Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Category: Principle.

The repository contains 19 quotes in the category “Principle.”

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

President Thomas Jefferson
1743 — 1826

Always vote for principle. Though you may vote alone, you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

President John Quincy Adams
1767 — 1848

A man’s usefulness depends on his living up to his ideals insofar as he can.

President Theodore Roosevelt
1858 — 1919

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

Mark Twain
1835 — 1910

He who has a why can endure any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche
1844 — 1900

The great and glorious masterpiece of humanity is to know how to live with a purpose.

Michel de Montaigne
1533 — 1592

I would rather be right than President.

Senator Henry Clay
1777 — 1852

If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1929 — 1968

Deep roots are not reached by frost.

J.R.R. Tolkien
1892 — 1973

It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.

Tom Brokaw
1940 —     

The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.

Frederic Bástiát
1801 — 1850

Something not in resistance to a force does not feel that force.

Jon K. Hart

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

Dante Alighieri
1265 — 1321

Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Laurence Peter
1919 — 1990

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

Alfred Adler
1870 — 1937

A person who stands for nothing, falls for anything.


Pick battles big enough to matter and small enough to win.

Jonathan Kozol
1936 —     

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are moveable, and those that move.

Arabic Proverb

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.

Chinese Proverb