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W. G. Sebald Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by W. G. Sebald.

The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory.
To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory
have the much greater chance to lead happy lives.
- W. G. Sebald

A subject which at first glance seems quite removed
from the undeclared concern of the book can encapsulate that concern.
- W. G. Sebald

People's ability to forget what they do not want to know,
to overlook what is before their eyes,
was seldom put to the test better than in Germany at that time.
- W. G. Sebald

It is a sore point, because you do have advantages
if you have access to more than one language.
You also have problems, because on bad days you don't trust yourself,
either in your first or your second language,
and so you feel like a complete halfwit.
- W. G. Sebald

 

If we are to go forward, we must go back
and rediscover those precious values -
that all reality hinges on moral foundations
and that all reality has spiritual control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

Compassion is the universal standard of moral living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those
who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

The moral arc of the universe
bends at the elbow of justice.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who
maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
- Dante Alighieri

Moral power is probably best when it is not used.
The less you use it the more you have.
- Andrew Young

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.
- Robert Baden-Powell

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally
recognized moral qualities of men.
- Confucius

Nature teaches more than she preaches.
There are no sermons in stones.
It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
- John Burroughs

Love is moral even without legal marriage,
but marriage is immoral without love.
- Ellen Key

The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and
peace are deep-seated and powerful.
They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
- Arthur Henderson

Our world faces a true planetary emergency.
I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a
challenge to the moral imagination.
- Al Gore

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders,
and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
- James K. Polk

Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

It is curious - curious that physical courage
should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
- Mark Twain

The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral
imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
- Paul Wellstone

Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
- Thomas Hardy

Movies are movies, and I don't think any of them are
going to hurt the moral fiber of America and all that nonsense.
- Richard Pryor

We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith,
and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.
- Blaise Pascal

Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature.
That is an article of exclusively human manufacture
and very much to our credit.
- Thomas Huxley

Curious people who have become accustomed to think
that one cannot sustain the moral of the army without
giving it the freedom to shed blood from time to time.
- Moshe Sharett

What is moral is what you feel good after,
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

I think television's become a downright dangerous thing.
It has no moral barometer whatsoever.
If you want to talk about something that is all about money,
just watch the television.
- Tom Petty

Science by itself has no moral dimension.
But it does seek to establish truth.
And upon this truth morality can be built.
- William Masters

Nor does the idea of a moral order asserting itself
against attack or want of conformity answer in full
to our feelings regarding the tragic character.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

The moral equation strongly tells everyone who understands freedom,
who understands morality, that Israel is engaging in
a just war in defense of its people and its freedom.
- George Pataki

Physical bravery is an animal instinct;
moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.
- Wendell Phillips

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor
is that the latter regrets a discreditable act,
even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
- H. L. Mencken

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

We become moral when we are unhappy.
- Marcel Proust

Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
- Thomas Hardy

Moralistic is not moral.
And as for truth - well, it's like brown -
it's not in the spectrum.
Truth is so generic.
- Iris Murdoch

All moral laws are merely statements that certain kinds
of actions will have good effects.
- George Edward Moore

I have a strong moral sense - by my standards.
- Rex Stout

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion,
as organized in its Churches, has been and still is
the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
- Bertrand Russell

Real genius of moral insight is a motor which will start any engine.
- Edmund Wilson

Progressive rhetoric has the effect of concealing social
crisis and moral breakdown by presenting them as the
birth pangs of a new order.
- Christopher Lasch

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are
engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement.
By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement,
without limit.
- Felix Adler

It is fundamentally important that Grasso resign so
that the New York Stock Exchange can restore its moral authority.
- Phil Angelides

Moral values, and a culture and a religion,
maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.
- Swami Sivananda

Why are empirical questions about how the mind works
so weighted down with political and moral and emotional baggage?
- Steven Pinker

You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters.
The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
- Fran Lebowitz

Quite casually I wander into my plot,
poke around with my characters for a while,
then amble off, leaving no moral proved and no reader improved.
- Thorne Smith

The moral and intellectual character of the Africans
is widely different in different nations.
- Samuel George Morton

Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party.
We get lectured by people all day long about moral
values by people who have their own moral shortcomings.
- Howard Dean

In the Brown decision, the United States Supreme Court
unanimously struck down the legal and moral footing
of racially segregated public education in this country.
- Bobby Scott

A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept
from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
- William Faulkner

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
- Iris Murdoch

Our moral, religious, and political traditions are
united in their respect for the dignity of human life.
- Robert Casey

Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive.
- Mary Douglas

Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.
- Norman Borlaug

Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply
impose obligations on others,
for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated.
- Tom G. Palmer

To congratulate oneself on one's warm commitment to the environment,
or to peace, or to the oppressed, and think no more
is a profound moral fault.
- Robert Conquest

A woman can look both moral and exciting...
if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
- Edna Ferber


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