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Definition something assumed to be self-evident
  • We prove with axioms. We do not prove axioms, so we have to agree on a place to start.
  • It is an axiom of governance that power, once acquired, is seldom freely relinquished.
  • In chemistry also the axiom fails.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • axiom = something assumed to be self-evident
  • The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • You know, Scarlett, money ill come by never comes to good and this house is proof of the axiom.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Lord Warburton seemed scarcely in the mood for doing justice to general axioms—he was thinking of a special case.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The axioms of the few are shared by the many; the latter believe superstitiously what the former believe soberly.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • But my mother-in-law taught me another axiom one day, when she was aggravated with her husband: "Obey, obey, obey, then do what you want."
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • I consider that an axiom.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • It became an axiom for me.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • This was his axiom: "There is but one certainty, my full glass."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was a Bene Gesserit axiom.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • This was not the axiom he wanted.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He would have answered by some axiom from Plato.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Lord Warburton seemed scarcely in the mood for doing justice to general axioms—he was thinking of a special case.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Lateral truths point to the falseness of axioms and postulates underlying one's existing system of getting at truth.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • "Oh, I don't know; it's definitions, and axioms, and triangles, and things.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The axiom that a man is innocent until proved guilty by a court of law has been flagrantly ignored once again in the State of Mississippi.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • "All roads lead to Amber," he said, as though it were an axiom.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber

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