Manners and Ethics

"We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The immorality of men triumphs over the amorality of women."

Karl Kraus
Karl Kraus "Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths"

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Opinions have greater power than strength of hands."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."

Mignon McLaughin
Mignon McLaughin "The Neurotic's Notebook"

Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad."

Denis Diderot
Denis Diderot "Selected Writings"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't."

Mignon McLaughin
Mignon McLaughin "The Neurotic's Notebook"

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Bed is the poor man's opera."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In morality, man treats himself not as individuum but as dividuum."


Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"If God lived on earth, people would break his windows."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signaling what we must do-they are glowing signifiers of our own necessities."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Nature admits of no permanence in the relation between man and woman.... It is only man's egoism that wants to keep woman like some buried treasure. All endeavors to introduce permanence in love, the most changeable thing in this changeable human existence, have gone shipwreck in spite of religious ceremonies, vows, and legalities."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal, or fattening."


Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms - hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us."

Jane Austen
Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice"

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth."


Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Sex is like money; only too much is enough."

John Updike
John Updike "Couples"

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Life is a long lesson in humility."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Pornography is the theory, and rape the practice."

Robin Morgan
Robin Morgan "The Word of a Woman"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet."

Lewis Mumford
Lewis Mumford "The Culture of Cities"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Sex is a conversation carried out by other means. If you get on well out of bed, half the problems of bed are solved."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Everybody who does not live in a prostitute's bed and on a diet of cocaine snow is called an ascetic nowadays."


Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation."

Angela Carter
Angela Carter "The Sadeian Woman"

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact."

Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich "Marlene Dietrich's ABC"

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Back to Methuselah"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Laughter is the closest distance between two people."


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Englishwomen's shoes look as if they had been made by someone who had often heard shoes described, but had never seen any."

Margaret Halsey
Margaret Halsey "With Malice Toward Some"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The essential function of art is moral. [...] But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind."


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinions of others."

Sir Henry Taylor
Sir Henry Taylor "The Statesman"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions."

Martin Amis
Martin Amis "Novelists in Interview"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!"

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley "Aphorisms and Reflections"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"We must never confuse elegance with snobbery."


Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "A Writer's Notebook"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say."


Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)