Soul Food for Friday: Quotes for Keeping Your Integrity Whole

Remembering back to my elementary school math class, I learned that an integer is a whole number like 7 or 84. Integers are not to be confused with fractions which are not whole numbers, they are not integers. In leadership, a key quality is integrity. To have integrity is to have a life that is whole, that is undivided. May this week’s Soul Food for Friday keep your integrity whole.

“Integrity is when what you say, what you do, what you think, and what you are all come from the same place.” — Madelyn Griffith-Haynie

“A leader with integrity has one self, at home and at work, with family and with colleagues. He or she has a unifying set of values that guide choices of action regardless of the situation.” — James Kouzes and Barry Posner

“Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together.” — Billy Graham

“Integrity is doing what you said you would do. It means you keep your promises.” — Ted Engstrom

“If a man teach uprightly and walk crookedly, more will fall down in the night of his life than he built in the day of his doctrine.” — John Owen

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” — Alan Simpson

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” — Janis Joplin

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” — Malcolm X

“I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light that I have.”  — Abraham Lincoln

Thanks to Sharon Burkey for photo of the Lincoln Memorial

“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every friend on earth, I shall have at least one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.” — Abraham Lincoln

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” — Abraham Lincoln

“Honesty is the first chapter in the Book of Wisdom. Let it be our endeavor to merit the character of a just nation.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The time is always right to do what is right.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” — Groucho Marx

“Integrity means we don’t hide our stumble; we don’t like we didn’t.” — Chuck Swindoll

“Character is what you are in the dark.” — Dwight L. Moody

“Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.” — Vanessa Redgrave

“Deciding what to be is more important than deciding what to do.” — John C. Maxwell

“We should live in such a way that we would not be ashamed to sell our family parrot … to the town gossip.” — Will Rogers

“The virtue of man ought to be measured, not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his every day conduct.” — Blaise Pascal

“Integrity, a standard of personal morality and ethics, is not relative to the situation you happen to find yourself in and doesn’t sell out to expediency. Its short supply is getting shorter — but without it, leadership is a facade.” — Denis Waitley

“No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne

“It’s a matter of having principles. It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor.” — Ray Kroc

“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.” — Tom Peters

“Integrity in all things precedes all else. The open demonstration of integrity is essential.” — Max DePree

“Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.” — Brian Tracy

“Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes as a judge.” — Stanislas I, King of Poland

“The only thing you can give and still keep is your word.” — Howard Rassmussen

“Sleep with clean hands, either kept clean all day by integrity or washed clean at night by repentance.” — John Donne

“Man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.” — Thomas Babington Macauly

“The spoken word is never really effective unless it is backed up by a life, but it is also true that the living deed is never adequate without the support the spoken word can provide.” — Elton Trueblood

“Integrity is keeping my commitment(s) even if the circumstances when I made the commitment(s) have changed.” — David Jeremiah

“I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth.” — Stephen R. Covey

“Real integrity stays in place whether the test is adversity or prosperity.” — Chuck Swindoll

“Integrity is one of several paths, it distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path, and the only one upon which you will never get lost.” — M. H. McKee

What words reminds you to keep your life whole in a world that so quickly divides?


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  1. Richard, enjoyed reading these quotes. I recently read a book about Coach John Wooden. Someone said of him, “There’s only one John Wooden.” He didn’t mean Coach was unique (although that’s true) but he had integrity. If you knew the private Coach Wooden and the public one, you would know the same man.

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