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