Principal Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old principal quotes, principal sayings, and principal proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The principal sources of human misery may fairly be said to lie in the over-possession, under-possession, and the unwise use of economic goods.     

Georgia Harkness

A principal fruit of friendship, is the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.     

Francis Bacon

The principal art of the teacher is to awaken the joy in creation and knowledge.      

Albert Einstein

Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?     

Herman Melville

The principal fact of life is the free mind.     

Joyce Cary

The principal object of your reading should be for the acquisition of useful knowledge , and the strengthening, refining, and ennobling of your character.     

Grenville Kleiser

The principal cause of war is war itself.     

C. Wright Mills

The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.     

Robert Schumann

The principal thing in the world is to keep the soul aloft.     

Gustave Flaubert

One of the principal occupations of man is to divine woman.     

Jacques de Lacretelle

The principal task of friendship is to foster one`s friends` illusions.     

Arthur Schnitzler

The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The principal of unity and indivisibility of the republic are the essential reference points.     

Giorgio Napolitano

The basic principal of recursive design is to make the parts have the same power as the whole.     

Bob Barton

The first and principal duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the word.     

John Owen

The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.     

Thomas Aquinas

The principal rule of art is to please and to move. All the other rules were created to achieve this first one.     

Jean Racine

The principal person in a picture is light.     

Edouard Manet

The principal means of acquiring an ardent love of Christ are mental prayer, Communion, mortification, retirement.     

Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori

The principal mechanism for convergence at the international as well as the domestic level is the diffusion of knowledge.     

Thomas Piketty

The first principal of nonviolent action is that of noncooperation with everything humiliating.     

Cesar Chavez

It is indeed one of the principal drawbacks of every kind of interventionism that it is so difficult to reverse the process.      

Ludwig Von Mises

The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television. What happens is that the family 'gets together' alone.     

Ashley Montagu

The principal effect of the passions is that they incite and persuade the mind to will the events for which they prepared the body.     

Rene Descartes

The principal instances of mass violence in the world today are those committed by governments within their own legally recognized borders.     

Susan Sontag

Everyone thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed.      

Friedrich Nietzsche

One principal object of good-breeding is to suit our behaviour to the three several degrees of men, our superiors, our equals, and those below us.     

Jonathan Swift

The principal form that the work of love takes is attention. When we love another person we give him or her our attention; we attend to that person's growth.     

M. Scott Peck

The principal function of form is to advance our understanding. It is the organization of a piece which helps the listener to keep the idea in mind, to follow its development, its growth, its elaboration, its fate.     

Arnold Schoenberg

The principal use of prudence, of self-control, is that it teaches us to be masters of our passions, and to so control and guide them that the evils which they cause are quite bearable, and that we even derive joy from them all.     

Rene Descartes