What Motivates Whistleblowers

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To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~Confucius

A very few — as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men — serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t.  You cannot shirk this and be a man.  To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as they may.”  ~Mark Twain

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by
what we have already done.”  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage.”  ~William Lloyd Garrison

The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.”  ~Red Auerbach

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straight forward and simple integrity in another.” ~Charles Caleb Colton, “Lacon”

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart.”  ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn

On personal integrity hangs humanity’s fate.” ~ Buckminster Fuller, “Critical Path”

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Transcend political correctness and strive for human righteousness.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, “The College Blue Book”

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”  ~J.C. Watts

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” ~W. Clement Stone

If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”  ~Alan Simpson

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” ~Cecil Beaton

One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”  ~German Proverb

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” ~Douglas Adams

Don’t try to be different.  Just be good.  To be good is different enough.”  ~Arthur Freed

No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.” ~Ovid

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.”  ~William Safire

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” ~Albert Einstein

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”  ~Thomas Paine

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ~Marcus Aurelius

You do not wake up one morning a bad person.  It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest.”  ~Robert Brault

In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” ~Czesław Miłosz

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will. Integrity is not a search for the rewards of integrity. Maybe all you ever get for it is the largest kick in the ass the world can provide. It is not supposed to be a productive asset.” ~John D. MacDonald, “The Turquoise Lament”

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”  ~George Bernard Shaw

The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way for false statements by intention. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.” ~ Dorothy L. Sayers, “Gaudy Night”

Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay.”  ~Michael Josephson

In times like these men should utter nothing for which they would not be willingly responsible through time and in eternity.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.”  ~Davy Crockett

Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community.” ~John W. Gardner

In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.”  ~Thomas Jefferson

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” ~Marcus Aurelius

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.” ~Chester W. Nimitz

It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”  ~Noël Coward, “Blithe Spirit”

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.”  ~Jean Baptiste Molière, “Le Misanthrope”

Every wrong seems possible today, and is accepted.  I don’t accept it.”  ~Pablo Casals

The time is always right to do what is right.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

2 thoughts on “What Motivates Whistleblowers

  1. Kenneth kendrick

    I was wber against peanut corp of america in 2009. They go yo trial in October. Pretty cool site, I did not know that a list existed, given how this experience has affected me I wish I had came across this before.

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