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Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.
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  to be prior to something else in time, order or importance
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Precedence and precedent are often confused, but have distinct meanings. Precedence deals with "ordering", while precedent deals with "a prior example".
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  • Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.
    Ayn Rand
  • However, a sick mother took precedence even over my scientific needs — though I am still at a loss to understand how Mike knew his mother was ill.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He doubles over, and though I’m dying to accept the invitation to knee him in the face, his buddies take precedence.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • When will a concern for the safety of our citizens take precedence over a concern for the business of the Port Authority’s Newark Airport?
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event

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  • That’s when the ice cream and movies take precedence again.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • It is hard to understand how he could have been blind to the fact that the great death-happening wrought upon the European Jews by the Nazis would descend like a smothering fog around his compatriots—a people loathed with such ferocity that only the precedence of an even more urgent loathing accorded the Jews was a rampart against their own eventual obliteration.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "This takes precedence," Jacobi argued.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • After a little politeness in the matter of precedence-" Apres vous, Monsieur"-" Mais non, apres vous"-they left the compartment.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The Oratory of France claimed the precedence, since Philip de Neri was only a saint, while Berulle was a cardinal.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They tumble forth, competing for precedence and sometimes coming out so tangled I have to back up and pick up a different thread.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

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  • As a judge, weighing the evidence had taken precedence; but as a mother, it was not the facts that mattered-only the feelings.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Sarah Pocket and Georgiana contended who should remain last; but Sarah was too knowing to be outdone, and ambled round Georgiana with that artful slipperiness that the latter was obliged to take precedence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Ruby Gillis and Emma White, who had quarreled over a point of precedence in their platform seats, no longer sat at the same desk, and a promising friendship of three years was broken up.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • A major was giving a lecture on military precedence: Howard could not be relieved except by written order or by Meade in person.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • In this way she was busy for several days in driving about the whole town, because some people had taken offence through precedence having been given to others.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The one great advantage which inexperience confers on the would-be mountaineer is that he is not bogged down by tradition or precedence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • So am I purposed; never by my will Shall miscreants take precedence of true men, But all good patriots, alive or dead, Shall be by me preferred and honored.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • This was language that Rearden could understand, "I wish I could help you out," he said, "but this is the worst possible time for me, because of a very large, very special order that has to take precedence over everything."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • That the language question should take precedence of the economic question.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Knight of the White Moon replied that it was a question of precedence of beauty; and briefly told him what he had said to Don Quixote, and how the conditions of the defiance agreed upon on both sides had been accepted.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Let there be one commander, one authority, holding his royal staff and precedence from Zeus, the son of crooked-minded Kronos: one to command the rest.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Seeing himself placed next the Priest, and noting the ceremony, and thinking himself—being Captain of a ship—as having plain precedence over a mere island King, especially in the King’s own house—the Captain coolly proceeds to wash his hands in the punchbowl;—taking it I suppose for a huge finger-glass.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They were examined in the previous order of precedence.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • When annoyed at meal-times by the constant quarrels of the white men about precedence, he ordered an immense round table to be made, for which a special house had to be built.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Since the other boy always did bring it up when a question of precedence arose, he had got into the habit of giving in at once before it could be mentioned.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It was of course amongst these that the most frequent disputes for precedence occurred.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Allowing the language of the people to take precedence over Latin was also a characteristic Renaissance feature.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • How pleased Mrs. Bute would have been: and ma tante if I had taken precedence of her!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Our own desires cannot take precedence over the needs of the Varden, but no, I do not want to part with you either.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • On the other hand, Mrs. Ladbrook was standing in skull-cap and front, with her turban in her hand, curtsying and smiling blandly and saying, "After you, ma’am," to another lady in similar circumstances, who had politely offered the precedence at the looking-glass.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • In all their dealings and intercourse, Sir Walter Elliot must ever have the precedence.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Ambition Desire of Office, or precedence, AMBITION: a name used also in the worse sense, for the reason before mentioned.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • On the plate which, in size and situation, took precedence of all the rest, I read, MR. TURVEYDROP.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Having an hour to wait, they at first lingered at a respectful distance; but others coming up, they moved closer in order to protect their right of precedence.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Aziz had borrowed servants from his friends, as well as bringing his own three, and quarrels over precedence were resulting.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • His Koran, being the most recent holy book, takes precedence over the Old and New Testaments.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The details of precedence were never officially determined.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I do not like ’but yet’, it does allay The good precedence; fie upon ’but yet’!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • But pikkuah nefesh takes precedence over that.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Guess who takes precedence?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Left alone all night, he was vicious in the morning, and Thea was by now so wrapped up in his career that for the time very few considerations took precedence.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Accordingly, when the Saturday night came, and we were all waiting in the warehouse to be paid, and Tipp the carman, who always took precedence, went in first to draw his money, I shook Mick Walker by the hand; asked him, when it came to his turn to be paid, to say to Mr. Quinion that I had gone to move my box to Tipp’s; and, bidding a last good night to Mealy Potatoes, ran away.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • At Mr. Jacob’s academy life had not presented itself to him as a difficult problem; there were plenty of fellows to play with, and Tom being good at all active games,—fighting especially,—had that precedence among them which appeared to him inseparable from the personality of Tom Tulliver.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • At the outset of the play, Creon is sincere and patriotic, and there is wisdom in his early speeches when he suggests that experience is the foundation of leadership and that obligations to the people take precedence over loyalty to an individual.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It is one of those cities where childhood is a pleasure and memory a flow of honey; one of those cities that never lets go, that insinuates its precedence by the insistent delicacy of its beauty.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I shall therefore describe one of them, and none is so proper as Amaurot; for as none is more eminent (all the rest yielding in precedence to this, because it is the seat of their supreme council), so there was none of them better known to me, I having lived five years all together in it.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Mrs. Cadwallader was strong on the intended creation of peers: she had it for certain from her cousin that Truberry had gone over to the other side entirely at the instigation of his wife, who had scented peerages in the air from the very first introduction of the Reform question, and would sign her soul away to take precedence of her younger sister, who had married a baronet.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • A motion to adjourn is always in order, it takes precedence, and it cannot be debated.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • His mission took precedence over any survivors, regardless of how inhumane that felt.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • And your wedding takes precedence over my books?
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
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