Decency Quotes

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Decency Quotes

Decency is judged by our actions not by our words.

Abdulazeez Henry Musa

God’s most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.


The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface .

Aldous Huxley

Silence is not weakness and decency is not pride.

Arthur Machen

Acts of sacrifice and decency without regard to what’s in it for you create ripple effects. Ones that lift up families and communities, that spread opportunity and boost our economy.

Barack Obama

The measure of a decent human being is how he or she treats the defenseless.

Bill O'Reilly

Decency is not defined, by statute, but the laws of instinct are stronger.

Charles Pinot Duclos

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.

Christopher Hitchens

Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense.


Small acts of decency ripple in ways we could never imagine.

Cory Booker

Common decency is a core part of who people are.

E. J. Dionne

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Decency cannot be discussed without indecency!

George Bernard Shaw

Decency is indecency’s conspiracy of silence.

George Bernard Shaw

There are those without decency who must be fought without hesitation, without pity.


Don’t overestimate the decency of the human race.

Henry Louis Mencken

Decency renders all things tolerable.

Joseph Marie

Ethics, decency and morality are the real soldiers.

Kiran Bedi

The laws of decency enforce themselves.

Louise Colet

Decency and tolerance, to be of any value, must be capable of withstanding the severest strain.

Mahatma Gandhi

Decency requires that when a programme is approved by the majority, all should carry it out faithfully.

Mahatma Gandhi

Virtue and decency are so nearly related that it is difficult to separate them from each other but in our imagination.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Morals are a matter of private agreement; decency is of public concern.

Marguerite Yourcenar

One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.

May Sarton

Decency, not to dare to do that in public which it is decent enough to do in private.

Michel de Montaigne

Decency is such a rare thing in this world, and it can only be repaid with loyalty.

Mike Klepper

There’s a sort of decency among the dead, a remarkable discretion: you never find them making any complaint against the doctor who killed them!


Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.

Quentin Crisp

In some ways, ‘decency’ is a hazy concept; we know it when we see it.Â

Raja Krishnamoorthi

When the norm is decency, other virtues can thrive: integrity, honesty, compassion, kindness, and trust.

Raja Krishnamoorthi

Morals are private. Decency is public.

Rita Mae Brown

Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but it is a force stronger than crime.

Robert A. Heinlein

There is a sense of decency that’s like a barometer to a man’s or a country’s health.

Samuel R. Delany

If you can’t say anything nice, at least have the decency to be vague.

Susan Andersen

Breaking of norms and disregard for decency have huge, long-term costs.

Tom Steyer

Want of decency is want of sense.

Wentworth Dillon

The test of one’s decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring, and after one has found out that one can never please the people they wanted to please.

Willa Cather

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