Integrity, hypocrisy, identity

Quotations: Integrity, hypocrisy, identity

To see what is right and not to do it is cowardice.
— Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551 BC-479 BC)

Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
— Alphonse Karr, French journalist (1808-1890)

All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are.
— Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, diplomat and political activist (1904-1973)

What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise.
— Barbara Jordan, American congresswoman and professor (1936-1996)

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to George Hammond, 1792

When your intelligence don’t tell you something ain’t right, your conscience gives you a tap you on the shoulder and says ‘Hold on’. If it don’t, you’re a snake.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
— Dennis Wholey, 20th/21st-century self-help author and journalist

It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third U.S. president( 1743-1826), letter to George Hammond, 1792

All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures.
— Julius Caesar, Roman general, statesman and writer (100-44 B.C.)

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
— Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologian (1892-1971)

I have not observed mens honesty to increase with their riches.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to Jeremiah Moor, 1800

Honesty is not a policy, it is a state of mind.
— Eugene LHote, philosopher

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.
— Jewish proverb

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive and realistic.
— John F. Kennedy, 20th-century American president (from the Yale Commencement address, 1962)

Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
— Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)

The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.
— A.E. Housman, British poet and scholar (1859-1936)

When somebody lies, somebody loses.
— Stephanie Ericsson, American writer (b. 1953)

Flattery makes friends, truth enemies.
— Spanish proverb

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready to call it falsehood tomorrow.
— William James, American philosopher and author (1842-1910)

It is silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars and hypocrites.
— Henry Miller, American novelist (1891-1980)

The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it Refusing to set aside trivial preferences Neglecting development and refinement of the mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying Attempting to compel other persons to believe and live as we do.
— Ciceros Six Mistakes of Man (according to Arthur F. Lenehan)

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis.
— Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (1265-1321), from the Divine Comedy

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
— Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)

In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.
— Warren Buffet, American financier (b. 1930)

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
— Oliver Goldsmith, English author (1728-1774)

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
— Count Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828-1910)

To be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
— E. E. Cummings, Poet, artist, playwright and novelist (1894-1962)

Men’s minds are too ready to excuse guilt in themselves.
— Titus Livius, Roman historian and philosopher (59 BC-AD 17)

Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; Take honour from me, and my life is done.
— William Shakespeare, English dramatist (1564-1616), from King Richard II

Do what you want to do… But want to do what you are doing. Be what you want to be… But want to be what you are.
— Unknown

Speak what you feel, not what you ought to say.
— Speak what you feel, not what you ought to say.

Once integrity goes, the rest is a piece of cake.
— J.R. Ewing, lead character in the 20th-century American television show Dallas

Know thyself.
— Inscription at the Oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece

Only the shallow know themselves.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish wit and author (1854-1900)

We are never more true to ourselves than when we are inconsistent.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish wit and author (1854-1900)

Ones real life is often the life that one does not lead.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish wit and author (1854-1900)

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen, philosophers and divines.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1880)

Be as you wish to seem.
— Socrates, Greek philosopher (c. 470-399 B.C.)

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.
— Welsh proverb

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, American stateswoman, First Lady (1884-1962)

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
— Andre Gide, French author (1869-1951)

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path. . . a thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do … to find his path and walk in it.
— Thomas Carlyle, Anglo-Scottish historian, author (1795-1881)

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
— Carl Jung, Swiss founder of analytical psychology (1875-1961)

It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are — not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within — that you begin to take control.
— Oprah Winfrey, American talk-show host and actor (b. 1954)

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.
— Richard Wright, American author (1908-1960)

Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.
— Maxwell Maltz, 20th-century American psychologist and motivational writer

Those people who are uncomfortable in themselves are disagreeable to others.
— William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

What people call the spirit of the times is mostly their own spirit in which the times mirror themselves.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German statesman, poet, novelist and dramatist (1749-1832)

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
— Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
— Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher (121-180 A.D.)

Loyalty oaths increase the number of liars.
— Noel Peattie

When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.
— Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)

People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else.
— Unknown

The intention makes the crime.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.
— Earl Warren, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1891-1974)

Any mans life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.
— Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)

You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
— Adlai Stevenson II, American politician, presidential candidate (1900-1965)

Envy someone an’ it pulls you down. Admire them and it builds you up. Which makes more sense?
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
— Indira Gandhi, Indian prime minister (1917-1984)

Do not sound a trumpet before thee as the hypocrites d …that they may have glory from men….But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.
— Bible, Matthew 6:1-4

One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it.
— Knute Rockne, football coach

Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose.
— Anonymous

If all I’m remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I’ve done a bad job with the rest of my life.
— Isiah Thomas, basketball player

Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French epigrammatist (1613-1680)

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher (1712-1778)

How many times do you get to lie before you are a liar?
— Michael Josephson, American ethicist (b. 1942)

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)

Our virtues are most often praised but our vices disguised.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French memoirist and philosopher (1613-1680)

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French epigrammatist (1613-1680)

More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
— Robert Smith Surtees, English novelist and editor (1803-1864)

He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
— Lao-tzu, Chinese founder of Taoism (fl. 6th century B.C., possibly apocryphal)

When speculation has done its worst, two and two still make four.
— Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer, essayist and public philosopher (1709-1784)

The kingdom of God is within you.
— Jesus (from the Bible, Luke 17:21)

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
— Portuguese proverb

A wise man makes his own decisions; the ignorant goes with the crowd.
— Chinese proverb

Before you make any decision, consider its effect on the next seven generations.
— Hopi proverb

Once the ‘what’ is decided, the ‘how’ always follows. We must not make the ‘how’ an excuse for not facing and accepting the ‘what.’
— Pearl S. Buck, American writer (1892-1973)

Rules of society are nothing; one’s conscience is the umpire.
— Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, French hostess and patron of the arts (1697-1780)

Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.
— Arthur Freed, American lyricist and film producer (1894-1973)

Laws control the lesser person. Right conduct controls the greater one.
— Chinese proverb

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)

You are responsible for you.
— English proverb

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
— William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (1564-1616)

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
— Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu), Chinese sage (551-479 B.C.)

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German playwright, poet, novelist (1749-1832)

Fortune lost, nothing lost; courage lost, much lost; honor lost, more lost; soul lost, all lost.
— Dutch proverb

A good guitarist will play even if he has only one string.
— South American proverb

If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare.
— William Arnot, preacher and theological writer (1808-1875)

Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
— Harper Lee, American writer

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
— German proverb

A person’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of her own heart, her next to escape the censures of the world.
— English proverb

If you are an anvil, be patient; if you are a hammer, be strong.
— Kurdish proverb

Control of mental conduct, not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai.
— Japanese proverb

If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
— Chinese proverb

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
— Ernest J. Gaines, author