Values & Ethics

Morality is the observance of the rights of others.

The sum of behavior is to retain a man's own dignity, without intruding on the liberty of others.

In all respects, for all people, treat people as we ourselves wish to be treated.

Do not that to your neighbor that you would not suffer from him.

When asked how men might live most virtuously and most justly, he said, " If we never do ourselves what we blame in others."

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.

Do nothing against one's conscience.

The first duty of men is to take none of the principles of conduct upon trust and to do nothing without a clear and individual conviction that it is right to be done.

There are only two kinds of immoral conduct. The first is due to indifference, thoughtlessness, failure to reflect upon what is for the common good. The second type of immorality is represented by the unpardonable sin of the deliberate refusal, after reflection, to follow the light when seen.

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.

Never value anything as profitable to thyself which shall compel thee to break thy promise, to lose thy self-respect, to hate any man, to suspect, to curse, to act the hypocrite, to desire anything which needs walls and curtains: for he who has preferred to everything else his own intelligence and daemon and the worship of its excellence, acts no tragic part, does not groan, will not need either solitude or much company. And what is chief of all, he will live without either pursuing or flying from death.

Though powerful medicines be nauseous to the taste, they are good for the disease; though candid advice may be unpleasant to hear, it is profitable for one's conduct.

Rely on the opinion of others to judge your own morality. It is possible to be wrong otherwise.

Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.

The highest form of charity is to enable people to help themselves.

One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune. - Lew Wallace

Good fences make good neighbors.


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