Quotes for
the Journey:

Ethics

   
   
When we do what is right,
we have contentment,
peace, and happiness.

Beverly LaHaye

   

Ethical dilemmas often arise as the unintended consequences of well-intentioned actions, not from unethical motives.     -Michael Rion

   
Notice that "I" is at the center of the word "ethical."  There is no "they."
Achieving the ethics of excellence is our individual assignment.     -Price Pritchett
   
At the descriptive level, certainly, you would expect different cultures to develop different sorts of ethics and obviously they have; that doesn't mean that you can't think of overarching ethical principles you would want people to follow in all kinds of places.     -Peter Singer
    
Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.     -Jane Addams
  
For this equilibrium now in sight, let us trust that humankind, as it has occurred in the greatest periods of its past, will find for itself a new code of ethics, common to all, made of tolerance, of courage, and of faith in the Spirit of people.     -Albert Claude
  
Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives.     -Ayn Rand
  
From the ethical point of view, no one can escape responsibility with the excuse that he or she is only an individual, on whom the fate of the world does not depend.  Not only can this not be known objectively for certain, because it is always possible that it will depend precisely on the individual, but this kind of thinking is also made impossible by the very essence of ethics, by conscience and the sense of responsibility.     -György Lukács

    
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.     -Albert Schweitzer
  
If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization.     -Robert Noyce
   

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Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.     -Potter Stewart
  
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics.  No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.     -B. R. Ambedkar
  
In law we are guilty when we violate the rights of others.  In ethics we are guilty if we only think of doing so.     -Immanuel Kant
  
A person without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.     -Albert Camus
  
Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.     -Wayne Dyer
  
Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to humankind.      -Albert Schweitzer
  
It may be considered folly by common opinion but this refusal to destroy life unnecessarily, this reverence for it, must become a deeply implanted part of our ethical standard.     -Paul Brunton, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton
  
Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch.  In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.     -Marc Bekoff
  
Luckily, Eden is soon populated.  The ethical dimension begins when the other appears on the scene.     -Umberto Eco, Five Moral Pieces
  
Ethics change with technology.     -Larry Niven, N-Space
  
  
Whenever governments adopt a moral tone--as opposed to an ethical one--you know something is wrong.     -John Ralston Saul, The Unconscious Civilization
  
A person's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. People would indeed be in a poor way if we had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.     -Albert Einstein
  
Perhaps, indeed, there are no truly universal ethics:  or to put it more precisely, the ways in which ethical principles are interpreted will inevitably differ across cultures and eras.  Yet, these differences arise chiefly at the margins.  All known societies embrace the virtues of truthfulness, integrity, loyalty, fairness; none explicitly endorse falsehood, dishonesty, disloyalty, gross inequity.     -Howard Gardner, Five Minds for the Future
  
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.     -Omar Nelson Bradley
  
It is well to remind ourselves, from time to time, that "Ethics" is but another word for "righteousness," that for which many men and women of every generation have hungered and thirsted, and without which life becomes meaningless.     -Jane Addams
  
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
  
People are ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to them, that of plants and animals as that of their fellow people, and when they devote themselves helpfully to all life that is in need of help.    -Albert Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thought
   
Ethics grow out of the same root as world- and life-affirmation, for 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.  Affirmation of the world, which means affirmation of the will-to-live that manifests itself around me, is only possible if I devote myself to other life.  From an inner necessity, I exert myself in producing values and practicing ethics in the world and on the world even though I do not understand the meaning of the world.  For in world- and life-affirmation and in ethics I carry out the will of the universal will-to-live which reveals itself in me.  I live my life in God, in the mysterious divine personality which I do not know as such in the world, but only experience as mysterious will within myself.     -Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization
  

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Generally speaking, if we view human nature as dominated by destructive tendencies, our ethics will most likely be grounded in something outside ourselves. We will understand ethics as a means for keeping those destructive tendencies in check in the name of some greater good. If, however, we view human nature as predominantly oriented toward kindness and the desire for a peaceful life, then we can consider ethics an entirely natural and rational means for pursuing our innate potential. On this understanding, ethics consists less of rules to be obeyed than of principles for inner self-regulation to promote those aspects of our nature which we recognize as conducive to our own well-being and that of others. This second approach is in tune with my own.    -The Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World
    

   

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