Ethics Sayings and Quotes

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

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.     

Albert Schweitzer

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

Wayne Dyer

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

Albert Schweitzer

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

Edward Hennessy

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

Albert Camus

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

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.     


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

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

Wayne Dyer

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

Potter Stewart

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 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

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

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

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

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