C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Principle is a passion for truth.


Principles cannot die.

Wade Hampton.

Principle is ever my motto, no expediency.

Benj. Disraeli.

Sacrifice money rather than principle.


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


  • Ez to my princerples, I glory
  • In hevin’ nothin’ o’ the sort.
  • Lowell.

    Still it is a fine sight to see a man who has never changed his principles.

    Jules Favre.

    Principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed, and stand fast.


    If they be principles evident of themselves, they need nothing to evidence them.


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


    Let us cling to our principles as the mariner clings to his last plank when night and tempest close around him.

    Adam Woolever.

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

    Jeremy Collier.

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


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


    Whoever is right, the persecutor must be wrong.

    William Penn.

    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.

    Rev. Dr. Sharp.

    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.


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

    G. H. Lewes.

    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.


    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.