It is worse than immoral, it's a mistake.
Morality is a private and costly luxury.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what
can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?
John Quincy Adams
As you move through life, set aside good ideas and give them to others to encourage and inspire.
Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.
Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some
people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
Robert McAfee Brown
The attitude of disrespect that many executives have today for accurate reporting is a business disgrace.
And auditors ... have done little on the positive side. Though auditors should regard the investing public
as their client, they tend to kowtow instead to the managers who choose them and dole out their pay.
Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
There are two parties involved in every corrupt transaction, typically a government official and a business person. Yet those
who pay bribes are often depicted as innocent victims ... The reality is that both parties conspire to defraud the public.
Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
G. K. Chesterton
In every era, society must strike the right balance between the freedom businesses need to
compete for a market share and to make profits and the preservation of family and community values.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
We will ship them our garbage. We believe in full disclosure.
If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is
true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune.
Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge
without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
Accountants are the witch-doctors of the modern world and willing to turn their hands to any kind of magic.
Quoted in February, 1964.
Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people.
There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.
The market has no morality.
If we cannot be powerful and happy and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves.
Too seldom does the world pause to consider how much kinder and more humane business has become since women invaded the market-place.
Act only on that maxim which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
I would have been a success in anything. But I have chosen an activity that was socially useful and that aspect gives me extra satisfaction.
Too many schools process students as if they are slabs of cheese going to Velveeta High on the way to Cheddar U and Mozzarella Grad School.
You can earn all A's in school and then go out and fail at life.
Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.
There are only two kinds of men: those righteous who believe themselves sinners; the other sinners who believe themselves righteous.
Given the natural differences between human beings, equality is an ethical aspiration that
cannot be realized without recourse either to despotism or to an act of fraternity.
To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition,
curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
Nowdays most women grow old gracefully; most men, disgracefully.
One can't say that figures lie. But figures, as used in financial arguments, seem to have the bad habit of
expressing a small part of the truth forcibly, and neglecting the other part, as do some people we know.
I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for
your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw
Whenever we have compromised on our principles, we and our customers have been the losers.
You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But
when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of
my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
A gift in season is a double favour to the needy.
Morality aside, there are other factors deterring
Richard H. Thaler
strategic defaults, whether in recourse or nonrecourse states. These include the economic
and emotional costs of giving up one's home and moving, the perceived social stigma of defaulting, and a serious hit to a borrower's credit rating.
The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when
they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
Business doesn't have to choose between making profit and protecting the environment, between economic success and ethical responsibility, between
satisfying the customer and meeting the demands of other stakeholders. In other words, we don't have to make a choice between profits and principles.
Jeroen van der Veer
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Nothing recedes like success.
All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
William Butler Yeats
And say my glory was I had such friends.