi, Jane Addams, J. K. Rowling and many others.

Business is the real test of the moral life.

Business is the real test of the moral life.
Ted Malloch
The key to living a moral life is this: Do nothing in private that you would be ashamed to discuss openly with your mother.
J. P. Morgan
If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
To try to reform all the power structures at once would leave us with no power structure to use in our project. In any case, we will be able to see that absolute moral renewal could be attempted only by an absolute power and that a tyrannous force such as this must destroy the whole moral life of man, not renew it.
Michael Polanyi
A long-established occupation may form the very foundations of the moral life, that the art with which a man has solaced his toil may be the salvation of his uncertain temperament.
Jane Addams
It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God, and I think it’s perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing and believe in God.
J. K. Rowling
As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth – whatever the truth may be – that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.
June Jordan
The fact which interests us most is the life of the naturalist. The purest science is still biographical. Nothing will dignify and elevate science while it is sundered so wholly from the moral life of its devotee.
Henry David Thoreau
We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life – physical, intellectual, and moral life.
Frederic Bastiat
In its conception the literature prize belongs to days when a writer could still be thought of as, by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage, someone with no institutional affiliations who could offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life.
J. M. Coetzee
There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.
Will Durant
I’ve never lied. I think I’ve lived a moral life.
Robert Mapplethorpe
Our lives depend on recognizing that human cloning, like all forms of ‘playing God,’ is a moral, life-promoting endeavor.
Alex Epstein
The Buddha takes no position on gods, he suggests they may exist or they may not, but either way you can live a moral life.
Robert M. Pirsig
What more does man want to know than that the hand or power that made these things is divine, is omnipotent? Let him believe this with the force it is impossible to repel, if he permits his reason to act, and his rule of moral life will follow of course.
Thomas Paine
Freemasonry is an establishment founded on the benevolent intention of extending and conferring mutual happiness upon the best and truest principles of moral life and social virtue.
Andrew Jackson
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover these precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The idea of duty–that recognition of something to be lived for beyond the mere satisfaction of self–is to the moral life what the addition of a great central ganglion is to animal life.
George Eliot
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
I was a wife and mother, blameless in moral life, with a deep sense of duty and a proud self-respect; it was while I was this that doubt struck me, and while I was in the guarded circle of the home, with no dream of outside work or outside liberty, that I lost all faith in Christianity.
Annie Besant
If you expound the teaching of the Logos from the standpoint of the moral life, using materialistic words and examples which correspond to the capacity of your hearers, you make the Logos flesh. Conversely, if you elucidate mystical theology by means of the higher forms of contemplation you make the Logos spirit.
Maximus the Confessor
The essential thing, the ultimate goal of politics and thought, is a bigger life for the individual. A bigger life – that remains the main objective…to increase our divine attributes to have moral life.
Roberto Unger
My vocabulary is adequate for writing notes and keeping journals but absolutely useless for an active moral life.
Grace Paley
The great call for the Church is to not just be concerned about right or wrong behavior, which is moral life, but about communion with God, which is mystical life.
Henri Nouwen
Man is like a tree, with the mighty trunk of intellect, the spreading branches of imagination, and the roots of the lower instincts that bind him to the earth. The moral life, however, is the fruit he bears; in it his true nature is revealed.
Felix Adler
No light privilege is it to have a hand in building up the moral life of these new communities; no common honour surely to help to lay side by side with the foundations of their free political institutions the broad and deep foundations of the Church of God.
Henry Parry Liddon
We can act as if there were a God; feel as if we were free; consider Nature as if she were full of special designs; lay plans as if we were to be immortal; and we find then that these words do make a genuine difference in our moral life.
William James
Not only our moral life, but even our use of theoretical reason – on which we rely in rationally inquiring into nature – presupposes that we are free.
Allen W. Wood
Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from less competent people.
Andrew Mellon
You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George
Don’t be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.
Henry David Thoreau
You cannot live a political life, you cannot live a moral life if you’re not willing to open your eyes and see the world more clearly. See some of the injustice that’s going on. Try to make yourself aware of what’s happening in the world. And when you are aware, you have a responsibility to act.
Bill Ayers
We may not need God to tell us where the world came from, but we need God to be able to live moral lives and for there to be morality in the first place.
Rebecca Goldstein
In the scenes of moral life the soul is at once actor and spectator.
Joseph Marie, baron de Gerando
What surprises me about humanity is that in the end such a narrow range of plights defines our moral lives.
Douglas Coupland