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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.
Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed.
To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
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.
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
Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
Family preparedness has been a long-established welfare principle.
Ezra Taft Benson
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.
A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
When a fellow says, 'It ain't the money but the principle of the thing,' it's the money.
Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
What is magnificent about humans is when they decide to turn and stand. If they respond with non-violence on principle and hold their ground, they are really magnificent.
From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.
John Henry Newman
The world is not dialectical - it is sworn to extremes, not to equilibrium, sworn to radical antagonism, not to reconciliation or synthesis. This is also the principle of evil.
To live for a principle, for the triumph of some reform by which all mankind are to be lifted up to be wedded to an idea may be, after all, the holiest and happiest of marriages.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
There are both things in international law: the principle of territorial integrity and right to self-determination.
It has actually been suggested that warfare may have been the principle evolutionary pressure that created the huge gap between the human brain and that of our closest living relatives, the anthropoid apes. Whole groups of hominids with inferior brains could not win wars and were therefore exterminated.
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.
George H. W. Bush
An economy genuinely local and neighborly offers to localities a measure of security that they cannot derive from a national or a global economy controlled by people who, by principle, have no local commitment.
The very idea of law originates in men's natural rights. There is no other standard, than natural rights, by which civil law can be measured. Law has always been the name of that rule or principle of justice, which protects those rights. Thus we speak of natural law.
Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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