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W. G. Sebald Quote of the Day

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The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory.
To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory
have the much greater chance to lead happy lives.
- W. G. Sebald

A subject which at first glance seems quite removed
from the undeclared concern of the book can encapsulate that concern.
- W. G. Sebald

People's ability to forget what they do not want to know,
to overlook what is before their eyes,
was seldom put to the test better than in Germany at that time.
- W. G. Sebald

It is a sore point, because you do have advantages
if you have access to more than one language.
You also have problems, because on bad days you don't trust yourself,
either in your first or your second language,
and so you feel like a complete halfwit.
- W. G. Sebald

 

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those
who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll


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The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Compassion is the universal standard of moral living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we are to go forward, we must go back
and rediscover those precious values -
that all reality hinges on moral foundations
and that all reality has spiritual control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The moral arc of the universe
bends at the elbow of justice.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is curious - curious that physical courage
should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
- Mark Twain

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally
recognized moral qualities of men.
- Confucius

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Love is moral even without legal marriage,
but marriage is immoral without love.
- Ellen Key

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.
- Robert Baden-Powell

Our world faces a true planetary emergency.
I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a
challenge to the moral imagination.
- Al Gore

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders,
and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
- James K. Polk

The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and
peace are deep-seated and powerful.
They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
- Arthur Henderson

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who
maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
- Dante Alighieri

Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato

Nature teaches more than she preaches.
There are no sermons in stones.
It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
- John Burroughs

Moral power is probably best when it is not used.
The less you use it the more you have.
- Andrew Young

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it
on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out,
about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the
career ladder nonexistent.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all my success in life to the moral,
intellectual and physical education I received from her.
- George Washington

Punishment is now unfashionable...
because it creates moral distinctions among men,
which, to the democratic mind, are odious.
We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful
individual responsibility.
- Thomas Szasz

The Establishment center...
has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history.
That war is a moral and political disaster -
a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
- George McGovern

Paradoxically, the people and state of Japan living
on such moral props were not innocent but had been
stained by their own past history of invading other Asian countries.
- Kenzaburo Oe

The problem is we need much more moral content.
- Cornel West

Daley may not feel a moral responsibility to eliminate
discrimination but he has a legal obligation to do so.
- Bobby Rush

I think coercive taxation is theft, and government
has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum.
- William Weld

I'm saying that the moral climate within the ruling
class in this country is not that different from the
moral climate within the ruling class of Hitler's Germany.
- David Clennon

How can an act done under compulsion have any moral element in it,
seeing that what is moral is the free act of an intelligent being?
- Auberon Herbert

Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest moral
factor and force in our public life.
- Joseph Pulitzer

Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered
through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
- Edith Wharton

The truth is, no matter how trying they become,
babies two and under don't have the ability to make moral choices,
so they can't be bad.
That category only exists in the adult mind.
- Anne Cassidy

Getting the support of Syria is the moral equivalent
of winning the Klan's endorsement -
it might be useful but it doesn't necessarily speak well of you.
- Jonah Goldberg

The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio
to the number of human beings involved.
- Aldous Huxley

Real genius of moral insight is a motor which will start any engine.
- Edmund Wilson

You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters.
The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
- Fran Lebowitz

It's healthy for government to be a kind of moral catalyst,
using the bully pulpit of high office.
- William Weld

The great rule of moral conduct is next to God,
respect time.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

If I practised sex, out of moral conviction,
that was one thing; but to enjoy it...
seemed a defeat.
- Martha Gellhorn

I am certainly not an intellectual relativist,
nor a moral relativist.
- Edward Tufte

It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have
any moral objection to someone else's sexuality.
It's like telling someone else how to clean their house.
- River Phoenix

The man whose only pleasure in life is making money,
weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm.
- Josh Billings

In the Brown decision, the United States Supreme Court
unanimously struck down the legal and moral footing
of racially segregated public education in this country.
- Bobby Scott

The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one,
and every one of its main aspects, moral,
political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution.
- Christopher Dawson

Kings are in the moral order what monsters are in the natural.
- Henri Gregoire

Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life,
the secret of eloquence and of virtue,
and of all moral authority.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
- George Bernard Shaw

Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall,
but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
- Lord Acton

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
- Iris Murdoch

The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
- Henry A. Kissinger

It may be that religion is dead, and if it is,
we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover
other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
- Pearl S. Buck

The idea of winning a doctor's degree gradually assumed
the aspect of a great moral struggle,
and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me.
- Elizabeth Blackwell

For me, an area of moral clarity is:
you're in front of someone who's suffering and you
have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it,
and you act.
- Paul Farmer

Moralistic is not moral.
And as for truth - well, it's like brown -
it's not in the spectrum.
Truth is so generic.
- Iris Murdoch

Scientific man is already on the moon,
and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral,
48% indignation, and 50% envy.
- Vittorio De Sica

The mind cannot support moral chaos for long.
Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical
setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs.
- John Dos Passos


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