Integrity, Honesty and Virtue Quotes

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“...when we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all being.” Sogyal Rinpoche
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“I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end.” Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), humanitarian, theologian, philosopher, physician, Nobel Peace Prize 1952
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How poor we are when we consider our own pain more worthy than the suffering of others.
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“Good men will never lack good laws nor allow bad ones.” William Penn in 1681, America, Character Counts
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“The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded. It is a doctrine alike of the oldest and of the newest philosophy, that man is one, and that you cannot injure any member, without a sympathetic injury to all the members” Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1844
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“A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that
he himself casts. If a nation is centered in the Tao, if it nourishes its own people and doesn’t meddle in the affairs of others, it will be a light to all nations in the world.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 61
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“If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance for you to contribute to making a better world. That’s your choice.” Noam Chomsky, The Chronicles of Dissent
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“I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose.” Woodrow Wilson
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“The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralyzed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one’s own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans.” Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, from the Christmas Message 2001 of HM
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“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), author
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“We, as individuals, are fast losing our reputation for honest dealing. Our nation is losing its character. The loss of a firm national character, or the degradation of a nation’s honour, is the inevitable prelude to her destruction.” William Wells Brown
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“The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.” Aesop, Fables
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“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” Abraham Lincoln
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“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress had been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.” Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998), author and university professor
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“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver
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“To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one’s own, is ever the beginning of one’s real ethical development.” Felix Adler
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“...when we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.” Sogyal Rinpoche
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“True compassion, is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” Martin Luther King Jr.
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“The most absolute authority is that which penetrates into a man’s innermost being and concerns itself no less with his will than with his actions.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), political philosopher, educationist and essayist, The Social Contract, 1762
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"You can't awaken a person who is pretending to be asleep." Chinese Proverb


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