Quotes by decency

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  • Pablo Casals
    Pablo Casals
    Spanish cellist, composer, and conductor 1876-1973
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    Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
  • Bobby Fischer
    Bobby Fischer
    American chess grandmaster 1943-2008
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    The Jews have been hardened against Christ, against decency for thousands of years... They're gonna have to be annihilated, Eugene.
    Source: Speaking to Eugene Torre, Radio Interview, May 24 1999 [13]
  • Boris Yeltsin
    Boris Yeltsin
    Russian politician 1931-2007
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    A politician must have some scruples, a certain decency; he cannot smear himself in the mud for the sake of a high ideal.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    Decency cannot be discussed without indecency!
  • Francois de la Rochefoucauld
    Francois de la Rochefoucauld
    French writer 1613-1680
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    Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
  • Quentin Crisp
    Quentin Crisp
    English writer and actor 1908-1999
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    Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
  • Henry Louis Mencken
    Henry Louis Mencken
    American journalist and critic 1880-1956
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    Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.
  • Lord Halifax
    Lord Halifax
    British politician (Edward Frederick Lindley Wood) 1881-1959
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    I am of an Opinion, in which I am every Day more confirmed by Observation, that Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with Men, or else all the Obligations in the World will not create it. An outward Show may be made to satisfy Decency, and to prevent Reproach; but a real Sense of a kind thing is a Gift of Nature, and never was, nor can be acquired.
    Source: Works (1912)
  • Harold Macmillan
    Harold Macmillan
    British Conservative politician, prime minister 1894-1986
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    If you don't believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency. Decency is very good. Better decent than indecent. But I don't think it's enough.
  • W. D. Roscommon
    W. D. Roscommon
    English poet 1633-1685
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    Immodest words admit of no defence, for want of decency is want of sense.
  • Carl Sagan
    Carl Sagan
    American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and author 1934-1996
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    In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Roman statesman and writer 106 BC - 43 BC
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    Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense.
  • Thomas Szasz
    Thomas Szasz
    American psychiatrist 1920-
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    Men often treat others worse than they treat themselves, but they rarely treat anyone better. It is the height of folly to expect consideration and decency from a person who mistreats himself.
  • Rita Mae Brown
    Rita Mae Brown
    American writer, activist, and feminist 1944-
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    Morals are private. Decency is public.
  • A. Bartlett Giamatti
    A. Bartlett Giamatti
    American professor and president of Yale University 1938-1989
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    On matters of race, on matters of decency, baseball should lead the way.
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