Loss of integrity diminishes everybody’s opinion of you including your own.
WRONG is WRONG even if everyone is doing it. RIGHT is RIGHT even if no one is doing it.
Integrity is doing the right thing when no-one is watching.
Jim, for 25 cents I can maintain my integrity (Bishop Richard C. Edgley)
This last quote comes from the talk “Three Towels and a 25-Cent Newspaper” by Richard C. Edgley in the October 2006 General Conference. Here is the full story:
Some 30 years ago, while working in the corporate world, some business associates and I were passing through O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois. One of these men had just sold his company for tens of millions of dollars—in other words, he was not poor.
As we were passing a newspaper vending machine, this individual put a quarter in the machine, opened the door to the stack of papers inside the machine, and began dispensing unpaid-for newspapers to each of us. When he handed me a newspaper, I put a quarter in the machine and, trying not to offend but to make a point, jokingly said, “Jim, for 25 cents I can maintain my integrity. A dollar, questionable, but 25 cents—no, not for 25 cents.” A few minutes later we passed the same newspaper vending machine. I noticed that Jim had broken away from our group and was stuffing quarters in the vending machine.