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  • Freedom of speech is a particularly American tenet.
  • The week before he came, we’d had a famous theologian whose words sent the students scurrying to their rooms to hassle half the night. But Caleb was like a cool wind from the north... No great theological problems. No debatable tenets. He spoke simply of...
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Now one of the cardinal tenets of biology is that the observer must never allow his attention to be distracted; but honesty compels me to admit that under the present circumstances I found it difficult to maintain an attitude of correct scientific concentration.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In the parable of Yamacraw there was a time when the black people supported themselves well, worked hard, and lived up to the sacred tenets laid down in the Protestant ethic.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • The tenets of Pashtun men.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Never, never, never, on cross-examination ask a witness a question you don’t already know the answer to, was a tenet I absorbed with my baby-food.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • This had been a tenet of her beliefs since she was a child.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • She instructed her daughter in the tenets of her religion and taught her to aspire to higher powers of intellect and an independence of spirit forbidden to the female followers of Muhammad.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He had accepted the tenet that it was his duty to give his wife some form of existence unrelated to business.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • Between them, Scarlett and Rhett had outraged every tenet of this code.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Like every race, we adhere to a wide range of tenets, and, as a result, we often arrive at differing conclusions, even in identical situations.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Her theological tenets were all made up, labelled in most positive and distinct forms, and put by, like the bundles in her patch trunk; there were just so many of them, and there were never to be any more.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The word had meant, originally, a Jew educated in Judaism who denied basic tenets of his faith, like the existence of God, the revelation, the resurrection of the dead.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • One of the tenets of his breakthrough-H = R/E, or happiness equals reality divided by expectation-was based on the universal truth that you always had some expectation for what was to come.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Patient confidentiality has been an ethical tenet for centuries: the Hippocratic Oath, which most doctors take when graduating from medical school, says that being a physician requires the promise of confidentiality because without it, patients would never disclose the deeply personal information needed to make medical diagnoses.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Yet he could have breasted all these things in some way, if the central tenet of his heart had not been ravaged.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Therefore the first Creed was established, summing up the central Christian "dogmas" or tenets.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • "The secret hides within" was the core tenet of the mysteries, urging man kind to seek God not in the heavens above . but rather within himself.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Over the course of his life, Wesley traveled ceaselessly among these groups, covering as much as four thousand miles a year by horseback, reinforcing the tenets of Methodist belief.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • It will be remark’d that, tho’ my scheme was not wholly without religion, there was in it no mark of any of the distinguishing tenets of any particular sect.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • I shall devote myself for a time to the examination of the Roman Catholic dogmas, and to a careful study of the workings of their system: if I find it to be, as I half suspect it is, the one best calculated to ensure the doing of all things decently and in order, I shall embrace the tenets of Rome and probably take the veil.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • All the tenets of progressive society and racial superiority combined inside her to form a deep-rooted core of resentment.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • A main tenet of French policy in Africa seems to have been the preservation of French-speaking governments at all costs.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Great Universities proceeded in a Hegelian fashion and any school which could not accept a thesis contradicting its fundamental tenets was in a rut.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Pollard knew that what he was asking his friend to do went against every tenet of reinsmanship.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Pea had been faithful to his tenets, whereas he had not.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Latin American theologians had developed the doctrine, and in the late 1960s Latin America’s Catholic bishops had endorsed some of its tenets.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The industrial revolution was just starting up, and this new world would threaten everything people had known during the Enlightenment; at the same time, the new science and the new faith in science—including anatomical research, of course—imperiled many religious and philosophical tenets of English society in the first decades of the nineteenth century.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • This gentleman and Mr Thwackum scarce ever met without a disputation; for their tenets were indeed diametrically opposite to each other.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • But, after all, what worked most to the young carpenter’s disadvantage was, first, the reserve and sternness of his natural disposition, and next, the fact of his not being a church-communicant, and the suspicion of his holding heretical tenets in matters of religion and polity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Over time Moody introduced me to some of the tenets of Islam, and I was impressed that it shared many basic philosophies with the Judeo-Christian tradition.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • If he’s converted to some religion that is now claiming that organ donation is part of its tenets, we submit to this court that it’s pure bunk.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Thus, the mummers having gathered hither from scattered points each came with his own tenets on early and late; and they waited a little longer as a compromise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • To Master Percy Apjohn at High School in 1880 he had divulged his disbelief in the tenets of the Irish (protestant) church (to which his father Rudolf Virag (later Rudolph Bloom) had been converted from the Israelitic faith and communion in 1865 by the Society for promoting Christianity among the jews) subsequently abjured by him in favour of Roman catholicism at the epoch of and with a view to his matrimony in 1888.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Yet on Monday morning they came quietly and soberly to work, in clean overalls and clean shirts, waiting quietly until the whistle blew and then going quietly to work, as though there were still something of Sabbath in the overlingering air which established a tenet that, no matter what a man had done with his Sabbath, to come quiet and clean to work on Monday morning was no more than seemly and right to do.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Their lodgings were in a cottage a little further along the lane, but they came and assisted Tess in her departure, and argued that she should dress up in her very prettiest guise to captivate the hearts of her parents-in-law; though she, knowing of the austere and Calvinistic tenets of old Mr Clare, was indifferent, and even doubtful.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Indeed, one of the most enthusiastic Rotarians I ever met boosted the tenets of one-hundred-per-cent pep in a burr that smacked o’ bonny Scutlond and all ye bonny braes o’ Bobby Burns.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • On this ground it was (professionally speaking) fortunate for Dr. Minchin that his religious sympathies were of a general kind, and such as gave a distant medical sanction to all serious sentiment, whether of Church or Dissent, rather than any adhesion to particular tenets.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He was, moreover, a brilliant political analyst, who knew that during his lifetime the number of American voters who agreed with the fundamental tenets of his political philosophy was destined to be a permanent minority, and that only by flattering new blocs of support—while carefully refraining from alienating any group which contained potential Taft voters—could he ever hope to attain his goal.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • After a long childhood with an unbenign father and four years at the Institute, I was looking forward to that day of release when I would no longer be subject to the fixed, irresistible tenets of martial law, that hour when I would be presented with my discharge papers and could walk without cadences for the first time.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But for the first time since he had met Leo, he rejoiced in his own tenets.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Publicly, they created a bureaucracy that supported the tenets of the treaty.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Have we forgotten our founders and the basic tenets of their blueprint for the country?
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • To him it meant the Church of England, and not to believe in its tenets was a sign of wilfulness which could not fail of punishment here or hereafter.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • That gentleman settled all his concerns with great honor; and whatever his political tenets may have been, he was much respected and esteemed in this country.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But as it happened, a central tenet of life in the Klan—and of terrorism in general—is that most of the threatened violence never goes beyond the threat stage.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Coble’s bill would for the first time obligate franchise chains to act in "good faith," a basic tenet of the nation’s Uniform Commercial Code.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • For example, here you are, one of the richest young fellows of my acquaintance, living along very contentedly where every tenet you profess to hold is daily outraged.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
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