Decency Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old decency quotes, decency sayings, and decency proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The test of one's decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring, and after one has found out that one can never please the people they wanted to please.     

Willa Cather

Virtue and decency are so nearly related that it is difficult to separate them from each other but in our imagination.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

When the norm is decency, other virtues can thrive: integrity, honesty, compassion, kindness, and trust.     

Raja Krishnamoorthi

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.     

Christopher Hitchens

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Ethics, decency and morality are the real soldiers.     

Kiran Bedi

Decency is judged by our actions not by our words.     

Abdulazeez Henry Musa

Decency cannot be discussed without indecency!     

George Bernard Shaw

Decency requires that when a programme is approved by the majority, all should carry it out faithfully.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There are those without decency who must be fought without hesitation, without pity.     


There's a sort of decency among the dead, a remarkable discretion: you never find them making any complaint against the doctor who killed them!     


Decency renders all things tolerable.     

Joseph Marie

Small acts of decency ripple in ways we could never imagine.     

Cory Booker

One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.     

May Sarton

Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but it is a force stronger than crime.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense.     


In some ways, 'decency' is a hazy concept; we know it when we see it.      

Raja Krishnamoorthi

Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.     

Quentin Crisp

Want of decency is want of sense.     

Wentworth Dillon

Silence is not weakness and decency is not pride.     

Arthur Machen

Decency and tolerance, to be of any value, must be capable of withstanding the severest strain.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface .     

Aldous Huxley

There is a sense of decency that's like a barometer to a man's or a country's health.     

Samuel R. Delany

God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.     


Decency, not to dare to do that in public which it is decent enough to do in private.     

Michel de Montaigne

Decency is not defined, by statute, but the laws of instinct are stronger.     

Charles Pinot Duclos

Morals are private. Decency is public.     

Rita Mae Brown

Decency is such a rare thing in this world, and it can only be repaid with loyalty.     

Mike Klepper

Acts of sacrifice and decency without regard to what's in it for you create ripple effects. Ones that lift up families and communities, that spread opportunity and boost our economy.     

Barack Obama

Common decency is a core part of who people are.     

E. J. Dionne