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The right to do something doesn't mean that doing it is right. ...
by William Safire

The right to do something doesn't mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire

Related topics: Values

Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation,
and is thus a source of civilized delight.
- William Safire

I think we all have a need to know what we do not need to know.
- William Safire

Have a definite opinion.
- William Safire

 

If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading
a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing.
- William Safire

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
- William Safire

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire

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Never assume the obvious is true.
- William Safire

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy?
I don't know and I don't care.
- William Safire

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Would you rather be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

If it's Right, stand up for it - together.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

There are no right answers to wrong questions.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Management is doing things right;
leadership is doing the right things.
- Peter F. Drucker

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual,
you have an obligation to be one.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes it is better to lose
and do the right thing
than to win and do the wrong thing.
- Tony Blair

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

Whether you think you can,
or think you can't,
you're right.
- Henry Ford

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

We can always choose to perceive things differently.
You can focus on what's wrong in your life,
or you can focus on what's right.
- Marianne Williamson

What is, is right.
- Alexander Pope

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do what you feel in your heart to be right.
You'll be criticized anyway.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

The right mixture of caring and not caring -
I suppose that's what love is.
- James Hilton

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

There is no labor a person does that is undignified;
if they do it right.
- Bill Cosby

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.
- Helen Keller

May your right hand always be
stretched out in friendship, never in want.
- Irish Blessing

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

The beginning of wisdom is to
call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.
- Rumi

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

It is not desirable to cultivate
a respect for the law,
so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Confidence comes not from always being right
but from not fearing to be wrong.
- Peter T. Mcintyre

To have a right to do a thing
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

You only live once, and once is enough
if you play your cards right.
- the movie Interiors (1978)

The time is always right to do what is right.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
- Napoleon Hill

There is no "right", there is no "wrong" -
there are only points of view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Courage is not always about action,
and it doesn't always involve danger,
but courage is always doing what is right.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous;
there's really nothing to lose.
There's no wrong you can't make right again,
so be kinder to yourself;
have fun, take chances. There are no bounds.
- Jewel

Like a Cat, I am Independent, Patient, Alert, and Decisive.
When the time is right, I pounce on opportunity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you prefer that you be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,
he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
- Helen Keller

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right,
and stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Nothing is more valuable than your self respect.
When you lose respect for yourself, you have lost everything.
Whatever it takes, and whoever you upset,
do what you know - deep inside - is the right thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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