A collection of quotes on ethics.


“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”

G.K. Chesterton


"Attitudes are more important than facts."

George MacDonald


"It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar."

Jerome K. Jerome


“I intend to judge things for myself; to judge wrongly, I think, is more honorable than not to judge at all.”

Henry James


"We hands folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves."

George Eliot


"What are a handful of reasonable men against a crowd with stones in their hands?"

George Eliot


“The best stories don't come from "good vs. bad" but "good vs. good.”

Leo Tolstoy


“We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.”

Kahlil Gibran


“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

Oscar Wilde


"Man can embody truth but he cannot know it."

W.B. Yeats


"The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless."

Arthur Conan Doyle


“The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.” 

G.K. Chesterton


“It is a self-deception of philosophers and moralists to imagine that they escape decadence by opposing it. That is beyond their will; and, however little they acknowledge it, one later discovers that they were among the most powerful promoters of decadence.” 

Friedrich Nietzsche


“While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?” 

George Bernard Shaw


“In the common world of fact the wicked were not punished, nor the good rewarded. Success was given to the strong, failure thrust upon the weak. That was all. ” 

Oscar Wilde


“The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.” 

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley