"Moral laws are set as a curb and restraint to these exorbitant desires, which they cannot be but by rewards and punishments, thatwill over-balance the satisfaction any one shall propose to himself in the breach of the law."
"The hypothesis I wish to advance is that ... the language of morality is in ... grave disorder.... What we possess, if this is true, are the fragments of a conceptual scheme, parts of which now lack those contexts from which their significance derived. We possess indeed simulacra of morality, we continue to use many of the key expressions. But we have--very largely if not entirely--lost our comprehension, both theoretical and practical, of morality."
"... the lesson to be learned from China's Confucianism could never be more significant for us than it is now. Its ethical aspectsare a reminder which our Christian civilization needs if we are not to stand before the world as hypocrites who preach love while practicing the bitterest hatreds toward more rival orthodoxies and toward peoples whose skins are of a different hue. We shall, in fact, dig the gave of Western civilization unless we implement the faith that Confucianism and democracy have in common, namely, that ethics has its roots in man's relation to the universe, that morality comes into being through honest, clear-cut human relationships and cannot endure unless it is reflected in the patterns of daily life."
"Subordination to morality can be slavish or vain or self- interested or resigned or gloomily enthusiastic or thoughtless or an actof despair, just as subordination to a prince can be: in itself it is nothing moral."