There is something so massive, stable, and almost irresistibly imposing in the exterior presentment of established rank and great possessions, that their very existence seems to give them a right to exist; at least, so excellent a counterfeit of right, that few poor and humble men have moral
force enough to question it, even in their secret minds.
She returned to the study and related what had just occurred, adding some sarcastic comments on the efficacy of moral
force in maintaining collegiate discipline.
But, Monsieur le chevalier," said the grisette, "the matter now concerns the morals
and honor of your poor little Suzanne, and I hope you won't abandon her.
There is no just ground, therefore, for the charge brought against me by certain ignoramuses -- that I have never written a moral
tale, or, in more precise words, a tale with a moral
In the Ethics he has described the character necessary for the good life, but that life is for him essentially to be lived in society, and when in the last chapters of the Ethics he comes to the practical application of his inquiries, that finds expression not in moral
exhortations addressed to the individual but in a description of the legislative opportunities of the statesman.
he was a profest Platonist, and in religion he inclined to be an Aristotelian.
Merely that it has not been so long known in morals
, as the other countries of Christendom.
I can't tell you just now what the moral
of that is, but I shall remember it in a bit.
He has, therefore, requested me to reply in his behalf to two special objections, one of an intellectual, the other of a moral
Since the objects of imitation are men in action, and these men must be either of a higher or a lower type (for moral
character mainly answers to these divisions, goodness and badness being the distinguishing marks of moral
differences), it follows that we must represent men either as better than in real life, or as worse, or as they are.
But that is not all, that is not his worst defect; his worst defect is his perpetual moral
obliquity, perpetual--from the days of the Flood to the Schleswig-Holstein period.
Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.
It is perhaps the last instance of a Pretender's adventure for a Crown that History will have to record with the usual grave moral
disapproval tinged by a shamefaced regret for the departing romance.
We may get into moral
entanglements; before we know it, we may be in the midst of a struggle between good and evil.
Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as "historical" in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer "wonder tales" in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral
to each tale.