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Principles Quotes


These are some of the best 'Principles' quotations and sayings.

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A principle is one thing; a maxim or rule is another. - A principle requires liberality; a rule says, "one tenth." - A principle says, "forgive"; a rule defines "seven times."

Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.

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

Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou.

Better be poisoned in one's blood, than to be poisoned in one's principles.

Expedients are for an hour, but principles are for the ages. - Just because the rains descend, and the winds blow, we cannot afford to build on the shifting sands.

He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.

I have all reverence for principles which grow out of sentiments; but as to sentiments which grow out of principles, you shall scarcely build a house of cards thereon.

It's a matter of having principles.  It's easy to have principles when you're rich.  The important thing is to have principles when you're poor.

Many men do not allow their principles to take root, but pull them up every now and then, as children do the flowers they have planted, to see if they are growing.

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.

Principle is a passion for truth and right.

Principles last forever; but special rules pass away with the things and conditions to which they refer.

Principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed, and stand fast.

The change we personally experience from time to time, we obstinately deny to our principles.

The principles now implanted in thy bosom will grow, and one day reach maturity; and in that maturity thou wilt find thy heaven or thy hell.

The restless mind of man cannot but press a principle to the real limit of its application, even though centuries should intervene between the premises and the conclusion.

The restless mind of man cannot but press a principle to the real limit of its application, even though centuries should intervene between the premises and the conclusion.

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain; and there is no good theory of a disease which does not at once suggest a cure.

What is the essence and the life of character? Principle, integrity, independence, or, as one of our great old writers has it, "That inbred loyalty unto virtue which can serve her without a livery."


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