July 19, 2006

Living With Integrity

“Don’t measure your neighbor’s honesty by your own.” —American Proverb
“Where will our country find leaders with integrity, courage, strength—all the family values—in 10, 20, or 30 years? The answer is that you are teaching them, loving them, and raising them right now.” —Barbara Bush
“No man can always be right. So the struggle is to do one’s best, to keep the brain and conscience clear, never be swayed by unworthy motives or inconsequential reasons, but to strive to unearth the basic factors involved, then do one’s duty.” —Dwight David Eisenhower
“Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.” —George Eliot
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Contrary to the cliché, genuinely nice guys most often finish first, or very near it.” —Malcolm S. Forbes
“Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.” —Benjamin Franklin
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.” —God (Ex. 23:2, NIV)
“Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together. We must constantly strive to keep our integrity intact. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” —Billy Graham
“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” —Thomas Jefferson
“We are all faced with conflicting desires. No one, no matter how spiritual, can avoid the battle. Integrity is the factor that determines which one will prevail. We struggle daily with situations that demand decisions between what we want to do and what we ought to do. Integrity establishes the ground rules for resolving these tensions. It determines who we are and how we will respond before the conflict even appears. Integrity welds what we say, think, and do, into a whole person so that permission is never granted for one of these to be out of sync.” —John Maxwell
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight” —Proverbs 12:22, NRSV*
“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.” —George Bernard Shaw
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” —Mother Teresa
“A person who is fundamentally honest doesn’t need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.” —Harry S Truman
“Everyone in whose heart Christ abides, everyone who will show forth His love to the world, is a worker together with God for the blessing of humanity. As he [and she] receives from the Savior grace to impart to others, from [their] whole being flows forth the tide of spiritual life.” —Ellen G. White (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 13).
*Bible texts credited to NRSV are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission.