Principle 2    

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Hold faithfulness and
sincerity as first principles.


Confucius

   

We distinguish the excellent person from the common person by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on him or herself, and the latter the one who makes no demands on him or herself.        -Jose Ortega y Gasset

   

Don't believe that winning is really everything.  It's more important to stand for something.  If you don't stand for something, what do you win?       -Lane Kirkland

   
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.  Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.        -Thomas Paine
   

It's important that people should know what you stand for.  It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for.        -Mary H. Waldrip

   
Always fall in with what you're asked to accept.  Take what is given, and make it your own way.  My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going.  Not against:  with.       -Robert Frost
    
My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned, not bought.        -Margaret Chase Smith

  
Learn from your earliest days to insure your principles against the perils of ridicule.  If you think it right to differ from the times, and to make a stand for any valuable point of morals, do it, however rustic, however antiquated, however pedantic it may appear; do it, not for insolence, but seriously, and grandly, as people who wear souls of their own in their bosoms, and do not wait till it shall be breathed into them by the breath of fashion.       -Sydney Smith
    
No one knows what they are doing so long as they are acting rightly;  but of what is wrong one is always conscious.        -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    
The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness.       -Harry Harrison
   
The place to take the test of a man is not the forum or field, not the marketplace or the amen corner, but at his own fireside.  There he lays aside his mask and you may judge whether he is imp or angel, king or cur, hero or humbug.  I care not what the world says of him, whether it crown him with bays or pelt him with eggs; I care never a copper what his reputation or religion may be; if his babes dread his homecoming and his better half has to swallow her heart every time she asks him for a five dollar bill, he's a fraud of the first water, even though he prays night and morn until he is black in the face, and howls hallelujah until he shakes the eternal hills.  But if his children rush to the front gate meet him, and love's own sunshine illumines the face of his wife when she hears his footsteps, you may take it for granted that he is true gold, for his home's a heaven and the humbug never got that close to the great white throne of God.       -William Cowper Brann
   
If people walk in the woods for the love of them half of each day, they are in danger of being regarded as loafers; but if they spend their whole day as speculators, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, they are esteemed industrious and enterprising citizens.  As if a town had no interest in forests but to cut them down!       -Henry David Thoreau
   
When you know what your values are, making decisions becomes easier.       -Glenn van Eckeren
   
Faithfully faithful to every trust,
Honestly honest in every deed,
Righteously righteous and justly just:
This is the whole of the good man's creed.

unattributed
  
I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of humans; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.       -Thomas Paine
   
Socrates:  If, acting under the advice of men who have no understanding, we destroy that which is improvable by health and deteriorated by disease--when that has been destroyed, I say, would life be worth having? And that is--the body?
Crito:  Yes
Socrates:  Could we live, having an evil and corrupted body?
Crito:  Certainly not.
Socrates:  And will life be worth having, if that higher part of man be depraved, which is improvable by justice and deteriorated by injustice? Do we suppose that principle, whatever it may be in man, which has to do with justice and injustice, to be inferior to the body?
Crito:  Certainly not.
Socrates:  More honored, then?
Crito:  Far more honored.
Socrates:  Then, my friend, we must not regard what the many say of us: but what he, the one man who has understanding of just and unjust, will say, and what the truth will say.  And therefore you begin in error when you suggest that we should regard the opinion of the many about just and unjust, honorable and dishonorable.

From the Crito
    
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.       -Confucius
   
Let then our first act every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:  I shall not fear anyone on earth.  I shall fear only God.  I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.  I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.  I shall conquer untruth by truth.  And in resisting untruth I shall put up with all suffering.       -Mohandas Gandhi
   
The principles you live by create the world you live in; if you change the principles you live by, you will change your world.       -Blaine Lee

Principle 2    

My creed is this:
Justice is the only worship;
Love is the only priest;
Ignorance is the only slavery;
Happiness is the only good;
The time to be happy is now,
The place to be happy is here,
The way to be happy is
to make others so.

Robert Ingersoll
   

   
It is often easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.       -Adlai Stevenson
   
Humans are condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, they are responsible for everything they do.       -Jean Paul Sartre
   
If you learn only methods, you'll be ties to your methods, but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
   

   
I suppose that one of the biggest surprises I've encountered as an adult is just how difficult it is to live by one's principles.  The perfect example of this can be seen on the road--years ago I decided that I really had no right to break the laws of the road, especially since I spent four years in the army, supposedly to uphold the freedoms and responsibilities of this country.  It sounds easy, doesn't it?  Hmm. . . just try it--obey the traffic laws.

It's not easy at all.  I go the speed limit--not ten miles under--and I can't tell you just how often I get tailgated, just how often people put my life and the lives of others in my car in danger by passing on double yellows or passing on the right (even in residential areas where there's only one lane--people have passed in the parking lane!), or how often I've been flipped off by people who are in such a hurry that they can't even respect my right to obey the law--no, my obligation to obey the law.  It's not a choice, or at least it shouldn't be.

But the main point is that when I want to follow my principles of obeying the laws of the country I live in, I get harassed by people who don't respect those laws. When I speak up for what is right, others who disagree try to counter by putting me down rather than responding to my arguments or points.  When a friend does something wrong and I say something, I risk losing a friend.  If a boss does something unethical and I say something, I risk losing a job.

Following our principles has been a main tenet of virtually all great religious and spiritual teachers, yet very few people are willing to focus a great deal of effort on doing so.  This should be, in my mind, one of our highest priorities, for the benefits to us and to those around us are great.  People who know me trust me, and that's one of the parts of my life that I'm most proud of.  When I pass a police officer with a radar gun, I smile and wave--they have enough stress in their lives with the people who speed and then lie about it, and I know I'm not adding to that stress.  My employers trust me to do what I know is right, but they also know that I'm more than willing to examine my actions to see if I might not have been mistaken in some way.

People who consistently put their principles aside can't even trust themselves, when all is said and done, and I can't think of anything sadder than that.

tom walsh
  

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In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.     -Thomas Jefferson
  
Back of every noble life there are principles which have fashioned it.     -George H. Lorimer
  
The more clearly a principle is understood by the intellect, the more inexcusable is the neglect to put it into practice.     -Allan Karder

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