Quotes and Sayings about Principles



"The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition."
- John Acton
(Related: Government, Power, People, Authority, Choices, Democracy, Fate, Principles, Tradition)

"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
- John Quincy Adams
(Related: Government, Christianity, American, Revolution, Glory, Principles)

"It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Fight, Principles)

"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Fight, Principles)

"He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own."
- Aesop
(Related: End, Principles, Will)

"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."
- Akhenaton
(Related: Change, Men, Action, First, Principles, Right, Will)

"Our strategic dialogue with China can both protect American interests and uphold our principles, provided we are honest about our differences on human rights and other issues and provided we use a mix of targeted incentives and sanctions to narrow these differences."
- Madeleine Albright
(Related: American, Rights, Human rights, Principles)

"Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Religion, Act, Principles, Religious, Responsibility, Rules)

"Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail?"
- Stephen Ambrose
(Related: Government, Jury, Living, Principles)

"I appeal to all Britishers to answer this call to arms for the defence of all the principles that we Englishmen have been the first to proclaim in the world."
- John Amery
(Related: First, Principles, World)

"A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste, judgement, deduction."
- A. R. Ammons
(Related: Laws, May, Principles, Taste)

"In the rush for justice it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: Country, Justice, Principles, Sight)

"Principles are a dangerous form of social dynamite."
- Katharine Anthony
(Related: Principles)

"Upon the principles of reason, the good of many is preferable to the good of a few or of one; a lasting good is to be preferred before a temporary, the public before the private."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Principles, Public, Reason)

"Native Americans are the original inhabitants of the land that now constitutes the United States. They have helped develop the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and separation of powers that form the foundation of the United States Government."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Government, Americans, Freedom, Land, Native Americans, Now, Principles, Separation, Speech, states, United)

"According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value."
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Related: Change, Work, Criticism, Praise, Principles, Value)

"Those who are rooted in the depths that are eternal and unchangeable and who rely on unshakeable principles, face change full of courage, courage based on faith."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Change, Faith, Courage, Principles)

"In addressing you I feel that I am not so much speaking to the representatives of diverse States of Europe and America as to the exponents of principles and hopes that are common to us all, and without which our life on earth would be a life without horizon or prospect."
- Henry Campbell Bannerman
(Related: Life, America, Earth, Europe, Principles, states)

"Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Principles)

"Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon: instead of principles, slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas."
- Eric Bentley
(Related: Age, Ideas, Language, Principles)

"The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense."
- George Berkeley
(Related: Men, Common sense, First, Principles, Skepticism)

"After a long, impartial enquiry of the truth, and after much and earnest calling upon God, to give unto me the spirit and revelation in the knowledge of Him, I find myself obliged, both by the principles of reason and Scripture, to embrace the opinion I now hold forth."
- John Biddle
(Related: God, Truth, Knowledge, Opinion, Principles, Reason, Scripture, Spirit)

"Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Principles, Public)

"For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Life, Principles)

"This is not a time to back away from the principles that this country was founded on."
- Jeff Bingaman
(Related: Time, Country, Principles)

"In teaching, I wanted to offer a general pharmacology course based on chemical principles, biochemical classification and mathematical modelling. In the event I achieved neither of my ambitions."
- James W. Black
(Related: Principles, Teaching)

"The United States and Israel have a unique relationship based on our mutual commitment to democracy, freedom, and peace. Therefore, just as our commitment to these principles must be steadfast, so must our support for Israel."
- John Boehner
(Related: Peace, Commitment, Democracy, Freedom, Israel, Principles, states, Support, United)

"The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them."
- Henry Bolingbroke
(Related: Knowledge, First, Principles, Word)

"Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Character, Ambition, May, Passion, Principles)

"Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover."
- Giotto di Bondone
(Related: Dreams, Feelings, Heart, Pleasure, Principles)

"When they favor the access of other people to education and health care, the countries of the North not only demonstrate generosity or solidarity, but also implement the principles of respecting and promoting human rights."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Education, Health, People, Care, Countries, Rights, Generosity, Human rights, Principles, Solidarity)

"A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils. But while runners differ, basic principles never change. So it's a matter of fitting your current practices to fit the event and the individual. See, what's good for you might not be worth a darn for the next guy."
- Bill Bowerman
(Related: Change, Principles, Worth)

"How natural that the errors of the ancient should be handed down and, mixing with the principles and system which Christ taught, give to us an adulterated Christianity."
- Olympia Brown
(Related: Christianity, Errors, Principles)

"There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say."
- Martin Buber
(Related: Life, Thought, Action, Being, Conflict, Man, Principles, Speech)

"We love your adherence to democratic principles."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Love, Principles)

"Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship; it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting."
- Eustace Budgell
(Related: Love, Friendship, First, Principles)

"In the span of my own lifetime I observed such wondrous progress in plant evolution that I look forward optimistically to a healthy, happy world as soon as its children are taught the principles of simple and rational living."
- Luther Burbank
(Related: Progress, Children, Evolution, Living, Principles, World)

"It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Men, Principles, Prosperity, Temper)

"Our purpose is simply to ask how theological principles can be shown to have usable secular analogues that throw light upon the nature of language."
- Kenneth Burke
(Related: Nature, Purpose, Language, Light, Principles)

"This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games."
- William Burroughs
(Related: War, Nature, Time, Games, May, Principles, Universe)

"Rotary provides training at all levels so that those who have been selected for leadership positions have the opportunity to learn and apply leadership principles to their jobs."
- Ron D. Burton
(Related: Leadership, Opportunity, Jobs, Principles, Training)

"If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Politics, Cynicism, Principles)

"I had to abandon free market principles in order to save the free market system."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Order, Principles)

"Thus self-love as one part of human nature, and the several particular principles as the other part, are, themselves, their objects and ends, stated and shown."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Nature, Human nature, Principles, Self)

"It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Money, Politics, Ideas, American, Principles)

"To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Love, Principles)

"The Republicans have put together serious detailed counter-proposals when we have objected to this administration's agenda. And so, I want to tell the President and remind him again, we're not voting no for political expediency. We've got our principles, and we're going to stand up and defend those."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Expediency, President, Principles, Republicans, Voting, Want)

"The issue for us is rebuilding a governing majority that is comfortable with differences that can transcend the divisiveness and unify behind the principles that we know our party has succeeded on."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Majority, Party, Principles)

"One never knows whether people have principles on principle or whether for their own personal satisfaction."
- Karel Capek
(Related: People, Principles, Satisfaction)

"Success in management and success in sport are derived from the same basic principles."
- Will Carling
(Related: Success, Management, Principles)

"The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised."
- Andrew Carnegie
(Related: Men, Compromise, Defeat, Principles, Weakness)

"I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle."
- Andrew Carnegie
(Related: Men, Compromise, Principles)

"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Principles)

"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
(Related: Strength, Ceremony, Nation, Principles, School, Spiritual)

"God, great principle of all minor principles, God, who is Himself without a principle, could not conceive Himself, if, in order to do it, He required to know His own principle."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: God, Order, Principles)

"So much the worse, it may be, for a particular meeting: but the meeting is the individual, which on evolution principles, must be sacrificed for the development of the race."
- Arthur Cayley
(Related: Development, Evolution, May, Meeting, Principles, Race)

"Just because people are in authority, if it doesn't seem right, don't do it. If it violates your own principles, don't do it."
- Steve Chabot
(Related: People, Authority, Principles, Right)

"Things are still in early stages, but one can imagine that as we build up and systematize our theories of these associations, and try to boil them down to their core, the result might point us toward the sort of fundamental principles I advocate."
- David Chalmers
(Related: Principles, Result, Theories)

"We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth."
- Neville Chamberlain
(Related: Peace, Possibility, Destruction, Earth, Fight, Future, Principles, Ruin, Security)

"Action based only on principles isn't always good even if it feels good."
- John Chancellor
(Related: Action, Principles)

"Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation."
- Noam Chomsky
(Related: Creation, Language, Laws, Principles, Words)

"If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody."
- Agatha Christie
(Related: Principles)

"Neither can men, by the same principles, be considered as lands, goods, or houses, among possessions. It is necessary that all property should be inferiour to its possessor. But how does the slave differ from his master, but by chance?"
- Thomas Clarkson
(Related: Men, Chance, Houses, Possessions, Principles, Property)

"Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference."
- Karl Von Clausewitz
(Related: Man, Principles, Rules, Thinking)

"When the target audience is American teenage kids, you can have problems. My generation prized really fine acting and writing. Sometimes you have to go back to the basic principles which underpin great visual comedy."
- John Cleese
(Related: Acting, American, Comedy, Kids, Principles, Problems, Teenage, Writing)

"In my opinion, we should search for a completely different flying machine, based on other flying principles."
- Henri Coanda
(Related: Flying, Machine, Opinion, Principles)

"Republicans should simply focus on first principles and give the American people what they want - an honest party dedicated to common sense, fiscal responsibility and limited government. If we govern to save the country, we'll do well as a party."
- Tom Coburn
(Related: Government, People, American, Common sense, Country, First, Focus, Party, Principles, Republicans, Responsibility, Want)

"Men are limited by the knowledge of their minds, the worth of their characters and the principles upon which they are building their lives."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: Men, Knowledge, Building, Principles, Worth)

"General principles... are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Facts, Principles)

"War kills men, and men deplore the loss; but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants, and so saves societies."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Men, War, Loss, Principles)

"Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Related: Life, Effort, Example, Joy, Principles, Respect, Value)

"I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota."
- Gustave Courbet
(Related: Life, Art, Hope, Principles)

"There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles."
- Stephen Covey
(Related: Change, Life, Choice, Principles)

"Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt."
- William Cowper
(Related: Glory, Guilt, Principles, Shame)

"It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson... even at the expense of my conscience and judgement. such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles."
- Davy Crockett
(Related: Conscience, Name, Principles)

"I have always supported measures and principles and not men."
- Davy Crockett
(Related: Men, Principles)

"Sir, I am a republican; and I desire to see this House observe the principles of that democracy which is ever on the lips of its members, and which, I hope, is in their hearts, as I know and feel it is in mine, and mean it shall be in my conduct."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Hope, Democracy, Desire, Principles, Republican)

"Entertaining these opinions of the course to be pursued, I beg of gentlemen to look at the question, as I have done, in a calm review of facts and of principles."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Facts, Gentlemen, Opinions, Principles, Question)

"We all like to hear a man speak out on his convictions and principles. But at the same time, you must understand that when you're running on a ticket, you're running with a team."
- Richard J. Daley
(Related: Time, Man, Principles, Running)

"Every society rests in the last resort on the recognition of common principles and common ideals, and if it makes no moral or spiritual appeal to the loyalty of its members, it must inevitably fall to pieces."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Society, Ideals, Loyalty, Principles, Spiritual)

"And so, today, if the state can no longer appeal to the old moral principles that belong to the Christian tradition, it will be forced to create a new official faith and new moral principles which will be binding on its citizens."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Faith, Christian, Old, Principles, State, Today, Tradition, Will)

"Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law."
- Stockwell Day
(Related: God, Canada, Law, Principles)

"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong."
- Eugene V. Debs
(Related: History, Majority, Principles, Wrong)

"Thus, in accordance with the spirit of the Historical School, knowledge of the principles of the human world falls within that world itself, and the human sciences form an independent system."
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Related: Knowledge, Principles, School, Spirit, World)

"I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times."
- Everett Dirksen
(Related: First, Man, Principles)

"My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Business, Life, Politics, Ideas, Liberalism, Principles)

"Damn your principles! Stick to your party."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Party)

"Thanks to President Bush and Republican principles, businesses now have more confidence to hire workers."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Confidence, Now, President, Principles, Republican, Workers)

"And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting, I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art."
- Albrecht Durer
(Related: Art, Geometry, Painting, Principles, Right)

"Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right."
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
(Related: People, Principles, Right)

"So this is the space during tutoring hours. It's very busy. Same principles: one-on-one attention, complete devotion to the students' work and a boundless optimism and sort of a possibility of creativity and ideas."
- Dave Eggers
(Related: Work, Ideas, Creativity, Optimism, Possibility, Attention, Devotion, Space, Students)

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: People, Values, Principles)

"I many no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather response to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not."
- Jim Elliot
(Related: Impulses, Principles, Right)

"A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Money, Man, Principles)

"I personally developed the Academy training program. All our training is based on solid educational principles. We present the material in four training formats: lecture, demonstration, drill, and implementation."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Present, Principles, Training)

"Buildings designed exclusively on scientific principles will depress their occupants and constrain their creativity."
- Robert Evans
(Related: Creativity, Principles, Will)

"The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward my culture-it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: Civilization, Values, Culture, Duty, Principles)

"The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: Civilization, Values, Culture, Principles)

"I certainly feel that the time is not far distant when a knowledge of the principles of diet will be an essential part of one's education. Then mankind will eat to live, be able to do better mental and physical work and disease will be less frequent."
- Fannie Farmer
(Related: Diet, Time, Work, Education, Knowledge, Disease, Mankind, Principles, Will)

"Peace Corps helps promote global acceptance of the principles of international peace and non-violent co-existence among people of diverse cultures and systems of government."
- Sam Farr
(Related: Government, Peace, People, Acceptance, Principles)

"Black leadership has to recognize that principles more than speech, character more than a claim, is greater in advancing the cause of our liberation than what has transpired thus far."
- Louis Farrakhan
(Related: Leadership, Character, Cause, Principles, Speech)

"Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers."
- William Feather
(Related: Business, Principles)

"Real progress in understanding nature is rarely incremental. All important advances are sudden intuitions, new principles, new ways of seeing."
- Marilyn Ferguson
(Related: Nature, Progress, Principles, Understanding)

"The tendency of modern scientific teaching is to neglect the great books, to lay far too much stress upon relatively unimportant modern work, and to present masses of detail of doubtful truth and questionable weight in such a way as to obscure principles."
- Ronald Fisher
(Related: Work, Truth, Books, Detail, Neglect, Present, Principles, Stress, Teaching, Weight)

"Now, the language that had grown up and formed itself on those principles is what one is dealing with, and the problem is to bring a work of art in that medium into another medium formed on different principles and heard and understood in a different way."
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Related: Art, Work, Language, Now, Principles)

"Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil."
- Anatole France
(Related: Nature, Evil, Principles)

"By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox."
- Galileo Galilei
(Related: May, Paradox, Principles)

"We may be personally defeated, but our principles never!"
- William Lloyd Garrison
(Related: May, Principles)

"Tens of thousands of brave Americans died to break the chains of British tyranny so that the principles of our Declaration of Independence could take fold and flourish in the birth of a new nation."
- Jim Gerlach
(Related: Americans, Independence, Nation, Principles, Tyranny)

"The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Power, Constitution, Principles)

"We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction."
- Stephen Jay Gould
(Related: Accidents, Complexity, Principles, Results, Understanding)

"We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God."
- Martha Graham
(Related: God, Dance, Dancing, Living, Practice, Principles)

"Having removed the dictator, the allies have moved to put Iraqis in control of Iraq. Now, as they draft and ratify their Constitution, we will indeed see the character of a new Iraqi nation revealed through the principles it chooses to uphold."
- Kay Granger
(Related: Character, Control, Constitution, Draft, Iraq, Nation, Now, Principles, Will)

"It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches."
- Frederick The Great
(Related: Act, Man, Principles)

"The impression I have of Justice Warren is that he was looking for the just result in a case regardless of fixed dogma or principles and I like to think that I'm in that mold."
- Harold H. Greene
(Related: Impression, Justice, Principles, Result)

"The importance of the facts testified, and their relations to the affairs of the soul, and the life to come, can make no difference in the principles or the mode of weighing the evidence."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Life, Soul, Difference, Facts, Importance, Principles)

"This oxidation of hydrogen in stages seems to be one of the basic principles of biological oxidation."
- Albert Szent Gyorgyi
(Related: Principles)

"Moreover, the practical recommendations deduced from ecological principles threaten the vested interests of commerce; it is hardly surprising that the financial and political power created by these investments should be used sometimes to suppress environmental impact studies."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Environmental, Power, Financial, Commerce, Principles)

"The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness."
- Harry Harrison
(Related: Business, Happiness, Life, Principles)

"Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more."
- William Henry Harrison
(Related: Government, Nothing, Principles)

"The proposition that Muslims are welcome in Britain if, and only if, they stop behaving like Muslims is a doctrine which is incompatible with the principles that guide a free society."
- Roy Hattersley
(Related: Society, Doctrine, Principles)

"This means that to entrust to science - or to deliberate control according to scientific principles - more than scientific method can achieve may have deplorable effects."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Science, Control, May, Principles)

"Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it."
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Related: History, Principles)

"The challenge is always before us. Whenever we lose sight of the principles that mattered to our founders we run into trouble."
- Jesse Helms
(Related: Challenge, Principles, Sight, Trouble)

"We can live our own lives in a way that does not bring reproach on the principles we claim to support."
- Jesse Helms
(Related: Principles, Support)

"The spirit in which the offer was made must of necessity contribute to improving and alleviating the situation of the Jewish people without our renouncing one iota of the great principles upon which our movement is based."
- Theodor Herzl
(Related: People, Necessity, Principles, Spirit)

"So now is the time, more than ever, for those who truly value all the principles of democracy, especially including dissent, to be the most forceful in speaking up, standing up and speaking out."
- Jim Hightower
(Related: Time, Democracy, Dissent, Now, Principles, Value)

"Struggle is the father of all things. It is not by the principles of humanity that man lives or is able to preserve himself above the animal world, but solely by means of the most brutal struggle."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: Father, Humanity, Principles, Struggle, World)

"If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself - your ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation, and conduct. Invest at least 30% managing those with authority over you, and 15% managing your peers."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Time, Motivation, Character, Purpose, Authority, Ethics, Principles)

"What will become compellingly important is absolute clarity of shared purpose and set of principles of conduct sort of institutional genetic code that every member of the organization understands in a common way, and with deep conviction."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Purpose, Clarity, Conviction, Deep, Principles, Will)

"The Independent or Congregational theory includes two principles; first, that the governing and executive power in the Church is in the brotherhood; and secondly, that the Church organization is complete in each worshipping assembly, which is independent of every other."
- Charles Hodge
(Related: Power, Church, Brotherhood, First, Principles, Theory)

"What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles... It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation."
- Hans Hofmann
(Related: Art, Time, Imitation, Principles)

"To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Related: First, Man, Principles)

"A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Related: Money, Man, Principles)

"Politics is about winning. If you don't win, you don't get to put your principles into practice. Therefore, find a way to win, or sit the battle out."
- David Horowitz
(Related: Politics, Winning, Battle, Practice, Principles)

"Will you, my countrymen, the descendants of these men, warmed by their blood, inheriting their language, and having the principles for which they struggled confided to your care, allow them to be violated in your hands?"
- Joseph Howe
(Related: Men, Blood, Care, Language, Principles, Will)

"When we deal with questions relating to principles of law and their applications, we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty."
- Charles Evans Hughes
(Related: Certainty, Law, Principles, Questions)

"And, you know, I watched him in Texas where he stood on his principle but he also reached out to members of the other party to try to work with them, to try to forge agreement where he could in keeping with his conservative principles to make Texas a better place."
- Karen Hughes
(Related: Work, Agreement, Conservative, Party, Principles)

"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Change, Opinions, Principles)

"Let me say this loud and clear. There is a world of difference between terrorist acts and the Islamic Shari'a. Islam is not only a religion, but a way of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles of tolerance and dialogue."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Life, Religion, Lie, Heart, Islam, Difference, Principles, Tolerance, World)

"All the dark, malevolent Passions of the Soul are roused and exerted; its mild and amiable affections are suppressed; and with them, virtuous Principles are laid prostrate."
- Charles Inglis
(Related: Soul, Principles)

"Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science."
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Related: Religion, Science, Principles)

"America's strength is not our diversity; our strength is our ability to unite people of different backgrounds around common principles. A common language is necessary to reach that goal."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: People, Goal, Strength, Ability, America, Diversity, Language, Principles)

"My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me. America's strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite around common principles even when we come from different backgrounds."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Father, Son, Strength, Ability, America, Diversity, English, Principles)

"I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King my republican feelings and principles forbid it the simplicity of our system of government forbids it."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Government, Feelings, Body, Principles, Republican, Simplicity)

"For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood."
- Harriet Ann Jacobs
(Related: Childhood, Mind, Principles, Years)

"Tony Blair has turned his back on the principles he claimed he believed in before he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with George W. Bush. He was an entirely different kind of leader."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Leader, Principles)

"Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Government, Conquest, Principles)

"We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play."
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(Related: Men, Culture, Justice, Play, Principles, State)

"It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Genius, American, Constitution, Invention, Principles)

"The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Compassion, Duty, Principles)

"Throughout out history, when people have looked for new ways to solve their problems, and to uphold the principles of this nation, many times they have turned to political parties. They have often turned to the Democratic Party."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: History, People, Nation, Party, Principles, Problems)

"Let's all understand that these guiding principles cannot be discarded for short-term political gains. They represent what this country is all about. They are indigenous to the American idea. And these are principles which are not negotiable."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: Idea, American, Country, Principles)

"If I am confirmed, I will commit to show Heller and the principles articulated in it the full measure of respect that is due to all constitution decisions of the court."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Constitution, Court, Decisions, Measure, Principles, Respect, Will)

"The case for freedom, the case for our constitutional principles the case for our heritage has to be made anew in each generation. The work of freedom is never done."
- Anthony Kennedy
(Related: Work, Freedom, Principles)

"As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom."
- Anthony Kennedy
(Related: Constitution, Freedom, Principles)

"We believe in some basic human principles - everyone should have the opportunities not just to survive, but to excel with their God-given talents and abilities. Those are the values that should be reflected in our budgets."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: God, Values, Budgets, Principles)

"I frankly don't care if you agree with my stand on abortion. I take that stand because no other stand is consistent with decent principles, and no other standard is consistent with the will of God."
- Alan Keyes
(Related: God, Abortion, Care, Principles, Will)

"It is not necessary to dwell on the political and social principles of Islam, to underline how close they also are in spirit to the concepts of human rights which govern the political and social systems of the West."
- Aly Khan
(Related: Islam, Rights, Human rights, Principles, Spirit)

"In the early centuries of Islam, the great schools of Islamic jurisprudence were built upon the above principles. Basic to all their legal systems they developed the doctrine that liberty is the fundamental basis of law."
- Aly Khan
(Related: Legal, Islam, Doctrine, Law, Liberty, Principles, Schools)

"The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Policy, American, Foreign policy, Principles)

"The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: War, Interest, Nixon, President, Principles, Vietnam)

"While we should never give up our principles, we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Principles)

"I also helped write the five-page statement of principles that Civic Forum issued in late November. That was the first public expression of what the new government wanted to do."
- Vaclav Klaus
(Related: Government, Expression, First, Principles, Public)

"By the time I returned to Czechoslovakia, I had an understanding of the principles of the market."
- Vaclav Klaus
(Related: Time, Principles, Understanding)

"The individual makes a clear effort to define moral values and principles that have validity and application apart from the authority of the groups of persons holding them and apart from the individual's own identification with the group."
- Lawrence Kohlberg
(Related: Values, Authority, Effort, Principles, Validity)

"And each of these perspectives comes to the same conclusion, which is that our global economy is out of control and performing contrary to basic principles of market economics."
- David Korten
(Related: Control, Economics, Economy, Principles)

"The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke."
- Jerzy Kosinski
(Related: Art, Principles)

"I consider no man honest who does not observe towards other nations the principles which he desires to be observed towards his own: and therefore I will not interfere in your domestic questions."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Man, Nations, Principles, Questions, Will)

"Its easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor."
- Ray Kroc
(Related: Poor, Principles)

"When the principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then the battle is your calling, and peace has become sin. You must at the price of dearest peace lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy with all the fire of your faith."
- Abraham Kuyper
(Related: Faith, Peace, Friend, Battle, Day, Enemy, Fire, Principles, Sin)

"I bought some books in order to learn the first principles of philosophy."
- Johann Heinrich Lambert
(Related: Books, First, Order, Philosophy, Principles)

"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership."
- Ann Landers
(Related: Art, Marriage, Love, Battle, Partnership, Principles)

"If diffraction or interference phenomena were to be sought it was therefore necessary, in accordance with the basic principles of wave theory, to select for the test arrangement far smaller decisive dimensions than those employed in corresponding tests with visible light."
- Max von Laue
(Related: Light, Principles, Tests, Theory)

"Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Change, Ethics, Justice, Principles)

"Obey the principles without being bound by them."
- Bruce Lee
(Related: Being, Principles)

"Finally there are simple ideas of which no definition can be given; there are also axioms or postulates, or in a word primary principles, which cannot be proved and have no need of proof."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Ideas, Principles, Proof, Word)

"Film-makers should remain true to their principles and never compromise, there is a real revival in the British film industry but there is a danger that we will become colonial servants of Hollywood. We need to maintain our own integrity."
- Mike Leigh
(Related: Compromise, Danger, Film, Hollywood, Integrity, Principles, Will)

"The true function of philosophy is to educate us in the principles of reasoning and not to put an end to further reasoning by the introduction of fixed conclusions."
- George Henry Lewes
(Related: End, Philosophy, Principles)

"Studies indicate that most of young adults struggle to grasp even the most basic financial principles that will allow them to manage money and prepare for their future."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Money, Financial, Future, Principles, Struggle, Will)

"Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and times - and this is the worst of all - before we have new ones."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Libraries, Principles)

"Important principles may, and must, be inflexible."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: May, Principles)

"Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears."
- F. L. Lucas
(Related: Trust, English, Principles, Prose, Rules, Sound, Writers)

"The ideals and principles for which Dr King fought have never been forgotten and are as relevant today as they were 40 years ago."
- George Lucas
(Related: Ideals, Principles, Today, Years)

"The principles behind explaining and educating the product or the elected official is similar, even though the actual execution of it is very, very different."
- Frank Luntz
(Related: Execution, Principles)

"Humanistic values of equality and equal rights for all nations and individuals as crystallized in the principles of the United Nations Charter are mankind's great achievements in the 20th century."
- Tran Duc Luong
(Related: Equality, Values, Rights, Mankind, Nations, Principles, United)

"Every branch of human knowledge, if traced up to its source and final principles, vanishes into mystery."
- Arthur Machen
(Related: Knowledge, Mystery, Principles)

"A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Life, Men, Example, First, Influence, Man, Principles)

"I want to lead the Progressive Conservative Party, a party that will promote true conservative values and principles. I can tell you right now, I am not the merger candidate. I am not interested in institutional marriages with other parties."
- Peter MacKay
(Related: Values, Conservative, Now, Party, Principles, Right, Want, Will)

"We shall all respect the principles of each other and do nothing that would be regarded as an act of oppression to any portion of the people."
- Alexander Mackenzie
(Related: People, Act, Nothing, Oppression, Principles, Respect)

"According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Choice, Heresy, Man, Principles, Punishment, Repentance)

"I beg of you always to dwell upon the necessity of a thorough understanding of principles, in order to stop the vivacity of his mind, and please do not forget to meditate upon the subject of our discussion."
- Nicolas Malebranche
(Related: Forget, Mind, Necessity, Order, Principles, Understanding)

"It is from the traditional family that we absorb those universal ideals and principles which are the teaching of Jesus, the bedrock of our religious faith. We are taught the difference between right and wrong, and about the law, just punishment and discipline."
- Kamisese Mara
(Related: Family, Faith, Discipline, Difference, Ideals, Law, Principles, Punishment, Religious, Right, Teaching, Wrong)

"I have always adhered to two principles. The first one is to train hard and get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight."
- Rocky Marciano
(Related: Fight, First, Forget, Principles)

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
- Groucho Marx
(Related: Principles)

"Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do."
- John C. Maxwell
(Related: Change, Principles, Will)

"We may either proceed from principles to facts, or recede from facts to principles."
- Henry Mayhew
(Related: Facts, May, Principles)

"I was conducted in the evening to a tavern where several of the weavers who advocate the principles of the People's Charter were in the habit of assembling."
- Henry Mayhew
(Related: People, Habit, Evening, Principles)

"According to this way of arguing, there will be no true principles in the world; for there are none but what may be wrested and perverted to serve bad purposes, either through the weakness or wickedness of men."
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Related: Men, May, Principles, Weakness, Wickedness, Will, World)

"The way you have bipartisan negotiations, you sit down across the table, as we did with Ted Kennedy, as I've done with many other members, and you say, 'OK, here's what I want, here's what you want. We'll adhere to your principles, but we'll make concessions.'"
- John McCain
(Related: Principles, Want)

"I am a Republican. I'm loyal to the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And I believe that my party, in some ways, has strayed from those principles, particularly on the issue of fiscal discipline."
- John McCain
(Related: Discipline, Party, Principles, Republican)

"Only to the extent that men desire peace and brotherhood can the world be made better. No peace even though temporarily obtained, will be permanent, whether to individuals or nations, unless it is built upon the solid foundation of eternal principles."
- David O. McKay
(Related: Men, Peace, Brotherhood, Desire, Nations, Principles, Will, World)

"Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles."
- William McKinley
(Related: Principles)

"I don't worry too much about the fundamentalist principles that are in almost any discussion about jazz."
- Pat Metheny
(Related: Jazz, Principles, Worry)

"The task of a priest, in some respects, may be different today, but the principles upon which Herbert built his life as a priest are of universal application."
- Arthur Middleton
(Related: Life, May, Principles, Today)

"This path that we are now starting will be long, and we must follow it to remind ourselves of the great principles that, in our understanding, should always inspire us."
- Marc Forne Molne
(Related: Now, Principles, Understanding, Will)

"The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility."
- Thomas S. Monson
(Related: Courage, Cheerfulness, Disappointment, Humility, Living, Principles, Trouble)

"Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles."
- George Jean Nathan
(Related: Patriotism, Principles)

"Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles."
- Jawaharlal Nehru
(Related: Failure, Forget, Ideals, Objectives, Principles)

"What does it mean to be an American? While each of us may have our own specific answer to that question, we likely can agree on the basic principles of America: freedom, equal opportunity, and rights accompanied by responsibilities."
- Ben Nelson
(Related: Opportunity, American, Freedom, Rights, May, Principles, Question)

"Eternal principles that govern happiness apply equally to all."
- Russell M. Nelson
(Related: Happiness, Principles)

"There is a certain logic to events that pushes you along a certain path. You go along the path that feels the most true, and most according to the principles that are guiding you, and that's the way the decisions are made."
- Michael Nesmith
(Related: Decisions, Events, Logic, Principles)

"Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles... respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law... or, in a word justice."
- Max Nordau
(Related: Equality, Life, Civilization, Justice, Law, Principles, Property, Punishment, Respect, Word)

"America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Progress, Islam, America, Competition, Dignity, Justice, Principles, Tolerance)

"We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Education, Values, Children, Principles)

"In order to restore our country to the principles on which it was founded, we need to elect leaders that believe in the principles of the party, not just the power of the party."
- Christine O'Donnell
(Related: Power, Country, Leaders, Order, Party, Principles)

"Being from Africa is the best thing that could have ever, ever happened to me. I cannot see it any other way. All of my fundamental principles that were instilled in me in my home, from my childhood, are still with me."
- Hakeem Olajuwon
(Related: Home, Being, Childhood, Principles)

"No politician has ever yet been able to rule his country, nor has any country ever yet been able to face the world, upon the principles of the Sermon on the Mount."
- Frederick Scott Oliver
(Related: Country, Principles, World)

"It's all very well to have principles, but when it comes to money you have to be flexible."
- Eugene Ormandy
(Related: Money, Principles)

"Though the general principles of statecraft have survived the rise and fall of empires, every increase in knowledge has brought about changes in the political, economic, and social structure."
- John Boyd Orr
(Related: Knowledge, Principles)

"I try to speak in everyday language. I feel like God has gifted me to take Bible principles and make them practical."
- Joel Osteen
(Related: God, Bible, Language, Principles)

"I think Bible principles are principles for life."
- Joel Osteen
(Related: Life, Bible, Principles)

"I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial; but, if ever I should, it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth."
- James Otis
(Related: God, Truth, May, Melancholy, Practice, Principles, Will)

"The only principles of public conduct that are worthy of a gentleman or a man are to sacrifice estate, ease, health, and applause, and even life, to the sacred calls of his country."
- James Otis
(Related: Health, Life, Sacrifice, Applause, Country, Gentleman, Principles, Public)

"For years now I have been talking about personal responsibility and accountability, both in our private lives and in the halls of government. Those are important principles here in Idaho, and they will form the basis of this administration."
- Butch Otter
(Related: Government, Now, Principles, Responsibility, Talking, Will, Years)

"A renewed commitment to the freedom and opportunity of our people is the touchstone of our time. In this new century, where tests are many and challenges change with the shifting of the wind, we must hold fast to the principles that have made our nation the envy of the world."
- Bill Owens
(Related: Change, Time, People, Opportunity, Commitment, Envy, Freedom, Nation, Principles, Tests, Wind, World)

"Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Science, Man, Principles, Universe)

"An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Army, Principles, Soldiers)

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Business, Death, Love, Heart, Strength, Conscience, Man, Principles, Reflection, Smile, Trouble, Will)

"'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Business, Death, Heart, Conscience, Principles, Will)

"Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?"
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Nature, Custom, Principles)

"To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Thought, Principles)

"And conservatives know that if you reject these principles of limited government and urge others to reject them you can be my ally, you can be my friend but you cannot call yourself a conservative."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Government, Friend, Conservative, Principles)

"Avarice seems to have so pervaded our vital principles as to battle all hopes of a remedy but for peace and plenty."
- Edmund Pendleton
(Related: Peace, Battle, Principles)

"The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles."
- Plato
(Related: Community, Poverty, Principles, Will)

"My title is intended to suggest that the community of scientists is organized in a way which resembles certain features of a body politic and works according to economic principles similar to those by which the production of material goods is regulated."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Body, Community, Principles, Production, Scientists)

"Although... the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States."
- James K. Polk
(Related: People, Action, Necessity, Party, President, Principles, states, United)

"Bottom up thinkers try to start from experience and move from experience to understanding. They don't start with certain general principles they think beforehand are likely to be true; they just hope to find out what reality is like."
- John Polkinghorne
(Related: Experience, Hope, Principles, Reality, Understanding)

"If you deny that any principles of conduct at all are common to and admitted by all men who try to behave reasonably - well, I don't see how you can have any ethics or any ethical background for law."
- Frederick Pollock
(Related: Men, Ethics, Law, Principles)

"The underlying principles of strategy are enduring, regardless of technology or the pace of change."
- Michael Porter
(Related: Change, Technology, Strategy, Principles)

"After the turbulence of death, moral principles and even religious proofs are called into question."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Death, Principles, Question, Religious)

"The security of which we speak is to be attained by the development of international law through an international organization based on the principles of law and justice."
- Ludwig Quidde
(Related: Development, Justice, Law, Principles, Security)

"The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance."
- John Rawls
(Related: Ignorance, Justice, Principles)

"Mystery is gone to the certainty of technological principles. So the real terror, the real aggression against life comes in the form of the pursuit of our technological happiness."
- Godfrey Reggio
(Related: Happiness, Life, Aggression, Certainty, Mystery, Principles, Pursuit, Terror)

"All the great things of humanity have been accomplished in the name of absolute principles."
- Ernest Renan
(Related: Humanity, Name, Principles)

"In stating the principles which regulate exchangeable value and price, we should carefully distinguish between those variations which belong to the commodity itself, and those which are occasioned by a variation in the medium in which value is estimated, or price expressed."
- David Ricardo
(Related: Principles, Value)

"The thing should have plot and character, beginning, middle and end. Arouse pity and then have a catharsis. Those were the best principles I was ever taught."
- Anne Rice
(Related: Character, Beginning, End, Pity, Principles)

"But there's no reason why we should abdicate our foundational principles because certain groups don't believe in them. You know, no majority should surrender its deeply held beliefs to those who don't believe in anything."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Beliefs, Majority, Principles, Reason, Surrender)

"It is often said by reformers that government should be conducted upon business principles."
- John Buchanan Robinson
(Related: Business, Government, Principles)

"Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Determination, Concern, Deep, Feeling, Ideals, Principles)

"Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Principles, Rules)

"There's never been a nation like the United States, ever. It begins with the principles of our founding documents, principles that recognize that our rights come from God, not from our government."
- Marco Rubio
(Related: Government, God, Founding, Rights, Nation, Principles, states, United)

"Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Capitalism, Exercise, Liberty, Principles, Tyranny)

"I don't consult polls to tell me what my principles are or what our policies should be."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Principles)

"The United States is not a nation based upon race, creed, or religion - we are a nation based upon our loyalty and allegiance to our country and her principles."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Religion, Country, Loyalty, Nation, Principles, Race, states, United)

"The truth of good economic doctoring is to know the general principles, and to really know the specifics. To understand the context, and also, to understand that an economy may need some tender loving care, not just the so-called hard truths, if it's going to get by."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Truth, Care, Economy, May, Principles)

"All universal moral principles are idle fancies."
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Principles)

"In order every one in our homeland learns principles of democracy and the peaceful transition of power, and in order to stabilize and develop multiple choices in democratic practice."
- Ali A. Saleh
(Related: Power, Choices, Democracy, Order, Practice, Principles)

"Olympism is a philosophy which, by blending sport with culture, seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal ethical principles."
- Juan Antonio Samaranch
(Related: Life, Culture, Effort, Example, Joy, Philosophy, Principles, Respect, Value)

"It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own."
- Herbert Samuel
(Related: People, Principles)

"I chose to deal with the science of cryptography. Cryptography began in mathematics. Codes were developed, even from Caesar's time, based on number theory and mathematical principles. I decided to use those principles and designed a work that is encoded."
- James Sanborn
(Related: Science, Work, Time, Mathematics, Principles, Theory)

"Know the difference between principles based on right or wrong vs. principles based on personal gain, and consider the basis of your own principles."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Difference, Gain, Principles, Right, Wrong)

"Those persons who suffer from indigestion, or who become drunk, are utterly ignorant of the true principles of eating and drinking."
- Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin
(Related: Drinking, Eating, Indigestion, Principles)

"Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage."
- Laura Schlessinger
(Related: Experience, Happiness, Life, Ideas, Courage, Values, Dignity, Honor, Meaning, Pride, Principles, Temptations)

"High achievers spot rich opportunities swiftly, make big decisions quickly and move into action immediately. Follow these principles and you can make your dreams come true."
- Robert H. Schuller
(Related: Dreams, Action, Decisions, Principles)

"The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Government, Principles)

"The time I trust will come, perhaps within the lives of some of us, when the outline of this science will be clearly made out and generally recognised, when its nomenclature will be fixed, and its principles form a part of elementary instruction."
- Nassau William Senior
(Related: Science, Time, Trust, Principles, Will)

"The business of a Political Economist is neither to recommend nor to dissuade, but to state general principles, which it is fatal to neglect, but neither advisable, nor perhaps practicable, to use as the sole, or even the principal, guides in the actual conduct of affairs."
- Nassau William Senior
(Related: Business, Neglect, Principles, State)

"Dr. King's general principles are universal. But the things he confronted took place in another era."
- Al Sharpton
(Related: Principles)

"But the more an organization succeeds and prospers, the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals, principles and purposes."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Ideals, Principles)

"Just as predatory animals follow a similar general design and behave in similar ways, so organizations, especially those in competition with one another, must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Design, Animals, Competition, Principles, Succeed)

"We should be exploring consciousness at the neural level and higher, where the arrow of causal analysis points up toward such principles as emergence and self-organization."
- Michael Shermer
(Related: Consciousness, Principles, Self)

"At the descriptive level, certainly, you would expect different cultures to develop different sorts of ethics and obviously they have; that doesn't mean that you can't think of overarching ethical principles you would want people to follow in all kinds of places."
- Peter Singer
(Related: People, Ethics, Principles, Want)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Actions, Care, Misery, Principles)

"Freedom. And Justice. If you have those two, it covers everything. You must stick to those principles and have the courage of your convictions."
- Ian Smith
(Related: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Principles)

"One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may."
- Joseph Smith, Jr.
(Related: Truth, May, Principles)

"We will always apply the same principles of collective security, prudent caution, and superior weaponry that enabled us to peacefully prevail in the long cold war against the Soviet Union."
- Theodore C. Sorensen
(Related: War, Caution, Principles, Security, Will)

"When I had made more money than I needed for myself and my family, I set up a foundation to promote the values and principles of a free and open society."
- George Soros
(Related: Money, Society, Family, Values, Open, Principles)

"The first issue of The Register was printed in London, and gave a glowing account of the province that was to be - its climate, its resources, the sound principles on which it was founded."
- Catherine Helen Spence
(Related: Climate, First, London, Principles, Sound)

"The principles upon which a safety lamp might be constructed I stated to several persons long before Sir Humphrey Davy came into this part of the country."
- George Stephenson
(Related: Country, Principles, Safety)

"Alas! if the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Happiness, Contentment, Man, Principles, Will)

"From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts."
- Tom Stoppard
(Related: Truth, Certainty, Facts, Principles)

"In vain shall Great Britain confer upon her colonies the free government and liberal principles of legislation, for which she is distinguished, if she do not carry with her the revelations of God."
- John Strachan
(Related: Government, God, Legislation, Liberal, Principles)

"If you look at the history of the American capital market, there's probably no innovation more important than the idea of generally accepted accountancy principles."
- Lawrence Summers
(Related: History, Idea, American, Innovation, Principles)

"A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living."
- Charles R. Swindoll
(Related: Family, Living, Principles)

"The ideals of the party were close to me, and I have tried to adhere to those principles all my life. In essence, they are the same as in the Ten Commandments in the Bible. I will never change my convictions."
- Valentina Tereshkova
(Related: Change, Life, Bible, Ideals, Party, Principles, Will)

"To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects."
- Margaret Thatcher
(Related: Values, Beliefs, Principles)

"The mongers brought them together upon a mutual surrender of their principles."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Principles, Surrender)

"The principles and policy of these Presidents were marked by the most enlarged and comprehensive statesmanship, promoting the highest interests of the Republic."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Policy, Principles, Statesmanship)

"Our citizens will lose their confidence or trust in the values and principles of the international community, especially if our personal identity is denied."
- Boris Trajkovski
(Related: Trust, Values, Community, Confidence, Identity, Principles, Will)

"You are Americans. You love this country. Together we are entrusted with the principles that represent mankind's greatest political and social achievement."
- Paul Tsongas
(Related: Love, Achievement, Americans, Country, Mankind, Principles)

"The two principles referred to are Authority and Liberty, and the names of the two schools of Socialistic thought which fully and unreservedly represent one or the other of them are, respectively, State Socialism and Anarchism."
- Benjamin Tucker
(Related: Thought, Authority, Liberty, Names, Principles, Schools, Socialism, State)

"Almost the only persons who may be said to comprehend even approximately the significance, principles, and purposes of Socialism are the chief leaders of the extreme wings of the Socialistic forces, and perhaps a few of the money kings themselves."
- Benjamin Tucker
(Related: Money, Extreme, Kings, Leaders, May, Principles, Socialism)

"My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided."
- Edward Tufte
(Related: Nature, Idea, Culture, Gender, Information, Language, Laws, Principles)

"Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Force, Principles)

"All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together."
- Morihei Ueshiba
(Related: Life, Change, Truth, Creation, Earth, Heaven, Living, Principles, Will)

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. '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."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Business, Death, Love, Heart, Strength, Conscience, Principles, Reflection, Smile, Trouble, Will)

"There was the best teachers from the Czech Philharmonic, highly dedicated people, some of the best musicians in the world passing on the knowledge about the country, about the principles, and about the music."
- Miroslav Vitous
(Related: Music, People, Knowledge, Country, Musicians, Principles, Teachers, World)

"The money in the schools overpowers the principles of the purpose."
- Miroslav Vitous
(Related: Money, Purpose, Principles, Schools)

"I will not attempt to deny the reasonableness and necessity of a party war; but in carrying on that war all principles and rules of justice should not be departed from."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: War, Justice, Necessity, Party, Principles, Rules, Will)

"Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake."
- J. Donald Walters
(Related: Friendship, Happiness, Being, Principles, Understanding)

"I am outraged that a House member has tried through this provision to breach the traditional confidentiality of individual Americans' tax returns. There is no reason for this measure, and this last-minute act violates all principles of judgment and common sense."
- John Warner
(Related: Act, Americans, Common sense, Tax, Judgment, Measure, Principles, Reason)

"The United States form a young republic, a confederacy which ought ever to be cemented by a union of interests and affection, under the influence of those principles which obtained their independence."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Affection, Independence, Influence, Principles, states, United)

"The progress of the American Revolution has been so rapid and such the alteration of manners, the blending of characters, and the new train of ideas that almost universally prevail, that the principles which animated to the noblest exertions have been nearly annihilated."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Progress, Ideas, American, Revolution, Manners, Principles)

"Democratic principles are the result of equality of condition."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Equality, Principles, Result)

"Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are based not on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles."
- James D. Watson
(Related: Evolution, Fact, Minority, Principles, Religious, Theory, Today)

"Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them."
- Alan Watts
(Related: Inheritance, Parents, Principles)

"It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion."
- Noah Webster
(Related: Religion, Christian, Bible, Desire, New testament, Principles, Republican, Writer)

"Thus, the Archivist must display at all times scrupulous independence and a devotion to the laws and principles which govern the responsibilities of the office."
- Allen Weinstein
(Related: Devotion, Independence, Laws, Office, Principles)

"There is no question but that the laws and principles which Solon laid down both foreshadowed and prepared the way for all republics of later ages, including our own."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Laws, Principles, Question)

"I think that if we get back to some basic fundamental principles, we can make sure that we resolve the issues. And I think that that's what the Tea Party was all about. It's getting back to a constitutional conservative government. And that is limited, but it's also effective and efficient. I think that that's what we'll be able to do."
- Allen West
(Related: Government, Conservative, Party, Principles, Tea)

"Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome."
- Benjamin Whichcote
(Related: Religion, Politicians, Principles)

"I don't know anything about cars. A business is a business, and I think I can learn about cars. I'm not that old, and I think the business principles are the same."
- Edward Whitacre, Jr.
(Related: Business, Old, Principles)

"You know, I like to think that I will subscribe very much to the core Republican principles of small government. Making a small number of rules and getting out of the way. Keeping taxes low. Creating an environment for small businesses to grow and thrive."
- Meg Whitman
(Related: Government, Environment, Principles, Republican, Rules, Taxes, Will)

"I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Principles, World)

"My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring."
- Prince William
(Related: Life, Caring, Principles, Thoughtful)

"The only sound approach to collective bargaining is to work out an agreement that clarifies the rights and responsibilities of the parties, establishes principles and operates to the advantage of all concerned."
- Charles E. Wilson
(Related: Work, Agreement, Rights, Principles, Sound)

"Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Government, Democracy, Principles)

"The major studios don't differ very much from one another as they all operate under essentially the same principles and pressure."
- Douglas Wood
(Related: Pressure, Principles)

"My opinions and principles are subjects of just criticism. I put myself before the public voluntarily."
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Criticism, Opinions, Principles, Public)

"The simplest principles become difficult of practice, when habits, formed in error, have been fixed by time, and the simplest truths hard to receive when prejudice has warped the mind."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Time, Error, Habits, Mind, Practice, Prejudice, Principles)

""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
(Related: First, Meaning, Old, Principles)

"Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Related: Nature, Work, God, Inspiration, Building, Day, Principles)

"When a battle for suffrage is conducted, it should only be conducted according to socialist principles, and therefore with the demand of universal suffrage for women and men."
- Clara Zetkin
(Related: Men, Women, Battle, Principles)

"A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Eyes, Principles, Ritual, Will)

"Therefore, a person should first be changed by a teacher's instructions, and guided by principles of ritual. Only then can he observe the rules of courtesy and humility, obey the conventions and rules of society, and achieve order."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Society, Courtesy, First, Humility, Order, Principles, Ritual, Rules)

"Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they must acquire ritual and moral principles."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Nature, People, Principles, Ritual, Teachers)

"When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled."
- Xun Zi
(Related: People, Principles, Ritual, Teachers)