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Principle Quotes and Sayings
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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

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 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a good principle which created order,
light, and man, and an evil principle which created chaos,
darkness, and woman.
- Pythagoras

It is impossible, in principle, to explain any pattern
by invoking a single quantity.
- Gregory Bateson

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

What happened in America in the 1860s was a war of secession,
a war of independence, no different in principle from
what happened in America in the 1770s and 1780s.
- L. Neil Smith

It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle
than to run by committing subterfuge.
- Grover Cleveland

We have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill,
the core principle that everybody should have some
basic security when it comes to their healthcare.
- Barack Obama

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without
becoming a principle of evil.
- Albert Camus

There again, that is a fundamental principle:
no two situations are alike.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

So I think one can say on empirical grounds -
not because of some philosophical principle -
that you can't have democracy unless you have a market economy.
- Peter L. Berger

On general principle, I boycott shows that don't employ actors.
- Aisha Tyler

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 European model is in danger if we obliterate the
principle of personal responsibility.
- Jacques Delors

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

Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay.
That is the only American principle.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

What gets me excited is the original principle.
- Heston Blumenthal

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

A precedent embalms a principle.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Clean living is the cardinal principle in the lives
of the world's greatest athletes,
as the phenomenal performances of these outstanding
characters will obviously show.
- Major Taylor

Welfare distorts behavior, makes one less personally
responsible and reduces the role of private charity.
This principle applies to corporate welfare.
- Larry Elder

Pythagoras took the next important step by subordinating
the mere matter of nature to its essential principle of form and order,
identifying the latter with reason or the soul.
- James M. Baldwin

The principle of responsibility and collective sanctions
is incompatible with the Western concept of justice.
- Omar Bongo

There is more selfishness and less principle among
members of Congress than I had any conception of,
before I became President of the U.S.
- James K. Polk

The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual
becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting,
any more than it has any reason for ending.
- Igor Stravinsky

The right to be let alone is the underlying principle
of the Constitution's Bill of Rights.
- Erwin Griswold

The second principle of magic: things which have once
been in contact with each other continue to act on
each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed.
- James G. Frazer

If you ask me to compromise on principle,
I will get out the veto pen.
- Bill Owens

One just principle from the depths of a cave is more powerful than an army.
- Jose Marti

The first and only principle of sexual ethics:
the accuser is always in the wrong.
- Theodor Adorno

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

I think you need people of principle,
of character, that are leaders, that take stands on
important tough issues that will affect the future of this country.
- Sean Hannity

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

Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method
is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

All human actions are equivalent...
and all are on principle doomed to failure.
- Carl Sandburg

Look around, and you see everywhere the exertions and
acts of individuals restricted,
regulated, or promoted, on the principle of the common welfare.
- Friedrich List

IT is difficult to speak or write with becoming moderation or propriety,
on topics to which we are biased by prejudice,
interest, or even principle.
- Joseph Lancaster

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

On close inspection, this device turned out to be a funereal juke box -
the result of mixing Lloyd's of London with the principle
of the chewing gum dispenser.
- Cecil Beaton

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

Government itself is founded upon the great doctrine
of the consent of the governed,
and has its cornerstone in the memorable principle
that men are endowed with inalienable rights.
- Leland Stanford

This may be done by grafting, by confining the roots,
withholding water, bending the branches,
or in a hundred other ways which all proceed upon the same principle.
- Robert Fortune

Islam is in principle egalitarian, and has always had problems with power.
- Mary Douglas

We are not making this demand for the sake of a principle,
but in the interests of the proletarian class.
- Clara Zetkin

As a matter of principle, I always come to a film like a blank slate,
I don't learn my lines in advance.
With this approach, I feel clean.
- Jeanne Moreau


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