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vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your
vote is never lost.”
-- John Quincy Adams
What made traditional economies so radically different
and so very fundamentally dangerous to Western
economies were the traditional principles of prosperity
of Creation versus scarcity of resources, of sharing
and distribution versus accumulation and greed,
of kinship usage rights versus individual exclusive
ownership rights, and of sustainability versus
-- Rebecca Adamson
is easier to fight for one's principles than to live
up to them."
-- Alfred Adler
truth which has made us free will in the end make
us glad also. Every
outcry against the oppression of some people by
other people, or against what is morally hideous
is the affirmation of the principle that a human
being as such is not to be violated. A human being
is not to be handled as a tool but is to be respected
-- Felix Adler
“In the rush for justice it is important not to
lose sight of principles the country holds dear.”
-- Kofi Annan
million Sarvodaya adherents in Sri Lanka have
proved that they can transcend racial, religious,
linguistic and ethnic barriers to accept a common
state of ideals, principles, and constructive
programs to build a new society as collectively
envisioned by them.
Dr. Ari Ariyaratne
the law defends plunder and participates in it.
Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and
danger that their acts would otherwise involve...
But how is this legal plunder to be identified?
Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons
what belongs to them and gives it to the other
persons to whom it doesn't belong. See if the
law benefits one citizen at the expense of another
by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without
committing a crime. Then abolish that law without
delay ... No legal plunder; this is the principle
of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and
-- Frederic Bastiat
primal principle of democracy
is the worth and dignity of the individual.
-- Edward Bellamy
the foundation of our civil liberties lies the
principle that denies to government officials
an exceptional position before the law and which
subjects them to the same rules of conduct that
are commands to the citizen.
-- Justice Louis D. Brandeis
of the most basic principles for making and keeping
peace within and between nations. . . is that
in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations,
there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation
of differences before resorting to combat”
first principle of non-violent action is that
of non-cooperation with everything humiliating."
capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition.
Capitalism is a system in which the central
institutions of society are in principle under
with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything
in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and
if someone else has it, that means there will be
less for me. The more principle-centered we become,
the more we develop an abundance mentality, the
more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being,
achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other
people. We believe their success adds to...rather
than detracts from...our lives.” - Stephen R. Covey
is achievable without public recognition, and
the world has many unsung heroes. The teacher
who inspires you to pursue your education to your
ultimate ability is a success. The parents who
taught you the noblest human principles are a
success. The coach who shows you the importance
of teamwork is a success. The spiritual leader
who instills in you spiritual values and faith
is a success. The relatives, friends, and neighbors
with whom you develop a reciprocal relationship
of respect and support--they, too, are successes.
The most menial workers can properly consider
themselves successful if they perform their best
and if the product of their work is of service
to humanity.--Michael DeBakey, M.D.
great changes occur in history, when great principles
are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
The minority are right.
-- Eugene V. Debs
and kindly remind yourself, ''I cannot own anything.''
It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you
struggle to improve your financial picture, worry
about investments, and plan how to acquire more
and more. It is a universal principle which you
are part of. You must release everything when
you truly awaken. Are you letting your life go
by in frustration and worry over not having enough?
If so, relax and remember that you only get what
you have for a short period of time. When you
awaken you will see the folly of being attached
- Wayne Dyer
exploitation and cartels and monopolies are the
enemies of underdeveloped countries. On the other
hand ... a regime which is completely oriented
towards the people as a whole and based on the
principle that man is the most precious of all
possessions, will allow us to go forward more
quickly and more harmoniously, and thus make impossible
that caricature of society where all economic
and political power is held in the hands of a
few who regard the nation as a whole with scorn
-- Frantz Fanon
people that values its privileges
above its principles soon looses both."
-- Dwight D.
principle is, and our practices have always been,
to seek peace, and ensue it, and to follow after
righteousness and the knowledge of God, seeking
the good and welfare, and doing that which tends
to the peace of all...All bloody principles and
practices we do utterly deny, with all outward wars,
and strife, and fightings with outward weapons,
for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever..."
-- George Fox
the Utopians of other times, men would still live in
caves, miserable and naked.
It was Utopians who traced the lines of the first City…..
Out of generous dreams come beneficial realities.
Utopia is the principle of all progress, and the essay
into a better future."
-- Anatole France
"We live in an age in which the fundamental
principles to which we subscribe -- liberty, equality
and justice for all -- are encountering extraordinary
challenges, ... But it is also an age in which
we can join hands with others who hold to those
principles and face similar challenges.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
the legal, material, and even superficial requirements
to eradicate racism are well known, its psychological
and more deeply spiritual requirements have been
persistently neglected-namely, the oneness of
the human family. It is this principle of oneness
that needs to be the driving force behind the
struggle of uniting the races."
need to be activating deep democracy because democracy
is fleeting through our fingers, and most people
are unaware of it. Democracy is about dispersing
power among the interconnected people. As a people,
we need to rise to the level of forcing our leaders
to abide by our stated principles - really exercise
democracy, not only on our behalf but on behalf
of the world. We need to continue, as part and
parcel of the American experience created by the
founding forefathers, and now the foremothers,
to insist, "We want democracy to work, and that
means every voice counts."
-- Dr. Azizah al-Hibri
is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an
accident of birth and it should therefore never
be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer
to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a
most fundamental principle of peace: respect for
-- John Hume
"Let me say this loud and clear. There is a world
of difference between terrorist acts and the Islamic
Shari'a. Islam is not only a religion, but a way
of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles
of tolerance and dialogue.
-- King Hussein
is so much each one of us can do to make a difference.
We are at a dangerous juncture in the history
of mankind. … We need to defend our principles
and values, human rights, civil liberties and
the rule of international law. If we don’t our
world will further descend into a state of chaos.
-- Bianca Jagger
matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters
of taste, swim with the current. ~ Thomas
in mind this sacred principle, that though the
will of the majority is in all cases to prevail,
that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that
the minority possess their equal rights, which
equal law must protect, and to violate would be
oppression. -- Thomas
best principles of our republic secure to all
its citizens a perfect equality of rights." --
the center of non-violence stands the principle
of love. --
Martin Luther King,
principle of nonviolent resistance seeks to reconcile
the truths of two opposites - acquiescence and
violence - while avoiding the extremes and immoralities
of both. The nonviolent resister agress with the
person who acquisces that one should not be physically
agressive toward his opponent; but he balances
the equation by agreeing with the person of violence
that evil must be resisted. He avoids the nonresistance
of the former and the violent resistance of the
latter. With nonviolent resistance, no invidual
or group need to submit to any wrong, nor need
anyone resort to violence in order to right a
wrong." -- Martin
Luther King, Jr.
"The ideas and principles of democracy should
not be limited to politics, but must pervade all
areas of social life."
-- Bruno Kreisky
as citizens or members of people's organisations,
can preserve and nourish basic principles needed
for long-term efforts aimed at transforming a
totalitarian and war-torn society into a democratic
-- Katarina Kruhonja
citizenship begins with an envisioning of the
desired outcome and a conscious application of
spiritual principles. --
across the United States are now uniting in a
great cause to establish a Department of Peace,
seeking nothing less than the transformation of
our society, to make non-violence an organizing
principle, to make war archaic through creating
a paradigm shift in our culture for human development,
for economic and political justice and for violence
-- Dennis Kucinich
citizen-activists the world over merge, they can
become an irresistible force to create peace and
protect the planet. From here will come a new movement
to abolish nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass
destruction. From here will come the demand for
sustainable communities, for new systems of energy,
transportation and commerce. From here comes the
future rushing in on us. How does one acquire the
capacity for active citizenship? The opportunities
exist every day...Active citizenship begins with
an envisioning of the desired outcome and a conscious
application of spiritual principles.
Americans hunger for a different kind of society
-- one based on principles of caring, ethical
and spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity.
Their need for meaning is just as intense as their
need for economic security."
-- Michael Lerner
labor movement is organized upon a principle
that the strong shall help the weak.
-- John L.
live in the richest country in the world. There's
plenty to spare and for no man, woman, or child
to be in want. And in addition to this our country
was founded on what should have been a great ,
true principle -- the freedom, equality, and rights
of each individual. Huh! And what has come of
this start? There are corporations worth billions
of dollars--and hundreds of thousands of people
who don't get to eat.
-- Carson McCullers
Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and
objectives and principles.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
is particularly recommended, as a means of uniting
the inhabitants of the village into one family,
that while each faithfully adheres to the principles
which he most approves, at the same time all shall
think charitably of their neighbours respecting
their religious opinions, and not presumptuously
suppose that theirs alone are right.
-- Robert Owen
harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly;
it is dearness only that gives everything its
value. I love the man that can smile in trouble,
that can gather strength from distress and grow
brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little
minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and
whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue
his principles unto death.”
-- Thomas Paine.
"Out of our first century of national life we
evolved the ethical principle that it was not
right or just that an honest and industrious
man should live and die in misery. He was entitled
to some degree of sympathy and security. Our
conscience declared against the honest workman's
becoming a pauper, but our eyes told us that
he very often did."
-- Frances Perkins
is nothing so American as our national parks. The
scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental
idea behind the parks is native. The parks stand
as the outward symbol of this great human principle.
"The Globalization of humanity is a natural, biological,
evolutionary process. Yet we face an enormous
crisis because the most central and important
aspect of globalization-its economy-is currently
being organized in a manner that so gravely violates
the fundamental principles by which healthy living
systems are organized that it threatens the demise
of our whole civilization.
The spread of democracy is a wonderful thing—it
is a necessary foundation for peace—and it can happen.
But it cannot be advanced by force, and still less
by the creation of a new empire, an idea that is
as unworkable as it morally mistaken. Empire, the
embodiment of force, violates equity on a global
scale. No lover of freedom can give it support.
It is especially contrary to the founding principles
of the United States.
-- Jonathan Schell
thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is
a framework for seeing interrelationships rather
than things, for seeing patterns of change rather
than static "snapshots." It is a set of general
principles -- distilled over the course of the twentieth
century, spanning fields as diverse as the physical
and social sciences, engineering, and management....
During the last thirty years, these tools have been
applied to understand a wide range of corporate,
urban, regional, economic, political, ecological,
and even psychological systems. And systems thinking
is a sensibility -- for the subtle interconnectedness
that gives living systems their unique character.
-- Peter Senge
Capitalism drives the employers to do their worst
to the employed, and the employed to do the least
for them. And it boasts all the time of the incentive
it provides to both to do their best! . . . The
reason the Capitalist system has worked so far
without jamming for more than a few months at
a time, and then only in places, is that it has
not yet succeeded in making a conquest of human
nature so complete that everybody acts on strictly
-- George Bernard
is one of the most important principles for a
better world. In its truest sense, a democracy
is a community in which all members have an equal
say in the running of that community. Unfortunately
in reality, democratic societies have fallen short
of this ideal. Nevertheless, because of its very
nature, once a democracy is established, its citizens
can work together to make their society more and
more democratic, if they choose to do so.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism,
are all too frequently those who . . . ignore
some of the basic principles of Americanism—the
right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular
beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent
The Earth Charter is important as an expression
of the commitment of people throughout the Earth
to evoke their own deepest moral, spiritual and
ethical principles in the task of ensuring a sustainable
future for those who inhabit the Earth now and
those who will follow us on the Earth.
-- Maurice Strong
family is a place where principles are hammered and
honed on the anvil of everyday living."
-- Charles Swindoll
expanding ethnic diversity of this century, a
time when we will all be minorities, offers us
an invitation to create a larger memory of who
we are as Americans and to re-affirm our founding
principle of equality. Let's put aside fears of
the "disuniting of America" and warnings of the
"clash of civilizations." As Langston Hughes sang,
"Let America be America, where equality is in
the air we breathe." -- Ronald
nation was founded and “dedicated,” to use Lincoln’s
language in the “Gettysburg Address,” to equality
as a “self-evident truth.” But this very principle
of equality, as Lincoln also noted, was a “proposition.”
To make it a reality remained “the unfinished
work” of Americans. -- Ronald
have no real force except when one is well-fed.
-- Mark Twain
all live in the protection of certain cowardices
which we call our principles.
-- Mark Twain
simple" as my old master used to say - meaning
reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest
terms, getting back to first principles.”
-- Frank Lloyd