Careful Words

principle (n.)

principle (adv.)

  Flinch not, neither give up nor despair, if the achieving of every act in accordance with right principle is not always continuous with thee.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 a d): Meditations. v. 9.

  Free trade is not a principle, it is an expedient.

Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield) (1805-1881): On Import Duties, April 25, 1843.

  Principle is ever my motto, not expediency.

Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield) (1805-1881): Sybil. Book ii. Chap. ii.

Health is the vital principle of bliss,

And exercise, of health.

James Thomson (1700-1748): The Castle of Indolence. Canto ii. Stanza 55.

  A precedent embalms a principle.

Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield) (1805-1881): Speech, Feb. 22, 1848.

  Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.

Epictetus (Circa 60 a d): Discourses. Chap. xii.

  Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797): Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 334.