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.
In chemistry also the axiom fails.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Purloined Letter
"It’s a very old axiom, but do you believe the end can justify the means?
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote: Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.
George Orwell -- 1984
He spoke simply, and utterly without emotion; with the manner of a teacher setting forth to a group of scholars an axiom in geometry, he would enunciate such propositions as made the hair of an ordinary person rise on end.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
This was his axiom: "There is but one certainty, my full glass."
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
You know, Scarlett, money ill come by never comes to good and this house is proof of the axiom.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
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From this view of things, then, comes the axiom that if you visit to discover the author of any bad action, seek first to discover the person to whom the perpetration of that bad action could be in any way advantageous.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
This was not the axiom he wanted.
Ernest Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls
Indeed, it was an axiom with her that the cook can do no wrong; and a cook in a Southern kitchen finds abundance of heads and shoulders on which to lay off every sin and frailty, so as to maintain her own immaculateness entire.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Unfazed, I presented my revelation that in the principles and theorems and axioms of plane geometry—these truths that stayed true across the universe—God had sent us a message.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
Moreover, as the ground thawed, his route turned into a gauntlet of boggy muskeg and impenetrable alder, and McCandless belatedly came to appreciate one of the fundamental (if counterintuitive) axioms of the North: winter, not summer, is the preferred season for traveling overland through the bush.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
It was a Bene Gesserit axiom.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
The idea of "order from chaos" was one of the great Masonic axioms.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
The axiom that a man is innocent until proved guilty by a court of law has been flagrantly ignored once again in the State of Mississippi.
John Howard Griffin -- Black Like Me
Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
He kept thinking about Bossie, bawling and bawling and bawling until she couldn’t bawl anymore because she was dead, and another of those great axioms of Life on the Western Slope was just this: Dead cows don’t bawl.
Stephen King -- Misery
It seemed to Catherine that if she were his sister she would disprove this axiom.
Henry James -- Washington Square
This was for him an axiom, assumed once for all without question, and he went his way without hesitation, relying on it.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
My aunt is full of copy-book axioms, but they were all meant to apply to conduct in the early fifties.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
Lateral truths point to the falseness of axioms and postulates underlying one’s existing system of getting at truth.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
To accomplish the change was like a reflux of being, and this when the plasticity of youth was no longer his; when the fibre of him had become tough and knotty; when the warp and the woof of him had made of him an adamantine texture, harsh and unyielding; when the face of his spirit had become iron and all his instincts and axioms had crystallised into set rules, cautions, dislikes, and desires.
Jack London -- White Fang
It was one of his axioms that similar meditations or the automatic relation to himself of a narrative concerning himself or tranquil recollection of the past when practised habitually before retiring for the night alleviated fatigue and produced as a result sound repose and renovated vitality.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
After scanning their faces he stood less as mustering his thoughts for expression, than as one inly deliberating how best to put them to well—meaning men not intellectually mature, men with whom it was necessary to demonstrate certain principles that were axioms to himself.
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
The idea that to make a man work you’ve got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- This Side of Paradise
Mrs. Archer, who was fond of coining her social philosophy into axioms, had once said: "We all have our pet common people—" and though the phrase was a daring one, its truth was secretly admitted in many an exclusive bosom.
Edith Wharton -- The Age of Innocence
They confirmed the missionaries’ axiom, that to be Christian was to be civilized, and to be civilized was to be Christian.
Nelson Mandela -- Long Walk to Freedom
He began by alluding to her excellence, a priori, the axiom of her seraphic super-humanity, the revelation of her inexpressible virtues, no conception of which could possibly be formed.
Marcel Proust -- Swann’s Way
It became an axiom for me.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Supremacy
But my mother-in-law taught me another axiom one day, when she was aggravated with her husband: "Obey, obey, obey, then do what you want."
Lisa See -- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
And if there are some who think that a prince who conveys an impression of his wisdom is not so through his own ability, but through the good advisers that he has around him, beyond doubt they are deceived, because this is an axiom which never fails: that a prince who is not wise himself will never take good advice, unless by chance he has yielded his affairs entirely to one person who happens to be a very prudent man.
Nicolo Machiavelli -- The Prince
Nor could any such spectator fail to know in his own breast, that these men, through their very delusions, showed great qualities, susceptible of being turned to the happiest and best account; and that to pretend (on the strength of sweeping axioms, howsoever cut and dried) that they went astray wholly without cause, and of their own irrational wills, was to pretend that there could be smoke without fire, death without birth, harvest without seed, anything or everything produced from…
Charles Dickens -- Hard Times
Yet his eventual importance to mankind was perhaps lessened by his large and complacent ignorance of all architecture save the types of houses turned out by speculative builders; all landscape gardening save the use of curving roads, grass, and six ordinary shrubs; and all the commonest axioms of economics.
Sinclair Lewis -- Babbitt
It may be further remarked, that Miss Knag still aimed at youth, although she had shot beyond it, years ago; and that she was weak and vain, and one of those people who are best described by the axiom, that you may trust them as far as you can see them, and no farther.
Charles Dickens -- Nicholas Nickleby
He would have answered by some axiom from Plato.
Jules Verne -- A Journey to the Center of the Earth
"All roads lead to Amber," he said, as though it were an axiom.
Roger Zelazny -- Nine Princes in Amber
I consider that an axiom.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Idiot
It was an axiom of his that any swelling in a woman’s abdomen was a pregnancy until proven otherwise.
Abraham Verghese -- Cutting for Stone
The axioms of the few are shared by the many; the latter believe superstitiously what the former believe soberly.
Clement Greenberg -- Avant-garde and Kitsch
Lord Warburton seemed scarcely in the mood for doing justice to general axioms—he was thinking of a special case.
Henry James -- The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
I know of nothing in politics which deserves to fix the attention of the legislator more closely than these two new axioms of the science of manufactures.
Alexis de Toqueville -- Democracy In America, Volume 2
It rests on universal axioms.
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay -- The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
But Naphta’s and Joachim’s worlds had something else special in common : their relationship to blood and the axiom that one should not refrain from shedding it.
Thomas Mann -- The Magic Mountain
In the first place, they were vaguely persuaded that every foreigner had a knife about him; in the second, they held it to be a sound constitutional national axiom that he ought to go home to his own country.
Charles Dickens -- Little Dorrit
Even in the matter of the species…Well, the two axioms of Darwinian theory—the continuity of nature and adaptable design—have never been validated by a single empirical discovery in nearly a hundred and fifty years.
Dean Koontz -- Sole Survivor
It rests upon axioms as simple as they are universal; the MEANS ought to be proportioned to the END; the persons, from whose agency the attainment of any END is expected, ought to possess the MEANS by which it is to be attained.
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay -- The Federalist Papers
The axioms and postulates of that dreary mimanthropometry are so well known that it is almost impossible for its slaves to write tolerable last acts to their plays, so conventionally do their conclusions follow from their premises.