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maxim

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Definition a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • The advisor often quotes the maxim that all politics is local.
maxim = short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • Her actions conflict with the maxim that we don't negotiate with terrorists.
  • maxim = short saying that expresses a general principle
  • There is a maxim in the advertising business that an advertisement has to be seen at least six times before anyone will remember it.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • They soon progressed beyond maxims to applied practice.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • maxims = short sayings that express general truths or principles
  • Nations ignore rules and maxims that, in their very nature, run counter to the necessities of society.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • maxims = short sayings that express general truths or principles
  • I had always believed in the maxim that the best way to predict the future was to create it.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • Like some of those who reached out to Luma for advice, I would sometimes press her to explain her philosophy, to attach words and maxims to the deeds in order to provide a framework for others who hoped to replicate the kind of program she'd created.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • maxims = short sayings that express general truths or principles
  • Whatever the risk to the living, however deadly the opposing fire, SEALs will fight through the jaws of death to recover the remains of a fallen comrade. It's a maxim that has survived since the SEALs were first formed in 1962, and it still applies today.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • After much thought Snowball declared that the Seven Commandments could in effect be reduced to a single maxim, namely: 'Four legs good, two legs bad.'
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • Maxims of Baloo
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • maxims = short sayings that express general truths or principles
  • He lived by a single maxim: "Learn your horse."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • Napoleon ended his speech with a reminder of Boxer's two favorite maxims, 'I will work harder' and 'Comrade Napoleon is always right' —
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • maxims = short sayings that express general truths or principles
  • 'I will work harder' and 'Comrade Napoleon is always right' — maxims, he said, which every animal would do well to adopt as his own.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • maxims = short sayings that express general truths or principles
  • And from then on he adopted the maxim, 'Napoleon is always right,' in addition to his private motto of 'I will work harder.'
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • The birds did not understand Snowball's long words, but they accepted his explanation, and all the humbler animals set to work to learn the new maxim by heart.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • FOUR LEGS GOOD, TWO LEGS BAD, was inscribed on the end wall of the barn, above the Seven Commandments and in bigger letters. When they had once got it by heart, the sheep developed a great liking for this maxim, and often as they lay in the field they would all start bleating 'Four legs good, two legs bad!'
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
  • His tongue was again heard in wholesome maxims, and his eye from time to time recognised the persons of his friends.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Grass is greener .... he would have a maxim for the situation.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Amy's basically exploiting the sociopath's most reliable maxim."
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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