Decent Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old decent quotes, decent sayings, and decent proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind. Norman Borlaug
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. H. L. Mencken
One of the best things about marriage is that it gets young people to bed at a decent hour. M.M. Musselman
Given appropriate social conditions, decent, ordinary people can be led to do extraordinarily cruel things. Albert Bandura
A decent man would stand out like a cactus on an ice floe. Timothy Egan
The decent method you follow is better than the perfect method you quit. Tim Ferriss
No decent career was ever founded on a public. F. Scott Fitzgerald
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization. Samuel Johnson
The decent, strong person had to do decent, strong things like love unlovable people and keep peace even when it wasn't easy. Mary Connealy
A decent beard has long been the number one must-have fashion item for any fugitive from justice. Craig Brown
Decent work is at the heart of the search for dignity for the individual, stability for the family and peace in the community. Juan Somavia
Every decent con man knows that the simplest truth is more powerful than even the most elaborate lie. Ally Carter
If we cannot be decent, let us endeavor to be graceful. If we can't be moral, at least we can avoid being vulgar. Langdon Elwyn Mitchell
False modesty is the most decent of all deceptions. Nicolas Chamfort
If the village worker is not a decent man or woman, conducting a decent home, he or she had better not aspire after the high privilege and honour of becoming a village worker. Mahatma Gandhi
Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened. Stanley Walker
Wars may be fought by decent men, but they're not won by them. P. D. James
A decent boldness ever meets with friends. Homer
Reality may not be the best of all possible worlds, but it's still the only place where you can get a decent steak. Woody Allen
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed. Channing Pollock
One expects decent people to stand up for the good of all. Decent people shut their doors and hide behind them as decent people do. Massacres could never happen if it weren't for decent people. Jennifer Donnelly
What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. A.A. Milne
My definition of a decent society is one that first of all takes care of its losers, and protects its weak. John Le Carre
A decent human being is ashamed at being somebody's boss! Arno Hintjens
The measure of a decent human being is how he or she treats the defenseless. Bill O'Reilly
The principle of acting in good faith is at the heart of decent work. Richard Eyre
When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once. Samuel Butler
Being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead. Kurt Vonnegut
Real life seldom structures a decent denouement. Dan Simmons
A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments. Fyodor Dostoevsky