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 day…other 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.
Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own.
Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
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.
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.
Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.
A ''No'' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ''Yes'' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
Ask yourself not if this or that is expedient, but if it is right.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.
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.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
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.
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.
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
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.
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.
When you have a taste for exceptional people, you always end up meeting them everywhere.
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
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