Expediency Quotes

A good and faithful judge prefers what is right to what is expedient.

Horace

The end justifies the means.

Proverb

When private virtue is hazarded on the perilous cast of expediency, the pillars of the republic, however apparent their stability, are infected with decay at the very centre.

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Many things lawful are not expedient, but nothing can be truly expedient which is unlawful or sinful.

Charles Simmons

Modern man has developed a kind of Gallup-poll mentality, relying on quantity instead of quality and yielding to expediency instead of building a new faith.

Walter Gropius

I believe the moral losses of expediency always far outweigh the temporary gains.

Wendell L. Willkie

We are disappointed that after hearing from so many Internet stakeholders about why this proposal is anti-competitive, the ICANN board still approved a known bad deal. The long-term interests of the entire Internet community must prevail over short-term expediency for a few.

Champ Mitchell

MORAL, adj. Conforming to a local and mutable standard of right. Having the quality of general expediency.

Ambrose Bierce

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it Confucius All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but he who keeps back truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal.

James Russell Lowell

You can\'t learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

William Somerset Maugham

There\'s an enduring American compulsion to be on the side of the angels. Expediency alone has never been an adequate American reason for doing anything. When actions are judged, they go before the bar of God, where Mom and the Flag closely flank His presence.

Jonathan Raban

Private and public life are subject to the same rules-- truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better then policy or tact or expediency or other words that were devised to conceal a deviation from a straight line.

Robert E. Lee

There seems to be a frenzy, a momentum to grab up anything you can. The decisions seem to be dictated by money and political expediency.

Miloon Kothari

Expediency of literature, reason of literature, lawfulness of writing down a thought, is questioned; much is to say on both sides, and, while the fight waxes hot, thou, dearest scholar, stick to thy foolish task, add a line every hour, and between whiles add a line.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A virtuous expediency, then, seems the highest desirable or attainable earthly excellence for the mass of men, and is the only earthly excellence that their Creator intended for them.

Herman Melville

Protection is not a principle, but an expedient.

Benjamin Disraeli

Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? / All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Bible

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.

George Bernard Shaw

There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.

Joshua Reynolds

Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government.

Henry David Thoreau

Experience (has) long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can when we cannot do all we would wish.

Thomas Jefferson

You can\'t learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

William Somerset Maugham

Cowardice asks: Is it safe? Expediency asks: Is it politic? But Conscience asks: Is it right?

William Punshon

The administration is not paying attention to the laws of biodiversity. It\'s paying far more attention to the laws of political expediency.

Glen Spain

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Updated On : February 14, 2011
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