„The ascetic morality is a negative morality.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno, Context: The ascetic morality is a negative morality. And strictly, what is important for a man is not to die, whether he sins or not.
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„The cult of moral grayness is a revolt against moral values.“

—  Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

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„Suspending moral judgment is not the immorality of the novel; it is its morality.“

—  Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
Context: Suspending moral judgment is not the immorality of the novel; it is its morality. The morality that stands against the ineradicable human habit of judging instantly, ceaselessly, and everyone; of judging before, and in the absence of, understanding. From the view­point of the novel’s wisdom, that fervid readiness to judge is the most detestable stupidity, the most pernicious evil. Testaments Betrayed (1995), p. 7

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„They understood the basic principles of morals: that nothing is moral always, and anything is moral under the right circumstances.“

—  John Varley American science fiction author 1947
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„What seems to emerge is not a moral reprimand of the management scientist, but rather a moral problem of the profession, a wicked moral problem.“

—  C. West Churchman American philosopher and systems scientist 1913 - 2004
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„I shall endeavor to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality.“

—  Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
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„Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Context: By the side of these religious men I discern others whose looks are turned to the earth more than to Heaven; they are the partisans of liberty, not only as the source of the noblest virtues, but more especially as the root of all solid advantages; and they sincerely desire to extend its sway, and to impart its blessings to mankind. It is natural that they should hasten to invoke the assistance of religion, for they must know that liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith; but they have seen religion in the ranks of their adversaries, and they inquire no further; some of them attack it openly, and the remainder are afraid to defend it. Original text: À côté de ces hommes religieux, j'en découvre d'autres dont les regards sont tournés vers la terre plutôt que vers le ciel ; partisans de la liberté, non seulement parce qu'ils voient en elle l'origine des plus nobles vertus, mais surtout parce qu'ils la considèrent comme la source des plus grands biens, ils désirent sincèrement assurer son empire et faire goûter aux hommes ses bienfaits : je comprends que ceux-là vont se hâter d'appeler la religion à leur aide, car ils doivent savoir qu'on ne peut établir le règne de la liberté sans celui des mœurs, ni fonder les mœurs sans les croyances ; mais ils ont aperçu la religion dans les rangs de leurs adversaires, c'en est assez pour eux : les uns l'attaquent, et les autres n'osent la défendre. Introduction.

„People don't get their morality from their reading matter: they bring their morality to it.“

—  Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939