Wielding actual power in the highest position is very different from games and principles expressive of a narrow focus down below.
But there is always a boulevard between getting everything you want and compromising your principles.
I have the privilege of not needing to compromise on my principles.
And principles will not crystallize without debate—and certainly not by Monday.
If America really wants to be strong again, we need to get back to the principles this country was based upon.
As useless to reject her conclusions as to deny the laws and the principles of mathematics!
Yet he conducted these two vocations on principles diametrically opposite.
Quite against your principles to be so violent—shame on you, man.
On which of his two sets of principles he would manage a wife remained to be proved.
Bearing these principles in mind, let us see what we can learn of their habitations.
late 14c., "origin, source, beginning; rule of conduct; axiom, basic assumption; elemental aspect of a craft or discipline," from Anglo-French principle, Old French principe "origin, cause, principle," from Latin principium (plural principia) "a beginning, commencement, origin, first part," in plural "foundation, elements," from princeps (see prince). Used absolutely for (good or moral) principle from 1650s.
It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them. [Adlai Stevenson, speech, New York City, Aug. 27, 1952]Scientific sense of "general law of nature" is recorded from 1802. The English -l- apparently is by analogy of participle, etc.
principle prin·ci·ple (prĭn'sə-pəl)
A basic truth, law, or assumption.
A rule or law concerning the functioning of natural phenomena or mechanical processes.
One of the elements composing a chemical compound, especially one that gives some special quality or effect.
The essential ingredient in a drug.