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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
  Kant, as we all know, compared moral law to the starry heavens, and found them both sublime. On the naturalistic hypothesis we should rather compare it to the protective blotches on a beetle’s back, and find them both ingenious.
        Arthur J. Balfour—Foundations of Belief.
  No mere man since the Fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the Commandments.
        Book of Common Prayer. Shorter Catechism.
Rough Johnson, the great moralist.
        Byron—Don Juan. Canto XIII. St. 7.
  “Tut, tut, child,” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral if only you can find it.”
        Lewis Carroll—Alice in Wonderland. Ch. VIII.
  The Bearings of this observation lays in the application on it.
        Dickens—Dombey and Son. Ch. XXIII.
  The moral system of the universe is like a document written in alternate ciphers, which change from line to line.
        Froude—Short Studies on Great Subjects. Calvinism.
  Morality, when vigorously alive, sees farther than intellect, and provides unconsciously for intellectual difficulties.
        Froude—Short Studies on Great Subjects. Divus Cæsar.
  Dr. Johnson’s morality was as English an article as a beefsteak.
        Hawthorne—Our Old Home. Lichfield and Uttoxeter.
  Turning the other cheek is a kind of moral jiu-jitsu.
        Gerald Stanley Lee—Crowds. Bk. IV. Ch. X.
  Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning,—an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
        Longfellow—Kavanagh. Ch. XIII.
  We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
        Macaulay—On Moore’s Life of Lord Byron. (1830).
I find the doctors and the sages
Have differ’d in all climes and ages,
And two in fifty scarce agree
On what is pure morality.

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