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Quotes about Principles

Let these Principles quotes help you to let go of your troubles and move on to a joyful and inspiring life.

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink,
but they whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves their conduct,
will pursue their principles unto death.
- Thomas Paine

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We must adjust to changing times
and still hold to unchanging principles.
- Jimmy Carter

Man tends to treat all of his opinions as principles.
- Herbert Sebastian Agar

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
- Abraham Lincoln

A man is usually more careful of his money
than he is of his principles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
- George Jean Nathan


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Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
- Ambrose Bierce

"Think simple" as my old master used to say -
meaning reduce the whole of its parts
into the simplest terms,
getting back to first principles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship;
it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.
- Eustace Budgell

A family is a place where principles are hammered and
honed on the anvil of everyday living.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Democratic principles are the result of equality of condition.
- Mercy Otis Warren

Voting is an expression of three key life principles -
CHOICE, INTENT, and ACTION.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The principles of true art is not to portray,
but to evoke.
- Jerzy Kosinski

It is money, money, money!
Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics.
- Robert Byrd

The task of a priest, in some respects,
may be different today, but the principles upon which
Herbert built his life as a priest are of universal application.
- Arthur Middleton

I many no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord.
I must rather response to principles I know to be right,
whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not.
- Jim Elliot

Our principles are the springs of our actions.
Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery.
Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles.
- Red Skelton

Avarice seems to have so pervaded our vital principles
as to battle all hopes of a remedy but for peace and plenty.
- Edmund Pendleton

Alas!
if the principles of contentment are not within us,
the height of station and worldly grandeur will as
soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness.
- Laurence Sterne

There is no question but that the laws and principles
which Solon laid down both foreshadowed and prepared
the way for all republics of later ages,
including our own.
- Robert Welch

This is a war universe.
War all the time.
That is its nature.
There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles,
but ours seems to be based on war and games.
- William Burroughs

It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- Alfred Adler

The principles of living greatly include the capacity
to face trouble with courage,
disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.
- Thomas S. Monson

I hope to live all my life for my art,
without abandoning my principles one iota.
- Gustave Courbet

Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort,
the educational value of a good example and respect
for universal fundamental ethical principles.
- Pierre de Coubertin

Entertaining these opinions of the course to be pursued,
I beg of gentlemen to look at the question,
as I have done, in a calm review of facts and of principles.
- Caleb Cushing

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

Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm
of English prose seem to me matters where both writers
and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears.
- F. L. Lucas

The community which has neither poverty nor riches
will always have the noblest principles.
- Plato

We all like to hear a man speak out on his convictions and principles.
But at the same time, you must understand that when
you're running on a ticket,
you're running with a team.
- Richard J. Daley

The security of which we speak is to be attained by
the development of international law through an international
organization based on the principles of law and justice.
- Ludwig Quidde

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
- Henry Ward Beecher

God, great principle of all minor principles,
God, who is Himself without a principle,
could not conceive Himself, if, in order to do it,
He required to know His own principle.
- Giacomo Casanova

Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in
greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate
principles than even the dogmas of science.
- Muhammad Iqbal

Trial by jury.
Live wherever you can make a living.
How could a government based on such principles fail?
- Stephen Ambrose

If you look at the history of the American capital market,
there's probably no innovation more important than
the idea of generally accepted accountancy principles.
- Lawrence Summers

General principles...
are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No politician has ever yet been able to rule his country,
nor has any country ever yet been able to face the world,
upon the principles of the Sermon on the Mount.
- Frederick Scott Oliver

I will not attempt to deny the reasonableness and necessity of a party war;
but in carrying on that war all principles and rules
of justice should not be departed from.
- Robert Walpole

Thus self-love as one part of human nature,
and the several particular principles as the other part,
are, themselves, their objects and ends,
stated and shown.
- Joseph Butler

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

We can live our own lives in a way that does not bring
reproach on the principles we claim to support.
- Jesse Helms

All the dark, malevolent Passions of the Soul are roused and exerted;
its mild and amiable affections are suppressed;
and with them,
virtuous Principles are laid prostrate.
- Charles Inglis

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

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

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
- Thomas Paine

Mystery is gone to the certainty of technological principles.
So the real terror, the real aggression against life
comes in the form of the pursuit of our technological happiness.
- Godfrey Reggio

One never knows whether people have principles on principle
or whether for their own personal satisfaction.
- Karel Capek

I try to speak in everyday language.
I feel like God has gifted me to take Bible principles and make them practical.
- Joel Osteen

Conquest is not in our principles.
It is inconsistent with our government.
- Thomas Jefferson

While we should never give up our principles,
we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive.
- Henry A. Kissinger

And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting,
I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles
to all youngsters eager for art.
- Albrecht Durer

Politics is about winning.
If you don't win, you don't get to put your principles into practice.
Therefore, find a way to win, or sit the battle out.
- David Horowitz

When I had made more money than I needed for myself and my family,
I set up a foundation to promote the values and principles
of a free and open society.
- George Soros

We may either proceed from principles to facts,
or recede from facts to principles.
- Henry Mayhew

The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance.
- John Rawls

Peace Corps helps promote global acceptance of the
principles of international peace and non-violent co-existence
among people of diverse cultures and systems of government.
- Sam Farr

The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge
is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught,
to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them.
- Henry Bolingbroke

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.
- Galileo Galilei

It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other
people if you have none of your own.
- Herbert Samuel

Just because people are in authority,
if it doesn't seem right, don't do it.
If it violates your own principles, don't do it.
- Steve Chabot

Eternal principles that govern happiness apply equally to all.
- Russell M. Nelson

Real progress in understanding nature is rarely incremental.
All important advances are sudden intuitions,
new principles, new ways of seeing.
- Marilyn Ferguson

What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles...
It is in our own time that we have become aware of
pure aesthetic considerations.
Art never can be imitation.
- Hans Hofmann

Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do
not change with the calendar.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Obey the principles without being bound by them.
- Bruce Lee

The underlying principles of strategy are enduring,
regardless of technology or the pace of change.
- Michael Porter

In order every one in our homeland learns principles
of democracy and the peaceful transition of power,
and in order to stabilize and develop multiple choices in democratic practice.
- Ali A. Saleh

War kills men, and men deplore the loss;
but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants,
and so saves societies.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Know the difference between principles based on right or wrong vs.
principles based on personal gain, and consider the
basis of your own principles.
- Marilyn vos Savant


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