Most popular principles quotes
Whenever two people argue over principles, they are both right.
Principles have no real force except when one is well fed.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
It is the weak man who urges compromise—never the strong man.
Do we embody the radiant correctness of what we say we are pursuing.
A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad.
We must be prepared to displease the dearest ones for the sake of principle.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
I agreed a long time ago, I would not live at any cost. If I am moved or forced away from what I think is the right thing, I will not do it. Yes, one must be agile and willing, but if one is being asked to contradict, one must remember there may be a difference in manner, but there must not be a difference in meaning.
I have nothing to lose by standing up and following my beliefs. So I'll go to jail, so what? We have been in jail for four hundred years.
Be bold in what you stand for and careful what you fall for.
Don't believe that winning is really everything. It's more important to stand for something. If you don't stand for something, what do you win?
Never give in—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—except to convictions of honor and good sense.
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
You've got to stand for somethin' or you're gonna fall for anything.
It's important that people should know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
The main discomfort in being a middle-of-the-roader is that you get sideswiped by partisans going in both directions.
The most prominent place in hell is reserved for those who are neutral on the great issues of life.
Never "for the sake of peace and quiet" deny your own experience or convictions.
When something important is going on, silence is a lie.
In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought.
A man's judgment is best when he can forget himself and any reputation he may have acquired and can concentrate wholly on making the right decisions.
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value.
It is important that people know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
No good society can be unprincipled; and no viable society can be principle-ridden.
Principles do not mainly influence even the principled; we talk on principle, but we act on interest.
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.
An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
The first thing a principle does is to kill somebody.
Circumstances should never alter principles!
Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
Principles do not need to make sense locally. The broader and more universal the reach, the stronger the principle.