Quotes on Principle

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine Quote Details

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The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. Ayn Rand Quote Details

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Courage combined with integrity is the foundation of character. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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A great man is a man who lives great principles. Anonymous Quote Details

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A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Dwight Eisenhower Quote Details

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The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions. James Garfield Quote Details

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Leaders honor their core values, but they are flexible in how they execute them. Colin Powell Quote Details

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Be firm on principle but flexible on method. Zig Ziglar Quote Details

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One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds. Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi Quote Details

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While values drive behaviors, principles govern consequences. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current. Thomas Jefferson Quote Details

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

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Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not. Henry Fielding Quote Details

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If you can get along with everyone and everyone loves you, then you don't stand for much. A person who stands his ground for his principles and won't compromise his integrity is not loved by everyone. Larry Winget Quote Details

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Stress comes from knowing what is right and doing what is wrong. Larry Winget Quote Details

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If one wishes to be an idealist, it's probably a good idea to become a hermit at the same time. Charley Reese Quote Details

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The more your behavior in the moment is consistent with what you feel your ideal behavior should be, the more you like and respect yourself and the happier you are. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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Once you have decided that you are going to live consistent with a value, your level of integrity determines whether or not you follow through on your commitment. The more you discipline yourself to live consistent with the very best you know, the greater is your level of personal integrity. And the higher your level of integrity, the happier and more powerful you will feel in everything you do. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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Successful people are more concerned with what is right rather than who is right. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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People can be unreliable and disloyal; possessions can lose their value; jobs that once stimulated you can become boring. But principles remain steady through it all. Nido Qubein Quote Details

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The principles you live by create the world you live in; if you change the principles you live by, you will change your world. Blaine Lee Quote Details

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Man must search for what is right and let happiness come on its own. Johann Pestalozzi Quote Details

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It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them. Adlai Stevenson Quote Details

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Humility is the mother of all virtues: the humble in spirit progress and are blessed because they willingly submit to higher powers and try to live in harmony with natural laws and universal principles. Courage is the father of all virtues; we need great courage to lead our lives by correct principles and to have integrity in the moment of choice. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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If you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, identify and apply the principle or natural law that governs the results you seek. How we apply a principle will vary greatly and will be determined by our unique strengths, talents, and creativity, but, ultimately, success in any endeavor is always derived from acting in harmony with the principles to which the success is tied. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law. Cecil deMille Quote Details

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There are principles that govern human effectiveness - natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably "there" as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by their environment. Proactive people are driven by values - carefully thought about, selected and internalized values. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do, and what is the right thing to do. Potter Stewart Quote Details

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Our behavior is governed by principles. Living in harmony with them brings positive consequences; violating them brings negative consequences. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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Principles always have natural consequences attached to them. There are positive consequences when we live in harmony with the principles. There are negative consequences when we ignore them. But because these principles apply to everyone, whether or not they are aware, this limitation is universal. And the more we know of correct principles, the greater is our personal freedom to act wisely. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude - that you can psych yourself into peace of mind.

Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.
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I believe that correct principles are natural laws, and that God, the Creator and Father of us all, is the source of them, and also the source of our conscience. I believe that to the degree people live by this inspired conscience, they will grow to fulfill their natures; to the degree that they do not, they will not rise above the animal plane. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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Principles are natural laws that are external to us and that ultimately control the consequences of our actions. Values are internal and subjective and represent that which we feel strongest about in guiding our behavior. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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Everyone has values; even criminal gangs have values. Values govern people's behavior but principles govern the consequences of those behaviors. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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Humility is the mother of all virtues. Humility says we are not in control, principles are in control, therefore we submit ourselves to principles. Pride says that we are in control, and since our values govern our behavior, we can simply do life our way. Stephen Covey Quote Details

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Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. John Quincy Adams Quote Details

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As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote Details

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The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. C.L. De Montesquieu Quote Details

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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 Quote Details

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If principles can become dated, they're not principles. Warren Buffett Quote Details

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Anecdotal evidence will forever trick utilitarians, but it rarely affects principled moralists to a significant degree. Anonymous Quote Details

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I believe that we all get rewarded and punished according to whether we operate in harmony or in conflict with nature's laws, and that all societies will succeed or fail in the degrees that they operate consistently with these laws. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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I have found that by looking at what is rewarded and punished, and why, universally — i.e., in nature as well as in humanity — I have been able to learn more about what is "good" and "bad" than by listening to most people's views about good and bad. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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Success is achieved by people who deeply understand reality and know how to use it to get what they want. The converse is also true: idealists who are not well-grounded in reality create problems, not progress. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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I believe there are an infinite number of laws of the universe and that all progress or dreams achieved come from operating in a way that's consistent with them. These laws and the principles of how to operate in harmony with them have always existed. We were given these laws by nature. Man didn't and can't make them up. He can only hope to understand them and use them to get what he wants. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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Sometimes we forge our own principles and sometimes we accept others' principles, or holistic packages of principles, such as religion and legal systems. While it isn't necessarily a bad thing to use others' principles — it's difficult to come up with your own, and often much wisdom has gone into those already created — adopting pre-packaged principles without much thought exposes you to the risk of inconsistency with your true values. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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Principles are concepts that can be applied over and over again in similar circumstances as distinct from narrow answers to specific questions. Every game has principles that successful players master to achieve winning results. So does life. Principles are ways of successfully dealing with the laws of nature or the laws of life. Those who understand more of them and understand them well know how to interact with the world more effectively than those who know fewer of them or know them less well. Different principles apply to different aspects of life—e.g., there are "skiing principles" for skiing, "parenting principles" for parenting, "management principles" for managing, "investment principles" for investing, etc—and there are over-arching "life principles" that influence our approaches to all things. And, of course, different people subscribe to different principles that they believe work best. Ray Dalio Quote Details

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Man cannot make or invent or contrive principles. He can only discover them and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author. Thomas Paine Quote Details

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

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