Quotations for Daily Use

Integrity, Honesty, Doing what is right, Truth

"A fully grown up tree cannot be bent into a walking stick." Kenyan Proverb

"A mind stretched to a new idea never returns to its original shape." Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (March 8, 1841 – March 6, 1935) was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief Justice of the United States in January–February 1930.

"But my very stomach turned over when I learned that Negro soldiers, just back from overseas, were being dumped out of army trucks in Mississippi and beaten. Whatever my inclinations as a native of Missouri might have been, as President I know this is bad. I shall fight to end evils like this." Harry Truman, (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953).

"From the moment of our lives in which we become capable of speech we are taught that our words must be true. What does this mean? What does 'telling the truth' mean? Who requires this of us? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (4 February 1906 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

"How do you ever know for certain that you are doing the right thing?" 3rd person in All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

"I am willing to risk the safety of our country upon this single proposition, that you will effectually baffle and deceive them all by being perfectly honest." Benjamin Rush, (January 4, 1746 – April 19, 1813) was a Founding Father of the United States. Rush was a civic leader in Philadelphia, where he was a physician, politician, social reformer, educator and humanitarian, as well as the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.This statement was made while speaking to John Adams.

"I do not think it would have been possible for Grant to have told a lie, even if he had composed it and written it down." Hamilton Fish (August 3, 1808 – September 7, 1893) was an American politician who served as the 16th Governor of New York from 1849 to 1850, a United States Senator from New York from 1851 to 1857 and the 26th United States Secretary of State from 1869 to 1877. Fish is recognized as the "pillar" of the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant and considered one of the best U.S. Secretaries of State by scholars, known for his judiciousness and efforts towards reform and diplomatic moderation.

"If a man's word is not good he is good for nothing." Martha Benjamin Washburn (1820-1909) was the oldest daughter of Israel and Martha Washburn. She was born at Livermore on February 6, 1820. She was educated in the schools of Livermore and at Waterville Liberal Institute. Afterwards, Martha taught school in Livermore.

"Integrity comes from the same Latin root as integer and carries with it the idea of wholeness." David Roper in Growing Slowly Wise: Building a Faith That Works.

"Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do" Don Galer (Information needed about who Don Galer is.)

"It does not require many words to speak the truth." Chief Joseph, (c.1840–1904) American Indian leader; Indian name Inmuttooyahlatlat. As chief of the Nez Percé, he defied the efforts of the US government to move his people from Oregon until he was captured in 1877.

"Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. (Talking about former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin)" Winston Churchill as quoted in The Last Lion - Defender of the Realm, 1940 - 1965 by Paul Reid

"Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened." Winston Churchill, (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.

"Once you name your secrets, you begin to own them." David Michael Gregory telling about something his mom used to say; (born August 24, 1970) is an American television journalist and the former moderator of NBC News' Sunday morning talk show Meet the Press.

"One thing you can give and still keep is your word." Harold Rasmussen (More information is needed about Harold Rasmussen.) (Shared by ODS Oops, DeAnna)

"Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves." Walter Anderson (Which Walter Anderson?) (Shared by ODS Supergirl, Michelle)

" . . . that many great events arise from little causes and that as relates to the real motives and moving causes of public measures, history knows about as much of the past as she does of the future." James K. Paulding, (August 22, 1778 – April 6, 1860) American writer and, for a time, the United States Secretary of the Navy

"The one thing that doesn't aide by majority rule is a person's conscience." Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird ((In other words each person has the ability to make up his or her mind despite pressure from others. Truly great people have the courage to stand up for what they believe in even at the risk of personal hurt.) Shared by No

"The time is always right to do what is right." Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

"The truth must dazzle gradually, or evermore be blind." Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830  May 15, 1886) was an American poet.

"There's a code that goes along with getting sober, and part of it is that you're only as sick as your secrets." David Gregory's mother; David Michael Gregory (born August 24, 1970) is an American television journalist and the former moderator of NBC News' Sunday morning talk show Meet the Press.

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