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All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.
      - Aristotle

Right as a trivet.
      - Richard Harris Barham,
        The Ingoldsby Legends--Auto-da-fe

Right, the substantive right is the child of law.
      - Jeremy Bentham

The Saviour comes in the strength of righteousness. Righteousness is at the bottom of all things. Righteousness is thorough; it is the very spirit of unsparing truth.
      - Phillips Brooks

The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.
      - William Jennings Bryan

The glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the declaration of independence.
      - Rufus Choate

Sir, I would rather be right than be President.
      - Henry Clay,
        Speech--Referring to the Compromise Measure

He will hew to the line of right, let the chips fly where they may.
      - Roscoe Conkling,
        in a speech at the National Convention, in Chicago, 1880, when General Grant was nominated for a third term

Woman's rights should come by evolution, and not by revolution. I want a little woman's right tried first, and then, if the experience is bad, we can go back on our track; if good, forward.
      - Joseph Cook

But 'twas a maxim he had often tried,
  That right was right, and there he would abide.
      - George Crabbe, Tales
         (tale XV, The Squire and the Priest)

Be sure you are right, then go ahead.
      - David (Davy) Crockett,
        motto in the War of 1812

Right is more beautiful than private affection, and is compatible with universal wisdom.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The rule of the road is a paradox quite,
  If you drive with a whip or a thong;
    If you go to the left you are sure to be right,
      If you go to the right you are wrong.
      - Henry Erskine, Rule of the Road

For right is right, since God is God,
  And right the day must win;
    To doubt would be disloyalty,
      To falter would be sin.
      - Rev. Frederick William Faber,
        The Right Must Win (st. 18)

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
      - Benjamin Franklin

A man does not attain the status of Galileo merely because he is persecuted; he must also be right.
      - Stephen Jay Gould, Ever Since Darwin

And wanting the right rule they take chalke for cheese, as the saying is.
      - Nicholas Grimoald (Grimald or Grimalde),
        Three Books of Duties to Marcus his Sonne
        his translation of Marcus Tullius Cicero

If men would only take the chances of doing right because it is right, instead of the immediate certainty of the advantage of doing wrong, how much happier would their lives be.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Rise above principle and do what's right.
      - Joseph Heller

For the ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one's acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act.
      - Francis Hutcheson, the Elder,
        A System of Moral Philosophy--The General Notions of Rights and Laws Explained
         (bk. II, ch. III)

We shall keep the people on our side by keeping ourselves in the right.
      - Thomas Jefferson

A president's hardest task is not to do what is right but to know what is right.
      - Lyndon Baines Johnson

No man's conscience can tell him the rights of another man; they must be known by rational investigation or historical inquiry.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Let us have faith that Right makes Might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.
      - Abraham Lincoln,
        in an address at New York City

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