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Expedients are for the hour; principles for the ages.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Dangerous principles impose upon our understanding, emasculate our spirits, and spoil our temper.
      - Jeremy Collier

He who knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.
      - Confucius

Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you.
      - Confucius

A precedent embalms a principle.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Speech on the Expenditures of the Country

Principle is ever my motto, no expediency.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Sybil (bk. II, ch. II)

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower,
        in his first inaugural address

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain; and there is no good theory of disease which does not at once suggest a cure.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Still it is a fine sight to see a man who has never changed his principles.
      - Gabriel Claude Jules Favre

If principle is good for anything, it is worth living up to.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Principles cannot die.
      - Wade Hampton

Principle is a passion for truth.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

I have all reverence for principles which grow out of sentiments; but as to sentiments which grow out of principles, you shall scarcely build a house of cards thereon.
      - Hermann Jacobi

Whatever lies beyond the limits of experience, and claims another origin than that of induction and deduction from established data, is illegitimate.
      - George Henry Lewes

I don't believe in princerple,
  But, oh, I du in interest.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (first series, no. VI, st. 9)

Ez to my princerples, I glory
  In hevin' nothin' o' the sort.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (first series, no. VII, st. 10)

Men must have righteous principles in the first place, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.
      - Martin Luther

One just principle from the depths of a cave is more powerful than an army.
      - Jose Marti

A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad.
      - John Milton

Whoever is right, the persecutor must be wrong.
      - William Penn

Principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed, and stand fast.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Sacrifice money rather than principle.
      - Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild

It is in vain to expect any advantage from our profession of the truth, if we be not sincerely just and honest in our actions.
      - James Sharp

There is no security in a good disposition if the support of good principles--that is to say, of religion, of Christian faith--be wanting. It may be soured by misfortune, it may be corrupted by wealth, it may be blighted by neediness, it may lose all its original brightness, if destitute of that support.
      - Robert Southey

It is often easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson

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