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Principles Quotes

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

Related topics: Values

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

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

'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

 

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

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

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

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

I find that principles have no real force
except when one is well fed.
- Mark Twain

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

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

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

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles,
the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
- Everett Dirksen

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

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

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

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

"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

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

Custom is our nature.
What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
- Blaise Pascal

The principles upon which a safety lamp might be constructed
I stated to several persons long before Sir Humphrey
Davy came into this part of the country.
- George Stephenson

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

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

The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and
seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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.

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

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

Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

Principles are a dangerous form of social dynamite.
- Katharine Anthony

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

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

Our differences are policies; our agreements,
principles.
- William McKinley

Rotary provides training at all levels so that those
who have been selected for leadership positions have
the opportunity to learn and apply leadership principles to their jobs.
- Ron D. Burton

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

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

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

Action based only on principles isn't always good even if it feels good.
- John Chancellor

In my opinion, we should search for a completely different flying machine,
based on other flying principles.
- Henri Coanda

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

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

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

The principles behind explaining and educating the
product or the elected official is similar,
even though the actual execution of it is very,
very different.
- Frank Luntz

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

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

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

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

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

Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable;
the principles of it are troublesome.
- Benjamin Whichcote

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every branch of human knowledge, if traced up to its
source and final principles,
vanishes into mystery.
- Arthur Machen

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

Tony Blair has turned his back on the principles he
claimed he believed in before he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with George W. Bush.
He was an entirely different kind of leader.
- Bianca Jagger

The principles and policy of these Presidents were
marked by the most enlarged and comprehensive statesmanship,
promoting the highest interests of the Republic.
- Robert Toombs

Upon the principles of reason, the good of many is
preferable to the good of a few or of one;
a lasting good is to be preferred before a temporary,
the public before the private.
- Mary Astell

We love your adherence to democratic principles.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

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

I had to abandon free market principles in order to
save the free market system.
- George W. Bush

Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...
well, I have others.
- Groucho Marx

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

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

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

Buildings designed exclusively on scientific principles
will depress their occupants and constrain their creativity.
- Robert Evans

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

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


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