It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
more W. K. Clifford quotes
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans...
more Bill Clinton quotes
The other thing we have to do is to take seriously the role in this problem of...older men who prey on underage women...There are consequences to decisions and...one way or the other, people always wind up being held accountable.
more Bill Clinton quotes
He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.
more Charles Caleb Colton quotes
Every effort to confine Americanism to a single pattern, to constrain it to a single formula, is disloyalty to everything that is valid in Americanism.
more Henry Steele Commager quotes
If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
more Confucius quotes
You can’t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty.
more Joseph Conrad quotes
The holier-than-thou activists who blame the population for not spending more money on their personal crusades are worse than aggravating. They encourage the repudiation of personal responsibility by spreading the lie that support of a government program fulfills individual moral duty.
more Patrick Cox quotes
What censorship accomplishes, creating an unreal and hypocritical mythology, fomenting an attraction for forbidden fruit, inhibiting the creative minds among us and fostering an illicit trade. Above all, it curtails the right of the individual, be he creator or consumer, to satisfy his intellect and his interest without harm. In our law-rooted society, we are not the keeper of our brother’s morals – only of his rights.
more Judith Crist quotes
Morality, and the ideal of freedom which is the political expression of morality, are not the property of a given party or group, but a value that is fundamentally and universally human... No people will be truly free till all are free.
more Benedetto Croce quotes
You know your country is dying when you have to make a distinction between what is moral and ethical, and what is legal.
more John De Armond quotes
Moral indignation is in most cases 2% moral, 48% indignation and 50% envy.
more Vittorio de Sica quotes
... liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
I know of no other country where love of money has such a grip on men's hearts or where stronger scorn is expressed for the theory of permanent equality of property.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
I hear much of people's calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent.
more Daniel Defoe quotes
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.
more John G. Diefenbaker quotes
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
more Albert Einstein quotes
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
more William Faulkner quotes
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
more Geoffrey Fisher quotes
If the human body's obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me.
more Larry Flynt quotes
Every attempt to gag the free expression of thought is an unsocial act against society. That is why judges and juries who try to enforce such laws make themselves ridiculous.
more Jay Fox quotes
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district - all studied and appreciated as they merit - are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting Changes; and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
To deny freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.
more J. A. Froude quotes
I know of no inquiry which the impulses of man suggests that is forbidden to the resolution of man to pursue.
more Margaret Fuller quotes
The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Once one assumes an attitude of intolerance, there is no knowing where it will take one. Intolerance, someone has said, is violence to the intellect and hatred is violence to the heart.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?
more William Lloyd Garrison quotes
The most efficacious method of dealing with deviancy is to ignore, to the furthest point of our tolerance, those items which we find offensive.
more Ilbert Geis quotes
Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigour of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind.
more Edward Gibbon quotes
A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.
more Jo Godwin quotes
I joined the party because I was a revolutionary, not because of any ideological nonsense.
more Hermann Goering quotes
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
more Barry Goldwater quotes
There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
more Barry Goldwater quotes
Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.
more Barry Goldwater quotes
The privilege against self-incrimination is one of the great landmarks in man's struggle to make himself civilized... The Fifth is a lone sure rock in time of storm ... a symbol of the ultimate moral sense of the community, upholding the best in us.
more Erwin N. Griswold quotes
From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
It is indeed probable that more harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
The ultimate decision about what is accepted as right and wrong will be made not by individual human wisdom but by the disappearance of the groups that have adhered to the "wrong" beliefs.
more Friedrich August von Hayek quotes
The only vice that can not be forgiven is hypocrisy.
more William Hazlitt quotes
We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy.
more Chris Hedges quotes
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
more Robert A. Heinlein quotes
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