quote by Brennan Manning

Whenever I allow anything but tenderness and compassion to dictate my response to life--be it self-righteous anger, moralizing, defensiveness, the pressing need to change others...I am alienated from my true self. My identity as Abba's child [a child of God] becomes ambiguous, tentative and confused

— Brennan Manning

Professional Moral Ambiguity quotations

Moral ambiguity quote Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your p
Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your peace of mind, self respect, values, morals and self worth.

Understand the causes of terror? Yes, we should try, but let there be no moral ambiguity about this: nothing could ever justify the events of September 11 and it is to turn justice on its head to pretend it could

All men are naturally included to obscure the morally ambiguous element in their political cause by investing it with religious sanctity.

Moral ambiguity quote A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.
A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.

To believe that will has power over potentiality, that the passage to actuality is the result of a decision that puts an end to the ambiguity of potentiality (which is always potentiality to do and not to do) — this is the perpetual illusion of morality.

We live in times that are in many ways ambiguous.

Maybe that's why kids want precision in what they read - they don't like that moral ambiguity.


Perhaps the moral ambiguity of money is most plainly evidenced in the popular belief that money itself has value and that the worth of other things or of men is somehow measured in monetary terms, rather than the other way around.

Moral ambiguity quote Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

Whether it's movies or television that I've directed, or characters that I've played, I'm just always fascinated by the moral ambiguity inherent in life.

We all hate moral ambiguity in some sense, and yet it is also absolutely necessary. In writing a story, it is the place where I begin.

Nobody is ever just a straight up protagonist or antagonist - everybody's morally ambiguous.

Moral ambiguity quote Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.
Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.

Were our State a pure democracy, in which all its inhabitants should meet together to transact all their business, there would yet be excluded from their deliberations, 1. infants, until arrived at years of discretion. 2. Women, who, to prevent depravation of morals and ambiguity of issue, could not mix promiscuously in the public meetings of men. 3. Slaves, from whom the unfortunate state of things with us takes away the right of will and of property. Those then who have no will could be permitted to exercise none in the popular assembly; and of course, could delegate none to an agent in a representative assembly. The business, in the first case, would be done by qualified citizens only.


You know, people who almost - yeah, there's a slight reluctance there - but there's also an ambiguity. What are their morals? What is their code of living. What are they really doing here. And it is just interesting because it is never black or white.

We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all America stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.

Moral ambiguity quote Bad company ruins good morals.
Bad company ruins good morals.
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The problem with American cinema is that because you're making films with huge amounts of money you need to hit the lowest common denominator in order to make it back and so therefore you're not allowed to play with moral ambiguities or ask questions.

That's one thing about Dave Filoni. He doesn't call me up unless there's something to think about or there's something that we have to work out on a philosophical or moral or a mythological riddle that we need to solve. Some sort of moral conundrum that we need to place our feet on one side or the other. It's fun when we can ambiguously put those feet into the sand and let the fans discover for itself what it all means.

It may be that there is so much ambiguity and ideology attached to the term 'terrorism' that it is best to avoid its use altogether, as it is likely to be twisted in public discourse to demonise the enemies of the established order, while exempting state violence from legal and moral scrutiny.

Moral ambiguity quote The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy you
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.

When I first auditioned for Dexter... Well, I was sent the script, and I read it and loved it, and I knew right away that it was going to be a hit because it's the type of programming that I like to watch. It's that very morally ambiguous thing where you find yourself rooting for someone who's really an awful person, but... is he doing good? You're constantly calling into question your own moral code. I love that as an audience member.

I'm very, very attracted to morally ambiguous characters, not just pure bad guys or pure good guys.

I never held Negroes to be inherently inferior.

The statement in Marriage and Morals refers to environmental conditioning. I have had it withdrawn from subsequent editions because it is clearly ambiguous.

Moral ambiguity quote I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

I've yet to meet a person in my life who doesn't have some moral ambiguity.

I always end up taking people that are morally ambiguous.


Satire's nature is to be one-sided, contemptuous of ambiguity, and so unfairly selective as to find in the purity of ridicule an inarguable moral truth.

Moral ambiguity quote Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

Real politics is messy and morally ambiguous and doesn't make for a compelling thriller.

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