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  • Science is turning into a monastery for the Order of Capitulant Friars. Logical calculus is supposed to supersede man as moralist. We submit to the blackmail of the 'superior knowledge' that has the temerity to assert that nuclear war can be, by derivation, a good thing, because this follows from simple arithmetic.

    War   Men   Simple  
    Stanislaw Lem (1984). “His Master's Voice”, p.121, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • I guess I am nostalgic for a time - the nineteenth century and early twentieth - when writers were, to use Stefan Collini's phrase, "public moralists" and politicians, plutocrats, bankers, arms dealers, and experts and technocrats were not solely defining the moral norms as well as the political lives of our societies. We do have some writers claiming to be public moralists, but, as I said, they have actually been more jingoistic than even the henchmen of Bush and Blair.

  • When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character.

    "Charles Dickens: A Critical Study". Book by G. K. Chesterton, 1906.
  • If there is ever an amelioration of the condition of mankind, philosophers, theologians, legislators, politicians and moralists will find that the regulation of the press is the most difficult, dangerous and important problem they have to resolve. Mankind cannot now be governed without it, nor at present with it.

    John Adams, Charles Francis Adams (1856). “The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations”, p.117
  • All the history of the stage is a struggle, the gasping of a beautiful child born at the point of death. The moralists, censorship and oppression, technology, and now poverty have all tried to destroy her. Only we, the actors and audiences, have kept her alive.

    Gene Wolfe (2009). “The very best of Gene Wolfe: a definitive retrospective of his finest short fiction”
  • I know of no American who starts from a higher level of aspiration than the journalist. . . . He plans to be both an artist and a moralist -- a master of lovely words and merchant of sound ideas. He ends, commonly, as the most depressing jackass of his community -- that is, if his career goes on to what is called a success.

  • To amend mankind, moralists should show them man, not as he is, but as he ought to be.

    Men   Should   Mankind  
    Marguerite Countess of Blessington, Marguerite GARDINER (Countess of Blessington.) (1839). “Desultory Thoughts and Reflections”, p.110
  • I think to scandalize is a right, to be scandalized is a pleasure, and those who refuse to be scandalized are moralists.

  • The crux of the matter is whether total war in its present form is justifiable, even when it serves a just purpose. Does it not have material and spiritual evil as its consequences which far exceed whatever good might result? When will our moralists give us an answer to this question?

    Spiritual   War   Evil  
    John Hersey (2015). “Hiroshima [Illustrated Edition]”, p.31, Pickle Partners Publishing
  • It becomes the moralist, too, to inquire what man might do to improve and beautify the system; what to make the stars shine more brightly, the sun more cheery and joyous, the moon more placid and content.

    Stars   Moon   Men  
    Henry David Thoreau (2013). “The Essential Thoreau”, p.221, Simon and Schuster
  • What moralists describe as the mysteries of the human heart are solely the deceiving thoughts, the spontaneous impulses of self-regard. The sudden changes in character, about which so much has been said, are instinctive calculations for the furtherance of our own pleasures. Seeing himself now in his fine clothes, his new gloves and shoes, Eugène de Rastignac forgot his noble resolve. Youth, when it swerves toward wrong, dares not look in the mirror of conscience; maturity has already seen itself there. That is the whole difference between the two phases of life.

  • Those who still eat flesh when they could do otherwise have no claim to be serious moralists.

    "The Moral Status of Animals". Book by Stephen R. L. Clark, 1977.
  • Luxury, or a refinement on the pleasures and conveniences of life, had long been supposed the source of every corruption in government, and the immediate cause of faction, sedition, civil wars, and the total loss of liberty. It was, therefore, universally regarded as a vice, and was an object of declamation to all satyrists, and severe moralists.

    War   Loss   Luxury  
    David Hume (1751). “An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals”, p.30
  • If you want to have order in the commonwealth, you first have to have order in the individual soul.

    Order   Soul   Want  
  • Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light.

    Russell Kirk (2001). “The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot”, p.274, Regnery Publishing
  • I cannot be convinced that great artists are moralists. Art is first appearances, then meaning.

    Art   Firsts   Appearance  
    Camille Paglia (1990). “Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson”, p.166, Yale University Press
  • The corrupt, when found out, become especially good moralists.

    Robert Payne (1975). “The Corrupt Society: From Ancient Greece to Present-Day America”, Praeger Publishers
  • Where do you put a form? It will move all around, bellow out and shrink, and sometimes it winds up where it was in the first place. But at the end it feels different, and it had to make the voyage. I am a moralist and cannot accept what has not been paid for, or a form that has not been lived through.

    Moving   Wind   Different  
    Philip Guston, Clark Coolidge (2011). “Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations”, p.54, Univ of California Press
  • When the evening was over, Anne could not be amused…nor could she help fearing, on more serious reflection, that, like many other great moralists and preachers, she had been eloquent on a point in which her own conduct would ill bear examination.

    Jane Austen (2013). “Persuasion In Modern English”, p.242, BookCaps Study Guides
  • In spite of what moralists say, the, animals are scarcely less wicked or less unhappy than we are ourselves. The arrogance of the strong, the servility of the weak, low rapacity, ephemeral pleasure purchased by great effort, death preceded by long suffering, all belong to the animals as they do to men.

    Death   Strong   Science  
  • The moralist must praise heroism and condemn cruelty; but the moralist does not explain events.

    Georges Lefebvre (2011). “Napoleon”, p.12, Taylor & Francis
  • The public only knows one side of [Mark Mark Twain] - the amusing part. Little does it suspect that he was a man of strong convictions upon political and social questions and a moralist of no mean order.

    Strong   Mean   Men  
    Andrew Carnegie (2015). “Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie: Top Biography”, p.184, 谷月社
  • Those moralists, on the other hand, who, following in the footsteps of Socrates, offer the individual a morality of self-control and temperance as a means to his own advantage, as his personal key to happiness, are the exceptions.

    Mean   Keys   Self  
    Friedrich Nietzsche (2006). “Nietzsche: 'On the Genealogy of Morality' and Other Writings Student Edition”, p.134, Cambridge University Press
  • It seems to me that the moralist is the most useless and contemptible of creatures. He is useless in that he would expend his energies upon making judgments rather than upon gaining knowledge, for the reason that judgment is easy and knowledge is difficult. He is contemptible in that his judgments reflect a vision of himself which in his ignorance and pride he would impose upon the world. I implore you, do not become a moralist; you will destroy your art and your mind.

    Art   Ignorance   Pride  
  • The desperate addict is closer to the heart of grace than the devout moralist.

    Heart   Grace   Desperate  
    Twitter post from Dec 10, 2014
  • If it is the great delusion of moralists to suppose that all previous ages were less sinful than their own, then it is the great delusion of intellectuals to suppose that all previous ages were less sick.

    Sick   Age   Ethics  
  • The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists - that is why they invented hell.

    Sceptical Essays "On the Value of Scepticism" (1928)
  • We have allowed the sexual debate to be defined by women, and that's not right. Men must speak, and speak in their own voices, not voices coerced by feminist moralists.

    Men   Voice   Feminist  
  • [Albert Camus] was viewed by many as an austere moralist, but it was on the football pitch and in the theatre that he learnt his 'morality'. It's something sensed, it won't pass uniquely through thought. It couldn't possibly.

  • A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist who does not love Scotland better than truth.

    Scotland   Doe   Sturdy  
    'A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland' (1775) 'Ostig in Sky'
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