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Principles Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Principles

Please enjoy these Principles Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

Related topics: Values Government Political

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

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

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

 

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If I am confirmed, I will commit to show Heller and
the principles articulated in it the full measure of
respect that is due to all constitution decisions of the court.
- Elena Kagan

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

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

How natural that the errors of the ancient should be handed down and,
mixing with the principles and system which Christ taught,
give to us an adulterated Christianity.
- Olympia Brown

Our purpose is simply to ask how theological principles
can be shown to have usable secular analogues that
throw light upon the nature of language.
- Kenneth Burke

All universal moral principles are idle fancies.
- Marquis de Sade

Those who are rooted in the depths that are eternal
and unchangeable and who rely on unshakeable principles,
face change full of courage, courage based on faith.
- Emily Greene Balch

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I don't know anything about cars.
A business is a business, and I think I can learn about cars.
I'm not that old, and I think the business principles are the same.
- Edward Whitacre, Jr.

High achievers spot rich opportunities swiftly,
make big decisions quickly and move into action immediately.
Follow these principles and you can make your dreams come true.
- Robert H. Schuller

Dr. King's general principles are universal.
But the things he confronted took place in another era.
- Al Sharpton

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

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

Our citizens will lose their confidence or trust in
the values and principles of the international community,
especially if our personal identity is denied.
- Boris Trajkovski

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

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

There are three constants in life...
change, choice and principles.
- Stephen Covey

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

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

The deterioration of a government begins almost always
by the decay of its principles.
- Charles de Secondat

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

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

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

So much the worse, it may be, for a particular meeting:
but the meeting is the individual,
which on evolution principles, must be sacrificed for
the development of the race.
- Arthur Cayley

But the more an organization succeeds and prospers,
the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals,
principles and purposes.
- Robert Shea

I don't worry too much about the fundamentalist principles
that are in almost any discussion about jazz.
- Pat Metheny

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

Thanks to President Bush and Republican principles,
businesses now have more confidence to hire workers.
- John Doolittle

The United States is not a nation based upon race,
creed, or religion - we are a nation based upon our
loyalty and allegiance to our country and her principles.
- Jim Ryun

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

One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth,
let it come from whence it may.
- Joseph Smith, Jr.

I have always supported measures and principles and not men.
- Davy Crockett

We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values,
principles, and education they need to make them good citizens.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles
and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover.
- Giotto di Bondone

I was conducted in the evening to a tavern where several
of the weavers who advocate the principles of the People's
Charter were in the habit of assembling.
- Henry Mayhew

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

By the time I returned to Czechoslovakia,
I had an understanding of the principles of the market.
- Vaclav Klaus

This is not a time to back away from the principles
that this country was founded on.
- Jeff Bingaman

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

After the turbulence of death, moral principles and
even religious proofs are called into question.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost,
when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
- Edward Gibbon

Great ambition is the passion of a great character.
Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts.
All depends on the principles which direct them.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Governments have never learned anything from history,
or acted on principles deducted from it.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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

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

It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know:
the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
- Frederick The Great

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

To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant
modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.
- Walter Pater

Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected
they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they
must acquire ritual and moral principles.
- Xun Zi

Although...
the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen
by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures,
yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only,
but of the whole people of the United States.
- James K. Polk

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
- Mark Twain

A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized
and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste,
judgement, deduction.
- A. R. Ammons

A people that values its privileges
above its principles
soon loses both.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs,
principles, values and policies.
So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
- Margaret Thatcher

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


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