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Love whom you will but marry your own kind was a dictum amounting to instinct within her.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  a short saying intended to make a point — such as "Nothing is certain but death and taxes."
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Law:  The term "obiter dictum" is sometimes abbreviated as "dictum".  It references an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding.
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  • Love whom you will but marry your own kind was a dictum amounting to instinct within her.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I don’t even remember where I learned that childhood rhyme or the dictum that demanded you scratch your head every time you heard a siren, lest the next siren be for you.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Every afternoon, whatever the weather, he stands in a field bawling state-sown dicta: "Prosperity depends on ferocity.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Since it is rather inconsequential whether a public school teacher agrees with a dictum passed down from his superintendent or not, my only recourse is to answer you without regard to our positions.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • He could not think of an instance when a custom or dictum described in a guidebook had ever been borne out in practice.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The Criminal Element gave very specific pointers on how to never, ever be fooled by a criminal, and one of the oft-repeated dictums of The Criminal Element was that the best way to get to know a person was to look him or her directly in the eye.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • So Simon, having forgotten his teacher’s dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Tag seemed everywhere, shooing the curious away from us, turning cars around that violated his single-file parking dictum.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • ’* * He has forgotten his dictum about truth even in jest.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson

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  • Apart from her studies Anne expanded socially, for Marilla, mindful of the Spencervale doctor’s dictum, no longer vetoed occasional outings.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He wanted to, but the dictum was too strong , just too strong.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • I have heard it said another way, as a dictum: "He who is less than just is less than man."
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Try this for a dictum: ghosts and vampires are never only about ghosts and vampires.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The delicacy of his position here, alone and dependent upon the Convention and the dictum familia of the Great Houses, fretted him.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • ’Know thyself,’ that’s my dictum.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • It was Greer’s favorite dictum.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • It freezes the water to prevent it running to the sea; it drives the sap out of the trees till they are frozen to their mighty hearts; and most ferociously and terribly of all does the Wild harry and crush into submission man—man who is the most restless of life, ever in revolt against the dictum that all movement must in the end come to the cessation of movement.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The dictum that Science and its offspring, technology, are "value free," that is, "quality free," has got to go.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • So, in flagrant violation of my grandmother’s fashion dictums, I wore my newly relaced combat boots (in case I had to kick anybody holding a microphone who got too close), and I also wore all of my Greenpeace and antifur buttons, so at least my celebrity status will be put to good use.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • No service was too humble for him to perform in the aid of the South, no adventure to perilous for him to undertake if consistent with the character of a civilian who was at heart a soldier, and who in good faith and without too much qualification assented to at least a part of the frankly villainous dictum that all is fair in love and war.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • Here, in the quiet of Boldwood’s parlour, where everything that was not grave was extraneous, and where the atmosphere was that of a Puritan Sunday lasting all the week, the letter and its dictum changed their tenor from the thoughtlessness of their origin to a deep solemnity, imbibed from their accessories now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • For instance when the evicted tenants question, then at its first inception, bulked largely in people’s mind though, it goes without saying, not contributing a copper or pinning his faith absolutely to its dictums, some of which wouldn’t exactly hold water, he at the outset in principle at all events was in thorough sympathy with peasant possession as voicing the trend of modern opinion (a partiality, however, which, realising his mistake, he was subsequently partially cured of) and…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …and from this point carrying on the picture of Roberta’s life from the time she first left home to join Grace Marr until, having met Clyde on Crum Lake and fallen out with her friend and patrons, the Newtons, because of him, she accepted his dictum that she live alone, amid strange people, concealing the suspicious truth of this from her parents, and then finally succumbing to his wiles—the letters she had written him from Biltz detailing every single progressive step in this story.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • In true religion is there some dictum That says it’s okay to make an heir your victim?
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Germaine Tailleferre one can only repeat Dr Johnson’s dictum concerning, a woman preacher, transposed into terms of music.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Cottard had always professed very liberal ideas, as his pet dictum on economic questions, "Big fish eat little fish," implied.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • A huge, red-faced young man of inexhaustible energy, Chase refused to accept the dictum that Maryland’s delegates must vote down independence.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • (Again this is not a moral dictum; it is said rather wistfully, as o f something he is beginning to doubt) WOLSEY (After a pause, rather gently) I believe you believe that.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • To demand that he be accurate in his statements, to quote Raymond Pearl’s dictum: "As a matter of objective scientific fact, extremely little is known about why the mortality from tuberculosis has declined"—this was to be a scoundrel who really liked to befoul the pavements.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • For behind his brow were the thoughts or half-thoughts that first conferred true cloying sweetness to his visions and images, thoughts that centered on Madame Chauchat’s carelessness and brazenness, on the illness that accentuated and enhanced her body, the illness that embodied her very being and that he now shared with her according to medical dictum.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • They denounced it in Marshall, Cooper, Mark Twain, Poe, Lossing, Lowell and Holmes, and even in Hawthorne and Thoreau; and it was no less academic a work than W. C. Brownell’s "French Traits" which brought forth, in a London literary journal, the dictum that "the language most depressing to the cultured Englishman is the language of the cultured American."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Beware, the rock changes’-an old dictum of ours…… And nowadays the rock changes very fast indeed."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Amy Eshton, not hearing or not heeding this dictum, joined in with her soft, infantine tone: "Louisa and I used to quiz our governess too; but she was such a good creature, she would bear anything: nothing put her out.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And then, jealousy means lowering both myself and her," he told himself as he went into her boudoir; but this dictum, which had always had such weight with him before, had now no weight and no meaning at all.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I subscribed to Marx’s basic dictum, which has the simplicity and generosity of the Golden Rule: "From each according to his ability; to each according to his needs.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • …two trips to Memphis with his father to buy live stock or slaves) and had no time to look at now—Henry who knew yet did not believe, and Bon whom Mr Compson had called a fatalist but who, according to Shreve and Quentin, did not resist Henry’s dictum and design for the reason that he neither knew or cared what Henry intended to do because he had long since realised that he did not know yet what he himself was going to do, —four of them who sat in that drawing room of baroque and fusty…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It was the favorite dictum of the mild little Welsh sergeant at that house near Oxford in the war: "Never use both hands at once, not with a knife, a stick or a pistol; keep your left arm free, and hold it across the belly.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Of the frivolous Judge—of the corrupt Congressman, Governor, Mayor—of such as these standing helpless and exposed, Of the mumbling and screaming priest, (soon, soon deserted,) Of the lessening year by year of venerableness, and of the dicta of officers, statutes, pulpits, schools, Of the rising forever taller and stronger and broader of the intuitions of men and women, and of Self-esteem and Personality; Of the true New World—of the Democracies resplendent en-masse, Of the conformity…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • * *reproach "Now, Sir, of elde* ye repreve me: *age And certes, Sir, though none authority* *text, dictum Were in no book, ye gentles of honour Say, that men should an olde wight honour, And call him father, for your gentleness; And authors shall I finden, as I guess.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Henry Clinton was Jean Louise’s own kind, and now she did not consider the dictum particularly harsh.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "Facts are stubborn things," he told the jury, "and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictums of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • DICTUM FAMILIA: that rule of the Great Convention which prohibits the slaying of a royal person or member of a Great House by informal treachery.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Thus the dicta No Crawford Minds His Own Business, Every Third Merriweather Is Morbid, The Truth Is Not in the Delafields, All the Bufords Walk Like That, were simply guides to daily living: never take a check from a Delafield without a discreet call to the bank; Miss Maudie Atkinson’s shoulder stoops because she was a Buford; if Mrs. Grace Merriweather sips gin out of Lydia E. Pinkham bottles it’s nothing unusual— her mother did the same.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "Manners, morals and political views," said the /New York World/, commenting upon this dictum, "have all undergone a standardization which is one of the remarkable aspects of American evolution.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • You gotta make me first," I said, remembering Atticus’s blessed dictum.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But if we accept this dictum we need have no more fear of ’mysteries’: these become thenceforth merely obstacles.
    Stoker, Bram  --  The Lair of the White Worm
  • Apart from her studies Anne expanded socially, for Marilla, mindful of the Spencervale doctor’s dictum, no longer vetoed occasional outings.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Flat-dwellers shall indorse my dictum that theirs is the only true happiness.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
  • "It oughta come years ago," was Bert’s dictum.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
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