Quotations about Integrity

I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.  ~Abraham Lincoln

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.  ~Joseph Baretti, quoted by James Boswell, 1766, commonly misattributed to Samuel Johnson

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.  ~William Shakespeare

Transcend political correctness and strive for human righteousness.  ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  ~David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.  ~J.C. Watts

If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.  ~Alan Simpson

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

Character is much easier kept than recovered.  ~Thomas Paine

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.  Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.  Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.  But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.  ~Buddha

One does evil enough when one does nothing good.  ~German Proverb

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.  ~French Proverb

Don't try to be different.  Just be good.  To be good is different enough.  ~Arthur Freed

Your life may be the only Bible some people read.  ~Author Unknown

Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to.  ~Author Unknown

Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?  ~William Lloyd Garrison

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.  ~Thomas Babington Macaulay

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.  ~William Safire

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.  ~Albert Einstein

The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck!  ~Author Unknown

But that's always the way; it don't make no difference whether you do right or wrong, a person's conscience ain't got no sense, and just goes for him anyway.  If I had a yaller dog that didn't know no more than a person's conscience does I would pison him.  It takes up more room than all the rest of a person's insides, and yet ain't no good, nohow.  ~Mark Twain, Huck Finn

Character is higher than intellect.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I do good, I feel good.  When I do bad, I feel bad.  That's my religion.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph your work with excellence.  ~Author Unknown

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.  ~Henry Ford

Laws control the lesser man.  Right conduct controls the greater one.  ~Chinese Proverb

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.  ~Mark Twain, "What Is Man?", 1906

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.  ~John Lubbock

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.  ~James D. Miles

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.  ~Matthew Henry

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.  ~Thomas Paine

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right.  ~Isaac Asimov

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.  ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.  ~Charles Evans Hughes

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.  ~Aristotle

You do not wake up one morning a bad person.  It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.  ~Rwandan Proverb

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stouter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.  ~Samuel Butler, Erewhon

Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right.  ~Mario Cuomo

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.  ~Author Unknown

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.  ~Confucius

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh, 1849

You don't carry in your countenance a letter of recommendation.  ~Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge

Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay.  ~Michael Josephson, whatwillmatter.com

Just do good, don't worry about the road ahead. ~Monk Wansong

I am,
a king,
because I know how
to rule myself.
~Pietro Aretino, 1537

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.  ~Michel de Montaigne

Be always sure you're right, then go ahead.  ~Davy Crockett

I have fancied myself a rebel, but at every critical moment of my life, I have been exactly the child my parents raised.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.  ~Red Auerbach

Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily.  All other "sins" are invented nonsense.  (Hurting yourself is not a sin - just stupid.)  ~Robert A. Heinlein

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.  ~Henry David Thoreau

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it.  ~Immanuel Hermass von Fichte

People who fight fire with fire end up with only the ashes of their own integrity.  ~Michael Josephson, whatwillmatter.com

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man I have ever met.  ~Dwight Lyman Moody

Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort.  ~Bert Murray

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.  ~Will Rogers

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people:  those who work and those who take the credit.  He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.  ~Indira Gandhi

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., speech, Boston, 8 January 1897

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball,
And that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
~Ogden Nash

In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.  ~Thomas Jefferson

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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