A civilization has the ethics it can afford.
A man is really ethical only when he obeys the constraint laid on him to
help all life which he is able to succor, and when he goes out of his
way to avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how far this or
that life deserves sympathy as valuable in itself, nor how far it is
capable of feeling. To him life as such is sacred. He shatters no ice
crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks
off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks. If he
works by lamplight on a summer evening, he prefers to keep the window
shut and to breathe stifling air, rather than to see insect after insect
fall on his table with singed and sinking wings.
An ethical man is a Christian holding four aces.
-Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
An ethicist is someone who sees something wrong with whatever you have
Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the
Ethics change with technology.
Ethics in our Western world has hitherto been largely limited to the
relations of man to man. But that is a limited ethics. We need a
boundless ethics which will include the animals also.
Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything
that has life.
Ethics: A set of rules laid out by professionals to show the way they
would like to act if they could afford it.
-Gerald F. Lieberman
First, there is the law. It must be obeyed. But the law is the minimum.
You must act ethically.
-W.A. (Buck) Rogers
He always pictured himself a libertarian, which to my way of thinking
means 'I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to
starve.' It's easy to believe that no one should depend on society for
help when you yourself happen not to need such help. (on Robert A.
Heinlein and libertarian ethics)
Humanists hold that ethical values are relative to human experience and
need not be derived from theological or metaphysical foundations.
I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket.
-Robert A. Heinlein
I'd like to see people, instead of spending so much time on the ethical
problem, get after the problems that really affect the people of this
-Richard M. Nixon
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.
In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military
considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.
In the future, the most important job skill will be a lack of ethics.
It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any
ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and
dignity even if he happens to be a resident of an enemy country.
Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and
further life- it is bad to damage and destroy life. And this ethic,
profound and universal, has the significance of a religion. It is
Most people are just selfish and egocentric, wanting what they want,
when they want it, without regard to the rest of society. The vast
majority of people are cave-men in designer clothes, without morals or
-Frederick A. Farris
No one is more ethical than someone who's just become so.
Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are
always strangers to other people.
Secular humanism is avowedly non-religious. It is a eupraxsophy (good
practical wisdom), which draws its basic principles and ethical values
from science, ethics, and philosophy.
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a
crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
The basis of effective government is public confidence and that
confidence is endangered when ethical standards falter, or appear to
-John F. Kennedy
The deity who stalked the deserts of the Middle East millennia ago- and
who seems to have abandoned them to bloodshed in his name ever since- is
no one to consult on questions of ethics.
The ethic of Reverence for Life prompts us to keep each other alert to
what troubles us and to speak and act dauntlessly together in
discharging the responsibility that we feel. It keeps us watching
together for opportunities to bring some sort of help to animals in
recompense for the great misery that men inflict upon them, and thus for
a moment we escape from the incomprehensible horror of existence.
The irony is that in our decades, the combination of rationalism,
asceticism, and individualism (the so-called Protestant Ethic) has
produced precisely the system of boondoggling, luxury-consumption, and
The needs of a society determine its ethics.
The President must be greater than anyone else, but not better than
anyone else. We subject him and his family to close and constant
scrutiny and denounce them for things that we ourselves do every day. A
Presidential slip of the tongue, a slight error in judgment- social,
political, or ethical- can raise a storm of protest. We give the
President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man
should take, more pressure than a man can bear. We abuse him often and
rarely praise him. We wear him out, use him up, eat him up. And with all
this, Americans have a love for the President that goes beyond loyalty
or party nationality; he is ours, and we exercise the right to destroy
The Supreme Ethical Rule: Act So As To Elicit the Best In Others and
Thereby In Thy Self.
The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of
nuclear giants and ethical infants.
There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to
Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.
-Jorge Luis Borges
To have a sense of sin means to feel guilty at there being an ethical
choice to make, a guilt which, however 'good' I may become, remains
We live in a culture of diminished ethics and morality, but there are
resources within us we known little about... by searching for the best
within ourselves we can create a better society and a better world.
What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising?
Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical
advertising uses truth to deceive the public.