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Daemon
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The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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Daemon wrote:
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


Unprincipledness is second nature to the human species. It is, therefore, no wonder that Somerset Maugham has taken a cynical view of human behaviour. Principles are more often broken than adhered to. A principled human being is an oxymoronic expression.
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Context from: The Circle - A Comedy in Three Acts

The Third Act

The Scene is the same as in the preceding Acts.

It is the night of the same day as that on which takes place the action of the second Act.

Champion-Cheney and Arnold, both in dinner jackets, are discovered. Champion-Cheney is seated. Arnold walks restlessly up and down the room.



C.-C. I think, if you’ll follow my advice to the letter, you’ll probably work the trick.

Arnold. I don’t like it, you know. It’s against all my principles.

C.-C. My dear Arnold, we all hope that you have before you a distinguished political career. You can’t learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

Arnold. But supposing it doesn’t come off? Women are incalculable.

C.-C. Nonsense! Men are romantic. A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favourite form of self-indulgence.

Arnold. I never know whether you’re a humorist or a cynic, father.


TheParser
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As one Louis Menand is credited with saying:

"Moral precepts are extremely useful, except when they are not."

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unprincipled ?
Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Nah. You can't sacrifice one principle for more than once... Because then you "sacrifice" something else, not principle.
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Daemon wrote:
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


The utmost useful thing about a principle is that it can always be invoked by a little stretch,
to fit what is principally only a convenience.

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