Ethics Quotes

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that deals with moral principles and values. It explores questions of right and wrong, good and bad, and what we should do in different circumstances. Ethics is concerned with how people should behave towards each other, the environment, animals, and society as a whole.

The subject of ethics has become increasingly important in modern times due to the complexity of issues arising from technological advances and globalization. With greater connectivity between individuals across borders comes an increased need for ethical guidelines to govern our interactions. In business, it has become essential for corporations to maintain high ethical standards in order to build trust with consumers, investors, and partners. In politics too, ethical considerations are crucial when making decisions that affect citizens’ lives.

Despite the importance of ethics in our daily lives, there is often disagreement about what constitutes ethical behavior.

Here are some Ethics Quotes:

“It is curious – curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.” – Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), American Novelist and Journalist

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” – Albert Camus (1913 – 1960), French Author, Philosopher, and Journalist

“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 (1879-1955), Physicist and Nobel Laureate

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” – Spencer Johnson (1940 – ), American Author, Professional Speaker, Management Expert

“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 (1875 – 1965), German-French Philosopher and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.” – Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965), German-French Philosopher and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.” – Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – ), English Physicist and Science Fiction Author

“Winning is nice if you don’t lose your integrity in the process.” – Arnold Horshack, Character on “Welcome Back, Kotter” (1975 – 1979) TV series

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), American Poet and Essayist

“Ethical living is the indispensable condition of all that is most worthwhile in the world.” – Ernest Caldecott, American Professor of Physiology

“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American Author

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.” – Author Unknown

A quiet conscience makes one strong – Anne Frank

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. – Albert Schweitzer

You don’t teach morals and ethics and empathy and kindness in the schools. You teach that at home and children learn by example. – Judy Sheindlin

We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach. – Bertrand Russell

Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you – will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others – or to diminish something of their pains. – Jeremy Bentham

There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more. – Woody Allen

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life, it is bad to damage and destroy life. – Albert Schweitzer

A starry sky is equally interesting to a scientist, a mystic, an ethics scholar, and a poet. Looking at the stars, each experiences something different, and each sees his own picture. – Alija Izetbegovic

Any tool can be used for good or bad. It’s really the ethics of the artist using it. – John Knoll

People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad. – Stephen King

Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar – D.H. Lawrence

Without ethics, man has no future. This is to say, mankind without them cannot be itself. Ethics determine choices and actions and suggest difficult priorities. – John Berger

About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after. – Ernest Hemingway

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 Covey

An adult is a child who has more ethics and morals. – Shigeru Miyamoto

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

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. – Henry Ford

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. – Albert Schweitzer

Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules – Wayne Dyer

In just about every area of society, there’s nothing more important than ethics. – Henry Paulson

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle

There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another, only weakness. – Ursula K. Le Guin

Acting responsibly is not a matter of strengthening our reason but of deepening our feelings for the welfare of others. – Jostein Gaarder

You don’t have to choose between being scientific and being compassionate. – Robert M. Sapolsky

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education that stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” – Potter Stewart

“In ethics, the first step is to recognize the difference between what we have a right to do and what is right to do.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Ethics is not a mystic fantasy — nor a social convention — nor a dispensable, subjective luxury.” – Ayn Rand

“Ethics is the backbone of a civilized society.” – Unknown

“Ethics is about doing what is morally right, even when no one is watching.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not just about following rules; it’s about making choices that reflect our values and principles.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the foundation upon which trust is built.” – Unknown

“Ethics is doing the right thing, even when it’s difficult or unpopular.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not something that can be compromised or negotiated; it is an unwavering commitment to doing what is right.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not a set of rules to be followed, but a compass that guides our actions and decisions.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the glue that holds society together.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not just about avoiding wrongdoing; it’s about actively seeking to do good.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the language of integrity.” – Unknown

“Ethics is about treating others with fairness, respect, and compassion.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not a luxury for the privileged few; it is a responsibility that falls on each and every one of us.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the bridge between our values and our actions.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not a matter of convenience; it is a matter of character.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the moral compass that guides our decisions and actions.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the currency of trust in any relationship.” – Unknown

“Ethics is about being true to yourself and your values, even in the face of adversity.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not a set of rigid rules; it is a dynamic process that requires thoughtful reflection and continuous growth.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the cornerstone of a just and equitable society.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the bedrock of professional integrity.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the compass that helps us navigate the complexities of life.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not about perfection; it is about striving to do better and learn from our mistakes.” – Unknown

“Ethics is not an option; it is an essential component of human existence.” – Unknown

“Ethics is about considering the long-term consequences of our actions and making choices that promote the greater good.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the armor that protects us from the erosion of our values.” – Unknown

“Ethics is the foundation upon which trust, integrity, and respect are built.” – Unknown

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