INTEGRITY

is to act according to moral and ethical principles.

“Lead your life so you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”

Will Rogers (1879-1935);
actor, comic, columnist

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”

George Washington (1732-1799);
1st U.S. President

“Because life is a living, breathing work of art, you are a painting as you go. Be a masterpiece. Drink in life. Laugh too loud. Compliment others constantly.”

Nicole Johnson Author, performer, motivational speaker

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784);
poet, essayist, lexicographer

“When what we want to do and what we ought to do are two different things, character is built in the choice we make.”

Bill Bennett (born 1956);
American Businessman and Author

“Change what you can change and acknowledge and accept what you can’t.”

Rod Williams musician

“If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

Anna Quindlen (born 1953);
journalist, novelist

“Integrity has no need of rules.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960);
author and philosopher

“Always vote for a principle, though you vote alone, and you may cherish the sweet reflection that your vote is never lost.”

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848);
6th US President

“Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do.”

Elvis Presley (1935-1977);
American musician

“That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.”

William J.H. Boetcker (1873-1962);
religious leader, influential public speaker

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. ”

Dr. Wayne Dyer (born 1940);
author, speaker

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.”

Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965);
American journalist

“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005);
professor, writer, management consultant

“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”

Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881);
philosopher, poet, critic

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991);
Writer, Cartoonist, Animator

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

W. Clement Stone (1902-2002);
Author, businessman

“Integrity is what we say, what we do, and what we say we do.”

Don Galer

“When you say 'yes' to others, make sure you aren't saying 'no' to yourself.”

Paulo Coelho (born 1947);
poet, writer

“Commerce and justice are not divorceable notions.”

Jeffrey Swartz (born 1960);
businessperson

“Making money doesn't oblige people to forfeit their honor or their conscience.”

Baron Guy de Rothschild (1909-2007);
French banker, businessman

“Theres no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can't do any business from there.”

Harland David "Colonel""" Sanders (1890-1980);
founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken

“The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.”

Zig Ziglar (born 1926);
motivational author, speaker

“Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924);
author, publisher

“It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.”

Peter Marshall

“If you don't stick to your values when they are being tested, they're not values: they're hobbies.”

Jon Stewart (born 1962);
Television host, writer, comedian

“You are a master of the words you don't say and a slave to the ones you do.”

Unknown

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

W. Clement Stone (1902-2002);
Author, businessman

“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr. writer

“Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.”

Robert Fulghum (born 1937);
author, pastor

“So act that your principle of action might safely be made law for the whole world. ”

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804);
German philosopher

“Power is the ability to do good things for others.”

Brooke Astor (born 1902);
philanthropist

“I am resolved that I will not through humility become the devil's attorney. I will endeavor to speak a good word for the truth.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862);
naturalist, author, philosopher

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It's a good video.
melanie about 1 year ago from california

Integrity is doing right even when no one is watching!
Bishop S about 1 year ago from Indianapolis Indiana

"Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness."-Ayn Rand. Remember that your mind and body are permanently integrated. If your actions contradict your convictions you are on a path to self-disintegration, i.e. self-destruction.
Eric over 1 year ago from Arlington, Texas

Definition of INTEGRITY 1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility 2: an unimpaired condition : soundness 3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness
Lee E. about 2 years ago from California

integrity - is there anything else?
Dustin about 2 years ago from Waukesha, Wi

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