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We do it because we can, 'cause we know how. We do it whether people remember us or not, in spite of the fact that there's no shiny reward at the end of the dayother than the work itself.

'Angel' from the TV series Angel (S5:E6)

Don't do anything you wouldn't be willing to explain on television.

Arjay Miller

Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own.

Jean Toomer

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

Chesterfield

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.

Henry Ford

It is a funny thing about life: If you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.

Henry Ward Beecher

But we must remember that while social morals are indeed subjective, there is an objective spiritual core within us that, via its capacity for empathy and longing for freedom and happiness, knows universal rights from universal wrongs. The virtues of compassion, humility, service, wisdom, strength, discretion, and courage are not limited to the human domain, for they are truly universal.

Montalk

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau

You are only what you are when no one is looking.

Robert C. Edwards

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.

Thomas B. Macaulay

Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

We are what we repeatedly do.

Aristotle

Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.

Dag Hammarskjold

A ''No'' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ''Yes'' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.

Mahatma Gandhi

Ask yourself not if this or that is expedient, but if it is right.

Alan Paton

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

Confucius

Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.

Unknown

I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.

Will Rogers

The bad deeds of others in the past do not excuse your bad deeds today.

Duane Alan Hahn

It is important that people know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for.

Mary Waldrop

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Thomas Paine

It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

Roy Disney

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

W. Clement Stone

The rotten apple spoils his companion.

Benjamin Franklin

He that cannot decidedly say, ''No,'' when tempted to evil, is on the highway to ruin. He loses the respect even of those who would tempt him, and becomes but the pliant tool and victim of their evil designs.

Joel Hawes

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.

Diderot

The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.

William Penn

Virtue is its own reward. There's a pleasure in doing good which sufficiently pays itself.

Sir John Vanbrugh

Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.

Denis Waitley

When you have a taste for exceptional people, you always end up meeting them everywhere.

Mac Orlan

To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.

Confucius

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