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  • The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way’s the right way. Your way’s the wrong way!"
  • I don’t care for dogmatic writings. I like writing that presents different perspectives and leaves me to decide what I believe.
  • I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
    Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
  • It is ... "just wrong" to break promises, take property, or harm other people. But those dogmatic explanations, even when offered by lawyers as influential as William Blackstone or philosophers as great as Immanuel Kant, fall on barren ground today.
    Richard A. Epstein  --  Skepticism and Freedom

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  • As for the rest, they were numskulls, ninnies, superficial, dogmatic, and ignorant.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • Science may be too dogmatic in its denial of the unseen.
    London, Jack  --  Moon-Face and Other Stories
  • He was dogmatic with those who did not venture to assert themselves, but with the self-assertive he was very modest.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • If I did not keep this possibility open I would be dogmatic, and not a true philosopher.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • ...talking in voices that, almost without exception, sounded collegiately dogmatic, as though each young man ... was clearing up, once and for all, some highly controversial issue...
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • We’re not stubborn, theoretical dogmatists-we’re flexible.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • His gentleness was never tinged by dogmatism, and his instructions were given with an air of frankness and good nature that banished every idea of pedantry.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • it reminded me of Mrs. Reed’s; she mouthed her words in speaking; her voice was deep, its inflections very pompous, very dogmatical, — very intolerable, in short.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Thus it was Hume, Kant said, who "aroused me from my dogmatic slumbers" and caused him to write what is now regarded as one of the greatest philosophical treatises ever written, the Critique of Pure Reason,
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He stated that his discourses to people were to be sometimes secular, and sometimes religious, but never dogmatic; and that his texts would be taken from all kinds of books.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • the Principal is desirous that my thesis should be dogmatic,
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • What followers of a genius aren’t dogmatic, for heaven’s sake?
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • ...and such statements, of course, upset dogmatic interpreters of Scripture.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • HIGGINS [dogmatically, ...] Well, I haven’t. I find that the moment I let a woman make friends with me, she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and...
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • For, if you would inform, a positive and dogmatical manner in advancing your sentiments may provoke contradiction and prevent a candid attention.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • we do not mechanistically attempt to hammer ourselves into geometrical patterns of society, or policy; we are not dogmatists teaching God how He should have ordered the world.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • "Consul," remarked the detective, dogmatically, "great robbers always resemble honest folks."
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I recognize the grooved markings around the base, that’s an Erumpent horn and it’s incredibly dangerous - I don’t know where you got it-"
    "I bought it," said Xenophilius dogmatically.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Dogmatically speaking, I believe that is sound.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • During the remainder of the journey the licentiate held forth to them on the excellences of the sword, with such conclusive arguments, and such figures and mathematical proofs, that all were convinced of the value of the science, and Corchuelo cured of his dogmatism.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Well, if you’re going to be dogmatic.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • the builders are hammering, replacing the door for (it must be) the fiftieth or sixtieth time ... except that they make small, foolish changes, adding a few more iron pegs, more iron bands, with tireless dogmatism.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • ...and he feared lest the present poverty of method, the paltriness from a literary point of view confined to two or three centuries called classic, the tyrannical dogmatism of official pedants, scholastic prejudices and routines should end by converting our colleges into artificial oyster beds.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It may be worth mentioning, in passing, that dogmatic discipline is the only thing which makes true originality possible…
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The cathedral itself, that edifice formerly so dogmatic, invaded henceforth by the bourgeoisie, by the community, by liberty, escapes the priest and falls into the power of the artist.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Isn’t my safety worth a little sacrifice of dogmatic principle?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Two thousand years ago such dogmatism, readily welcome, would have scouted the idea of blond races ever leading civilization.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • As a matter of course, he was loud, clamorous, dogmatical and not very argumentative.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • In a minute I will memory clicking knowing I see I see I more than see hear I hear I see my head bent I hear the monotonous dogmatic voice which I believe will never cease going on and on forever and peeping I see the indomitable bullet head the clean blunt beard they too bent and I thinking.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • His aspect was probably as un-Sabbatarian a one as a dogmatic parson’s son often presented; his attire being his dairy clothes, long wading boots, a cabbage-leaf inside his hat to keep his head cool, with a thistle-spud to finish him off.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was only that peculiar note of his voice, used when he was overbearing or dogmatic, that could unman her—and that was only visible when it came unexpectedly.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • As Dr. Jung has very wisely observed: The incomparably useful function of the dogmatic symbol [is that] it protects a person from a direct experience of God as long as he does not mischievously expose himself.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Too dogmatic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • As to any certainty that a particular method of treatment would either save or kill, Lydgate himself was constantly arguing against such dogmatism; he had no right to speak, and he had every motive for being silent.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • , cuicunque in arte sua perito credendum est: for it seems perhaps difficult to conceive that any one should have had enough of impudence to lay down dogmatical rules in any art or science without the least foundation.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Until then I had supposed that his horror of having to give a serious opinion was something Parisian and refined, in contrast to the provincial dogmatism of my grandmother’s sisters; and I had imagined also that it was characteristic of the mental attitude towards life of the circle in which Swann moved, where, by a natural reaction from the ’lyrical’ enthusiasms of earlier generations, an excessive importance was given to small and precise facts, formerly regarded as vulgar, and…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • An exhorter—a secret preacher—one, who in defiance of all the tenets and processes of organized and historic, as well as hieratic, religious powers and forms (theological seminaries, organized churches and their affiliations and product—all carefully and advisedly and legitimately because historically and dogmatically interpreting the word of God) choosing to walk forth and without ordination after any fashion conduct an unauthorized and hence nondescript mission.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Altogether, with her meagre knowledge, her inflated ideals, her confidence at once innocent and dogmatic, her temper at once exacting and indulgent, her mixture of curiosity and fastidiousness, of vivacity and indifference, her desire to look very well and to be if possible even better, her determination to see, to try, to know, her combination of the delicate, desultory, flame-like spirit and the eager and personal creature of conditions: she would be an easy victim of scientific…
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • NAN: Why, then thy dogmatical silence hath left thee?
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • He had a sharp, bright, shallow mind, inflexibly dogmatic.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • At different periods dogmatical belief is more or less abundant.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • "Couldnda had dat," Leo asserted dogmatically.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • The scholastics were sort of the scribes of the Middle Ages, the dogmatic philosophers, if you like—hmm.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "I do not know that," returned the uncle, with a sailor’s dogmatism.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • He was dogmatic with those who did not venture to assert themselves, but with the self-assertive he was very modest.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • We could, through one of the new gates, encounter a more hostile and dogmatic regime with high advancement at any time.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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