Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
more François Duc de La Rochefoucauld quotes
Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.
more François Duc de La Rochefoucauld quotes
The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.
more Charles de Montesquieu quotes
Where are we then? The religionists are the enemies of liberty, and the friends of liberty attack religion; the high-minded and the noble advocate subjection, and the meanest and most servile minds preach independence; honest and enlightened citizens are opposed to all progress, whilst men without patriotism and without principles are the apostles of civilization and intelligence. Has such been the fate of the centuries which have preceded our own? and has man always inhabited a world like the present, where nothing is linked together, where virtue is without genius, and genius without honor; where the love of order is confounded with a taste for oppression, and the holy rites of freedom with a taste for law; where the light thrown by conscience on human actions is dim, and where nothing seems to be any longer forbidden or allowed, honorable or shameful, false or true?
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
more Declaration of Independence quotes
Honest labor bears a lovely face.
more Thomas Dekker quotes
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
The reality is, if we tell the truth, we only have to tell the truth once. If you lie, you have to keep lying forever.
more Rabbi Wayne Dosick quotes
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself.
more Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes
The function of the prosecutor under the federal Constitution is not to tack as many skins of victims as possible against the wall. His function is to vindicate the rights of the people as expressed in the laws and give those accused of crime a fair trial.
more Justice William O. Douglas quotes
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
Ill habits gather by unseen degrees -- As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
more John Dryden quotes
The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional rights, we are weakening our own claim to them.
more Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes
Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
He hath freedom whoso beareth a clean and constant heart within.
more Quintus Ennius quotes
We will all be better citizens when voting records of our Congressmen are followed as carefully as scores of pro-football games.
more Lou Erickson quotes
Freedom may come quickly in robes of peace, or after ages of conflict and war; but come it will, and abide it will, so long as the principles by which it was acquired are held sacred.
more Edward Everett quotes
When I'm not thanked at all, I'm thanked enough; I've done my duty, and I've done no more.
more Henry Fielding quotes
He does not believe, that does not live according to his belief.
more Dr. Thomas Fuller quotes
If I said, "The live-and-let-live people I've met are generally warm and generous, although often reserved and respectful, while the control freaks I've met are generally cynical, mean and aggressively obnoxious," would that seem likely to be true? Of course it does. It IS true, and it's obviously logically consistent and what you'd expect. BUT, if I said, "I've found the intellectual defenders of private property and laissez-faire capitalism whom I've met to be generally warm and generous, while the so-called "liberal" defenders of the welfare state I've found to be often cynical, mean and tight-fisted in their personal lives," would THAT seem likely to be true? Think about it. Well, it's also true ... it's a matter of semantics, or word choice. BECAUSE BOTH SENTENCES SAY EXACTLY THE SAME THING.
more Rick Gaber quotes
A moderate is either someone who has no moral code of his own, or if he does, then he's someone who doesn't have the guts to take sides between good and evil.
more Rick Gaber quotes
The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
From my experience of hundreds of children, I know that they have perhaps a finer sense of honour than you or I have. The greatest lessons in life, if we would but stoop and humble ourselves, we would learn not from grown-up learned men, but from the so-called ignorant children.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
more Andre Gide quotes
In the name of peace They waged the wars Ain't they got no shame
more Nikki Giovanni quotes
Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.
more Arnold H. Glasow quotes
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.
more Ulysses S. Grant quotes
That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude.
more Alexander Haig quotes
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
more Nathan Hale quotes
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
more Alexander Hamilton quotes
Occupation, curfew, settlements, closed military zone, administrative detention, siege, preventive strike, terrorist infrastructure, transfer. Their WAR destroys language. Speaks genocide with the words of a quiet technician. Occupation means that you cannot trust the OPEN SKY, or any open street near to the gates of snipers tower. It means that you cannot trust the future or have faith that the past will always be there. Occupation means you live out your live under military rule, and the constant threat of death, a quick death from a snipers bullet or a rocket attack from an M16. A crushing, suffocating death, a slow bleeding death in an ambulance stopped for hours at a checkpoint. A dark death, at a torture table in an Israeli prison: just a random arbitrary death. A cold calculated death: from a curable disease. A thousand small deaths while you watch your family dying around you. Occupation means that every day you die, and the world watches in silence. As if your death was nothing, as if you were a stone falling in the earth, water falling over water. And if you face all of this death and indifference and keep your humanity, and your love and your dignity and YOU refuse to surrender to their terror, then you know something of the courage that is Palestine.
more Suheir Hammad quotes
The only vice that can not be forgiven is hypocrisy.
more William Hazlitt quotes
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
more Robert A. Heinlein quotes
I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.
more Matthew Henry quotes
Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of freemen. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.
more Patrick Henry quotes
...Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed...so long as our manners and principles remain sound, there is no danger.
more Patrick Henry quotes
Man's character is his fate.
more Heraclitus quotes
Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie: A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.
more George Herbert quotes
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.
more A. A. Hodge quotes
There can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth.
more George Jacob Holyoake quotes
Truth telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: every single one was a liar.
more J. Edgar Hoover quotes
The man who craves disciples and wants followers is always more or less of a charlatan. The man of genuine worth and insight wants to be himself; and he wants others to be themselves, also.
more Elbert Hubbard quotes
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.
more Indian Saying quotes
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
more Robert G. Ingersoll quotes
The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger.
more Andrew Jackson quotes
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