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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also. John McCain
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity. Baltasar Gracian
Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity. Michel de Montaigne
Journalists have misquoted people for so long–and quoted them out of context–that many people like to have their words on record [in writing]. I don’t want someone taking half a sentence or paraphrasing me… Just too much risk. Jason Calacanis
I would rather have honesty and character than prestige and wealth. I can walk and ride the streets of this city, hold my head up, and look all men in the face. Samuel Jesse Battle
This is bullshit. I'm not doing this. Colin Powell
We have to carefully consider whether our election system is critical infrastructure, like the financial system or the power grid. There is a vital national interest in our election process. Jeb Johnson
No country in the world abounds in men of higher honor and integrity than the South, but where the question of Slavery is involved, justice and honor must stand aside, and the worst passions of the worst part of society become the ruling principle. The tyrant's plea of public danger and public necessity on such occasions overrides all laws, higher and lower, and the demagogue who bids highest for the public favor, by avowing the most malignant hatred of Abolitionism, is sure to obtain power. The honor of the South, therefore, cannot be trusted where the interests of Slavery are involved, because on such occasions the voice of honor and truth is always silenced by the clamor of low, brutal and selfish passions. New York Tribune
No commission created in this town has automatic credibility. You have to earn it. Lee H. Hamilton
In the Prime Minister, we have a man who has forfeited the right to be believed or to be trusted. William Hague
The essence of government lies with unceasing concern for the welfare and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every individual. Lyndon B. Johnson
The just man walks in his integrity Book of Proverbs; Solomon
If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, and kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows. Jean Molière
Man is constantly being assured today that he has more power than ever before in history, but his daily experience is one of powerlessness. If he is with a business organization, the odds are great that he has sacrificed every other kind of independence in return for that dubious one known as financial. Modern social and corporate organization makes independence an expensive thing; in fact, it may make common integrity a prohibitive luxury for the ordinary man. Richard M. Weaver
People understand that the real threats to the integrity and dignity of Parliament are its elected members. Kenneth Whyte
There is a political value in being honest and saying what you mean. Peter Beinart
America needs some honest men who dare to say what they think, not what they think people want them to think. George S. Patton
When the crisis at the core of our nation’s political decline is a direct attack on the truth, the institution that should take the lead in confronting and correcting that danger is the press. Russ Rymer
Peace upon any other basis than national independence, peace purchased at the cost of any part of our national integrity, is fit only for slaves, and even when purchased at such a price it is a delusion, for it cannot last. William E. Borah
Those who are selected for a limited time to manage public affairs are still of the people, and may do much by their example to encourage, consistently with the dignity of their official functions, that plain way of life which among their fellow-citizens aids integrity and promotes thrift and prosperity. Grover Cleveland
What is the use of being elected or reelected unless you stand for something? Grover Cleveland
I am a man who belongs to no one and who belongs to the whole world. Charles de Gaulle
The issue is not whether or not we can stand with the President. It is whether, at the end of the day, we can stand with ourselves. Ronald V. Dellums
Bob Taft is Mr. Republican, Mr. America, and Mr. Integrity. Everett Dirksen
My deepest worry was that after you do all that begging, and after all those people give you all that money, how can you keep your independence? My experience in the State Legislature showed it can be done, but I never had to beg for $1 million. Lori Edwards
This isn’t a religion, it’s a political party. So there are times I agree and times I disagree …. I don’t think you sacrifice your … integrity and ability to do your job to a political party. Rudolph W. Giuliani
I would never stultify my opinion for the sake of a little security. Ulysses S. Grant
... a measure for party purposes which it would not become me to adopt. John Jay
My observations do not enable me to say I think integrity the characteristic of wealth ... The decisions of the people in a body, will be more honest and more disinterested than those of wealthy men. Thomas Jefferson
There never was a time when the services of those who possess talents, integrity, firmness, and sound judgment, were more wanted in Congress. Thomas Jefferson
Not knowing the answer is better than consciously misleading. Michael D. McCurry
Truth is a habit of integrity—not a strategy of politics. George McGovern
This system stinks and every senator who participates in it knows it stinks. And the American people are right when they mistrust this system, when what matters most in seeking public office is not integrity, not ability, not judgment, not reason, not responsibility, not experience, not intelligence, but money …. Money dominates the system. Money infuses the system. Money is the system. George J. Mitchell
I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. Abraham Lincoln
The Lords [Legislators] of the Confederacy of the Five Nations shall be mentors of the people for all time. The thickness of their skin shall be seven spans -- which is to say that they shall be proof against anger, offensive actions and criticism. Their hearts shall be full of peace and good will and their minds filled with a yearning for the welfare of the people of the Confederacy. With endless patience they shall carry out their duty and their firmness shall be tempered with a tenderness for their people. Neither anger nor fury shall find lodgement in their minds and all their words and actions shall be marked by calm deliberation. Iroquois Nation
In our country the law of the strong does not prevail. The strength of the law prevails. Gerhard Schroder
it does not make any difference whether it were the Republican or Democratic Party. It is the business of the party in power to face the American Nation, stand responsible for the conduct of its administration, and to give the people of this Nation a prosecution in this case that will restore the confidence of the people not in the party in power merely, or any party, but in their Government, in the integrity of their public officials. Hatton William Sumners
This is beyond loyalty and friendship. It is about the integrity of this institution of the Senate. John Warner
… maintain the integrity and flexibility of our teachings Shoghi Effendi
One cannot be a Communist and preserve an iota of one's personal integrity. Milovan Dilas
If it can be thought that a Supreme Court Justice can be bought so cheap then the nation is really in trouble. Antonin Scalia
As to you, sir, treacherous in private friendship and … a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an imposter, whether you have abandoned good principles, or whether you ever had any. Thomas Paine
It is not God that is worshipped but the group or authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
When I select a leader I look for a person with integrity, intelligence and ambition. If he doesn’t have integrity I hope he doesn’t have the other two either. Warren Buffett
Organizers didn't make any money; their poverty was proof of their integrity. Barack Obama
To live with integrity in an unjust society we must work for justice. To walk with integrity through a landscape strewn with beer cans, we must stop and pick them up Miriam Simos; Starhawk
The Constitution reflects in the most degrading and mortifying manner on the virtue, integrity, and wisdom of the state legislatures; it presupposes that the chosen few who go to Congress will have more upright hearts, and more enlightened minds, than those who are members of individual [state] legislatures. Patrick Henry
Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity FBI
The spree of big money campaigning—and the corruption that goes with it—seems guaranteed to worsen …. Campaign money handlers will keep pushing the limits wherever and however they can—and the integrity of our electoral system will pay the price. New York Times
We need a lot more respect in this country for compromise…. There is in compromise a lot of integrity, especially political integrity. Donald W. Shriver Jr.
Mr. Lincoln has not character enough for integrity and truth. Stephen Douglas
Good Heavens! What liberties I have been taking with one of the potentates of the earth, and the man on whose conduct more important consequences depend than on that of any other historical personage of the century! But with whom is an American citizen entitled to take a liberty, if not with his own chief magistrate? However, lest the above allusions to President Lincoln's little peculiarities (already well known to the country and to the world) should be misinterpreted, I deem it proper to say a word or two, in regard to him, of unfeigned respect and measurable confidence. He is evidently a man of keen faculties, and, what is still more to the purpose, of powerful character. As to his integrity, the people have that intuition of it which is never deceived. Before he actually entered upon his great office, and for a considerable time afterwards, there is no reason to suppose that he adequately estimated the gigantic task about to be imposed on him, or, at least, had any distinct idea how it was to be managed; and I presume there may have been more than one veteran politician who proposed to himself to take the power out of President Lincoln's hands into his own, leaving our honest friend only the public responsibility for the good or ill success of the career. The extremely imperfect development of his statesmanly qualities, at that period, may have justified such designs. But the president is teachable by events, and had now spent a year in a very arduous course of education; he has a flexible mind, capable of much expansion, and convertible towards far loftier studies and activities than those of his early life; and if he came to Washington a backwoods humorist, he has already transformed himself into as good a statesman (to speak moderately) as his prime minister. Nathaniel Hawthorne
We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity. In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are. Eleanor Roosevelt
Once more we are in a period of uncertainty, of danger, in which not only our own safety but that of all mankind is threatened. Once more we need the qualities that inspired the development of the democratic way of life. We need imagination and integrity, courage and a high heart. We need to fan the spark of conviction, which may again inspire the world as we did with our new idea of the dignity and worth of free men. But first we must learn to cast out fear. People who `view with alarm' never build anything. Eleanor Roosevelt
Independence .... is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes. Mark Twain
This above all,--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
I've always had a kind of knee-jerk trust in my Government's basic integrity, whatever political blunders it may make. But I've come to realize that in Washington, deceiving and manipulating the public are viewed by some as the natural prerogatives of office. Jim Garrison
Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics. George McGovern
If you do politics the right way, I believe, you can actually make people's lives better. And integrity is the minimum ante to get into the game. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The district that is best represented is the district that is wise enough to select a man of energy, intelligence, and integrity and reelects him year after year. Sam Rayburn
Our policies must be premised on, and must reinforce, values such as family, hard work, integrity and personal responsibility. J. Danforth Quayle
In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are. Eleanor Roosevelt
Louisiana showed up at the top of a study of political corruption that calculated the number of convictions per capita. Georgia came out as worst on a corruption risk report from the State Integrity Investigation, which measured factors like accountability, transparency and ethics enforcement. Gail Collins
Theodore Roosevelt is perhaps one of the most colorful personalities in our history and will always be, I think, an influence on the youth of the country. His spirit was ever youthful and he lived his philosophy with all his might, never grudging in his praise of others, thereby bringing out in them the desire to meet his standards of integrity and duty. Eleanor Roosevelt
It undermines what this military stands for and it undermines what the Marine Corps stands for when sexual assault takes place within our units. And that’s why we are going to work together -- all of us --to stop these crimes of sexual assault, and uphold the honor and the integrity that defines the finest military on Earth. And that message is coming all the way from the top.. Barack Obama
That in affairs of very considerable importance men should deal with one another with satisfaction of mind, and mutual confidence, they must receive competent assurances concerning the integrity, fidelity, and constancy each of other Isaac Barrow
I am sorry to say I do doubt the honesty of many men that are called good at home, that have given themselves up to serve a party. David Crockett
Richard Nixon has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I've regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. Hunter S. Thompson
I do not say what I do not mean. Neither can anyone force me to say what I don't wish to say. Anson Chan
We may be personally defeated, but our principles never. William Lloyd Garrison
He is not a … politician who would sacrifice his soul for office; he is not a member of Congress who would promise anything to win a second term. He represents all that is best in American manhood involving integrity of character, a sane mind, and the loftiest of motives. Harper's Weekly
Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so. Theodore Parker
No one ever made a million dollars honestly. William Jennings Bryan
The Gross National Product - if we judge the United States of America by that - that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities… Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. Robert Kennedy
He means well for his country, is always an honest man, often a wise one, but sometimes and in some things absolutely out of his senses. Benjamin Franklin
The pressure of an all-powerful totalitarian state creates an emotional tension in its citizens that determines their acts. When people are divided into "loyalists" and "criminals" a premium is placed on every type of conformist, coward, and hireling; whereas among the "criminals" one finds a singularly high percentage of people who are direct, sincere, and true to themselves. Czeslaw Milosz
Saying the “wrong” thing, a purposefully offensive or demonstrably false thing, has become, for the disaffected, a mark of integrity. Jeff Shesol
Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. Harry Belafonte
We have confidence in the overall integrity of our electoral system. It is diverse, subject to local control, and has many checks and balances built in. Jeh Johnson
This is a smear on the image that Thurmond has as a person of high integrity. Joe Wilson
I value nothing more highly than to be allowed the honor of entering into bonds of friendship with people who sincerely love truth. For ... I believe there is nothing in the world which we can love with tranquility except such men. Baruch Spinoza
You either agree to implement the President’s policies or you resign. My conscience would not allow me to implement the withdrawal from the environmental Paris Accords. David Rank
The moment we cross over that divide [just before the election making public the secret information that Nixon had been sabotaging Vietnam Peace Talks], we are in a different kind of society. Dean Rusk