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  • This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children.
  • This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children.
  • He and some one hundred and forty other schoolmasters, had been lately turned at the same time, in the same factory, on the same principles, like so many pianoforte legs.
  • A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over.
  • ’This is a new principle, a discovery, a great discovery,’ said the gentleman.
  • To the last?’ asked Louisa contravening the great principle, and wondering very much.
  • Mr. Gradgrind usually improved these occasions by remarking, when she was gone, that if Jupe had been properly trained from an early age she would have remonstrated to herself on sound principles the baselessness of these fantastic hopes.
  • It was not so unlike her father’s principles, and her early training, that it need startle her.
  • I have always considered Bitzer a young man of the most upright principle; and to that I beg to bear my testimony.’
  • All his proceedings were the result of the nicest and coldest calculation; and it was not without cause that Mrs. Sparsit habitually observed of him, that he was a young man of the steadiest principle she had ever known.
  • It was a fundamental principle of the Gradgrind philosophy that everything was to be paid for.
  • Having satisfied himself, on his father’s death, that his mother had a right of settlement in Coketown, this excellent young economist had asserted that right for her with such a steadfast adherence to the principle of the case, that she had been shut up in the workhouse ever since.
  • (by the mental process) immediately to name the cost of two hundred and forty-seven muslin caps at fourteen-pence halfpenny; that she was as low down, in the school, as low could be; that after eight weeks of induction into the elements of Political Economy, she had only yesterday been set right by a prattler three feet high, for returning to the question, ’What is the first principle of this science?’ the absurd answer, ’To do unto others as I would that they should do unto me.’

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  • I accept as a basic principle that all people are precious and should be treated with equal dignity.
  • One guiding principle is that everyone should be treated fairly.

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