Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

Morals are an acquirement - like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis - no man is born with them.

- Mark Twain

I never came accross anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, log-stupid and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are simply beasts. I would sooner have fifty unnatural vices than one unnatural virtue.

- Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt to people whom we personally dislike.

- Oscar Wilde

Morality is what the majority then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike.

- Alfred North Whitehead


To be patriotic, hate all nations but your own; to be religious, all sects but your own; to be moral, all pretences but your own.

- Lionel Strachey

Morality consists in suspecting other people of not being legally married.

- George Bernard Shaw

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists - that is why they invented hell.

- Bertrand Russell

We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side; one which we preach but do not practise, and another which we practise but seldom preach.

- Bertrand Russell

We know of no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.

- Thomas Babington Macaulay


Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels but they live like men.

- Samuel Johnson

Morality's not practical. Morality's a gesture. A complicated gesture learnt from books.

- Robert Bolt


It is lamentable but incontrovertible solecism that many young men who are highly moral ... are inwardly never happier than when suspected of disreputable tendencies.

- Arthur Binstead