All the parties of capitalist society, all its moralists and all its sycophants will perish beneath the debris of the impending catastrophe. The only party that will survive is the party of the world socialist revolution.— Leon Trotsky
Whopping Moralist quotations
I think to scandalize is a right, to be scandalized is a pleasure, and those who refuse to be scandalized are moralists.
Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light.
If you want to have order in the commonwealth, you first have to have order in the individual soul.
No time to grieve for roses when the forests are burning.
To the moralist prostitution does not consist so much in the fact that the woman sells her body, but rather that she sells it out of wedlock.
It is a self-deception of philosophers and moralists to imagine that they escape decadence by opposing it. That is beyond their will; and, however little they acknowledge it, one later discovers that they were among the most powerful promoters of decadence.
Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
One has said that Christ excelled all other moralists in this, that He puts the padlock not upon the hand, but upon the heart. But He does not use the padlock at all, He renders such a thing unnecessary. He takes the tiger from the heart, and replaces it with the lamb.
The biggest difference between Jesus Christ and ethical and moral teachers who have been deified by man. Is that these moralists came to make bad people good. Jesus came to make dead people live!
On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
There is a strain in Marx of the cleric, of the vulgar moralist.
He paints the capitalist and the bourgeois as incarnations of evil; it is they who are responsible for the woes of mankind. The dismissal of the individual's responsibility for his own misery is the quintessence of clericalism.
The crux of the matter is whether total war in its present form is justifiable, even when it serves a just purpose. Does it not have material and spiritual evil as its consequences which far exceed whatever good might result? When will our moralists give us an answer to this question?
The desperate addict is closer to the heart of grace than the devout moralist.
The statesman must think in terms of the national interest, conceived as power among other powers. The popular mind, unaware of the fine distinctions of the statesman's thinking, reasons more often than not in the simple moralistic and legalistic terms of absolute good and absolute evil.
The simple record of these three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and soften mankind than all the discourses of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.
There is a strong moralistic strain in the civil rights movement that would remind us that power corrupts, forgetting that the absence of power also corrupts.
Man is a political animal by nature; he is a scientist by chance or choice; he is a moralist because he is a man.
The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.
Theatre is a mirror, a sharp reflection of society. The greatest playwrights are moralists.
The public only knows one side of [Mark Mark Twain] - the amusing part.
Little does it suspect that he was a man of strong convictions upon political and social questions and a moralist of no mean order.
Moralists and philosophers have adjudged those who throw temptation in the way of the erring, equally guilty with those who are thereby led into evil
Too many moralists begin with a dislike of reality.
I know of no American who starts from a higher level of aspiration than the journalist. . . . He plans to be both an artist and a moralist -- a master of lovely words and merchant of sound ideas. He ends, commonly, as the most depressing jackass of his community -- that is, if his career goes on to what is called a success.
Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
But what sin is to the moralist and crime to the jurist so to the scientific man is ignorance.
Don't make me into this airy-fairy, moralist, idealist because I'm not.
The disesteem into which moralists have fallen is due at bottom to their failure to see that in an age like this one the function of the moralist is not to exhort men to be good but to elucidate what the good is. The problem of sanctions is secondary.
If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time.
A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist who does not love Scotland better than truth.
When we make mistakes, we can use the process of NVC mourning and self-forgiveness to show us where we can grow instead of getting caught up in moralistic self-judgments.
All moralistic judgments, whether positive or negative, are tragic expressions of unmet needs.
Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.
Here was the rub: one must be more zealous to please God than to avoid sin.
One must sacrifice oneself utterly to God's purposes, even to the point of possibly making moral mistakes. One's obedience to God must be forward-oriented and zealous and free, and to be a mere moralist or pietist would make such a life impossible.
I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with.