Quotations

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Quotation #21

When a people are impoverished, they become greedy; when they are greedy, they become disaffected; when disaffected, they either go over to the enemy or kill their rulers themselves.

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Quotation #20

“For a person who is not aware that he is doing anything wrong has no desire to be put right. You have to catch yourself doing it before you can reform.” Roman philosopher Seneca.

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“Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.” -Gandhi

Self-awareness is defined as conscious knowledge of oneself; it’s a stepping stone to reinventing oneself, learning to make wiser decisions, and helps you tune into your thoughts and feelings.

When you pay attention, you are consciously tuning in. You are proactively viewing yourself from the position of your higher self (another buzz phrase, but a good one). And when your higher self observes your thoughts, feelings, decisions, and actions, you are forced to make a decision.Coming to a knowledge of the self is no simple task and often goes underdeveloped because we tend to resist it. Our vision of our inner world does not come as naturally to us as our ability to perceive the outside world.

Through a highly informed and well-developed sense of who and what we are, as seen through the mirror of God’s Word, we become better able to manage our thoughts, feelings and emotions, and to bring them under control.Nothing in life changes until we change. For many, that’s a hard fact to swallow, because it’s easier just to wait and hope for something better when others change. But that approach will never fix our frustrations, because we can’t make others change; we can only change ourselves.

 

Quotation #19

“Surely, when wealth and the wealthy are honored in a city, virtue and the good men are less honorable.”(Socrates)

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Quotation #18

“The disciplinary mechanisms of bureaucracy are both license and constraint.”(E.Hughes)

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Quotation #17

“To give preference to the life of a being simply because that being is a member of our species would put us in the same position as racists who give preference to those who are members of their race.” (Peter Singer)

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Mankind has been using animals already for a long time for food, for transport, experimental research, and as companion. The idea that non-human animals have significant moral status is comparatively modern. It owes much to the work of philosopher Peter Singer and his 1975 book ‘Animal Liberation’.

‘Speciesism’ is the idea that being human is a good enough reason for human animals to have greater moral rights than non-human animals.Most people, faced with a difficult choice between a human and an animal, would probably react in a speciesist (or ‘homocentric’) way.

Consider this example:

A child and a dog are trapped in a fire. You can only save one of them. Which will you save?

  • Most people don’t have to think about this for even one second.
  • Most people don’t consider the relative moral status of the dog and the child relevant to their choice.
  • Society would condemn anyone who delayed in order to consider the correct moral choice

However, speciesism can be condemned as the same sort of bigotry as racism or sexism.People who oppose speciesism say that giving human beings greater rights than non-human animals is as arbitrary (and as morally wrong) as giving white people greater rights than non-white people.

 

Quotation #16

“It is a mistake to assume that the law should always enforce morality.” (Peter Singer)

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Quotation #15

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”(Buddha)
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When it comes to happiness of people it is not  Zero-Sum-Gain. Happiness is intangible and it does not get reduced by being shared. In fact by making others happy one’s awn happiness increases because of the peace and satisfaction one derives!!…One can derive happiness by helping others, giving compliments or supporting others emotionally etc. However, in order to make someone happy, you have to be genuine, open, and willing to put in some effort to make a difference. that makes the person happy!!!

 

Quotation #14

“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is the eternal rule.”(Buddha)
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Quotation #13

“Morality is contraband in war.”(Mahatma Gandhi)

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(The following note I have picked up from the Yahoo Answer)
  • Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Morality is contraband in war,” meaning that when we are in war we must leave all our values and morals behind. This quote deeply relates to Ender, the main character in Ender’s Game. I believe that this quote describes the feelings Ender is having to endure since he doesn’t want to become a murderer, he doesn’t want to hurt people, all he really wants to do is be a good person. The problem is that he’s being trained to become a starship captain, a commodore of flotillas, or and admiral of the fleet and all of this positions involve the great sacrifice that Ender is having trouble with: leaving his moral values behind and doing what is best for a large group of people instead of what’s best for a single individual. He’s afraid of becoming a murderer or a bully like his brother Peter; but in Battle School this has to de done in order to succeed. We can find these deep and conflicting feelings many times throughout the story. A part of the story in which we see this was when Ender was playing a video game in Battle School, in this game he has to pass through a giant. Ender succeeds after many failures when he beats the giant by killing him. He hadn’t to kill him, that wasn’t his intention. All he could think about was “ I’m a murderer, even when I play. Peter would be proud of me.” This made him really sad so he didn’t continue playing the game.(Prasad)

 

Quotation #12

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”( Teddy Roosevelt)

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  • This quote means that educating a person with knowledge without also teaching morality is like creating a person who will be more problematic for the society. For e.g., when the business school teaches its students how to run a business and maintain it, they also teach business ethics and moral behaviour, and how acting with certain moral behaviour must be considered when making business decisions;
  • This also means that the ultimate aim of education should be for the entire development and maturity education – seekers. This holistic approach will not only make them academically sound but also respectful and responsible citizens in a society.
  • Furthermore, it also means that an individual without moral education is likely to act selfish and disregard the consequences of his / her actions on the others and in general, the welfare of the society.

 

Quotation #11

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” (Abraham Lincoln)

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This analogy of character with tree and reputation with shadow is worth considering;

  • Because shadow moves / shifts over time. This means that reputation is what people think of us – which in itself is feeble in nature and changes over the period of time; the shadow moves as the light moves;
  • However, the tree has its roots deep down in the Earth, which goes through a lot of light shifting, bends back and forth in strong winds, deals with rain, wind, etc., but still doesn’t move itself from its position. The tree exists to be, what it is, irrespective of the light being shone on it;
  • In this context, character refers to what a person is and reputation is what people is generally think he is.

Quotation #10

“Virtuous acts require conscious choice and moral purpose or motivation”.(Aristotle) Explain.

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  • By this he(Aristotle) meant that human being has a personal moral responsibility for his actions.
  • A virtuous person is someone who has ideal character traits. And these traits derive from natural internal tendencies, which need to be nurtured. However, once established, they will become stable.
  • Aristotle argued that a human being’s distinctive feature is reasoning, and so the life “worth living” is one that is reasoned out well.

Quotation #9

“Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge”. (Plato) Explain.

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  • This statement means that the way you act is the result of these three sources;
  • Human behaviour is reflected into what you say, what you choose, what you do, why do you say things when you don’t intend to, why do you behave in a particular manner in a certain situation, etc.;
  • Desire – appetite, impulse, instinct; Emotion – Spirit, ambition, courage; Knowledge – thought, intellect, reason. All these qualities are present in all human beings, but in variant degrees;
  • In an effective individual action / human behaviour, desire is warmed with emotion, and guided by knowledge;

Quotation #8

“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust.”― John Rawls

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Quotation #7

“So too in the case of the virtues: by doing things in our interactions with human beings, some of us become just, others unjust; and by doing things in terrifying circumstances and by being habituated to feel fear or confidence, some of us become courageous, others cowards.” – Aristotle.

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Quotation #6

“Whoever has overthrown an existing law of custom has always first been accounted a bad man: but when, as did happen, the law could not afterwards be reinstated and this fact was accepted, the predicate gradually changed; – history treats almost exclusively of these bad men who subsequently became good men!”  – Nietzsche

Note:Customs are traditional patterns of valuing and acting…Read More.

 

Quotation #5

“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”  – Plato

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Quotation #4 

“This problem of being unwilling to be yourself is as old as history, and as universal as human life.” – Dr. James Gordan Gilkey

Note: Most people waste their time and life trying…Read more

 

Quotation #3

“Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god” –  Aristotle

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Quotation #2

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” – Plato

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Quotation#1

“A little integrity is better than any career.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Note: Integrity requires honesty and objectivity in all…Read more