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Quotes About Integrity

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Miguel Ruiz
“Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.”
Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Charlotte Brontë
“There are certain phrases potent to make my blood boil -- improper influence! What old woman's cackle is that?"

"Are you a young lady?"

"I am a thousand times better: I am an honest woman, and as such I will be treated.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

Socrates
“Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of -- for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”
Socrates

Emma Watson
“My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”
Emma Watson

Will Rogers
“Lead your life so you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. ”
Will Rogers

Dorothy L. Sayers
“If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

Alexandre Dumas
“Be happy, noble heart, be blessed for all the good thou hast done and wilt do hereafter, and let my gratitude remain in obscurity like your good deeds.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

Ayn Rand
“Thousands of years ago the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burnt at the stake he'd taught his brothers to light, but he left them a gift they had not conceived and he lifted darkness from the face of the Earth.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Michael Crichton
“Science is as corruptible a human activity as any other.”
Michael Crichton, Next

Gertrude Stein
“You are so afraid of losing your moral sense that you are not willing to take it through anything more dangerous than a mud-puddle. ”
Gertrude Stein

Dorothy L. Sayers
“The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way for false statements by intention. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

Ayn Rand
“A house can have integrity, just like a person,' said Roark, 'and just as seldom.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Seneca
“And this, too, affords no small occasion for anxieties - if you are bent on assuming a pose and never reveal yourself to anyone frankly, in the fashion of many who live a false life that is all made up for show; for it is torturous to be constantly watching oneself and be fearful of being caught out of our usual role. And we are never free from concern if we think that every time anyone looks at us he is always taking-our measure; for many things happen that strip off our pretence against our will, and, though all this attention to self is successful, yet the life of those who live under a mask cannot be happy and without anxiety. But how much pleasure there is in simplicity that is pure, in itself unadorned, and veils no part of its character!{PlainDealer+} Yet even such a life as this does run some risk of scorn, if everything lies open to everybody; for there are those who disdain whatever has become too familiar. But neither does virtue run any risk of being despised when she is brought close to the eyes, and it is better to be scorned by reason of simplicity than tortured by perpetual pretence.”
Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

Charlotte Brontë
“I am anchored on a resolve you cannot shake. My heart, my conscience shall dispose of my hand -- they only. Know this at last.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

Shannon L. Alder
“Your words will either give you joy or give you sorrow, but if they were spoken without regret, they give you peace.”
Shannon L. Alder

Kazuo Ishiguro
“What do you think dignity's all about?'

The directness of the inquiry did, I admit, take me rather by surprise. 'It's rather a hard thing to explain in a few words, sir,' I said. 'But I suspect it comes down to not removing one's clothing in public.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

Herbert Read
“In History, stagnant waters, whether they be stagnant waters of custom or those of despotism, harbour no life; life is dependent on the ripples created by a few eccentric individuals. In homage to that life and vitality, the community has to brave certain perils and must countenance a measure of heresy. One must live dangerously if one wants to live at all.”
Herbert Read

Charles Finch
“Her strength was in the integrity of her actions; she never compromised what she believed she ought to do.”
Charles Finch, A Beautiful Blue Death

T.H. White
“He caught a glimpse of that extraordinary faculty in man, that strange, altruistic, rare, and obstinate decency which will make writers or scientists maintain their truths at the risk of death. Eppur si muove, Galileo was to say; it moves all the same. They were to be in a position to burn him if he would go on with it, with his preposterous nonsense about the earth moving round the sun, but he was to continue with the sublime assertion because there was something which he valued more than himself. The Truth. To recognize and to acknowledge What Is. That was the thing which man could do, which his English could do, his beloved, his sleeping, his now defenceless English. They might be stupid, ferocious, unpolitical, almost hopeless. But here and there, oh so seldome, oh so rare, oh so glorious, there were those all the same who would face the rack, the executioner, and even utter extinction, in the cause of something greater than themselves. Truth, that strange thing, the jest of Pilate's. Many stupid young men had thought they were dying for it, and many would continue to die for it, perhaps for a thousand years. They did not have to be right about their truth, as Galileo was to be. It was enough that they, the few and martyred, should establish a greatness, a thing above the sum of all they ignorantly had.”
T.H. White, The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The Once & Future King

“A few people of integrity can go a long way.”
Bill Kauth

Clayton M. Christensen
“Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.”
Clayton M. Christensen

Jonathan Franzen
“Reading enables me to maintain a sense of something substantive– my ethical integrity, my intellectual integrity.”
Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone

Jane Austen
“It has sunk him, I cannot say how much it has sunk him in my opinion. So unlike what a man should be!-None of that upright integrity, that strict adherence to truth and principle, that distain of trick and littleness, which a man should display in every transaction of his life.”
Jane Austen, Emma

“A good name is seldom regained. When character is gone, all is gone, and one of the richest jewels of life is lost.”
J. Hawes

“I stare at my reflection in the mirror:
"Why am I doing this to myself?"
Losing my mind on a tiny error,
I nearly left the real me on the shelf.
No, no, no, no, no...

Don't lose who you are in the blur of the stars!
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It's okay not to be okay.
Sometimes it's hard to follow your heart.
Tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
Just be true to who you are!”
Jessie J.

Dag Hammarskjöld
“At every moment you choose yourself. But do you choose *your* self? Body and soul contain a thousand possibilities out of which you can build many I's. But in one of them is there a congruence of the elector and the elected. Only one--which you will never find until you have excluded all those superficial and fleeting possibilities of being and doing with which you toy, out of curiosity or wonder or greed, and which hinder you from casting anchor in the experience of the mystery of life, and the consciousness of the talent entrusted to you which is your *I*.”
Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

Shannon L. Alder
“A wise woman knows when to stay silent. However, a wiser woman of faith knows that sometimes words can win the battle, when all odds stand against her.”
Shannon L. Alder

Dag Hammarskjöld
“It is not the repeated mistakes, the long succession of petty betrayals--though, God knows, they would give cause enough for anxiety and self-contempt--but the huge elementary mistake, the betrayal of that within me which is greater than I--in complacent adjustment to alien demands.”
Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

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