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Quotes of the Day for 14 April 2004 – Ethics

After Monday's quotes on Compromise, one reader asked how I felt about the subject. My response was, "You can compromise between competing legitimate interests, and probably should. You must not compromise between good and evil or between truth and falsehood." Another reader applauded that issue, and asked for a set of quotes on Ethics.

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The quotes:

In the Orthodox spiritual tradition, the ultimate moral question we ask is the following: Is what we are doing, is what I am doing, beautiful or not?
     - Carolyn Gifford

So far, 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, 1899 - 1961

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.
     - Felix Adler, 1851 - 1933

I know what I have done, and Your Honor knows what I have done. ... Somewhere between my ambition and my ideals, I lost my ethical compass.
     - Jeb Stuart Magruder

The most distressing aspect of the world into which you are going is its indifference to the basic issues, which now, as always, are moral issues.
     - Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1899 - 1977

Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.
     - Emily Post


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