Ethics is a system of moral principles that we live by to achieve and maintain inner peace and benefit society. However, having good character and strong ethical beliefs is not simply inherited but must be learned and practiced through life experiences.
This collection of 27 ethical and moral quotes shows the importance of ethics in today’s world and will aid in shaping one’s character and ethical, moral boundaries. For as Albert Schweitzer put it, –
Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.
To put it in simple terms, Ethics = Morals + Reasoning.
Ethics And Moral Decision Making quotes
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“Ethics doesn’t require us to ignore our self-interests or demand a life of self-sacrifice. It requires that we know the difference between what we want and what we should do.”
– Michael Josephson
“Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people.”
– Bill Moyers
“The difference between moral dilemmas and ethical ones, philosophers say, is that in moral issues, the choice is between right and wrong. In ethics, the choice is between two rights.”
“Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.”
– Sir George Adrian Cadbury
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“A code of ethics cannot be developed overnight by edict or official pronouncement. It is developed by years of practice and performance of duty according to high ethical standards. It must be self-policing.
Without such a code, a professional soldier or a group soon loses identity and effectiveness. Once we know our job, have a genuine code of ethics, and maintain unquestioned personal integrity, we have met the first and most demanding challenge of leadership.”
– Silas L. Copeland
“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”
– Samuel Johnson
“Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.”
– Albert Schweitzer
“Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you and act accordingly.”
– Thomas Jefferson
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“The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.
And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (the Character Ethic), others will sense that duplicity.
We simply won’t be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence.”
– Stephen R. Covey
“Ethics is not for wimps. It’s not easy being a good person. That’s why it’s such a lofty goal and an admirable achievement.”
– Michael Josephson
“The feelings of the individual are the prime authority in ethics. ‘If it feels good, do it is the basic ethical ideal of humanism.”
– Yuval Noah Harari
“The only way to truly be protected at all times is to claim your personal power with the highest code of ethics and responsibility.
If you are centered in this type of power, the power of the universe supports you, and no one and nothing can defeat you.”
– Christopher Penczak
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“The hunter who accepts the sporting code of ethics keeps his commandments in the greatest solitude, with no witness or audience other than the sharp peaks of the mountain, the roaming cloud, the stern oak, the trembling juniper, and the passing animal.”
– Jose Ortega y Gasset
“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”
– Albert Camus
“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”
– John F. Kennedy
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
– Thomas A. Edison
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“Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.”
– Albert Schweitzer
“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.”
– Albert Einstein
“Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don’t change.”
– Jane Goodall
“Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.”
– Jane Addams
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“Ethics, decency, and morality are the real soldiers.”
– Kiran Bedi
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”
– W. Clement Stone
I hope you enjoyed this collection of ethical quotes and feel inspired to read more about the subject of ethics and personal integrity.
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