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

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

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

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

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

Theodor Kallifatides
“Opinions are not only actions but often lethal weapons. In all known wars, the opposing sides attack each other’s beliefs and symbols ... The standard that should carry the greatest importance for both the state and the individual is the equal value of all human beings. Every other principle should stem from this.”
Theodor Kallifatides

“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

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

Miyamoto Musashi
“In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness.”
Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

R.K. Lilley
“He hated me on principle, and he fascinated me in spite of myself.”
R.K. Lilley, Arranged

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“As a nation, we must remember that the principles upon which we stand are always superior to the politics that we can’t stand.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

Ben Stivers
“His life, he said, was much less important than his soul. - Wolf”
Ben Stivers, Bornshire

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“It is the person of principle who has learned that to repel all of the temptations and lesser vices is to court criticism of the most scathing sort. And for the person of principle, it is the arrival of that criticism that evidences the power of the principles.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Johann Georg Hamann
“Without understanding it, the replies Yes! and No! are proved most easily. That is, some maintained that antiquity makes fools wise, while others may confirm the contrary, that nature makes people more clever than the ancients can. Which of them should be read and which imitated? Where is an explanation of the two that opens our understanding? Perhaps the ancients have the same relation to nature as the scholiasts to their author? Whoever studies the ancients without knowing nature is reading the notes without the text; and whoever reads over a small fragment in the large quarto edition of Petronius makes himself at least a Doctor, perhaps without knowing a hair better what kind of creature an aribiter elegantiarum was at the house of a Roman Cacsar. For him who has no skin over his eyes, Homer has no cover. For him who has not yet seen the bright day, neither Didymus nor Eustathius will work that miracle. We either lack the principles to read the ancients, or we succeed with them as our old countryman taught the congregation to sing: "The spirit does not with to leave the flesh, demanded most of all by the law (of imitation)."
Rage dispels all my thoughts, most noble Sir, when I bring to mind how a gift of God as noble as the science is laid waste, torn apart - by the free spirit in coffee bars, trampled by lazy monks in academic fairs, - and how it is possible that young people can fall in love with the old fairy, erudition, with no teeth and no hair, or with false ones. Trial is the proof of men.
Johann Georg Hamann, Writings on Philosophy and Language

Criss Jami
“When reduced to nothing more than principle of the mind, humility will never be low enough for humility. On principle, the man who lives in the small mountain cottage is more large and luxurious than the man who lives in the tiny shack; the man who lives in the tiny shack, than the man who sleeps on the bank; the man who sleeps on the bank, than the man who wanders the desert; the man who wanders the desert at least has legs to wander while many other men do not. To reduce by the standards of men is to morally compete against men, and to reduce by one's own standards is ego-driven. A man can decrease his life to death and never reach true lowliness because humility on principle of the mind is not humility at all but rather its opposite: the pride of competition - only in reverse. Therefore it seems that, perhaps, true humility is nothing one can achieve; it hides in purity of the heart given only by the one perfect Christ.”
Criss Jami

Josh Steimle
“What good are our principles if we only stick to them when it's easy?”
Josh Steimle

Prem Jagyasi
“A success and happiness principle that all animals except humans know - you can achieve wonders by loving what you do”
Dr Prem Jagyasi

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