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There is no religion without morality, and no morality without religion.

There is no true and abiding morality that is not founded in religion.

They talk of morals, O, thou bleeding lamb! the grand morality is love to thee!

They that cry down moral honesty, cry down that which is a great part of my religion, my duty toward God, and my duty toward man. What care I to see a man run after a sermon, if he cozens and cheats as soon as he comes home. On the other side, morality must not be without religion; for if so, it may change, as I see convenience. Religion must govern it. He that has not religion to govern his morality, is no better than my mastiff dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, he will play with you as finely as may be; he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.

To give a man a full knowledge of true morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.

We deny the doctrine of the ancient Epicureans, that pleasure is the supreme good; of Hobbes, that moral rules are only the work of men's mutual fear; of Paley, that what is expedient is right, and that there is no difference among pleasures except their intensity and duration; and of Bentham, that the rules of human action are to be obtained by counting up the pleasures which actions produce. - And we maintain wiith Plato, that reason has a natural and rightful authority over desire and affection; with Butler, that there is a difference of kind in our principles of action; and with the general voice of mankind, that we must do what is right at whatever cost of pain and loss. - What we ought to do, that we should do, and that we must do, though it bring pain and loss. - And why? Because it is right.

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.

Where social improvements originate with the clergy, and where they bear a just share of the toil, the condition of morals and manners cannot be very much depressed.

You can't slice up morals.


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