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





The attainment of justice is the highest human endeavor.


Florence Ellinwood Allen


This will be triumph! This will be happiness! Yea, that very thing, happiness, which I have been pursuing all my life, and have never yet overtaken.


Joanna Baillie (1762-1851, British Romantic writer)


A good message will always find a messenger.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


Success is the ability to rise above principle.


Gerald Barzan


In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principal.


Jacques Barzun (1907-, American scholar)


Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Together, we can show that what matters in the end are not possessions. What matters is engaging in the high moral principle of serving one another. That's the story of America that we can write through voluntary service.


George W. Bush (1942-, American President (43rd))


The principles which men give to themselves end by overwhelming their noblest intentions.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -- and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.


Shirley Chisholm (1924-, American social activist)


Don't be concerned that you have no position; be concerned how you may fit yourself to occupy one. .


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


There are some we can study with, but cannot go alone with in principles. There are some we can go along with in principles but cannot establish ourselves with. There are some we can establish ourselves with, but cannot agree with on decision-making.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


It's no good saying one thing and doing another.


Catherine Cookson


You can't live principals you can't understand.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


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


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


Let how you live your life stand for something, no matter how small and incidental it may seem.


Jodie Foster (1962-, American actress, director, producer)


Values provide perspective in the best of times and worst.


Charles A. Garfield (American peak performance expert, researcher, trainer)


Values provide perspective in the best of times and worst.


Charles A. Garfield (American peak performance expert, researcher, trainer)


We may be personally defeated, but our principles never.


William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879, American abolitionist)


Conscience, as I understand it, is the impulse to do the right thing because it is right, regardless of personal ends, and has nothing whatever to do with the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.


Margaret Collier Graham


The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness.


Harry Harrison


Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


Our desire must be like a slow and stately ship, sailing across endless oceans, never in search of safe anchorage. Then suddenly, unexpectedly, it will find mooring for a moment.


Etty Hillesum


The most comprehensive formulation of therapeutic goals is the striving for wholeheartedness: to be without pretense, to be emotionally sincere, to be able to put the whole of oneself into one's feelings, one's work, one's beliefs.


Karen Horney (1885-1952, American psychiatrist)


Man has no nobler function than to defend the truth.


Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972, American gospel singer)


Its easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor.


Ray Kroc (1902-1984, American businessman, founder of McDonalds)


Obey the principles without being bound by them.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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You may be flexible on strategy, but must remain consistent on principle!


Brubaker Movie


I will write of him who fights and vanquishes his sins, who struggles on through weary years against himself ... and wins.


Caroline Begelow Lerow


As a rule, the person found out in a betrayal of love holds, all the same, the superior position of the two. It is the betrayed one who is humiliated.


Ada Leverson


Almost anything that can be praised or advocated has been put to some disgusting use. There is no principle, however immaculate, that has not had its compromising manipulator.


Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957, British author, painter)


People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.


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


Principle, particularly moral principle, can never be a weathervane, spinning around this way and that with the shifting winds of expediency. Moral principle is a compass forever fixed and forever true. And that is as important in business as it is in the classroom.


Edward R. Lyman


The proclamation and repetition of first principles is a constant feature of life in our democracy. Active adherence to these principles, however, has always been considered un-American. We recipients of the boon of liberty have always been ready, when faced with discomfort, to discard any and all first principles of liberty, and, further, to indict those who do not freely join with us in happily arrogating those principles.


David Mamet (1947-, American playwright)


Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others. A child of five could understand this. Fetch me a child of five.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Nobody ever did anything very foolish except from some strong principle.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves for having slipped creative work in there between the domestic chores and obligations. I'm not sure we deserve such big A-pluses for all that.


Toni Morrison (1931-, African-American novelist)


He who, having lost one ideal, refuses to give his heart and soul to another and nobler, is like a man who declines to build a house on rock because the wind and rain ruined his house on the sand.


Constance Naden


A job is what we do for money; work is what we do for love.


Marysarah Quinn


Morality, like physical cleanliness, is not acquired once and for all: it can only be kept and renewed by a habit of constant watchfulness and discipline.


Victoria Ocampo


Frugality is good, if liberality be joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expenses; the last bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begets covetousness -- the last without the first begets prodigality.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.


Emily Post (1873-1960, American hostess)


A puff of wind and popular praise weigh the same.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


The day of the storm is not the time for thatching your roof.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


What's got badly, goes badly.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


I have no set principles; I make adaptability to all circumstances my principle.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


A good name is better than a precious stone.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: "A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others."


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Principles aren't of much account anyway, except at election time. After that you hang them up to let them season.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Prosperity is the best protector of principle.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest.


Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980, American writer)


Every principle is a judgment, every judgment the outcome of experience, and experience is only acquired by the exercise of the senses; whence it follows that religious principles bear upon nothing whatever and are not in the slightest innate. Ignorance and fear, you will repeat to them, ignorance and fear -- those are the twin bases of every religion.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


It's in the preparation in those dreary pedestrian virtues they taught you in seventh grade and you didn't believe. It's making the extra call and caring a lot.


Diane Sawyer (1945-, American TV personality)


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 (1913-, American comedian)


People with good intentions never give up!


Jane Smiley


It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


I think God rarely gives to one man, or one set of men, more than one great moral victory to win.


Lucy Stone


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


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Many people would rather fight for their principles than live up to them.


Author Unknown


Principle is a passion for truth!


Author Unknown


When one bases her life on principle, 99 percent of her decisions are already made.


Author Unknown


Americans are willing to go to enormous trouble and expense defending their principles with arms, very little trouble and expense advocating them with words. Temperamentally we are ready to die for certain principles (or, in the case of overripe adults, send youngsters to die), but we show little inclination to advertise the reasons for dying.


Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985, American author, editor)


I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Theories are like scaffolding: they are not the house, but you cannot build the house without them.


Constance Fenimore Woolson


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