To argue about justice is unavoidably to argue about virtues, about substantive moral and even spiritual questions.
Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.
We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
The great benefactors of individuals and of communities are the enlightened educators: the wise-teaching, mental and moral instructors and exemplars of our times.
Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
Those in the international community that refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
It is essential that we realize once and for all that man is much more of a sex creature than a moral creature. The former is inherent, the other is grafted on.
My work is based on the assumption that clarity and consistency in our moral thinking is likely, in the long run, to lead us to hold better views on ethical issues.
The moral man is necessarily narrow in that he knows no other enemy than the ‘immoral’ man. ‘He who is not moral is immoral!’ and accordingly reprobate, despicable, etc. Therefore, the moral man can never comprehend the egoist.