We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our
You cannot have a theory without principles. Principles is another name
Whereas principle is a great and noble protection against showy and degrading
vanities and vices, poverty is worth six of it.
Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
Mark Twain statue in Riverview Park,
Photo by Dave Thomson, 2005
Principles aren't of much account, anyway, except at election time. After that you hang them up to let them season.
- "The Anti-doughnut Party" speech, 1901
"I was obliged to eat [apples], I was so hungry. It was against my principles, but I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed..."
- "Extracts from Adams's Diary"
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