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There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.
If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.
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.
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.
Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.
A consistent anarchist must oppose private ownership of the means of production, and the wage-slavery which is a component of this system, as incompatible with the principle that labor must be freely undertaken and under the control of the producer.
These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.
Anthony de Mello
The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves; and this of course is to be effected by stratagem.
In Taoist philosophy, 'yin' is the feminine principle, representing the forces of earth, while 'yang' is the masculine principle, representing spirit.
All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
Otto von Bismarck
In principle the great religions of the world do not differ as much as they appear to.
To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed.
While the soul is in mortal sin, nothing can profit it; none of its good works merit an eternal reward, since they do not proceed from God as their first principle, and by Him alone is our virtue real virtue.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
Joseph Wood Krutch
Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.
Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
Since the generality of persons act from impulse, much more than from principle, men are neither so good nor so bad as we are apt to think them.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
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