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Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism.
by Albert Bandura

Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism.
Destructive conduct is made personally and socially
acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends.
This is why most appeals against violent means usually fall on deaf ears.
- Albert Bandura

Most of the images of reality on which we base our
actions are really based on vicarious experience.
- Albert Bandura

Accomplishment is socially judged by ill defined criteria
so that one has to rely on others to find out how one is doing.
- Albert Bandura

There are countless studies on the negative spillover
of job pressures on family life,
but few on how job satisfaction enhances the quality of family life.
- Albert Bandura

 

In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy,
to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable
obstacles and inequities of life.
- Albert Bandura

Very often we developed a better grasp of the subjects
than the over worked teachers.
- Albert Bandura

Coping with the demands of everyday life would be exceedingly
trying if one could arrive at solutions to problems
only by actually performing possible options and suffering the consequences.
- Albert Bandura

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People who believe they have the power to exercise
some measure of control over their lives are healthier,
more effective and more successful than those who lack
faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.
- Albert Bandura

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll

If we are to go forward, we must go back
and rediscover those precious values -
that all reality hinges on moral foundations
and that all reality has spiritual control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

Compassion is the universal standard of moral living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those
who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The moral arc of the universe
bends at the elbow of justice.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

Our world faces a true planetary emergency.
I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a
challenge to the moral imagination.
- Al Gore

It is curious - curious that physical courage
should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
- Mark Twain

Love is moral even without legal marriage,
but marriage is immoral without love.
- Ellen Key

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.
- Robert Baden-Powell

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who
maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
- Dante Alighieri

The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and
peace are deep-seated and powerful.
They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
- Arthur Henderson

Moral power is probably best when it is not used.
The less you use it the more you have.
- Andrew Young

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato

Nature teaches more than she preaches.
There are no sermons in stones.
It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
- John Burroughs

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders,
and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
- James K. Polk

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally
recognized moral qualities of men.
- Confucius

Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

If the poet has pursued a moral objective,
he has diminished his poetic force.
- Charles Baudelaire

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions,
but regulates them.
- Thomas Aquinas

The idea of winning a doctor's degree gradually assumed
the aspect of a great moral struggle,
and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me.
- Elizabeth Blackwell

Moral authority has been laid to rest,
world opinion is no more than a game show and the difference
between good and evil is about as relevant as changing channels.
- Ralph Steadman

Law is vulnerable to the winds of intellectual or moral fashion,
which it then validates as the commands of our most basic concept.
- Robert Bork

Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy.
Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit
makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
- William Butler Yeats

Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

I have a strong moral sense - by my standards.
- Rex Stout

His lack of education is more than compensated for
by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.
- Woody Allen

It is fundamentally important that Grasso resign so
that the New York Stock Exchange can restore its moral authority.
- Phil Angelides

Moral habits, induced by public practices,
are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives,
than the failings and faults of individuals are in
infecting the city at large.
- Plutarch

The man whose only pleasure in life is making money,
weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm.
- Josh Billings

The moral turpitude of the boys of today appears to
center in their failure to concentrate on any particular
objective long enough to obtain their maximum results.
- Major Taylor

America's greatness has been the greatness of a free
people who shared certain moral commitments.
Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
- John W. Gardner

One may no more live in the world without picking up
the moral prejudices of the world than one will be
able to go to hell without perspiring.
- H. L. Mencken

I never fixed a story.
I didn't make judgments, I let the listener make judgments.
When I got to the end of the story, if it had a moral,
I let the listener find it.
- Tom T. Hall

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression
of the highest moral and spiritual ideas,
there music is sublimely strong.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

No man, who continues to add something to the material,
intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives,
is left long without proper reward.
- Booker T. Washington

If there was no moral evil upon earth,
there would be no physical evil.
- Joseph de Maistre

The most powerful moral influence is example.
- Huston Smith

An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood;
a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
- George Bernard Shaw

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are
engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement.
By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement,
without limit.
- Felix Adler

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a
certain moral character in his fellow citizens,
namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
- Aristotle

The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have
the moral courage to refuse the money.
- Marlon Brando

I am certainly not an intellectual relativist,
nor a moral relativist.
- Edward Tufte

The mind cannot support moral chaos for long.
Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical
setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs.
- John Dos Passos

The people in general ought to have regard to the moral
character of those whom they invest with authority
either in the legislative,
executive, or judicial branches.
- John Witherspoon

Voting is the most precious right of every citizen,
and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.
- Hillary Clinton

It's healthy for government to be a kind of moral catalyst,
using the bully pulpit of high office.
- William Weld

After so many cases of terror attacks related to Islamic
militancy remaining unresolved in the last few years,
the government has no moral authority to stay in power.
- Sheikh Hasina

The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues.
Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue,
it's a religious issue.
- Jim Wallis

The moral and intellectual character of the Africans
is widely different in different nations.
- Samuel George Morton


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