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.
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.
What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command.
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.
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