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Integrity



 
A little integrity is better
than any career.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

   

It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.       -Francis Bacon

   

Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.  Do the right thing because it is right.  These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.        -W. Clement Stone

   
I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.        -Thomas Jefferson
   

Deep inside, our integrity sings to us whether we are listening or not.  It is a note that only we can hear.  Eventually, when life makes us ready to listen, it will help us to find our way home.        -Rachel Naomi Remen

   

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, and kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.        -Moliere

    
Integrity is not a conditional word.  It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather.  It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a person who won’t cheat, then you know you never will.       -John MacDonald

  
If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.       -Alan Simpson
    

Rabbi Safra was saying his morning prayers when a customer came to buy his donkey, so he did not respond when the buyer made his offer.  Taking the rabbi's silence as a rejection, the man upped the price.  When the rabbi remained silent, the buyer substantially added to his bid.  But Rabbi Safra remained silent in prayer.
   After the rabbi finished, he said to the buyer, "I had decided to sell you my donkey at the first price you spoke of, but I did not want to interrupt my prayers to talk to you.  So, you may have the donkey at that price--any other offers I will not accept."       -Aha of Shabha

   

Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.       -William Penn

   
Integrity is not something that grownups have and adolescents can aspire to.  Integrity is something that all of us, at all ages, are constantly striving for.        -Harold Kushner
   
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble.  Courage is the foundation of integrity.          -Keshavan Nair
   

You cannot drive straight on a twisting lane.       -Russian proverb

   

Let us be true:  integrity is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and virtue, and of all moral authority.        -Henri Frederic Amiel

    

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight-forward and simple integrity in another.        -Charles Caleb Colton

   
Perhaps losing integrity with yourself is the greatest stress of all, far more hurtful to us than competition, time pressure, or lack of respect.  Our vitality is rooted in our integrity.  When we do not live in one piece, our life force becomes divided.  Becoming separated from our authentic values may weaken us.        -Rachel Naomi Remen
   

In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of your own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give you a humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of people, or the iniquity of the times may rob you of other rewards.       -Barbara Paley

   
A person is not given integrity.  It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.       -unattributed
   

The glue that holds all relationships together--including the relationship between the leader and the led--is trust, and trust is based on integrity.         -Brian Tracy

   
Integrity is the first step to true greatness.  People love to praise, but are slow to practice it.  To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.        -Charles Simmons

   

 

    
If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely.  It is absolutely touch and go.  Each one of us could make the difference.        -Buckminster Fuller
   

A life lived with integrity--even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune--is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.         -Denis Waitley

   

If you believe in unlimited quality and act in all your business dealings with total integrity, the rest will take care of itself.         -Frank Perdue

    

Integrity is praised and then left out in the cold.        -Junius

    

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.         -Samuel Johnson

    

Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.        -Don Galer

   

The integrity of people is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.         -Junius

    

Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.        -George Eliot

   

Integrity simply means not violating one's own identity.         -Erich Fromm

    
Living with integrity means:
  • Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships.
  • Asking for what you want and need from others.
  • Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension.
  • Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values.
  • Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.

Barbara DeAngelis

    

   
No matter what the circumstances are, it is best to pursue behavior that is above reproach, because then you will be respected for your actions.     -Rosa Parks
   
If one is to move to the top and be entrusted with command decisions, there must be a plus factor, something that takes mere ability and doubles or trebles its effectiveness.  To describe this magic characteristic there's only one word:  integrity.
   Basically, the word means wholeness.  In mathematics, an integer is a number that isn't divided into fractions.  Just so, a person of integrity isn't divided against him or herself.  They don't think one thing and say another--so it's virtually impossible for the person to lie.  They don't believe in one thing and do another--so one is not in conflict with one's own principles.  It's the absence of inner warfare, I'm convinced, that gives a person the extra energy and clarity of thought that make achievement inevitable.
   Integrity really means having a certain built-in set of attitudes.     -Arthur Gordon, A Touch of Wonder
  
The desire for self-esteem without integrity is like the desire for wealth without effort--a longing for the unearned.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  
Integrity requires that I discern what is integral to my selfhood, what fits and what does not--and that I choose life-giving ways of relating to the forces that converge within me:  Do I welcome them or fear them, embrace them or reject them, move with them or against them?  By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection.  It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.     -Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach
   
   
If you wish to discern either the presence or absence of integrity, you need to ask only one question.  What is missing?  Has anything been left out?

M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum

As soon as we think with integrity we will realize that we are all properly stewards and that we cannot with integrity deny our responsibility for stewardship of every part of the whole.
  
I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules.     -Albert Camus
  
Does one's integrity ever lie in what one is not able to do?  I think that usually it does, for free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one person.     -Flannery O'Connor
  

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