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Wise Quotes about Principles

May you find great value in these Principles quotes and sayings.

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

Related topics: Values

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

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


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

"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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this outward and physical ceremony,
we attest once again to the inner
and spiritual strength of our Nation.
As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say:
"We must adjust to changing times,
and still hold to unchanging principles."
- Jimmy Carter

BERLIN: PROCLAMATION TO THE GERMAN NATION FEBRUARY 1, 1933
The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty
to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and co-operation.
It will preserve and defend those basic principles
on which our nation has been built.
It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality,
and the family as the basis of national life....
- Adolf Hitler

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is necessary for us to understand that
the only Active Principle is Spirit.
- Ernest Holmes

There is no principle worth the name
if it is not wholly good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In principle, the great religions of the world
do not differ as much as they appear to.
- Ernest Holmes

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mind exists as a Principle in the universe,
just as electricity exists as a principle.
- Ernest Holmes

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups.
A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
- The Buddha

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
- Thomas Jefferson

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle,
gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If there is one principle more deeply rooted
in the mind of every American,
it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
- Thomas Jefferson

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation
to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would
save one-half the wars of the world.
- Thomas Jefferson

A principle is the expression of perfection,
and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection,
we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I begin with the principle that all men are bores.
Surely no one will prove himself
so great a bore as to contradict me in this.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I sincerely believe that banking establishments
are more dangerous than standing armies,
and that the principle of spending money
to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding,
is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
- Thomas Jefferson

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle,
that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail,
that will to be rightful must be reasonable;
that the minority possess their equal rights,
which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
- Thomas Jefferson

Eureka.
- Archimedes - upon discovering the scientific principle
of displacement while on his bathtub.

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

The highest result of education is tolerance.
- Helen Keller

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.
- Anonymous (often attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

No, they don't appreciate you - and it's not their job.
It's your own job to appreciate yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

There's no wrong, only discovery...
- Byron Katie

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it
and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Henry David Thoreau

No one can give you freedom but you.
- Byron Katie

Do not say, "It is morning,"
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.
See it for the first time
as a newborn child that has no name.
- Rabindranath Tagore


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