70+ Best Ethics Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Ethics is the study of what is morally right and wrong, or a set of beliefs about what is morally right and wrong. Profoundly inspirational ethics quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Ethics Quotes

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. Albert Schweitzer

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. Douglas Adams

Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules. Wayne Dyer

I am sure that in estimating every man’s value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second. Thomas Jefferson

Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality. Albert Schweitzer

Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus

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Ethics must begin at the top of an organization. It is a leadership issue and the chief executive must set the example. Edward Hennessy

Honesty is the cornerstone of all success. Without honesty, confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist. Mary Kay Ash

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. Albert Camus

If you believe in unlimited quality and act in all your business dealings with total integrity, the rest will take care of itself. Frank Perdue

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. Bertrand Russell 

Ethics are not necessarily to do with being law-abiding. I am very interested in the moral path, doing the right thing. John Atkinson

The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The strongest thing that any human being has going for itself is its own integrity and its own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need to stand up for what you believe in, just isn’t going to be there. Herbie Hancock

Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling. Valdemar W. Setzer

Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people. BILL MOYERS

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Six essential qualities that are the key to success include sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, and charity. Dr. William Menninger

In law, a man is guilty when he violates the rights of another. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so. Immanuel Kant

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. Potter Stewart

Be impeccable with your words and speak with integrity. Say only what you mean and use the power of your words in the direction of truth and love. Don Miguel Ruiz

A life lived with integrity, even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune, is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come. Denis Waitley

The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings. Albert Schweitzer

Even the most rational approach to ethics is defenseless if there isn’t the will to do what is right. Alexander Solzhenitsyn 

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life. Albert Schweitzer 

I don’t think of myself as a role model for others, but I like to live my life by my own integrity. So, in that sense, I might be a positive influence. I do believe you should get over your insecurities and just try to be the best you can. Lily Cole

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is, ‘Let there be truth between us two forevermore.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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. Albert Schweitzer

Inspirational Ethics Quotes

Ethical decisions ensure that everyone’s best interests are protected. When in doubt, don’t. Harvey Mackay

You can’t put someone else in charge of your morals. Ethics is a personal discipline. Price Pritchett

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson

In failing circumstances no one can be relied on to keep their integrity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard. Nicholas Sparks

The real task is not to rid life of ethics but to rid ethics of its ideological content. John Carroll

To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one’s own, is ever the beginning of one’s real ethical development. Felix Adler 

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. Albert Schweitzer

Your ethical muscle grows stronger every time you choose right over wrong. Price Pritchett

The glue that holds all relationships together, including the relationship between the leader and the led, is trust, and trust is based on integrity. Brian Tracy

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Albert Einstein

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Ethics is about how we meet the challenge of doing the right thing, when that will cost more than we want to pay. The Josephson Institute of Ethics

Ethics is not about platitudes, let alone tautologies, logic or mathematics, but about difficult choices – dilemmas. Martin Cohen

Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique. James Macgregor Burns

The needs of a society determines its ethics. Maya Angelou

In just about every area of society, there’s nothing more important than ethics. Henry Paulson

Our lives improve only when we take chances—and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Walter Anderson

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will. John D. MacDonald

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, and treating people with respect. Stephen Covey

Ethics is not a description of what people do; it’s a prescription for what we all should do. Michael Josephson

Ethics is not about the way things are, it’s about the way they ought to be. Michael Josephson

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics. Albert Einstein

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness—not pain or mindless self-indulgence—is the proof of your moral integrity, because it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. Ayn Rand

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics. Jane Addams

If ethics is not the engine of success, in the train of growth, it sure is a guard, with a flag, which may be green, or at times red. Priyavrat Thareja

If you are not rising with ethics, you will sink with every rise! Mehmet Murat ildan

Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar. Albert Schweitzer

There is only one ethics, one set of rules of morality, one code: That of individual behavior in which the same rules apply to everyone alike. Peter F. Drucker

Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel. Warsan Shire

Try to find the path of least resistance and use it without harming others. Live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings. Steven Seagal

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep. Denis Waitley

If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization. Robert Noyce

In the final analysis, ethics is less about what we do, and more about who we are. Wayne R. Bills

We’re given a code to live our lives by. We don’t always follow it, but it’s still there. Gary Oldman

The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil from the spirit of man. Albert Einstein

Without ethics, man has no future. This is to say, mankind without them cannot be itself. Ethics determine choices and actions and suggest difficult priorities. John Berger

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