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                        QUOTES ABOUT ETHICS
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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. -John F. Kennedy

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.   
-EARL WARREN

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just. -Abraham Lincoln   

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.   
-Elmer G. Letterman   

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge
yourself one. -James A. Froude

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.   
-Japanese Proverb

None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from
our own bootstraps. We got here because somebody bent down and helped
us. -Thurgood Marshall

It is better to live rich than to die rich. -Samuel Johnson

I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone 
is taking the time to plant some. -Herbert Rappaport

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause,
while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for
one. -Wilhelm Stekel

Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make yours burn any
brighter.

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real
great man is the man who makes every man feel great. -G. K. Chesterton 

Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to
ask the blessing of Heaven. -G. C. Lichtenberg

One's philosophy is expressed in the choices one makes.
-Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Heroes and winners aren't the same thing.

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin pricks that precede
cannon shots. -Napolean Bonaparte

Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become
better. But don't be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to
keep trying. -Merry Browne

A good motto is: Use friendliness but do not use your friends.
-Frank Crane 

If anyone speaks badly of you, live so none will believe it.

Instead of loving your enemies -- treat your friends a little better.
-Edgar Watson Howe 

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses
both. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, symphathetic with the striving, and
tolerant of the weak -- because some day you will have been all of
these. -George W. Carver 

Donít ask for it to be easy, ask for it to be worth it. -Dan Kuschell

If you are willing to admit faults, you have one less fault to admit.

Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying.
-Christian Furchtegott Gellert

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself
knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can
get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
-Thomas J. Watson 

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help
them become what they are capable of becoming. -Goethe

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. 

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities
without your help.

Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a
friendly level.

No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helped you.
-Althea Gibson

It is easier to fight for one's principles than live up to them.
-Alfred Adler

It is better to be good than to be original. -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
-James Michener

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I
cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
-Robert Brault 

A personís right to smoke ends where the next personís nose begins.

Keep me from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does
not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-Khalil Gibran

Live simply so that others may simply live... -Gandhi

A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land,
is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne.
-Georges Clemenceau

The greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the
oppressed. -Stephen Biko

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who
are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
-Albert Einstein

It's nice to be important, but more important to be nice.

People are illogical, inconsiderate and self-centered. Love them
anyway.

Why do we kill people for killing people to show that killing is
wrong?

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true
measure of our thanksgiving. -W. T. Purkiser

Everyone wants a bus service to their door, but no one wants a bus
service in their street. 

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is
in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means.
-Lydia Maria Child

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. -Dwight Eisenhower, 1953 speech It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good. -Margaret Mead A person is grown up not when they can take care of themselves, but when they can take care of others. Some goals are so worthy, it's glorious even to fail. Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. -Thomas A. Kempis To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse. -John Quincy Adams Tolerance always has limits - it cannot tolerate what is itself actively intolerant. -Sidney Hook A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land, is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne. -Georges Clemenceau When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. -Otto von Bismarck Life is like a field of newly fallen snow. Where I choose to walk, every step will show. -Denis Waitley You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now. -Joan Baez If everyone swept his own doorway...what a clean world it would be. -Goethe A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal. -Yiddish proverb Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. -Aristotle The time is always right to do the right thing. -Martin Luther King jr All in favor of losing their rights, please do nothing. The hands that help are better than the lips that pray. -Robert G. Ingersoll Live your life so that your children can tell their grandchildren that you not only stood for something wonderful - you acted on it. -Dan Zadra There is just enough room in the world for all the people in it, but there is no room for the fences which separate them. -Father Taylor Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none. -Benjamin Franklin Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good. Love people and use things - do not love things and use people. So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs. -Elbert Hubbard The act of giving is more important than the merit of the receiver. It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. -Estonian proverb Many seek good nights and lose good days. -Dutch Proverb Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. -George Bernard Shaw Gratitude is the heart's money. -French proverb Do not say to your neighbor, Come back later; Iíll give it tomorrow -- when you now have it with you. -Proverbs 3:28 The liberty of using harmless pleasure will not be disputed; but it is still to be examined what pleasures are harmless. -Samuel Johnson If you learn tricks, you'll be a caterpillar that flies, not a butterfly. -Baba Ram Dass Beware of too much good staying in your hand. Pay it away quickly in some sort. -Ralph Waldo Emerson Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. If you can't return a favor, pass it on. -Louise Brown What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. -William Shakespeare Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. -John G. Riefenbaker Do what's right. Do it right. Do it right now. -Barry Forbes All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. -James Russell Lowell I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. -Kahlil Gibran Sweep before your own door first. A tree is known by its fruit. Two wrongs don't make a right. Curses like chicken come home to roost. He who digs a pit for others, falls in himself. A bad workman blames his tools. Opportunity makes the thief. The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done. -Thomas a Kempis The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. -J.S. Mill The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do. -John Holt The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. -Soren Kierkegaard What's wrong is never made right just because everyone is doing it. A bad idea is not made better just because a lot of people agree with it. -Ralph Marston Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others? -Martin Luther King Jr. Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has colour but has no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not. -Dhammapada Nobody makes a greater mistake then he who does nothing because he could only do a little. -Edmund Burke I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. -George Burns Make it a rule, and pray to God to help you to keep it, never, if possible, to lie down at night without being able to say: "I have made one human being at least a little wiser, or a little happier, or at least a little better this day." -Charles Kingsley

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