quote by Arthur Schopenhauer

The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

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Moral outrage 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.

We wanted to see this country win the war just as much as those advisors did.

We felt we would help to do that by reporting the truth. And so there was the moral outrage over this general and the ambassador in Saigon who kept denying the truth we would see.

Democracy allows for A and B to band together to rip off C.

This is not justice, but a moral outrage.

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

All great art comes from a sense of outrage.

Moral outrage is the most powerful motivating force in politics.


Old age is an excellent time for outrage.

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

Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood;

and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom.

The triumph of morality: A thief who has broken into a bedroom claims his sense of shame had been outraged, and by threatening theoccupants with exposure of an immoral act he blackmails them into not bringing charges for burglary.

Nothing penetrates the liberal's sense of moral outrage.

Moral outrage 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.

Satire is moral outrage transformed into comic art.


You have an interesting set of morals," he observed.

"Breaking out of jail is okay. But steal a car, and you sound totally outraged.

Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear.

Moral outrage quote Bad company ruins good morals.
Bad company ruins good morals.
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Facts are mere speed bumps on the road to lefty moral outrage.

God said, I am tired of kings, I suffer them no more;

Up to my ear this morning brings The outrage of the poor.

I personally do not believe in strident activism.

I do not believe in moral outrage, because even moral outrage is rage, and rage is rage - it adds to more rage in the collective consciousness, if we understand how consciousness works.

Moral outrage 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.

Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.

Cheap thrill: moral outrage revels in its own innocence and in the guilt of the wicked Others.

Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers.

Moral outrage 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.

President Barack Obama, to his credit, has given - issued personal pardons in deserving cases. But he should go far beyond. He should proceed to what is in fact an urgent necessity: to grant a general pardon to 11 million people who are living and working here, productive citizens in all but name, threatened with deportation by the incoming Donald Trump administration. This would be a horrible humanitarian tragedy, a moral outrage.

It is true that one was not allowed at the time to really ask, what would lead people to do this, from what sense of political outrage or injury? And in that way, the possibility of sympathetic identification was foreclosed. That does not mean that some people took quiet pleasure in certain icons of US capitalism coming down, even though they would oppose such action on moral and political grounds.


I think moral outrage is born not of anger but of love.

It comes from the highest in us, not from a low-level sense of anger or cynicism.

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

There are four characteristics which brand a country unmistakably as a dictatorship: one-party rule, executions without trial or with a mock trial for political offenses, the nationalization or expropriation of private property, and censorship. A country guilty of these outrages forfeits any moral prerogatives, any claim to national rights or sovereignty, and becomes an outlaw.

The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense. Actually, the three philosophies are barely distinguishable.

I'm really shocked when critics get morally outraged at my fiction because they think I'm condoning what's going on. I never come in as the author and say, "Hey, okay. I'm interrupting the narrator here. I'm Bret Easton Ellis, and I'm the author."

Moral outrage quote I'd say a man is someone who is strong-minded, moral, genuine, just a good human
I'd say a man is someone who is strong-minded, moral, genuine, just a good human beeing.
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Lion is a beautiful creature. It's a wonderful creature. But it's easy outrage. And I also believe that this kind of outrage is a consequence of a moral cowardice in the face of other evil, that you transfer your impotence about other - in other arenas to this, because you know that people will agree with you that this is really bad, but there are serious outrages out there that are bigger than a lion.


Religion, morality, and patriotism are feelings that are manifested only when they are outraged.

Increasingly, I wonder if there are any outrages that would be sufficiently ominous in their effects upon liberty and unequivocal in their moral perversity to awaken the American people to the tyrannical spirit that envelopes the Clinton White House.

It's pretty standard fare in political discourse.

You misconstrue what somebody said. You isolate a statement, you lend your interpretation to it and then feign moral outrage. And Democrats have been doing it for years.

I am humbly following in your footsteps and having a row with the Government over the iniquity of the Marriage Tax in the form of supertax ... our incomes being added together we are liable for supertax which we are refusing to pay on the grounds of morality as I consider in a Christian country it is an immoral and outrageous act to tax me because I am living in Holy matrimony instead of as my husband's mistress.

White privilege is the other side of racism.

Unless we name it, we are in danger of wallowing in guilt or moral outrage with no idea of how to move beyond them. It is often easier to deplore racism and its effects than to take responsibility for the privileges some of us receive as a result of it... Once we understand how white privilege operates, we can begin to take steps to dismantle it on both a personal and institutional level.


Both Marx and Nietzsche understood that moral outrage is the last resort of the powerless. That is why Marx refused to issue moral condemnations of capitalism, preferring instead to lay out, calmly and ruthlessly, his reasons for believing that it is destined to be replaced by socialism. And that is why Nietzsche mocks Christianity for portraying its crucified Saviour as bait wriggling on a hook to catch unsuspecting souls.

Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers.

It is a rude feeling, because it is natural only to people standing on the lowest level of morality, and expecting from other nations such outrages as they themselves are ready to inflict.

Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage-torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians-which does not change its moral color when it is committed by 'our' side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

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