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  • I don’t accept your third postulate.
  • Scientists postulate that initially weightless particles move through a ubiquitous quantum field.
  • Freud was not the first to postulate the unconscious.
  • it sometimes happened that the more reasonable a student was in mathematics, the more unreasonable she was in the affairs of real life, concerning which few trustworthy postulates have yet been ascertained.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist

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  • I merely postulated that you call your grandfather ’Grim’ because he’s grim.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • In any event, I was skeptical about the happy relationship which Ootek postulated as existing between caribou and wolf.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The gold foil that was found at the crime scene was probably used as a layer between the beryllium and polonium as we postulated before.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • But to arrive at these laws, resulting from the sum of all those human wills, man’s mind postulates arbitrary and disconnected units.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As we covered each postulate and theorem, it soon became clear that Dorothy actually understood their derivations better than I did.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • He became rather technical; spoke of the abnormal endocrine co-ordination which made men grow so slowly; postulated a germinal mutation to account for it.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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  • I know I’m not the first to realize it and far from the most famous, and my realization had nothing to do with energy or mass or the speed of light or anything else Einstein might have postulated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • It came to him that he was surrounded by a way of life that could only be understood by postulating an ecology of ideas and values.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He himself called faith in the immortal soul, in God’s existence, and in man’s free will practical postulates.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • "It’s rather far-fetched," Stone said, "to postulate debris from some extragalactic source other than—"
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • As he continued to grow sicker and sicker even at low altitude, the doctors postulated that his illness was perhaps not simple HAPE but rather HAPE complicated by tuberculosis or some other preexisting Pulmonary condition.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Just a second, a flicker, allowing the black to rise in its final moment and make him turn upon that on which he had postulated his hope of salvation.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • It was effaced as easily as it had been evoked by an allocution from Mr Candidate Mulligan in that vein of pleasantry which none better than he knew how to affect, postulating as the supremest object of desire a nice clean old man.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It’s a fanciful conjecture, I admit, but I cannot account for Brom’s actions except by postulating that there was a piece of information he never shared with me nor another living soul.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • 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
  • It was imperative that there be postulated against what or whom Ross’s crimes had been committed.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • You must postulate that what she desired above all things was to keep a shut mouth to the world; to Edward and to the women that he loved.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • This absurd jealousy, grounded as it was in mere hypotheses, proved that he considered her fidelity an unconditional postulate of their relationship.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • If we postulate, and we just have, that within un-, sub— or supernatural forces the probability is that the law of probability will not operate as a factor, then we must accept that the probability of the first part will not operate as a factor, in which case the law of probability will operate as a factor within un-, sub— or supernatural forces.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • I read once in an archaeological journal that Kemp-HS!tzer and Weinstein had postulated a "fusion tunneler" that would explain the perfectly smooth walls and lack of tailings, but their theory did not explain where the Builders or their machines had come from or why they had devoted centuries to such an apparently aimless engineering task.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And this: the fact that even an undefined and never-spoken engagement survived, speaking well for the postulation that they did love one another, since during that two days mere romance would have perished, died of sheer saccharinity and opportunity.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Yet the basic difference between Nevian customs and yours lies in only one postulate.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • "Or the wind died down a little," Beck postulated.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Of course, Einstein had postulated that time was relative, and he supposed that could explain it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • A tiny Ligurian had postulated that movement across nocturnal terrain occurred in three categories: points, scales, and plates.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • This projection is based on controlled transmutation—any isotope into any other and postulating power for any reaction not exo-energetic.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • lames Clerk Maxwell, explained Koteks, a famous Scotch scientist who had once postulated a tiny intelligence, known as Maxwell’s Demon.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Possibly, he postulated, it was "the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character unsusceptible of civilization."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • General Isham is postulating about supposed ’certainties’ and other events which either did not occur or have yet to be proved in this court.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • I speculated with a kind of wonder on the strength of the individuality of journeys and stopped on the postulate that people don’t take trips—trips take people.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • I had asked Ghosh why this might be, and he postulated that the instruments used on Shiva at birth might have caused the bones of his head to heal in this "exuberant" manner.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • This, however, is but one yarn, yet with interruptions affording some measure of relief; and in regard to the listeners’ endurance, the postulate must be accepted that the story was interesting.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • 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.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • All in all, this is nothing less than the old argument over which came first, the chicken or the egg, an argument that is so extraordinarily perplexing because of two facts: first, we cannot imagine an egg that has not been laid by a hen; and second, no hen exists that has not crept out of a postulated egg.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I’ve got bugs that bite me inside my trousers," Nathaniel says while another homeless man emerges from the tunnel to speculate on the type of spider that has inflicted the damage, postulating that the wound suggests the work of a brown spider.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • "A very unreasonable postulate," said the metaphysicians, "and a plain begging of the question.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • If Mr. Vernon’s company continues to build the SAPL at its current rate, given its new {libber, Tray and the capability to build mirrors more powerful than the VDA, by the time I would postulate direct conflict between the Earth and Rangora, any Rangora fleet that passes the gate will he shredded.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • To ’postulate’ something is to assume something that cannot be proved.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It had long been sought in vain, he said, to demonstrate the axiom known as Euclid’s fifth postulate and this search was the start of the crisis.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • No doubt he is the tribal chief or prince that reports have postulated.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • By a ’practical postulate,’ Kant meant something that had to be assumed for the sake of ’praxis,’ or practice; that is to say, for man’s morality.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Thus it is that the postulates can remain rigorously true even though the experimental laws that have determined their adoption are only approximative.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I started to think a lot about infinity, and what it was like there, and how all the postulates and theorems and principles were true across all the universe.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • You perhaps remember that he had to ’assume’or ’postulate’ that man has a free will.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Euclid’s postulate of parallels, which states that through a given point there’s not more than one parallel line to a given straight line, we usually learn in tenth-grade geometry.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • So they reversed Euclid’s postulate.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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