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Quotes on Ethics 


“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”
- David Bly


"In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics, he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
- Immanuel Kant


"Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules."
- Wayne Dyer


“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
- C.S. Lewis


“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”
- Mohandas Gandhi


"Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." 
- Harper Lee


"A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world." 
- Albert Camus


“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
― Charlotte Brontë

“I have a work ethic. If I say I am going to do something, I do it.”
- Viggo Mortensen


"Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics."
- Jane Addams


"Ethics are not necessarily to do with being law-abiding. I am very interested in the moral path, doing the right thing."
- John Atkinson


“Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a difference? How do I ever actually know whether I'm bullshitting myself, morally speaking?”
- David Foster Wallace


“If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.


"Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people."
- Bill Moyers


"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do."
- Potter Stewart


“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
― Thomas A. Edison


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