Michael S. Josephson

Michael S.
Josephson
1942

American Ethicist, Law Professor, Attorney, Author, Speaker and Lecturer, President and Founder of Josephson Institute

Author Quotes

But the crucial point is that the moral obligation to live according to ethical principles is not dependent on whether it's advantageous. People of character do the right thing in the pursuit of virtue, not self-interest.

Never underestimate the power of temptation to disarm your better senses. Throughout the ages good people surrendered their honor for the empty promise that wealth or power would bring fulfillment and their dignity, good name and self-esteem for the passing pleasures of sex and drugs.

You are the captain of your own ship; don't let anyone else take the wheel.

Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay.

On a practical level, there are two vital steps to ethical behavior:

Don?t confuse fun with fulfillment, or pleasure with happiness.

People who don?t believe in you are right only if you believe they are.

Don't do anything today that will darken tomorrow.

Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey.

Ethics is not a description of what people do; it's a prescription for what we all should do.

The choices you make in life will make your life.

Ethics is not about the way things are, it's about the way they ought to be.

The difference between stepping stones and stumbling blocks is not in the event itself but how you think about it and what you do after it. Every failure and setback can become part of your success or an excuse for quitting or failing. People who develop the discipline of positivity are both happier and more successful. www.whatwillmatter.com

Everything you do sends a message about who you are and what you value.

The real test of character is whether you will do the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay.

Experimenting with drugs is like target practice where your head is the bull.

The truth is that good ethics sometimes is good business, but sometimes it's not. It depends on one's goals and how one defines good business. Sometimes, good ethics can end in bankruptcy. Of course, so can bad ethics.

Happiness is the peace of mind that comes from feeling that I am living a worthy life in the company of people I love and in the service of something bigger than myself.

The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.

Honesty doesn?t always pay, but dishonesty always costs.

To the barefoot man, happiness is a pair of shoes. To the man with old shoes, it's a pair of new shoes. To the man with new shoes, it's stylish shoes. And of course, the fellow with no feet would be happy to be barefoot. Measure your life by what you have not by what you don't.

How many times do you get to lie before you are a liar?

We can't live forever but what we do can change lives forever.

Ideas without action are like beautifully gift wrapped boxes with nothing inside.

We judge ourselves by our best intentions and most noble acts but we will be judged by our last worst act.

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First Name
Michael S.
Last Name
Josephson
Birth Date
1942
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American Ethicist, Law Professor, Attorney, Author, Speaker and Lecturer, President and Founder of Josephson Institute