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  • Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises.
  • All their calculations rested on the premise that I wanted to make money.

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  • What he now felt was a violent impulse to order his mother off the premises.
  • The pages where he writes about his converter-you can see what premise he’s speaking from.
  • He formulated a new premise of his own and he solved the secret of converting static energy into kinetic power.
  • If you find it inconceivable that an invention of genius should be abandoned among ruins, and that a philosopher should wish to work as a cook in a diner-check your premises.
  • Check your premises, Dagny.
  • Check your premises, Miss Taggart.
  • It is not your particular policy that I challenge, but your moral premise.
  • The thing that makes you sure is a moral premise.

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  • If you tried to damn sex as evil, you’d still find yourself, against your will, acting on the proper moral premise.
  • Litigants obey the verdict of a tribunal solely on the premise that there is an objective rule of conduct, which they both accept.
  • Check your premises.
  • They grant the enemy’s basic premise, thus granting the sanction of reason to formal dementia, A basic premise is an absolute that permits no co-operation with its antithesis and tolerates no tolerance.
  • They grant the enemy’s basic premise, thus granting the sanction of reason to formal dementia, A basic premise is an absolute that permits no co-operation with its antithesis and tolerates no tolerance.
  • He was an attorney who, some generations earlier, would have represented shoplifters and people who stage accidents on the premises of rich corporations; now he found that he could do better by representing men like Kip Chalmers.
  • Let them check their premises.
  • The d’Anconia workers everywhere had been handed their last pay checks, in cash, at nine A.M., and by nine-thirty had been moved off the premises.
  • Just take that question back with you, as the last premise left for you to check.
  • You have heard him denounced in the past as a reactionary who opposed every step, measure, slogan and premise of the present system.
  • Then she saw the answer; she saw the secret premise behind their words.
  • To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions.
  • To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.
  • But you know the unadmitted answer, refusing to acknowledge what you see, what hidden premise moves your world.
  • Death is the premise at the root of their theories, death is the goal of their actions in practice-and you are the last of their victims.
  • The only realm opposed to reality is the realm and premise of death.
  • The political system we will build is contained in a single moral premise: no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force.
  • A man who has no virtues is a hater of existence who acts on the premise of death; to help him is to sanction his evil and to support his career of destruction.
  • Whoever, to whatever purpose or extent, initiates the use of force, is a killer acting on the premise of death in a manner wider than murder: the premise of destroying man’s capacity to live.
  • Whoever, to whatever purpose or extent, initiates the use of force, is a killer acting on the premise of death in a manner wider than murder: the premise of destroying man’s capacity to live.
  • It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment-on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict ’It is.’
  • But danger, to him, was a signal to shut off his sight, suspend his judgment and pursue an unaltered course, on the unstated premise that the danger would remain unreal by the sovereign power of his wish not to see it-like a foghorn within him, blowing, not to sound a warning, but to summon the fog.
  • We will rebuild America’s system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man’s life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.
  • We will rebuild America’s system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man’s life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.
  • We will rebuild America’s system on the moral premise which had been its foundation, but which you treated as a guilty underground, in your frantic evasion of the conflict between that premise and your mystic morality: the premise that man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others, that man’s life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right.
  • But this-she thought-was men’s moral code in the outer world, a code that told them to act on the premise of one another’s weakness, deceit and stupidity, and this was the pattern of their lives, this struggle through a fog of the pretended and unacknowledged, this belief that facts are not solid or final, this state where, denying any form to reality, men stumble through life, unreal and unformed, and die having never been born.
  • The man who gave me the cigarette said that in such a case one must check one’s premises."
  • …where you seek to make the concept ’human’ mean the weakling, the fool, the rotter, the liar, the failure, the coward, the fraud, and to exile from the human race the hero, the thinker, the producer, the inventor, the strong, the purposeful, the pure-as if ’to feel’ were human, but to think were not, as if to fail were human, but to succeed were not, as if corruption were human, but virtue were not —as if the premise of death were proper to man, but the premise of life were not.
  • …where you seek to make the concept ’human’ mean the weakling, the fool, the rotter, the liar, the failure, the coward, the fraud, and to exile from the human race the hero, the thinker, the producer, the inventor, the strong, the purposeful, the pure-as if ’to feel’ were human, but to think were not, as if to fail were human, but to succeed were not, as if corruption were human, but virtue were not —as if the premise of death were proper to man, but the premise of life were not.
  • …all of man’s values, it has to be earned-that of any achievements open to you, the one that makes all others possible is the creation of your own character-that your character, your actions, your desires, your emotions are the products of the premises held by your mind-that as man must produce the physical values he needs to sustain his life, so he must acquire the values of character that make his life worth sustaining-that as man is a being of self-made wealth, so he is a being of…
  • The Wet Nurse asked him at the mills, "Mr. Rearden, what’s a moral premise?
  • It’s some sort of fraud, very ancient and very vast-and the key to break it is: to check every premise they teach us, to question every precept, to-" She whirled to him at a sudden thought, but she cut the motion and the words in the same instant: the next words— would have been the ones she did not want to say to him.

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as in: the premise of the argument Define
something assumed to be true that can be used to build a logical argument
as in: the premise of the story Define
something that provides context -- such as the underlying situation in a situation comedy
as in: she premised her comments by... Define
provide a preface or introduction
as in: located on the premises Define
land and buildings together -- especially of a business or organization
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