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    Rational egoism is the only morality that is for human life; thus, it is the only morality that is actually moral. Those who choose to be rationally self-interested thereby make the most of their life - and they are morally good because of it.

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    Reading, reflection and time have convinced me that the interests of society require the observation of those moral precepts only in which all religions agree (for all forbid us to steal, murder, plunder, or bear false witness), and that we should not intermeddle with the particular dogmas in which all religions differ, and which are totally unconnected with morality.

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    Real morality is possible when the sanctions for morality are also tangible and real.

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    Reason is incompetent to answer any fundamental question about God, or morality, or the meaning of life.

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    Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.

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    Religion is not simply a theory, it is a higher life, of which morality is an integral part - a life devoted to the worship of the good and the true, for God, the absolute, is the supreme source of all perfection" ("La religion n'et pas une smple théorie, elle est une vie supérieure, dont la moralité fait partie intégrante - une vie vouée au culte du bien et du vrai, car Dieu, l'absolu est la source de toute perfection", Fr.)

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    Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible.

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    Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.

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    Rigour is to the mathematician what morality is to men.

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    Science and technology are what we can do; morality is what we agree we should or should not do.

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    Rough Johnson, the great moralist.

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    Self-respect governs morality: respect for others governs our behavior.

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    Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality.

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    Sexual morality - as society in its extreme form, the American, defines it - is contemptible. I advocate an incomparably freer sexual life.

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    Social taboos are shy like virtue; once lost, there is no remedy

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    See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral. Now, it is illegal AND immoral. The law didn't change, only the morality… That's why you get to go to jail and I don't.

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    Scientists search for truth. Philosophers search for morality. A criminal trial searches for only one result: proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

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    Some authors regard morality in the same light as we regard modern architecture. Convenience is the first thing to be looked for.

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    Study, analyse the social structure - that's always far more effective than moralising.

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    Subordination to morality can be slavish or vain or self- interested or resigned or gloomily enthusiastic or thoughtless or an act of despair, just as subordination to a prince can be: in itself it is nothing moral.

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    Surveillance induced morality: relics of cultural retardation.

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    State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.

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    Some people can be reasoned into sense, and others must be shocked into it.

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    Suspending moral judgment is not the immorality of the novel; it is its morality.

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    Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.

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    taste governs every free - as opposed to rote - human response. Nothing is more decisive. There is taste in people, visual taste, taste in emotion - and there is taste in acts, taste in morality. Intelligence, as well, is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.

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    Taste cannot be controlled by law. We must resist at all costs any attempt to regulate our individual freedoms and to legislate our personal moralities.

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    That economics is untrue which ignores or disregards moral values.

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    The alcoholic and the drug addict harm only themselves by their behavior; the person who violates the rules of morality governing mans life in society harms not only himself, but everyone.

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    The angel within me thrives on the devil within me.

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    The code of competence is the only system of morality that's on a gold standard.

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    The body you're given, the mind you're given, the morality and the hang ups you're given, they're yours. Deal with it.

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    The censor is always quick to justify his function in terms that are protective of society. But the First Amendment, written in terms that are absolute, deprives the States of any power to pass on the value, the propriety, or the morality of a particular expression.

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    The common vice of democracy is disregard for morality.

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    The conduct of an accountable being must be regulated by the operations of its own reason.

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    The consistent thinker, the consistently moral man, is either a walking mummy or else, if he has not succeeded in stifling all his vitality, a fanatical monomaniac.

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    The creed of sacrifice is a morality for the immoral.

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    The end of all moral speculations is to teach us our duty; and, by proper representations of the deformity of vice and beauty of virtue, beget correspondent habits, and engage us to avoid the one, and embrace the other.

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    The enjoyment that all morality has given us to now and that it continues to give us--and so, what has kept it going up to now--lies in everyone's right, without lengthy investigation, to praise and blame. And who could endure life without praising and blaming!

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    The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we do - what we're really good at, which is - which is theology and morality.

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    The evolution of a highly destined society must be moral; it must run in the grooves of the celestial wheels.

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    The flea, though he kill none, he does all the harm he can.

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    The fatal trait of the times is the divorce between religion and morality.

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    The conventions of society are all in the interests of morality. If you're conventional, you'll be good, in a negative sense, of course.

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    The Japanese chose the principle of eternal peace as the basis of morality for our rebirth after the War.

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    The Jew...is not content merely to destroy Christianity, but he preaches the gospel of Judaism; he not only assails the Catholic or the Protestant faith, but he incites to the unbelief, and then imposes on those whose faith he has undermined his own conception of the world, of morality and of life. He is engaged in his historic mission, the annihilation of the religion of Christ.

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    The law is constantly based on notions of morality, and if all laws representing essentially moral choices are to be invalidated under the due process clause, the courts will be very busy indeed.

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    The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from Custom.

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    The market has no morality

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    The masters have been done away with; the morality of the common man has triumphed.