Rodolphe : Ah by Jove, one's duty is to feel what is great, cherish the beautiful and not accept all the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes upon us.
"But one must," said Emma, "to some extent bow to the opinion of the world and accept its moral code."
(Gustave Flaubert : 1821-1880 : Madame Bovary)
People in office have to become models of correct behaviour. What they say and how they act should be beyond criticism. And when they commit the slightest mistake, they should quit their office on moral grounds without waiting to be proved guilty. Moral values must take centre stage in all walks of life.
(D. R. Karthikeyan : Ex-IPS Officer : India)
The morality of an action depends on the motive from which we act. If I fling half a crown to a beggar with intention to break his head and he picks it up and buy victuals with it, the physical effect is good. But with respect to me the action is very wrong.
(Samuel Johnson : Boswell's Life of Johnson)
This is an age in which practically everybody is corrupt. You know what I mean. The itching palm. The clutching hand. The petty official takes his rake-off in small, hard cash. The big official collects it both in cash and kind, in bush-shirts and diamonds, in stainless steel utensils and in underwear, in Frigidaire and whisky.
(S.K. Chettur : Former Chief Secretary of Madras State : The Spell of Aphrodite)
A poor report card has one good thing in its favour. At least you know the student is not cheating.