Monday, February 27, 2012

Integrity

“It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.”
Francis Bacon, Sr.

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”
Confucius

“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”
Ayn Rand

“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

To me integrity means always doing what is right and good, regardless of the immediate consequences. Personal integrity implies such trustworthiness and incorruptibility that we are incapable of being false to a trust or covenant.

The world desperately needs men and women of integrity. Nearly every day we hear of fraud, misapplication of funds, false advertising, or other dealings designed to obtain or gain by cheating or deception. Government, business, and even education are in desperate need of integrity. The famous English author, Samuel Johnson, understood it and expressed it in these few words: “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”

We can each begin to know where we stand on the principle of integrity by making an honest assessment of our hearts, our lives, our desires and goals, involving recognition of our faults. Then we should make a serious effort to set them right, to change directions toward the ideal of integrity and its virtues. When we have integrated all of these attributes within us, when they become the moving force of all our thoughts, and desires, then it may be said we possess integrity.

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