An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.


Abraham Lincoln


Living a life of integrity is one of the greatest missions we can undertake.


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


A man should be upright, not be kept upright.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Be right, and then be easy to live with, if possible, but in that order.


Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994, American government official and religious leader)


In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.


Gamaliel Bradford (1863-1932, American poet, biographer)


Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss.


Nathaniel Branden (1930- Canadian-born American psychologist, author, expert on self-esteem)

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Honor your commitments with integrity.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Integrity has no need of rules.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


You can t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty. And least of all can you condemn an artist pursuing, however humbly and imperfectly, a creative aim. In that interior world where his thought and his emotions go seeking for the experience of imagined adventures, there are no policemen, no law, no pressure of circumstance or dread of opinion to keep him within bounds. Who then is going to say Nay to his temptations if not his conscience?


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.


Don Galer


Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


In failing circumstances no one can be relied on to keep their integrity.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Your life works to the degree you keep your agreements.


Werner Erhard (American entrepreneur, scientologist)


Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Integrity is the essence of everything successful.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Your integrity will affect your destiny; don't leave home without it.


Clarence E. Hodges


A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it to be an essential part of that integrity which alone entitles a man to assume responsibility.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


Man is a make-believe animal -- he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


There is nothing more likely to drive a man mad, than the being unable to get rid of the idea of the distinction between right and wrong, and an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


There is always room for those who can be relied upon to deliver the goods when they say they will.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


He who is upright in his way of life and free from sin.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


There is no alleviation for the sufferings of mankind except veracity of thought and of action, and the resolute facing of the world as it is when the garment of make-believe, by which pious hands have hidden its uglier features, is stripped off.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.


Junius (1769-1771, Anonymous British letter writer)


Integrity is praised and then left out in the cold.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


We won't always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What's important is that you do care and you act.


Charlotte Lunsford


I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Integrity: A name is the blueprint of the thing we call character. You ask, What's in a name? I answer, Just about everything you do.


Morris Mandel


Integrity: A name is the blueprint of the thing we call character. You ask, What's in a name? I answer, Just about everything you do.


Morris Mandel


No man should advocate a course in private that he's ashamed to admit in public.


George McGovern (1922-, American democratic politician)


It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of thine own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give thee an humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of man, or the iniquity of the times may rob thee of other rewards.


Barbara Paley


If you believe in unlimited quality and act in all your business dealings with total integrity, the rest will take care of itself.


Frank Perdue (American businessman, founder of Perdue Chicken)


It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


He that doth not as other men do, but endeavoureth that which ought to be done, shall thereby rather incur peril than preservation; for who so laboreth to be sincerely perfect and good shall necessarily perish, living among men that are generally evil.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226,  Italian preacher, founder of The Franciscan Orde)


A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing; either you have it or you don't.


Peter Scotese


Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.


Charles Simmons


I ever will profess myself the greatest friend to those whose actions best correspond with their doctrine,  which, I am sorry to say, is too seldom the case amongst those nations who pretend most to civilization.


Captain J. G. Stedman (1744-1797, British soldier, author, artist)


It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Can one preach at home inequality of races and nations and advocate abroad goodwill towards all men?


Dorothy Thompson


The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.


Author Unknown


Be good. And if you can't be good, be careful. And if you can't be careful, name it after me.


Author Unknown


It is far better to be trusted and respected that it is to be liked.


Author Unknown


The Lord doesn't ask about your ability, only your availability; and, if you prove your dependability, the Lord will increase your capability.


Author Unknown


The slow man with integrity will ultimately catch the swift one who has none.


Author Unknown


A life lived with integrity -- even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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You must consider the bottom line, but make it integrity before profits.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Do the next thing.


John Wanamaker (1838-1922, American merchant)


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