Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward [people], but they are completeand natural only when we feel this Reverence for Life and the desire to havecompassion for and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I think that thisethic will become more and more recognized because of its great naturalness andbecause it is the foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if ourculture is to become truly ethical.
Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamentalprinciple of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, andenhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.
Civilization and Ethics, 1949
Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, thatgood consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm,or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world -- that is affirmation of the will to live,which appears in phenomenal forms all around me -- is only possible for me in that Igive myself out for other life.
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a badperson can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is itfor.
Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.