Quotes with principle
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.
Labor is the vivifying principle which preserves capital from decay.
Speaking at the Industrial Remuneration Conference, London, 1885.
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.
As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and by the consistent narrowness of his outlook. But I have never been able to love what was not lovable or hate what was not hateful, out of deference for some general principle.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. There is no other principle distinctly, certainly, and consistently maintained through all its narrow turnings. Viewed by this light it becomes a coherent scheme, and not the monstrous maze the laity are apt to think it. Let them but once clearly perceive that its grand principle is to make business for itself at their expense, and surely they will cease to grumble.
America is today the hope of all honorable men who respect the rights of their fellow men and who believe in the principle of freedom and justice.
You have broader considerations that might follow what you would call the falling domino principle.
Introducing the "domino theory" as a justification for US intervention in Indochina at a press conference (April 7, 1954)
There will never be an easy place for us to make a stand, but there is a best one.That best one is where principle points. Deep in that principle is the truth that we cannot afford the loss of any free nation--for whenever freedom is destroyed anywhere we are ourselves, by that much weakened.
Address at the Gettysburg College Convocation: The Importance of Understanding (April 4, 1959). Speaking about the fight against communism.
Perhaps myself the first, at some expense of popularity, to unfold the true character of Jefferson, it is too late for me to become his apologist. Nor can I have any disposition to do it. I admit that his politics are tinctured with fanaticism, that he is too much in earnest in his democracy, that he has been a mischievous enemy to the principle measures of our past administration, that he is crafty & persevering in his objects, that he is not scrupulous about the means of success, nor very mindful of truth, and that he is a contemptible hypocrite.
When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money.
You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
Evolution is a technological, mathematical, informational, and biological process rolled into one. It could almost be said to be a law of physics, a principle that reigns over all created multitudes, whether they have genes or not.
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995)
Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.
The Little Red Book (1964)
Self-consciousness is a foe to greatness in every line of endeavor. No one ever does a really great thing until he feels that he is a part of something greater than himself, until he surrenders to that greater principle.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Every man has a right to his own property; which means a right to be assured, to the fullest extent attainable, in the safety of his savings. By no other means can men carry the burdens of those parts of life which, in the nature of things, afford no chance of labor; childhood, sickness, old age. In all thought of property, this right is paramount; all other property rights must yield to it. If, in accord with this principle, we must restrict the operations of the speculator, the manipulator, even the financier, I believe we must accept the restriction as needful, not to hamper individualism but to protect it.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.
Although I don't feel that it's at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of individuality, I know that I'm going to have to spend the rest of my life expressing it one way or another, and I think that I'll accomplish more by expressing it on the keys of a typewriter than by letting it express itself in sudden outbursts of frustrated violence...
Letter to a friend, October 1957
Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principle one was that they escaped teething.
Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar
The lie, as a virtue, a principle, is eternal; the lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man's best and surest friend is immortal.
"On the Decay of the Art of Lying"
Men with intellectual light alone may make advances without moral principle, but without that moral principle which gospel faith produces, permanent progress is impossible.