Principle Quotes

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The Seven Social Sins are: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce
“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.


From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.”
Frederick Lewis Donaldson

Thomas Jefferson
“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
Thomas Jefferson

John Quincy  Adams
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone.”
John Quincy Adams

John Stuart Mill
“The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise. To justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter him must be calculated to produce evil to someone else. The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight. Do God the honor to trust Him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle.”
Charles Spurgeon

Elisabeth Elliot
“I took it for granted that there must be a few men left in the world who had that kind of strength. I assumed that those men would also be looking for women with principle. I did not want to be among the marked-down goods on the bargain table, cheap because they’d been pawed over. Crowds collect there. It is only the few who will pay full price. "You get what you pay for.”
Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control

Noah Webster
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate - look to his character.”
Noah Webster

Patrick Süskind
“He had preserved the best part of her and made it his own: the principle of her scent.”
Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Auguste Comte
“The sacred formula of positivism: love as a principle, the order as a foundation, and progress as a goal.”
Auguste Comte

Adolf Hitler
“Industry, technology, and commerce can thrive only as long as an idealistic national community offers the necessary preconditions. And these do not lie in material egoism, but in a spirit of sacrifice and joyful renunciation.”
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

Ogwo David Emenike
“Nothing will bind the eyes of man quicker than the touch of compromise. A principle not compromised is a principle worth dying for. A dream not compromised is a dream worth living for.”
Ogwo David Emenike

Criss Jami
“It's okay to be honest about not knowing rather than spreading falsehood. While it is often said that honesty is the best policy, silence is the second best policy.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Paul Brunton
“Living in the present moment means living according to truth and principle (but not according to hard rigid dogma) flexibly applied in the particular way required by the immediate situation in which you are. Such a way of living leaves you free, not ruled tyrannically by imposed regulations which may not at all suit the particular case.”
Paul Brunton, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton

R.A. Salvatore
“I do not know why I care," Drizzt answered honestly. His eyes turned back to his ancient homeland, where loyalty was merely a device to gain an advantage over a common foe. "Perhaps I care because I strive to be different from my people," he said, as much to himself as to Bruenor. "Perhaps I care because I am different from my people. I may be more akin to race of the surface...that is my hope at least. I care because I have to care about something.”
R.A. Salvatore, The Crystal Shard

C.J. Tudor
“Principles are nice things. If you can afford them. I like to think I am a principled man, but then, most men do. The fact is, we all have a price, we all have buttons that can press to make us do things that are not entirely honorable. Principles do not pay the mortgage or clear our debts. A principled man is generally a man who has everything he wants or absolutely nothing to lose.”
C.J. Tudor, The Chalk Man

Stanley Baldwin
“I would rather be an opportunist and float than go to the bottom with my principles around my neck.”
Stanley Baldwin

Aniruddha Sastikar
“Rewards of life lived with principles; bloom, when life is about to end or has departed already.”
Aniruddha Sastikar

Mary H.K. Choi
“In hindsight he was glad it wasn't the good taco spot because it would have been ruined forever. Anyplace that charged seventy-five cents for condiments could burn in hell. On principle.”
Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“But never engage in detailed overexplanations of why something is important: one debases a principle by endlessly justifying it.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

“We should be able to refuse enchanting proposals and opportunities, if they contradict God’s principles”
Sunday Adelaja

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“To take a stand based on the fickleness of the culture verses the weight of principle is to believe that part of standing up is falling off a cliff.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Dada Bhagwan
“It is called an 'established principle' when the dialog cannot be disputed.”
Dada Bhagwan, Simple & Effective Science for Self Realization

Dada Bhagwan
“Unless there has been 'Spashtvedan' (exact experience of the Soul), 'Siddhant' (established principle) cannot be attained.”
Dada Bhagwan, Simple & Effective Science for Self Realization

Steven Erikson
“Do what's right,' Dassem told us. Gods, even after all this time he still remembered the First Sword's words. 'That's a higher law than the command of any officer. Higher even than the Emperor's own words. You are in a damned uniform but that's not a licence to deliver terror to everyone – just the enemy soldier you happen to be facing. Do what is right, for that armour you wear doesn't just protect your flesh and bone. It defends honour. It defends integrity. It defends justice. Soldiers, heed me well. That armour defends humanity. And when I look upon my soldiers, when I see these uniforms, I see compassion and truth. The moment those virtues fail, then the gods help you, for no armour is strong enough to save you.”
Steven Erikson, Toll the Hounds

Ambrose Bierce
“ALCOHOL, n. (Arabic al kohl, a paint for the eyes.) The essential principle of all.”
Ambrose Bierce , The Devil's Dictionary

Ehsan Sehgal
“Any principle and rule first apply to yourself. If it works and the outcome is good, then suggest it to others for the approval. The majority is the vote on the law consistent with the system of the Divine.”
Ehsan Sehgal

“A principle is the expression of perfection. Imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection. I shall allow for error in judgment by seeking counsel from all sources of knowledge. Failing is critical for self-growth because it causes a principled person to think. A person’s greatest failures are their portals to discovery. The mind is a fire that a person must kindle; a person must seek constant development in order to stave off intellectual, spiritual, and moral morbidity. A person cannot apply any principle to guide human behavior without testing its concept against present realities or it will result in absurdities.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Every scientific principle lies in researching its history, to realize the fact.”
Alan Maiccon

James Comey
“Amoral leaders have a way of revealing the character of those around them. Sometimes what they reveal is inspiring. For example, James Mattis, the former secretary of defense, resigned over principle, a concept so alien to Mr. Trump that it took days for the president to realize what had happened, before he could start lying about the man.”
James Comey

Awdhesh Singh
“A beautiful and joyful life can’t be created by following any principle or dogma or by following all the principles in a random manner. You have to learn the art of harmonising all the principles of happiness in a way that matches the rhythm of your life and creates happiness for you.”
Awdhesh Singh, 31 Ways to Happiness

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