Principles Quotes

The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.

Samuel Johnson

Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more

William Henry Harrison

Glory is not a conceit. It is not a decoration for valor. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you in rerun.

John McCain

Glory built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.

William Cowper

Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining. It is an applied science, a systematized collection of laws applied to bring about a definite end. It takes up the laws of psychology, applicable to the unfolding of the whole consciousness of man on every plane, in every world, and applies those rationally in a particular case. This rational application of the laws of unfolding consciousness acts exactly on the same principles that you see applied around you every day in other departments of science.

Annie Wood Besant

The ultimate goal of living your values is to eventually bring them into alignment with universal principles.

Steve Pavlina

That discipline which corrects the eagerness of worldly passions, which fortifies the heart with virtuous principles, which enlightens the mind with useful knowledge, and furnishes to it matter of enjoyment from within itself, is of more consequence to real felicity than all the provisions which we can make of the goods of fortune.

Robert Blair

The vietnam war required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. ... What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it.

Henry Kissinger

On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.

Thomas Jefferson

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

Tom Stoppard

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness

Henri-FrÈdÈric Amiel

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.

George W. Bush

We need timeless principles to steer by in running our organizations and building our personal careers. We need high standards . . . the ethics of excellence.

Price Pritchett

We're in a fight for our principles and our first responsibility is to live by them.

George W. Bush

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

Bertrand Russell

People can be unreliable and disloyal; possessions can lose their value; jobs that once stimulated you can become boring. But principles remain steady through it all.

Nido Qubein

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.

Ayn Rand

An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as two peas in the same pod

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Independence - is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes

Mark Twain

It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.

Burke, Edmund

One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting

Jimmy Carter

Men tend to take abortion lightly; they regard it as one of the numerous hazards imposed on women by malignant nature, but fail to realise fully the values involved. The woman who has recourse to abortion is disowning feminine values, her values, and at the same time is in most radical fashion running counter to the ethics established by men. Her whole moral universe is being disrupted....[H]ow could they fail to feel an inner mistrust of the presumptuous principles that men publicly proclaim and secretly disregard? They learn to believe no longer in what men say when they exalt woman or when they exalt man; the one thing they are sure of is this rifled and bleeding womb, these shreds of crimson life, this child that is not there.

Simone de Beauvoir

And I knew my vision of the garden of savage beauty had been a true vision. There was meaning in the world, yes, and laws, and inevitability, but they had only to do with the aesthetic and in this Savage Garden, these innocent ones belonged in the vampire's arms. A thousand other things can be said about the world, but only aesthetic principles can be verified, and these things alone remain the same.

Anne Rice
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