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Peter Singer Quotes and Sayings

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More often there's a compromise between ethics and expediency.
- Peter Singer

My work is based on the assumption that clarity and
consistency in our moral thinking is likely,
in the long run, to lead us to hold better views on ethical issues.
- Peter Singer

I'm a Utilitarian, so I don't see the rule against lying as absolute;
it's always subject to some overriding utility which
may prevent its exercise.
- Peter Singer

An animal experiment cannot be justifiable unless the
experiment is so important that the use of a brain-damaged
human would be justifiable.
- Peter Singer

 

Bush is morally a universalist.
For instance, he says the freedom is good,
the same thing is good, all over the world.
So in that sense he's a universalist.
- Peter Singer

The idea that we can actually have an impact on places more or less instantly,
too, by responding in some way or not responding,
I think, also makes it true.
- Peter Singer

I don't think nationalism is alone holding the field;
it's in contention with a lot of different things.
- Peter Singer

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I don't think there's anything in the compromise that
means that there's a clash of ethics.
- Peter Singer

The notion that human life is sacred just because it
is human life is medieval.
- Peter Singer

Bush doesn't present himself as a realpolitik politician.
- Peter Singer

All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact:
in suffering the animals are our equals.
- Peter Singer

I think ethics is always there; it's not always a very
thoughtful or reflective ethics.
- Peter Singer

Then I think the sense of it being one community breaks down;
but if you know instantly and respond within twenty-four hours,
it's a very different sort of situation.
- Peter Singer

As we realise that more and more things have global impact,
I think we're going to get people increasingly wanting
to get away from a purely national interest.
- Peter Singer

I believe that nationalism is a very strong force,
but there are other forces operating;
there are tendencies pushing towards a larger picture,
especially in Europe, I think; but I still think nationalism is real.
- Peter Singer

We see things like reciprocity which are fairly central to our view of ethics.
But if you're talking about a set of worked-out rules
on what we are supposed to do then,
yes, it is a human product.
- Peter Singer

It means that, in fact, it's - whether fascist is the
right word I don't know -
more of a plutocracy than anything resembling a democracy;
it has become a nation controlled by a very small,
very wealthy elite.
- Peter Singer

I would like us to think about it more explicitly,
and not take our intuitions as the given of ethics,
but rather to reflect on it, and be more open about
the fact that something is an ethical issues and thin
what we ought to do about it.
- Peter Singer

Bush sees the evil as out there in the wider world,
residing in people who 'hate freedom'.
Look at his immediate response to the pictures of prisoner abuse;
this is not what Americans do,
these are not our values.
- Peter Singer

In a situation where many national leaders do the same
thing and look out for national interests,
and with an issue like global warming,
you're likely to get no solution, so I think you have
to have some kind of ethical trump on some of those issues.
- Peter Singer

I would just like to get him to think about these things;
whether what's happening in Iraq is promoting the culture of life.
The worry is that he is so certain that he know where
he's going to lead the country.
- Peter Singer

I'm not overly alarmist about it, but I do think there are some worrying signs,
like the growing accumulation of wealth by a very small
proportion of the population,
plus elections in the US are much more dominated by
money than anywhere else calling itself a democracy.
- Peter Singer

The Pentagon said that these prisoners were kept in
accordance with the Geneva Convention,
and of course I was not reassured by that,
but I couldn't prove that that was wrong;
so we're clearer about that.
- Peter Singer

Ancient recipients of instant news probably couldn't do very much about it,
for instance.
Xerxes would still need three months to get his army together,
and he might not get home for years.
- Peter Singer

It's also much clearer how much damage the occupation
of Iraq is doing to America's reputation and prestige around the world;
and that's just starting now to hit home in the United States.
- Peter Singer

At the descriptive level, certainly,
you would expect different cultures to develop different
sorts of ethics and obviously they have;
that doesn't mean that you can't think of overarching
ethical principles you would want people to follow in all kinds of places.
- Peter Singer

I suppose what's happened recently has confirmed suspicions I voiced in the book,
and I think made clearer some of those things that I point out.
For instance I have a section of the book where I talk
about the possibility of torture.
- Peter Singer

In the sense that you're not at the centre of power,
like a president or prime minister of a major power,
everyone is marginalised; my position doesn't isn't unique in that respect.
I think there are different sorts of relevance in different contexts.
- Peter Singer

Had Rumsfeld said at any time 'get me a report on what's going on',
he could have had it.
You're right, it depends on choices that we make,
which parts of the world we want to be in immediate contact with.
- Peter Singer

You might hold an ethical position that it's wrong to lie,
but if you have plans for a war in Iraq,
and you want to keep them secret for practical reasons -
to reduce casualties,
perhaps - and someone asks you about those plans,
you may need to lie for a 'good' outcome.
- Peter Singer

I don't think there's much point in bemoaning the state
of the world unless there's some way you can think of to improve it.
Otherwise, don't bother writing a book;
go and find a tropical island and lie in the sun.
- Peter Singer

What you could say, and what I do argue in the book,
is that he doesn't have as much concern for the lives
of Iraqis as he does for the lives of Americans,
or even frozen American embryos.
- Peter Singer

They tend to be pretty abstract ones then,
like doing what will have the best consequences;
obviously you wouldn't specify what consequences are best,
they may be different in some circumstances,
so at a lower, more specific level, you may well get differences.
- Peter Singer

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Laugh Loud - Laugh Often
Laugh At What's Funny - Laugh At What's Sad
Laugh At Me - Laugh At You - Laugh At Life
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

I've learned that mistakes can often be
as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.
- English Proverb

Success often grows best in the fertile soil of failure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton

When I'm trusting and being myself...
everything in my life reflects this
by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
- Shakti Gawain

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
he fearful are caught as often as the bold.
- Helen Keller

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...
Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith
(often attributed to Mother Teresa, who kept a copy
on the wall of her orphanage)

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness
than to ask for permission.
- Grace Hopper

Great talents are the most lovely
and often the most dangerous
fruits on the tree of humanity.
They hang upon the most slender twigs
that are easily snapped off.
- Carl Jung

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
- T. S. Eliot

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

To improve is to change;
to be perfect is to change often.
- Winston Churchill

Play as often as you can.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

They must often change,
who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
- Confucius


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