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he believed all the Marxist dogma
  a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative by some group
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  • he believed all the Marxist dogma
  • "The material world," continued Dupin, "abounds with very strict analogies to the immaterial; and thus some color of truth has been given to the rhetorical dogma, that metaphor, or simile, may be made to strengthen an argument, as well as to embellish a description.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • But Nazi dogma grouped Jews as one, as the loathed enemy of the Aryans.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Minor differences of opinion might arise, but generally Piedmont’s educational dogma was law before he had even opened his mouth.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • One of the nastiest abettors of the hateful dogma purveyed below the Mason-Dixon line, he seemed to me also—while I brooded over the haggard figure in a baggy white Palm Beach suit, ravaged like one already seized by death’s hand even as he slouched past a frayed palmtree into the New Orleans clinic—one of its chief and most wretched victims, and the faintest breath of regret accompanied my murmured farewell.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At parties they start to ask leading questions that have the ring of inquisition; they are interested in my positions, my dogmas.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He considered Guy Francon an impractical idealist; he was not restrained by an Classic dogma; he was much more skillful and liberal: he built anything.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The medieval world of feudal politics and religious dogma and hateful superstitions fell before science.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Being an Anabaptist minister in the American Army was difficult enough under the best of circumstances; without dogma, it was almost intolerable.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • What did he think of this dogma, or of that mystery?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • They have even been known to ignore proven facts that contradict their dogma.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • All this is basic dogma, so to speak.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The brotherhood held that the superstitious dogma spewed forth by the church was mankind’s greatest enemy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He has filled the old skins of dogma with the new wine of love, and shown men what it is to believe, live and be free.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • It will transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • As with any dogma, however, there are bound to be heretics.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And, so far as this Quest for the Holy Grail is concerned, he seems to have been doing a sort of advanced course in Catholic dogma.
    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
  • A definition which tho’ savoring of Calvinism, by no means involves Calvin’s dogmas as to total mankind.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The church is not the stone building nor even the clergy and their dogmas.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • She had a strange religion of transmigration of souls all her own, in which she had firm faith, troubling herself little about the dogmas of the Church.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • 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
  • He went to Mass every Sunday, he confessed his sins, he believed the dogma.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • On the basis of this dogma the Doctor had elaborated an entire theory of character, which he considered more accurate than astrology.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He has preached me as a dogma; to-night he will announce me as a revelation.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • In these architectures it seems as though the rigidity of the dogma had spread over the stone like a sort of second petrifaction.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The proud potent titles clanged over Stephen’s memory the triumph of their brazen bells: et unam sanctam catholicam et apostolicam ecclesiam: the slow growth and change of rite and dogma like his own rare thoughts, a chemistry of stars.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He was as unfit, obviously, by nature, as he had been by social position, to fill the part of a propounder of accredited dogma.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • This was National Party dogma.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Now, as always, Clare’s father was sanguine as a child; and though the younger could not accept his parent’s narrow dogma, he revered his practice and recognized the hero under the pietist.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He’d never cared much about the religious dogma he’d been taught as a child, and he didn’t believe in most of it now.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • …support it," cried David who was deeply tinctured with the subtle distinctions which, in his time, and more especially in his province, had been drawn around the beautiful simplicity of revelation, by endeavoring to penetrate the awful mystery of the divine nature, supplying faith by self-sufficiency, and by consequence, involving those who reasoned from such human dogmas in absurdities and doubt; "your temple is reared on the sands, and the first tempest will wash away its foundation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • We are on strike against the dogma that the pursuit of one’s happiness is evil.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I had been religiously educated as a Presbyterian; and tho’ some of the dogmas of that persuasion, such as the eternal decrees of God, election, reprobation, etc., appeared to me unintelligible, others doubtful, and I early absented myself from the public assemblies of the sect, Sunday being my studying day, I never was without some religious principles.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • At the Griffiths’ all was so solemn and reserved, the still moods of those who feel the pressure of dogma and conviction.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Scientific truth was not dogma, good for eternity, but a temporal quantitative entity that could be studied like anything else.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I don’t care a bit for dogma.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • She had not asked to be instructed but he instructed anyway, forcing a little definition of one of the sacraments or of some dogma into each conversation he had, no matter with whom.
    Flannery O’Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • As soon as the chiefs had received the answers to their questions, they walked away in silence, like men who deemed the matter disposed of, all Hetty’s dogmas being thrown away on beings trained in violence from infancy to manhood.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • His action was characteristic of the man who was labeled a reactionary, who was proud to be a conservative and who authored these lasting definitions of liberalism and liberty: Liberalism implies particularly freedom of thought, freedom from orthodox dogma, the right of others to think differently from one’s self.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • None of us admits to subscribing to the Shrike cult dogma, yet the elders of that perceptive group have chosen us over many millions of the petitioning faithful to visit the Time Tombs… and their fierce god… in what may be the last such pilgrimage.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …her own husband was preaching, even on Sunday, and they would look at him and wonder if he even knew that she was not there, if he had not even forgot that he ever had a wife, up there in the pulpit with his hands flying around him and the dogma he was supposed to preach all full of galloping cavalry and defeat and glory just as when he tried to tell them on the street about the galloping horses, it in turn would get all mixed up with absolution and choirs of martial seraphim, until…
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Gentle Father Iosif, the librarian, a great favorite of the dead man’s, tried to reply to some of the evil speakers that "this is not held everywhere alike," and that the incorruptibility of the bodies of the just was not a dogma of the Orthodox Church, but only an opinion, and that even in the most Orthodox regions, at Athos for instance, they were not greatly confounded by the smell of corruption, and there the chief sign of the glorification of the saved was not bodily…
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Where this dogma is not transcended the myth of Going to the Father is taken literally, as describing man’s final goal.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • …a locked door, a reserved, impenetrable chamber in which he still professed silently to himself that the Princesse de Sagan was not grotesque, and that Cottard’s jokes were not amusing; in a word (and for all that he never once abandoned his friendly attitude towards them all, or revolted from their dogmas), they had discovered an impossibility of imposing those dogmas upon him, of entirely converting him to their faith, the like of which they had never come across in anyone before.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The Circle s dogma was largely based on this book.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Nonviolence is not a dogma; it is a process.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • BRADY Has Mr. Cates ever tried to pollute your mind with his heathen dogma?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • Do you feel competent, huh, to attack the dogmas of immunology?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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