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We hold these truths to be self-evident...
  obviously so, or known to be true without proof
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  • We hold these truths to be self-evident...
  • I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • She closed her eyes, but could think only of the 368 people who—it seemed self-evident now—would rather she’d never been born.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Her hair, her skin, were there to see, self-evident, and it was obvious how some other color (or colors) ran deep within her.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident!" she shouted, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "Of course," I say, as if this would be self-evident.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • History seems to assume that this force is self-evident and known to everyone.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He spoke as though this was the most natural and self-evident and inevitable thing we could be doing.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • The mathematics are so self-evident that they don’t need to be calculated.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He added as a self-evident proposition, engendering low spirits, "But you can’t marry, you know, while you’re looking about you."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The gravity of events was self-evident.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • To take the first example to hand, I very clearly perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand side, and yet I question whether Mr. Lestrade would have noted even so self-evident a thing as that.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The matter is absolutely self-evident.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • But he still thought it self-evident that one had to do what was right; he had never learned how people could want to do otherwise; he had learned only that they did.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The students nodded, emphatically agreeing with a statement which upwards of sixty-two thousand repetitions in the dark had made them accept, not merely as true, but as axiomatic, self-evident, utterly indisputable.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • This possibility-which now seems so self-evident-didn’t occur to either Mike or me at the time, however.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • This reading, however, in addition to being self-evident, seemed unlikely for another reason.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He was, they decided, not like them at all, and the detached and aloof manner in which he watched the snowfall made this palpable and self-evident.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • It was more a statement of truth and wonder than a question-the answer being self-evident-and one he felt uncertain making.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • This was an idea he had always had, and it was thus self-evident to Descartes that such an idea could not possibly have come from himself.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • A little too self-evident.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • Edward was, of course, immediately convinced that nothing could have been more natural than Lucy’s conduct, nor more self-evident than the motive of it.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • His pleasing manners and good sense were self-evident recommendations; and having never heard evil of him, it was not their way to suppose any evil could be told.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Every prejudice that will answer these purposes is self-evident.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • And I wondered at the time that such simple and self-evident ideas should be so slow to occur to our minds.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • If you had done so, the inappropriateness of someone of your age and standing addressing him as ’William’ should have been self-evident to you.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Pierrot shrugged as he delivered this self-evident truth.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He was forcing the next world to seep into my consciousness, stupendous events that seemed matter-of-fact to him, self-evident, reasonable, imminent, true.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • As this proposition was self-evident, no one denied its justice.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It was a maxim about Middlemarch, and regarded as self-evident, that good meat should have good drink, which last Dagley interpreted as plenty of table ale well followed up by rum-and-water.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Why then waste words, why utter a thing that every thinking man accepts as self-evident, when the mere utterance of it is a breach of taste? A man, therefore, who gets so far as making the supposed unity of the self two-fold is already almost a genius, in any case a most exceptional and interesting person.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • For the rest, it is self-evident that the abolition of the present system of production must bring with it the abolition of the community of women springing from that system, i.e., of prostitution both public and private.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • By every civilized and peaceful method we must strive for the rights which the world accords to men, clinging unwaveringly to those great words which the sons of the Fathers would fain forget: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • That is self-evident on the face of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • She spread her hands as if it were all self-evident.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • The matter is probably not quite as self-evident as Fru Giannini is presenting it.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • That was, indeed, self-evident.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • After a few moments, an explanation presented itself that, upon reflection, seemed self-evident.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Why take pains to prove that an Ape is not a Newton when it is self-evident that he is not a man?
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • Since it was able to maintain delta-V such as to decelerate into the system, that ability is self-evident.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Both Cap and the Sergeant saw the truth of this, which would have been nearly self-evident even to one unaccustomed to vessels.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Where, in the initial draft, certain "truths" were described as "sacred and undeniable," a simpler, stronger "self-evident" was substituted.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • That Repin can paint so realistically that identifications are self-evident immediately and without any effort on the part of the spectator — that is miraculous.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Around the picture-which sometimes blindly reflected the window by its darkness-was a frame enameled with flowers, which was always self-evident-Miss Eckhart’s pride.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Around the picture—which sometimes blindly reflected the window by its darkness—was a frame enameled with flowers, which was always self-evident—Miss Eckhart’s pride.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • He had heard that statement so often, and he could not see why it was true; they did not know the conditions as he did, why should they accept it as self-evident that their greater age gave them greater wisdom?
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • In conclusion, the general observed that his wife took as great an interest in the prince as though he were her own son; and that she had commenced to be especially affectionate towards Aglaya was a self-evident fact.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
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