When a prince’s personal conduct is correct, his government is effective without the issuing of orders. If his personal conduct is not correct, he may issue orders, but they will not be followed.
Force can only overcome other force. When it has done this, it has spent itself and other means of influencing conduct have to be employed.
We may give advice, but we cannot inspire conduct.
All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust, and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author, and founder of society.
Religion, the dominion of the human mind; Property, the dominion of human needs; and Government, the dominion of human conduct, represent the stronghold of man's enslavement and all the horrors it entails.
Weakness of conduct is but the consequence of weakness of conviction; for the strongest of all the springs of human action is human belief.
As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
The average person thinks that morality can be applied as directly to the conduct of states to each other as it can to human relations. That is not always the case, because sometimes statesmen have to choose among evils.
In reference to our moral conduct, there is not a single principle now known to the most cultivated Europeans which was not likewise known to the ancients.
Morality is character and conduct, such as is required by the circle or community in which the man’s life happens to be placed.
The Bible stands alone in human literature in its elevated conception of manhood, in character and conduct.
Morality is character and conduct such as is required by the circle or community in which the man’s life happens to be passed. It shows how much good men require of us.
It must be admitted that the conception of virtue cannot be separated from the conception of happiness-producing conduct.
It is the function of parents to see that their children habitually experience the true consequences of their conduct.
The highest conduct is that which conduces to the greatest length, breadth, and completeness of life.
When a child can be brought to tears, not from fear of punishment, but from repentance for his offense, he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from grief at one’s own conduct, be sure there is an angel nestling in the bosom.
Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is at once best in quality and infinite in quantity.
Keep one thing forever in view - the truth; and if you do this, though it may seem to lead you away from the opinions of men, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God.
Be so that thy conduct can be law universal.
If we attend to the experience of men’s conduct, we meet frequent and, as we ourselves allow, just complaints that one cannot find a single certain example of the disposition to act from pure duty. Although many things are done in conformity with what duty prescribes, it is nevertheless always doubtful whether they are done strictly from duty, so as to have moral worth.