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  • He believed all the Christian precepts.
  • It is difficult to get along because we have different precepts.
  • There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
    Denis Diderot
  • In this there is certainly some accomplishment of that most difficult precept of the Gospel about rendering good for evil.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  An Old Maid

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  • The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.
    Rene Descartes
  • It has also always been my precept and practice, as it was my dear husband’s precept and practice before me.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Woman in White
  • "I will do so, I promise you," answered Sancho, "and will keep this precept as carefully as Sunday."
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual.
  • How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Robson likewise encouraged Tom’s propensity to persecute the lower creation, both by precept and example.
    Bronte, Anne  --  Agnes Grey

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  • "You will not apply my precept," he said, shaking his head.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Sign of the Four
  • Mr. Browne smiled, nodded, and turned around to write on the chalkboard again: PRECEPTS = RULES ABOUT REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS!
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • As we did what he told us to do, he said: "Okay, so who can tell me what a precept is?"
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • "Okay, so, everybody," he said, facing us again, "I want you to start a brand-new section in your notebooks and call it Mr. Browne’s Precepts."
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Basically, a precept is anything that helps guide us when making decisions about really important things.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • So by the end of the year, you’ll all have your own list of precepts to take away with you.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • I’ve had students send me new precepts years after they’ve graduated from this school, actually.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Then we’re going to discuss that precept and what it means.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • As I wrote down Mr. Browne’s September precept, I suddenly realized that I was going to like school.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Mr. Browne’s October Precept
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Mr. Browne’s precept for October was: YOUR DEEDS ARE YOUR MONUMENTS.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Since we were just about to start studying ancient Egypt in history, Mr. Browne thought this was a good choice for a precept.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Our homework assignment was to write a paragraph about what we thought the precept meant or how we felt about it.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • This is what I wrote: This precept means that we should be remembered for the things we do.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • And from now on, at the beginning of every month, I’m going to write a new Mr. Browne precept on the chalkboard and you’re going to write it down in your notebook.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Over the summer, I ask all my students to come up with their very own personal precept, write it on a postcard, and mail it to me from wherever you go on your summer vacation.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • He turned around and wrote in big huge block letters that spread all the way across the chalkboard: MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT: WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN BEING RIGHT OR BEING KIND, CHOOSE KIND.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • But there are a couple of problems about this precept of mine.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She now commenced to practise her husband’s precepts.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Toohey proved that the Stoddard Temple contradicted every brick, stone and precept of history.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It is an interesting precept on which to found a ministry: The First Evangelical Baptist Church of the Twin-Prone.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He consoled himself with the thought that he fulfilled another of the precepts—that of reforming the human race—and had other virtues—love of his neighbor, and especially generosity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On one occasion, indeed, he even went so far as to knock them both down a flight of stairs; but this was carrying out his virtuous precepts to an unusual extent.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Out of these precepts he was laboriously constructing a harmonious whole, which he desired to present to souls.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "I will do so, I promise you," answered Sancho, "and will keep this precept as carefully as Sunday."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But I prattle Something too wildly, and my father’s precepts I therein do forget.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Doesn’t everyone believe that in order to get the goods, all you have to do is need them? I have carried out every moral precept of our age.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • One must train the imagination for the promotion of peace and harmony and the precepts of White Imagination, because Black Imagination is not what anybody wants at all, oh no.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Not until I had reached the bank and was making my homeward way along the top of it did the monotonous Sunday precepts join up with reality.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Here was a man who lived outside the faufreluches while obeying their every precept.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He appeared to have bent his malevolence on making him a brute: he was never taught to read or write; never rebuked for any bad habit which did not annoy his keeper; never led a single step towards virtue, or guarded by a single precept against vice.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The precept as well as the practice of the Primitive Church was distinctly against matrimony.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Altogether, the Old Bailey, at that date, was a choice illustration of the precept, that "Whatever is is right;" an aphorism that would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence, that nothing that ever was, was wrong.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Oh, far better that she had followed Ellen and Mammy’s precepts and never, never revealed that she even liked him—better anything than to be faced with this scorching shame!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Did you ever read the Director’s precept report about this recombinant group?
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • My mistress had taught me the precepts of God’s Word: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • So there’s our second ironic precept: irony doesn’t work for everyone.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I did not fail to assure him that I would store these precepts in my mind, though indeed I had no need to do so, for, at the time, they affected me visibly.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Why, in defiance of every precept and principle of this house, does she conform to the world so openly — here in an evangelical, charitable establishment — as to wear her hair one mass of curls?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
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