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Principle Quote of the Day

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Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Related topics: Values Life Human-Nature Psychology Acceptance

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

 

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments
derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
- Adrian Cronauer

In principle, the great religions of the world
do not differ as much as they appear to.
- Ernest Holmes

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does
any harm to ask for what you want.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams

There is no principle worth the name
if it is not wholly good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Health is the vital principle of bliss,
and exercise, of health.
- James Thomson

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

It is necessary for us to understand that
the only Active Principle is Spirit.
- Ernest Holmes

A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
- Albert Pike

We are all born for love.
It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled
flow of words in an open forum.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.
- Richard Rogers

Here is my first principle of foreign policy:
good government at home.
- William E. Gladstone

A man's country is not a certain area of land,
of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle
and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
- George William Curtis

Mind exists as a Principle in the universe,
just as electricity exists as a principle.
- Ernest Holmes

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers:
you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems
and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent,
interpersonal relationships.
- Stephen Covey

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The principle though remains the same,
and the important thing is CBS fought hard,
very hard, to protect that principle and will fight again.
- Floyd Abrams

Almost anything that can be praised or advocated has
been put to some disgusting use.
There is no principle, however immaculate,
that has not had its compromising manipulator.
- Wyndham Lewis

The idea of human rights as a fundamental principle
can be seen to underlie throughout Islamic teachings.
- Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Perseverance is an active principle,
and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire.
- William Godwin

So, what I say to people is that politics has got to
be about principle and values above all.
Of course, there are times when you have to make accommodations.
- Chris Patten

I don't think that has to be our choice...
This party was born in principle.
This party will die if it doesn't stand by its decision of principle.
- Alan Keyes

It is incumbent on every generation
to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would
save one-half the wars of the world.
- Thomas Jefferson

The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality,
the opening of new frontiers.
- Arthur Koestler

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle,
gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Israel has an important principle: It is only Israel
that is responsible for our security.
- Yitzhak Rabin

The Japanese chose the principle of eternal peace as
the basis of morality for our rebirth after the War.
- Kenzaburo Oe

Unity is the most important thing on the road to stamping out terror.
You need global rules of law and order,
and they have to be enforced.
Start with that principle.
- Chris Matthews

They fail to recognize the broad biological principle
that organic material is constantly being recycled.
Everything has a time of being - a birth,
a life span, and a death.
- Dixie Lee Ray

Work is important to me.
I want to do things for principle, not just for the sake of doing them.
- Tracey Ullman

A major fault, for example, is the fact that,
along with the materialist principle,
Darwin introduced into his theory of evolution reactionary Malthusian ideas.
- Trofim Lysenko

The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups.
A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
- The Buddha

When a man says he approves of something in principle,
it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
- Otto von Bismarck

The first principle of a civilized state is that the
power is legitimate only when it is under contract.
- Walter Lippmann

There is only one principle of war and that's this.
Hit the other fellow, as quickly as you can,
as hard as you can, where it hurts him most,
when he ain't lookin'.
- William J. Slim

The only principle that does not inhibit progress is:
anything goes.
- Paul Feyerabend

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.
- Arthur Calwell

The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost
all the states in the world,
is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being.
- Kofi Annan

Words without deeds is an affront to the principle
that guides our Nation and makes a mockery of the values
we as public servants claim to love.
- Jon Corzine

The more you build your life on principle and less on personality -
yours or others -
the straighter will be your course.
- Edwin Louis Cole

Rise above principle and do what's right.
- Joseph Heller

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and
perfection of our natures,
is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
- Walter Scott

To come to be you must have a vision of Being,
a Dream, a Purpose, a Principle.
You will become what your vision is.
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga

When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle;
I conform to the nature of God.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Man may act according to that principle or inclination
which for the present happens to be strongest,
and yet act in a way disproportionate to,
and violate his real proper nature.
- Joseph Butler

Those who wish well to the State ought to choose to
places of trust men of inward principle,
justified by exemplary conversation.
- John Witherspoon

Fascism is itself less 'ideological',
in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination
that is elsewhere concealed.
- Theodor Adorno

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
- Thomas Jefferson

The critical principle demanded an examination,
for instance, of the contribution of different periods,
thus to some extent embarking on historical linguistics.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

The principle element in a performance is risk,
and if you're losing interest then by scaring yourself
to death the audience will feel it and boy it'll wake them up.
- Leo Kottke

A business of high principle attracts high-caliber people more easily,
thereby gaining a basic competitive and profit edge.
- Marvin Bower

Right now, I'm following the Buddhist principle:
Smile as abuse is hurled your way and this too shall pass.
- Aishwarya Rai

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue;
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
- Thomas Paine

Bankruptcy represents a longstanding commitment in
this country to helping people get a fresh start.
This principle has never been giving only certain people a fresh start.
- Tim Johnson

The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself.
- Charles Dickens

A business of high principle generates greater drive
and effectiveness because people know that they can
do the right thing decisively and with confidence.
- Marvin Bower

An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man.
Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Times have changed since George Herbert...
but the principle and spirit in which he ministered
as a priest remains an inspiration and model for all priests.
- Arthur Middleton


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