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

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The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are,
and doing things as they ought to be done.
- Josh Billings

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Interdependence is and ought to be
as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.
Man is a social being.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

One who is injured ought not to return the injury,
for on no account can it be right to do an injustice;
and it is not right to return an injury,
or to do evil to any man,
however much we have suffered from him.
- Socrates

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget,"
is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.
Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -
torn in two, and burned up,
so that it never can be shown against one.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another
and I know there are people in the world
that do not love their fellow human beings
and I HATE people like that.
- Tom Lehrer

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

Love may be or it may not, but where it is,
it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.
- Honore de Balzac

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be,
and you'll help them to become
what they are capable of becoming.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever ought to be, can be.
- James Rouse

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy
ought to have the decency to get themselves buried,
and not waste time about it.
- Henrik Ibsen

Power ought to serve as a check to power.
- Charles de Secondat

I'm strongly for a patient Bill of Rights.
Decisions ought to be made by doctors,
not accountants.
- Charles Schumer

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
- Langston Hughes

Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home.
- Kin Hubbard

One cannot have everything the way he would like it.
A man has no business to be depressed by a disappointment,
anyway; he ought to make up his mind to get even.
- Mark Twain

Teach and practice, practice and teach - that is all we have;
that is all we are good for; that is all we ever ought to do.
- Ernest Holmes

We are not to give credit to the many,
who say that none ought to be educated but the free;
but rather to the philosophers,
who say that the well-educated alone are free.
- Epictetus

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
I can never be what I ought to be
until you are what you ought to be.
This is the interrelated structure of reality.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.
- Samuel Butler

If a man breaks a pledge, the public ought to know it.
- Steve Forbes

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid,
but which none have a right to expect.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

The woman who can't influence her husband to vote the
way she wants ought to be ashamed of herself.
- E. M. Forster

They often ask me to shoot for them.
But I say no.
I think an old guy like me ought not take pages away
from young photographers who need the exposure.
- Helmut Newton

When we give a subsidy, the benefits to the public
ought to exceed the benefits to the company.
When it doesn't, that's our definition of corporate welfare.
- John Kasich

The world of a comic strip ought to be a special place
with its own logic and life...
I don't want the issue of Hobbes's reality settled by a doll manufacturer.
- Bill Watterson

Belgium thinks that however great the peril which a
country might have to undergo under the system which
we seek to establish here,
that country ought to do its duty.
- Henri La Fontaine

Friends are as companions on a journey,
who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
- Pythagoras

Nor ought a genius less than his that writ attempt translation.
- John Denham

To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous,
ought to be the same thing.
- Samuel Richardson

When leading evangelicals say terrible things about Islam,
evil things about Islam, terrible things about Muhammad,
they ought to be ashamed of themselves.
- Tony Campolo

An affair now and then is good for a marriage.
It adds spice, stops it from getting boring...
I ought to know.
- Bette Davis

An actor who knows his business ought to be able to
make the London telephone directory sound enthralling.
- Donald Sinden

Teaching, real teaching, is - or ought to be -
a messy business.
- Harry Crews

Christ made the bread the sacrament of his body only:
wherefore as the bread is no similitude of his blood,
so am I not bound or ought to affirm,
that his blood is there present.
- William Tyndale

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
- Thomas Carlyle

Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to
the things that are called evils,
to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which
we ought to face any suffering.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The ought to be a worldwide cultural taskforce that
just stops you when you have ideas like combining The
Red Desert with an armored car heist movie.
- Steven Soderbergh

American writers ought to stand and live in the margins,
and be more dangerous.
- Don DeLillo

I love Brazilians.
Brazilians ought to be made compulsory at 15.
- Victoria Adams

A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, -
a mere heart of stone.
- Charles Darwin

If I were running the world I would have it rain only between 2 and 5 a.m.
Anyone who was out then ought to get wet.
- William Lyon Phelps

Statistics suggest that when customers complain,
business owners and managers ought to get excited about it.
The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.
- Zig Ziglar

The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish,
when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are
always and invariably futile.
- Alan Watts

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
- Edmund Burke

There are so many things about which some old man ought
to tell one while one is little;
for when one is grown one would know them as a matter of course.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Any political party that undertakes to do it will,
in God's name, be trampled, as it ought to be trampled,
into the dust of condemnation, now and in the future.
- Richard Parks Bland

I believe there ought to be school choice,
so that parents can choose within the public school system.
- William H. Gray

You spend so much time in your profession it ought
to be something you love.
- John H. Johnson

We need to continue to make the case that Michigan
is where you ought to be.
- Jennifer Granholm

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins,
but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
Man's ultimate responsibility is to God alone.
- Geoffrey Fisher

Running those poor steers back and forth in the heat is ridiculous.
What they ought to do is put the steers in the convention
hall and run the delegates.
- Stanley Marcus

Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.
- Henry Lawson

In my opinion butlers ought To know their place,
and not to play The Old Retainer night and day.
- Joachim du Bellay

When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves
with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger,
but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger.
- Mark Rutherford

Your first obligation, I suppose, is to your God.
Your second is to your family.
And your third is to your community.
And you ought to try to fulfill all of those in your life.
- Dick Murphy

There ought to be so many who are excellent,
there are so few.
- Janet Erskine Stuart

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at,
with originality, which they should never bother about.
- W. H. Auden

If movies are causing moral decay, then crime ought to be going up,
but crime is going down.
- Jack Valenti

We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
- Thomas Fuller

What has marked Chinese society is its level of cruelty,
not just revolutions and wars.
We ought to reject it totally, otherwise in another
upheaval there will be further cruelty.
- Jung Chang

Dullness is the only crime for which an editor ought to be hung.
- Josephus Daniels

It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do;
but what humanity,
reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
- Edmund Burke

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong,
for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority,
and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
- Angelina Grimke

I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to
me it ought to be more restrained,
purer.
- Johannes Brahms

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think,
and thinking where we ought to feel.
- John Churton Collins


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