Principle Sayings and Quotes

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


Principles without programs are platitudes.     

George Bernard Shaw

Principles are the territory. Values are maps.     

Stephen Covey

Most principles are limp until they are tested.     

Richard Brookhiser

Obey the principles without being bound by them.     

Bruce Lee

A principle isn't a principle until it costs you something.     

William Bernbach

Principles are the simplicity on the far side of complexity.     

Stephen R. Covey

There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

John Milton

Let principles make decisions.     

Jack Hyles

Teach principles not formulas.     

Richard P. Feynman

Principle is a passion for truth.     

William Hazlitt

The principle part of faith is patience.     

George Macdonald

Principle comes first; action thereafter.     

Todd Stocker

Rise above principle and do what's right.     

Joseph Heller

Principles have a way of yielding to power.     

Bette Lord

The first principle of all action is leisure.     

Aristotle

Principles are what people have instead of God.     

Alexander Schmemann

Important principles may and must be inflexible.     

Abraham Lincoln

The principle of realism means denial of the ideal.     

Gustave Courbet

Principles and their consequences are always constant.     

Sunday Adelaja

Love is the only principle which makes life tolerable.     

Aleister Crowley

The principles always work if you work the principles.     

Jack Canfield

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.     

William James

A new principle is an inexhaustible source of new views.     

Luc De Clapiers

Alter strategies and tactics, but never your principles.     

John Kessel

Never compromise a principle or relinquish a vital truth.     

Alfred Armand Montapert

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.     

George Eliot

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.     

Jerzy Kosinski

Fixed principles of truth are the only safeguard for youth.     

Ellen G. White

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

Benjamin Franklin