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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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"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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whatever ought to be, can be.
- James Rouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

One ought never to turn one's back
on a threatened danger and try to run away from it.
If you do that, you will double the danger.
But if you meet it promptly and without flinching,
you will reduce the danger by half.
Never run away from anything. Never!
- Winston Churchill

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

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down
as a self-evident proposition that no people ought
to be free till they are fit to use their freedom.
The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who
resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I'm proof against that word failure.
I've seen behind it.
The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of
cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
- George Eliot

Laws and constitutions ought to be weighed...
to constitute that which is most conducing to the establishment of justice and liberty.
- Algernon Sydney

It will, I believe, be everywhere found,
that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be,
so are the rest of the nation.
- Jane Austen

In terms of worship, I think we ought to have the right people leading.
- Michael W. Smith

No power of government ought to be employed in the
endeavor to establish any system or article of belief
on the subject of religion.
- Jeremy Bentham

What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?
- Immanuel Kant

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

All of us, whether or not we're celebrities,
every one ought to spend part of their life making
someone else's life better.
- Jerry Springer

They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they
do goldfinches in order that they can sing better.
- Pablo Picasso

There ought to be no laws to guarantee property against
the folly of its possessors.
- William Graham Sumner

The Cold War in Africa is one of the darkest,
most disgraceful pages in contemporary history,
and everybody ought to be ashamed.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Even as we ought to accept that each country would
progress with a different method and speed toward that goal,
the standard for the expected end-state should not be lowered.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

So confident am I in the intentions,
as well as wisdom, of the government,
that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done,
either cannot, or ought not to be done.
- Thomas Jefferson

If we cannot agree, then at least we ought to move on.
- Ben Nelson

In the dim background of mind we know what we ought
to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
- William James

We may not commit a lesser Sin under pretence to avoid a greater,
but we may, nay we ought to endure the greatest Pain
and Grief rather than commit the least Sin.
- Mary Astell

Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance
of persons laboring under ill-health.
- Samuel Richardson

True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself.
False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people
feel one ought to be or assume that one is.
- R. D. Laing

In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce
one's party three times a day.
- Jean Rostand

Washington, D.C., has a much greater risk than Manchester,
N.H.
They both need some level of funding,
but they ought not to be done per capita.
Congress is to blame for some of this.
- Warren Rudman

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

What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all,
because it isn't.
I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years.
- Stephen Leacock

One ought to have a good memory when he has told a lie.
- Pierre Corneille

If your knees aren't green by the end of the day,
you ought to seriously re-examine your life.
- Bill Watterson

The greatest task before civilization at present is
to make machines what they ought to be,
the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
- Henry Ellis

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

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

The Herbs ought to be distilled when they are in their greatest vigor,
and so ought the Flowers also.
- Nicholas Culpeper

A man is simple when his chief care is the wish to be what he ought to be,
that is honestly and naturally human.
- Charles Wagner

It seems to me that politicians ought to use the same words as other people.
- Barney Frank

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

There are a great many colored people who are ashamed of the cake-walk,
but I think they ought to be proud of it.
- James Weldon Johnson

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

A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
- Henrik Ibsen

Cuba ought to be free and independent,
and the government should be turned over to the Cuban people.
- William McKinley

You ought to try being cruel to some people.
- Mike Judge

God has stated in clear and concise language how He
created the universe and we ought not to doubt His Word.
- Walter Lang

I found marriage somewhat stifling.
I don't know that I am the kind of man who ought to be married.
- Burt Lancaster

The lack of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed
when it cannot be overcome.
- Lillian Smith

International institutions ought to be,
as the national ones in democratic countries,
established by the peoples and for the peoples.
- Henri La Fontaine

The war effects me less than it ought.
I can do no service to anybody by agitating for news
or making dole over the slaughter.
- Wilfred Owen

If you go out to dinner with someone,
you find out what they prefer in food.
We ought to be able to have a conversation to find
out what people prefer when it comes to sex.
- Betty Dodson

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

I think we ought to take the world as it is and not
as we would like to have it.
- George William Norris

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

Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought
to class people as static and dynamic.
- Evelyn Waugh


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