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Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
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.
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.
Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
Morality is the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.
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.
The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.
Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
The fatal trait of the times is the divorce between religion and morality.
The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.
We become moral when we are unhappy.
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
Morality is a private and costly luxury.
The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.
I'm as pure as the driven slush.
It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague.
When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble.
A woman can look both moral and exciting -- if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
It is almost systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no difference between right and wrong.
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise.
Moral choices do not depend on personal preference and private decision but on right reason and, I would add, divine order.
Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them are wrong.
We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one that we preach, but do not practice, and another that we practice, but seldom preach.
A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong. I do not say give them up, for they may be all you have; but conceal them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people.
Don't be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.
Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
While moral rules may be propounded by authority the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them.
I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.
Just as there's garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up.
For the superior morality, of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this superior morality is properly rather an inferior criminality, produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion.