My aunt is full of copy-book axioms, but they were all meant to apply to conduct in the early fifties.
If he did not often act on the accepted social axiom that a man may go where he pleases, it was because he had long since learned that his pleasures were mainly to be found in a small group of the like-minded.
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We prove with axioms. We do not prove axioms, so we have to agree on a place to start.
It is an axiom of governance that power, once acquired, is seldom freely relinquished.