Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist


Morality is a private and costly luxury.  ~Henry B. Adams, The Education of Henry Adams


Without doubt half the ethical rules they din into our ears are designed to keep us at work.  ~Llewelyn Powys


Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.  ~Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure, 1875


The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from custom.  ~Michel de Montaigne, translated


Our morality seems to be only a check on the ultimate domination of force, just as our politeness is a check on the impulse of every pig to put his feet in the trough.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


We have 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


What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command.  ~Havelock Ellis


The world of empirical morality consists for the most part of nothing but ill will and envy.  ~Goethe


There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.  ~Denis Diderot


The Seven Deadly Sins are a litany of victimless crimes, compiled to distract attention from the bloody felonies of the righteous.  ~Robert Brault,


It is with flowers, as with moral qualities:  the bright-coloured are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet-smelling.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.  ~Graham Greene


Why should moral distinction be made between death by the spirochete and death by the streptococcus?  ~Martin H. Fischer


What is morality in any given time or place?  It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.  ~Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues, 30 August 1941


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