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All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.
Right as a trivet.
- Richard Harris Barham,
The Ingoldsby Legends--Auto-da-fe
Right, the substantive right is the child of law.
- Jeremy Bentham
The Saviour comes in the strength of righteousness. Righteousness is at the bottom of all things. Righteousness is thorough; it is the very spirit of unsparing truth.
- Phillips Brooks
The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.
- William Jennings Bryan
The glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the declaration of independence.
- Rufus Choate
Sir, I would rather be right than be President.
- Henry Clay,
Speech--Referring to the Compromise Measure
He will hew to the line of right, let the chips fly where they may.
- Roscoe Conkling,
in a speech at the National Convention, in Chicago, 1880, when General Grant was nominated for a third term
Woman's rights should come by evolution, and not by revolution. I want a little woman's right tried first, and then, if the experience is bad, we can go back on our track; if good, forward.
- Joseph Cook
But 'twas a maxim he had often tried,
That right was right, and there he would abide.
- George Crabbe, Tales
(tale XV, The Squire and the Priest)
Be sure you are right, then go ahead.
- David (Davy) Crockett,
motto in the War of 1812
Right is more beautiful than private affection, and is compatible with universal wisdom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The rule of the road is a paradox quite,
If you drive with a whip or a thong;
If you go to the left you are sure to be right,
If you go to the right you are wrong.
- Henry Erskine, Rule of the Road
For right is right, since God is God,
And right the day must win;
To doubt would be disloyalty,
To falter would be sin.
- Rev. Frederick William Faber,
The Right Must Win (st. 18)
Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
- Benjamin Franklin
A man does not attain the status of Galileo merely because he is persecuted; he must also be right.
- Stephen Jay Gould, Ever Since Darwin
And wanting the right rule they take chalke for cheese, as the saying is.
- Nicholas Grimoald (Grimald or Grimalde),
Three Books of Duties to Marcus his Sonne
his translation of Marcus Tullius Cicero
If men would only take the chances of doing right because it is right, instead of the immediate certainty of the advantage of doing wrong, how much happier would their lives be.
- Benjamin Robert Haydon
If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.
- William Hazlitt (1)
Rise above principle and do what's right.
- Joseph Heller
For the ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one's acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act.
- Francis Hutcheson, the Elder,
A System of Moral Philosophy--The General Notions of Rights and Laws Explained
(bk. II, ch. III)
We shall keep the people on our side by keeping ourselves in the right.
- Thomas Jefferson
A president's hardest task is not to do what is right but to know what is right.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson
No man's conscience can tell him the rights of another man; they must be known by rational investigation or historical inquiry.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
Let us have faith that Right makes Might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln,
in an address at New York City
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