Actually, there is only one ''first question'' of government, and it is ''How should we live?'' or ''What kind of people do we want our citizens to be?''

Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.

Evangelical faith without Christian ethics is a travesty on the gospel.

Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics — a rational ethics — as a precondition of rebirth.

Everywhere, the ethical predicament of our time imposes itself with an urgency which suggests that even the question ''Have we anything to eat?'' will be answered not in material but in ethical terms.

I say statecraft is soulcraft. Just as all education is moral education because learning conditions conduct, most legislation is moral legislations because it conditions the action and the thought of the nation in broad and important spheres in life.

I think it's unethical to take money for poor quality performance.

It horrifies me that ethics is only an optional extra at Harvard Business School.

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.

No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.

Nothing that is morally wrong can be politically right.

The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.

Those who cultivate moral confusion for profit should understand this: we will name their names and shame them as they deserve to be shamed.

We're given a code to live our lives by. We don't always follow it, but it's still there.