Quote category: Ethics
A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education and social ties; no religious basis is necessary.
Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.
Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.
I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life.
I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life.
That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life; it is bad to damage and destroy life.
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.