Source: The Dreaming Void
„Right action is better than knowledge; but in order to do what is right, we must know what is right.“
"De Litteris Colendis", in Jean-Barthélemy Hauréau De la philosophie scolastique (1850) p. 10; translation from T. H. Huxley Science and Education ( 2007) p. 132; in Latin, Quamvis enim melius sit benefacere quam nosse, prius tamen est nosse quam facere.
„What is all your studying worth, all your learning, all your knowledge, if it doesn’t lead to wisdom? And what’s wisdom but knowing what is right, and what is the right thing to do?“
Source: Culture series, Use of Weapons (1990), Chapter Ten (p. 316).
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
„There is no such thing as duty. If you know that a thing is right, you want to do it. If you don't want to do it—it isn't right. If it's right and you don't want to do it—you don't know what right is and you're not a man.“
— Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982
We The Living (1936)
Source: We The Living Part One Chapter 6
Source: Love Is the Higher Law
— Tom Waits American singer-songwriter and actor 1949
"What's He Building in There", Mule Variations (1999).
„May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to do what is right.“
— Peter Marshall American preacher 1902 - 1949
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Speech delivered in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College (22 October 1964), as reported in "When MLK came to Oberlin" by Cindy Leise, The Chronicle-Telegram (21 January 2008) http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2008/01/21/when-mlk-came-to-oberlin/
Variant: The time is always right to do what’s right.
— Rosa Parks African-American civil rights activist 1913 - 2005
— Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934
„We're not doing what we do because of sanctions. We're doing what we do because we believe it is right.“
— F. W. de Klerk South African politician 1936
As quoted in Freedom in the World: Political Rights & Civil Liberties, 1990-1991 https://web.archive.org/web/20180917224837/https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/Freedom_in_the_World_1990-1991_complete_book.pdf (1991), New York: Freedom House, p. 16
„Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.“
Source: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
„But it remains the case that you know what is wrong with a lot more confidence than you know what is right.“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960
Source: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (2007), p.58