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Bob MarleyNothing is wrong if it makes you happy.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

George Bernard ShawThe minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawMy specialty is being right when other people are wrong.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Mahatma GandhiWhen you are right,you have no need to be angry. When you are wrong, you have no right to be angry.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Winston ChurchillPerhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

ConfuciusThe Superior Man is aware of righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

ConfuciusThe superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

H.L. MenckenMorality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Obedience is doing what is told regardless of what is right.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Andy WarholI like to be the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Ayn RandThere is no such dichotomy as “human rights” versus “property rights.” No human rights can exist without property rights.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandThere are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

VoltaireIt is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Stanislaw Jerzy LecWhen everything has to be right, something isn't.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

G. K. ChestertonOne can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Martin Luther KingWhen you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Isaac AsimovNever let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Peter DruckerManagement is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Theodore RooseveltKnowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Lyndon JohnsonYou know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

Eleanor RooseveltDo what you feel in your heart to be right — for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Ayn RandThere is no such thing as duty. If you know that a thing is right, you want to do it. If you don't want to do it—it isn't right. If it's right and you don't want to do it—you don't know what right is and you're not a man.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Personal Stories

Charles de GaulleWhen I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President


Quotes in Verse

Robert FrostOne luminary clock against the sky
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

T. S. EliotThe last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Funny Quotes

Mae WestShe's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.

—  Mae West, 1892-1980, American actress

Laurence J PeterIf two wrongs don't make a right, try three.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Sam GoldwynI'm willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer


English proverbTwo wrongs don't make a right.

—  English proverb

Polish ProverbEven a clock that does not work is right twice a day.

—  Polish Proverb


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