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Basil Hume Quotes

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Moral choices do not depend on personal preference
and private decision but on right reason and,
I would add, divine order.
- Basil Hume

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

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

 

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

Compassion is the universal standard of moral living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we are to go forward, we must go back
and rediscover those precious values -
that all reality hinges on moral foundations
and that all reality has spiritual control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those
who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll

The moral arc of the universe
bends at the elbow of justice.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and
peace are deep-seated and powerful.
They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
- Arthur Henderson

It is curious - curious that physical courage
should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
- Mark Twain

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

Nature teaches more than she preaches.
There are no sermons in stones.
It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
- John Burroughs

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.
- Robert Baden-Powell

Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who
maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
- Dante Alighieri

The interests of a nation, when well understood,
will be found to coincide with their moral duties.
- Thomas Jefferson

Moral power is probably best when it is not used.
The less you use it the more you have.
- Andrew Young

Love is moral even without legal marriage,
but marriage is immoral without love.
- Ellen Key

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders,
and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
- James K. Polk

Our world faces a true planetary emergency.
I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a
challenge to the moral imagination.
- Al Gore

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally
recognized moral qualities of men.
- Confucius

Real genius of moral insight is a motor which will start any engine.
- Edmund Wilson

It may be that religion is dead, and if it is,
we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover
other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
- Pearl S. Buck

The teacher who would be true to his mission and accomplish the most good,
must give prominence to moral as well as intellectual instruction.
- Sheldon Jackson

Those who cultivate moral confusion for profit should understand this:
we will name their names and shame them as they deserve to be shamed.
- Bob Dole

No man, who continues to add something to the material,
intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives,
is left long without proper reward.
- Booker T. Washington

We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean,
or to look to for moral guidance.
- Benito Mussolini

Abhorrence of apartheid is a moral attitude,
not a policy.
- Edward Heath

A woman can look both moral and exciting...
if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
- Edna Ferber

A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept
from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
- William Faulkner

One might call habit a moral friction:
something that prevents the mind from gliding over
things but connects it with them and makes it hard
for it to free itself from them.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Religion is the belief in an ever-living God,
that is, in a Divine Mind and Will ruling the Universe
and holding moral relations with mankind.
- James Martineau

The first duty of government is to see that people have food,
fuel, and clothes.
The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.
- John Ruskin

The moral world is as little exempt as the physical
world from the law of ceaseless change,
of perpetual flux.
- James G. Frazer

I think we have a moral obligation to our children
that can be easily summarized:
number one,
protect them from harm.
- Tom Allen

In short, I'm not sure that the abortion problem can
be solved by legislation.
I think it can only be solved through moral persuasion.
- Tony Campolo

Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy.
Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit
makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
- William Butler Yeats

Moral courage is higher and a rarer virtue than physical courage.
- William J. Slim

If we can find God only as he is revealed in nature we have no moral God.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Americans like to make money; Canadians like to audit it.
I know no other country where accountants have a higher social and moral status.
- Northrop Frye

With regard to the moral and religious condition of the slaves,
I cannot, either from what I observe,
or from what is told me, consider it in any way gratifying.
- Frederick Law Olmsted

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish,
and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Physical pain however great ends in itself and falls
away like dry husks from the mind,
whilst moral discords and nervous horrors sear the soul.
- Alice James

My exile was not only a physical one,
motivated exclusively by political reasons;
it was also a moral,
social, ideological and sexual exile.
- Juan Goytisolo

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all my success in life to the moral,
intellectual and physical education I received from her.
- George Washington

Ultimately Warhol's private moral reference was to
the supreme kitsch of the Catholic church.
- Allen Ginsberg

Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul,
that is, in the force of thought, moral principle,
and love, and this may be found in the humblest condition of life.
- William Ellery Channing

Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

We are all murderers and prostitutes -
no matter to what culture,
society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal,
moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
- R. D. Laing

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
- Ayn Rand

Eroticism has its own moral justification because it
says that pleasure is enough for me;
it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by
the express commandment of God,
that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.
- Thomas Paine

Once you don't vote your ideals...
that has serious undermining affects.
It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.
- Ralph Nader

A man of great common sense and good taste -
meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
- George Bernard Shaw

The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory.
To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory
have the much greater chance to lead happy lives.
- W. G. Sebald

We need to go back to the way it was 30 years ago,
when everybody had Grandma and Grandpa,
and we were willing to pass moral judgments about right and wrong.
- Steven Tyler

Vision without power does bring moral elevation but
cannot give a lasting culture.
- Muhammad Iqbal

After so many cases of terror attacks related to Islamic
militancy remaining unresolved in the last few years,
the government has no moral authority to stay in power.
- Sheikh Hasina

Our moral, religious, and political traditions are
united in their respect for the dignity of human life.
- Robert Casey

Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party.
We get lectured by people all day long about moral
values by people who have their own moral shortcomings.
- Howard Dean

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
- H. G. Wells


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