I never did or countenanced in public

I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.  ~Thomas Jefferson, 1809MCTO

There is no man so good that

There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thought under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.  ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1595, book 3; PMB; There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.  ~Michel de Montaigne, translation by Charles Cotton, revised by Hazlitt and Wight; Works. Book III, chap.9, Of Vanity; BMC

I have never looked upon ease and

I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine.  The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  ~Albert Einstein, "What I Believe," Forum and Century, 1930

I forgot that every little action of

I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the house-tops.  ~Oscar WildeCUL

Before i can live with other folks

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, To Kill a Mockingbird

We will have to repent in this

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Character is doing the right thing when

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.  ~J.C. Watts

If we were all to be judged

If we were all to be judged by our thoughts, the hills would be swarming with outlaws.  ~Johann SigurjonssonCUL

Sin lies only in hurting other people

Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily.  All other "sins" are invented nonsense.  (Hurting yourself is not a sin – just stupid.)  ~Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough For Love

I hope shall possess firmness and virtue

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.  ~George Washington

Are you not ashamed of heaping up

Are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honour and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul?  ~Socrates

If everyone were clothed with integrity if

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.  ~Jean Baptiste Molière, Le MisanthropeAct V, sc.1; BMC

Though of all poses a moral pose

The prig is a very interesting psychological study, and t[T]hough of all poses a moral pose is the most offensive, still to have a pose at all is something.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1890LCD

For the human mind is seldom at

For the human mind is seldom at stay:  If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse.  ~Samuel Richardson

I thank thee first because was never

I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.  ~Matthew Henry

I will follow the right side even

I will follow the right side even to the fire, but excluding the fire if I can.  ~Michel de Montaigne, translated, translation by Charles Cotton, revised by Hazlitt and Wight; Works. Book III, chap.1, Of Profit and Honesty; BMC

The trouble with most of us is

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.  ~Norman Vincent PealeSG

The only exercise some people get is

The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck!  ~Author Unknown

There is only one way to achieve

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball,
And that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
~Ogden Nash, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, 1938, LCD; Inter-Office Memorandum, BMC

It takes less time to do a

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If we are ever in doubt about

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.  ~John LubbockCUL

The right to do something does not

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.  ~William Safirein The New York TimesTo have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.  ~G.K. Chesterton

I am more afraid of my own

I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals.  I have within me the great pope, Self.  ~Martin Luther

The strength of a mans virtue should

The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670, no. 352, MBT

It is easier to find a score

It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.  ~A.A. Hodge

I hate mankind for think myself one

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.  ~Joseph Baretti, quoted by James Boswell, 1766, commonly misattributed to Samuel Johnson

Do not believe in anything simply because

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.  Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.  Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.  But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.  ~Buddha

If we cannot live so as to

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it.  ~Immanuel Hermass von Fichte