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  • ... the real nature of an ethic is that it does not become an ethic unless and until it goes into action.

  • Today we live in a society suffering from ethical rickets.

  • Ethics is a detergent word, used time and time again to clean consciences without scrubbing.

  • ... ethics is a bit like culture: the less one has, the more one flaunts it ...

  • As to ethics, unfortunately, we are still at sea. We never did have any popular base for what little ethics we knew, except the religious theories, and now that our faith is shaken in those theories we cannot account for ethics at all. It is no wonder we behave badly, we are literally ignorant of the laws of ethics, which is the simplest of sciences, the most necessary, the most continuously needed. The childish misconduct of our 'revolted youth' is quite equaled by that of older people, and neither young nor old seem to have any understanding of the reasons why conduct is 'good' or 'bad.'

  • ... action is indeed the sole medium of expression for ethics.

    • Jane Addams,
    • "Political Reform," Democracy and Social Ethics ()
  • We've lost our sense of ethics; we live in a world of small-mindedness, of gratification without happiness and actions with meaning.

  • ... while religion is ethical, it by no means follows that ethics is religion.

  • Since when do grown men and women, who presume to hold high government office and exercise what they think of as 'moral leadership,' require ethics officers to tell them whether it is or isn't permissible to grab the secretary's behind or redirect public funds to their own personal advantage?

  • If there is one thing the past years have taught us, it is the importance of a keen and high sense of honor in those who handle our governmental affairs.

  • Never let us confuse what is legal with what is right. Everything Hitler did in Nazi Germany was legal, but it was not right.