quote by Barry Lopez

No culture has yet solved the dilemma each has faced with the growth of a conscious mind: how to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in all life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s own culture but within oneself.

— Barry Lopez

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Moral dilemma 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.

Freedom is not synonymous with an easy life.

... There are many difficult things about freedom: It does not give you safety, it creates moral dilemmas for you; it requires self-discipline; it imposes great responsibilities; but such is the nature of Man and in such consists his glory and salvation.

And that is my wish for you: flourish and prosper!

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

For me the moral dilemma this past year has been how to make peace with the unacceptable.

We want every human being in the womb to be safe, not have these babies be killed to solve some dilemma.


The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one, and every one of its main aspects, moral, political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution.

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

When facing a dilemma, choose the more morally demanding alternative.

The thing about 'Dark Knight' is its objective is to set Batman into your world, so that you can imagine the moral dilemmas he faces are exactly parallel to moral dilemmas that you would face in this world, today, if you were out there fighting crime dressed like a bat.

I do feel that even though I didn't grow up being a big sci-fi fan or comic books or superhero fan, I felt myself definitely gravitate towards these movies that have a high concept and yet they're giving you a moral dilemma within that.

Moral dilemma 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.

The reason most of us go to the movies is to be involved in someone else's moral dilemma.


Fiction should be about moral dilemmas that are so bloody difficult that the author doesn't know the answer. What I hate in fiction is when the author knows better than the characters what they should do.

a public persona that might be different from what we truly feel inside.

.. everyone wonders if they are good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, no matter how old they are. It is an archetypical moral dilemma - Do you act like yourself and risk becoming an outcast?

Moral dilemma quote Bad company ruins good morals.
Bad company ruins good morals.
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The price of these failures has been a loss of moral consensus, a greater sense of helplessness about the human condition. ... The intellectual solution to the first dilemma can be achieved by a deeper and more courageous examination of human nature that combines the findings of biology with those of the social sciences.

Growing up female in America. What a liability! You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas.

Opera once was an important social instrument -- especially in Italy.

With Rossini and Verdi people were listening to opera together and having the same catharsis with the same story, the same moral dilemmas. They were holding hands in the darkness. That has gone. Now perhaps they are holding hands watching television.

Moral dilemma 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.

It always sounds kind of trivial, but when I was a kid I was always so impressed by how serious the comic books were. I always liked how they were half way between literature and the cinema. I liked the visuals and I liked the simplicity of a certain type of moral dilemma.

Television is a constant stream of fact, opinions, lies, moral dilemmas, plots: an infinitely complex and sophisticated torrent of information. How could it not make you cleverer? The only people who ever thought television rotted the brain and made kids dumb were those with a vested interest in other ways of learning, or those who were intellectually insecure, usually about books.

In the last 48 hours King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia passed away.

I have a moral dilemma. The king passed away three or four days ago. Is it too soon to hit on Queen Latifah?

Moral dilemma 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.

Aristotle said time is a measure of change, and this movie is about changing in time, through time, while remaining the same person. That's a philosophical paradox and a moral dilemma. But 'Casablanca' says it's possible. You can have both. That's what it means. And that's my wish for you: that you would have both.

Identify the moral dilemma driving the novel.

the successful novel will haunt a reader because it deals with some ethical or moral dilemma that makes the reader wonder what he or she would do in the protagonist's place.


The dilemma of our age is the combination of unprecedented material progress and systematic spiritual decline. The decline in public and private morality can be witnessed in the marketplace as well as the forums of international diplomacy. In the past, a man's honor and reputation were his most valuable assets. Business agreements were made with a handshake. Today one might be well advised to check the "bottom line" and read the "small print."

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

No society can exist if respect for the law does not to some extent prevail;

but the surest way to have the laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality are in contradiction, the citizen finds himself in the cruel dilemma of either losing his moral sense or of losing respect for the law, two evils of which one is as great as the other, and between which it is difficult to choose.

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