Quotations on Principles

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So sometimes the facts are good and sometimes the facts are bad, the important thing from the point of view of a principle as broad and important as freedom of speech is that the courts articulate and set forth in a very protective way what those principles are.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: Facts, Freedom, Principles, Speech)

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
(Keywords: Government, Power, People, Authority, Choices, Democracy, Fate, Principles, Tradition)

He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
- Aesop
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Change, Men, Action, First, Principles, Right, Will)

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
(Keywords: Religion, Act, Principles, Religious, Responsibility, Rules)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Laws, May, Principles, Taste)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Change, Work, Criticism, Praise, Principles, Value)

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
(Keywords: Life, America, Earth, Europe, Principles, states)

The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
- George Berkeley
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: God, Truth, Knowledge, Opinion, Principles, Reason, Scripture, Spirit)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Knowledge, First, Principles, Word)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Change, Principles, Worth)

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
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Action, Being, Conflict, Man, Principles, Speech)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Men, Principles, Prosperity, Temper)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Leadership, Opportunity, Jobs, Principles, Training)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Principles, Self)

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
(Keywords: Expediency, President, Principles, Republicans, Voting, Want)

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

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
(Keywords: Men, Compromise, Defeat, Principles, Weakness)

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
(Keywords: Strength, Ceremony, Nation, Principles, School, Spiritual)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: People, Authority, Principles, Right)

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
(Keywords: Peace, Possibility, Destruction, Earth, Fight, Future, Principles, Ruin, Security)

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
(Keywords: Creation, Language, Laws, Principles, Words)

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
(Keywords: Men, Chance, Houses, Possessions, Principles, Property)

Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference.
- Karl Von Clausewitz
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Acting, American, Comedy, Kids, Principles, Problems, Teenage, Writing)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Men, Knowledge, Building, Principles, Worth)

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
(Keywords: Life, Effort, Example, Joy, Principles, Respect, Value)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Faith, Christian, Old, Principles, State, Today, Tradition, Will)

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
- Eugene V. Debs
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Knowledge, Principles, School, Spirit, World)

Thanks to President Bush and Republican principles, businesses now have more confidence to hire workers.
- John Doolittle
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Art, Geometry, Painting, Principles, Right)

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

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
(Keywords: Impulses, Principles, Right)

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
(Keywords: Present, Principles, Training)



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