A Quote by Dr. Albert Schweitzer on respect life, compassion, ethics, and rules to live by

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

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A Quote by Dante Alighieri on ethics, politics, and commitment

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality"



Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321)

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A Quote by Gilber Keith Chesterton on politics and ethics

"The man who says, 'my country right or wrong' is like the man who says, 'my mother drunk or sober'."

G.K. Chesterton

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on ethics, war, tao te ching, soldier, and lao tzu

Verse 68 The Ethics of War

The best soldier fights

Without vengeance,

Without anger

And without hate.

He puts himself humbly

Below his comrades,

Thereby eliciting

The highest loyalty from them.

This is the power

Of non-belligerence

And cooperation.

It is the ancient path to the Great Integrity.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching, Pages: 137

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A Quote by Paul Wellstone on politics, ethics, community, and paul wellstone

“A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.”

Paul Wellstone


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A Quote by Matt Ball on vegan, compassion, and ethics

Ultimately, living with compassion means striving to maximize the good we accomplish, not following a set of rules or trying to fit a certain label. From eating less meat to being vegan, our actions are only a means to an end: decreasing suffering.

What we choose to eat makes a powerful statement about our ethics and our view of the world -- about our very humanity. Whenever we choose not to buy meat, eggs, and dairy products, we withdraw our support from cruelty to animals, undertake an economic boycott of factory farms, and support the production of cruelty-free foods.

Regardless of any other beliefs we hold and however else we choose to lead our lives, each of us can decide to act with kindness and compassion. Making humane choices is the ultimate affirmation of our humanity.

Matt Ball


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A Quote by Ayn Rand on philosophy, ethics, economy, and life

" My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Atlas Shrugged, Pages: 1074

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A Quote by Yasuhiko Genku Kimura on ethics, greatness, fear, envy, genius, and passion

It is unethical not to know. It is unethical not to think. It is unethical not to love. It is unethical not to live an impassioned life. It is unethical not to attain greatness. It is unethical to succumb to the fear of envy and the conspiracy of mediocrity. It is unethical not to self-bestow genius. It is unethical not to be the first monkey.

Yasuhiko Genku Kimura

Source: Think Kosmically Act Globally: An Anthology of Essays on Ethics, Spirituality, and Metascience

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A Quote by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald on ethics, class, wealth, money, pretension, and out of reach

Gatsby turned to me rigidly:
"I can't say anything in his house, old sport."
"She's got an indiscreet voice," I remarked. "It's full of——" I hesitated.
"Her voice is full of money," he said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it... high in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl...

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

Source: The Great Gatsby, Pages: 93–94

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A Quote by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald on scandalous, adulterous, vulgar, ethics, love and life, and how the rich live

Tom flung open the door, blocked out its space for a moment with his thick body, and hurried into the room.
"Mr. Gatsby!" He put out his broad, flat hand with well-concealed dislike. "I'm glad to see you, sir. . . . Nick. . . ." "Make us a cold drink," cried Daisy.
As he left the room again she got up and went over to Gatsby and pulled his face down, kissing him on the mouth.
"You know I love you," she murmured.
"You forget there's a lady present," said Jordan.
Daisy looked around doubtfully.
"You kiss Nick too."
"What a low, vulgar girl!"

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

Source: The Great Gatsby, Pages: 90–91

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