Values, Morals, and Ethics

While the three words’ meanings are slightly different, they are all represented in the quotes below. A brief understanding of the differences will assist in connecting the 14 quotes on values, morals, and ethics by the Dalai Lama. To assist in establishing our base for understanding the differences in meanings they are as follows.

Values

These are the base of one’s ability to know between right and wrong. Due to us all being Individuals, we all value different things in life so our values may be different from those around us.

Morals

Our morals are established from our values. Morals are what actually dictate our actions and behavior in life, and because we all have different life experiences our morals can also be different than others.

Ethics

Although morals and ethics are very similar, they differ ever so slightly. Morals are connected more to religious and spiritual beliefs, while ethics are tied to medicine and law ways of being.

14 quotes on values, morals and ethics by His Holiness Dalai Lama.

1. Be happy to change your goals, but never change your values.
Be happy to change your goals, but never change your values.
2. Try to remain truthful. The power of truth never declines.
Try to remain truthful. The power of truth never declines.
3. I believe it is a mistake to think that morality is an attribute only of religion.
I believe it is a mistake to think that morality is an attribute only of religion.
4. Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become.
Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become.
5. We need a more universal approach to developing inner values without relying on this or that religious tradition.
We need a more universal approach to developing inner values without relying on this or that religious tradition
6. I believe that thinking only of our own comfort and peace to the neglect of other troubles in the world is immoral.
I believe that thinking only of our own comfort and peace to the neglect of other troubles in the world is immoral.
7. Since moral education is sometimes only superficial, we need to devise a systematic approach to exploring inner values and ways to create a more peaceful world.
Since moral education is sometimes only superficial, we need to devise a systematic approach to exploring inner values and ways to create a more peaceful world.
8. Among the major troublemakers society has known, many were well-educated and had great knowledge, but they lacked a moral education in qualities such as compassion, wisdom and clarity of vision.
Among the major troublemakers society has known, many were well-educated and had great knowledge, but they lacked a moral education in qualities such as compassion, wisdom and clarity of vision.
9. Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
10. In the modern world, where the pursuit of money is considered more important than the cultivation of inner values a fresh approach is required to incorporate secular ethics or universal values into the system of education.
In the modern world, where the pursuit of money is considered more important than the cultivation of inner values a fresh approach is required to incorporate secular ethics or universal values into the system of education.
11. The reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate.
The reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate.
12. The time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.
The time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.
13. We need an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without.
We need an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without.
14. We need to find ways to promote an acceptable, universal approach to ethics or human values. Open hearts encourage a sense of security and trust that is the basis of genuine friendship, which is to everyone's benefit.
We need to find ways to promote an acceptable, universal approach to ethics or human values. Open hearts encourage a sense of security and trust that is the basis of genuine friendship, which is to everyone's benefit.