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  • It is an interesting precept on which to found a ministry: The First Evangelical Baptist Church of the Twin-Prone.†   (source)
  • I trust that the precepts of international law will be observed, gentlemen.†   (source)
  • Their elders, great, trudging, black women, lean, shuffling men, had taught them, by precept or example, what it meant to care or not to care: whatever precepts were daily being lost, the examples remained, all up and down the street.†   (source)
  • He too epitomized Chief Luthuli's precept: "Let your courage rise with danger.†   (source)
  • Did you ever read the Director's precept report about this recombinant group?†   (source)
  • I have carried out every moral precept of our age.†   (source)
  • Not until I had reached the bank and was making my homeward way along the top of it did the monotonous Sunday precepts join up with reality.†   (source)
  • BRADY I'm sure you teach according to the precepts of the Lord.†   (source)
  • But there are a couple of problems about this precept of mine.†   (source)
  • And when the Constitution commanded no "ex post facto laws," Bob Taft accepted this precept as permanently wise and universally applicable.†   (source)
  • I will regard his offspring even as my own brethren and I will teach them this Art by precept, by lecture, and by every mode of teaching; and I will teach this Art to all others.†   (source)
  • Remember Mr. Browne's November precept: "Have no friends not equal to yourself!"   (source)
  • But I wanted Mr. Browne to know enough so that he would understand my precept.   (source)
  • Mr. Browne's precept for October was: YOUR DEEDS ARE YOUR MONUMENTS.   (source)
    precept = important principle or rule for behavior
  • I wrote this precept because I'm going to a new school in September.   (source)
    precept = rule for behavior
  • As we did what he told us to do, he said: "Okay, so who can tell me what a precept is?"   (source)
  • Mr. Browne's December precept was: Fortune favors the bold.   (source)
  • I just sent you my precept in the mail: "Sometimes it's good to start over."   (source)
  • This is what I wrote: This precept means that we should be remembered for the things we do.   (source)
  • "Oh look, a Mr. Browne precept!" she said, pointing to a cutout of Mr. Browne's September precept.   (source)
  • As I wrote down Mr. Browne's September precept, I suddenly realized that I was going to like school.   (source)
  • Then we're going to discuss that precept and what it means.   (source)
  • If you remember, please send me a postcard this summer with YOUR personal precept.   (source)
  • So by the end of the year, you'll all have your own list of precepts to take away with you.   (source)
    precepts = rules for behavior
  • I've had students send me new precepts years after they've graduated from this school, actually.   (source)
  • So, one afternoon, while Grandmere was sleeping, I started thinking about sending him a precept from Paris.   (source)
    precept = rule for behavior
  • And that's when it hit me: my precept.   (source)
  • By the way, I love your precept.   (source)
  • Re: re: My precept   (source)
  • Re: My precept   (source)
  • Our homework assignment was to write a paragraph about what we thought the precept meant or how we felt about it.   (source)
  • At the beginning of the year, Mr. Browne had told all of us that he wanted us to send him one of our own precepts over the summer.   (source)
    precepts = rules for behavior
  • Since we were just about to start studying ancient Egypt in history, Mr. Browne thought this was a good choice for a precept.   (source)
    precept = rule for behavior
  • Basically, a precept is anything that helps guide us when making decisions about really important things.   (source)
  • And from now on, at the beginning of every month, I'm going to write a new Mr. Browne precept on the chalkboard and you're going to write it down in your notebook.   (source)
  • This was written on Mr. Browne's chalkboard when we walked into English class for the last time: MR. BROWNE'S JUNE PRECEPT: JUST FOLLOW THE DAY AND REACH FOR THE SUN!   (source)
  • Over the summer, I ask all my students to come up with their very own personal precept, write it on a postcard, and mail it to me from wherever you go on your summer vacation.   (source)
  • Mr. Browne's October Precept   (source)
  • The Last Precept   (source)
  • "Okay, so, everybody," he said, facing us again, "I want you to start a brand-new section in your notebooks and call it Mr. Browne's Precepts."   (source)
    precepts = rules for behavior
  • Mr. Browne smiled, nodded, and turned around to write on the chalkboard again: PRECEPTS = RULES ABOUT REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS!   (source)
  • He was to "attend" the advantages of such an experience and "attend constantly and steadfastly to the precepts and instructions of your father as you value the happiness of your mother and your own welfare."   (source)
  • And I have tried to live according to its precepts.†   (source)
  • In what little time we have, my job is to educate you in its uses and limitations, according to the precepts of White Imagination.†   (source)
  • The commandments and precepts one learns as a child can be remembered by rote, but they mean little until there is example — and, even then, the example needs to be recognized.†   (source)
  • We put into practice that noble historical precept: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.†   (source)
  • Their elders, great, trudging, black women, lean, shuffling men, had taught them, by precept or example, what it meant to care or not to care: whatever precepts were daily being lost, the examples remained, all up and down the street.†   (source)
  • It's some sort of fraud, very ancient and very vast-and the key to break it is: to check every premise they teach us, to question every precept, to—" She whirled to him at a sudden thought, but she cut the motion and the words in the same instant: the next words— would have been the ones she did not want to say to him.†   (source)
  • Most of the numerous precepts, arguments, and examples in Ethics were condensed for us into this: the duty and purpose of man in this world is to fight unceasingly against the evils that Tribulation loosed upon it.†   (source)
  • Instead of the disgrace he had dreaded, there was an air of awed uncertainty in people's manner-uncertainty of their own moral precepts, awe in the presence of two persons who dared to be certain of being right.†   (source)
  • It was the foundation of the American system of law and justice and he was repelled by the picture of his country discarding those Constitutional precepts in order to punish a vanquished enemy.†   (source)
  • The Professor—besides being neither liberal nor remotely a socialist, as Sophie had first told me—was a charter adherent of a blazingly reactionary political faction known as the National Democratic party, nicknamed ENDEK, one of whose guiding precepts was a militant anti-Semitism.†   (source)
  • But there is a fascination and nobility in this picture of a man unbending, narrow and intractable, judging himself more severely than his most bitter enemies judged him, possessing an integrity unsurpassed among the major political figures of our history, and constantly driven onward by his conscience and his deeply felt obligation to be worthy of his parents, their example and their precepts.†   (source)
  • Toohey proved that the Stoddard Temple contradicted every brick, stone and precept of history.†   (source)
  • Men have been taught every precept that destroys the creator.†   (source)
  • This country was not based on selfless service, sacrifice, renunciation or any precept of altruism.†   (source)
  • Other boys might be rough and revengeful; young Juan followed the precept of Our Lord and turned the other cheek.†   (source)
  • Oh, far better that she had followed Ellen and Mammy's precepts and never, never revealed that she even liked him—better anything than to be faced with this scorching shame!†   (source)
  • And I, who by every precept should have put heart into them—how could I help them, who could so little help myself?†   (source)
  • The mystery and precept of our age is not liberation and development of the ego.†   (source)
  • The precept as well as the practice of the Primitive Church was distinctly against matrimony.†   (source)
  • The young man inclines his head in acknowledgment of the precepts of experience.†   (source)
  • If I do as I intend, I shall be following his great precept.†   (source)
  • 'Pray, my child,' said Mr Dorrit, 'attend to the—hum—precepts of Mrs General.'†   (source)
  • My mistress had taught me the precepts of God's Word: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."†   (source)
  • She now commenced to practise her husband's precepts.†   (source)
  • do you know that the law exacts an oath, before I can issue such a precept?†   (source)
  • How much of the practice I have just reduced to precept, I owe to Agnes, I will not repeat here.†   (source)
  • Such an essentially honest-hearted and generous people cannot cite the caste-levelling precepts of Christianity, or believe in equality of opportunity for all men, without coming to feel more and more with each generation that the present drawing of the color-line is a flat contradiction to their beliefs and professions.†   (source)
  • Moreover she insisted on advising him about his work, looked upon it as a slight when he did not follow her precepts, and would not understand that he felt himself no longer the duffer he had been at first.†   (source)
  • It went against all the precepts of her training; nevertheless, it was somehow splendid and beautiful.†   (source)
  • In spite of all that deep and urgent curiosity and desire that had eventually led him to that place and caused him to yield, still, because of the moral precepts with which he had so long been familiar, and also because of the nervous esthetic inhibitions which were characteristic of him, he could not but look back upon all this as decidedly degrading and sinful.†   (source)
  • You would not crush out that pride and anger in your heart, you would not restore those ill-gotten goods, you would not obey the precepts of your holy church nor attend to your religious duties, you would not abandon those wicked companions, you would not avoid those dangerous temptations.†   (source)
  • This leaving of the younger children she had decided to be for the best; were she to remain they would probably gain less good by her precepts than harm by her example.†   (source)
  • But if you are determined to stick with mathematics, it, too, will lead you in a spiral from perfection to perfection; and you can take solace in the precepts of our eighteenth century, which taught that man was originally good, happy, and perfect, that it is only through social errors that he has been perverted and ruined, and that by working critically to rebuild society he shall become good, happy, and perfect again.†   (source)
  • Albeit it was as much against the precepts of his school to wonder, as it was against the doctrines of the Gradgrind College.†   (source)
  • In almshouse, hospital, and jail, in misery's every refuge, where vain man in his little brief authority had not made fast the door, and barred the Spirit out, he left his blessing, and taught Scrooge his precepts.†   (source)
  • Altogether, the Old Bailey, at that date, was a choice illustration of the precept, that "Whatever is is right;" an aphorism that would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence, that nothing that ever was, was wrong.†   (source)
  • He consoled himself with the thought that he fulfilled another of the precepts—that of reforming the human race—and had other virtues—love of his neighbor, and especially generosity.†   (source)
  • His looks shewing him not pained, but pleased with this allusion to his situation, she was emboldened to go on; and feeling in herself the right of seniority of mind, she ventured to recommend a larger allowance of prose in his daily study; and on being requested to particularize, mentioned such works of our best moralists, such collections of the finest letters, such memoirs of characters of worth and suffering, as occurred to her at the moment as calculated to rouse and fortify the mind by the highest precepts, and the strongest examples of moral and religious endurances.†   (source)
  • Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.†   (source)
  • And, in a very eloquent and impressive manner, the Major showed him why he shouldn't, and would have enforced his precepts by the example of Georgy's own father, had he liked to say anything that should reflect on the other's memory.†   (source)
  • In spite of his wisdom, he could not find fault with her for her overindulgence of the children, who had managed to convert Dinah the preacher, before whom a circle of rough men had often trembled a little, into a convenient household slave—though Dinah herself was rather ashamed of this weakness, and had some inward conflict as to her departure from the precepts of Solomon.†   (source)
  • And, in fine, the ancient precept, "Know thyself,"[14] and the modern precept, "Study nature," become at last one maxim.†   (source)
  • As more immediately essential to the present business, however, I take the liberty of inviting to thy remembrance that the actual criminal was sent to the galleys a slave for life—so the precept ran; and it may serve to make the event which I am about to relate the more astonishing by saying here that I saw and read the receipt for his body delivered in course to the tribune commanding a galley.†   (source)
  • They contain the blankets, trinkets, rifles, ammunition, in short, all the stores with which the French bribe their accursed savage allies to commit their unholy acts, setting at nought our holy religion and its precepts, the laws of humanity, and all that is sacred and dear among men.†   (source)
  • The former was earnestly occupied in endeavoring to correct, by his precepts, the evil propensities that he had discovered in the Indian during their conversation; to which the latter listened in Profound but respectful attention.†   (source)
  • America is therefore one of the countries in the world where philosophy is least studied, and where the precepts of Descartes are best applied.†   (source)
  • The applicability or non-applicability of the Christian precept to his own case was too difficult a question to be discussed lightly, and this question had long ago been answered by Alexey Alexandrovitch in the negative.†   (source)
  • He appeared to have bent his malevolence on making him a brute: he was never taught to read or write; never rebuked for any bad habit which did not annoy his keeper; never led a single step towards virtue, or guarded by a single precept against vice.†   (source)
  • I did not fail to assure him that I would store these precepts in my mind, though indeed I had no need to do so, for, at the time, they affected me visibly.†   (source)
  • She was weeping at the recollection of her mother's early tenderness, and painful images of long forgotten lessons and neglected precepts were crowding her mind.†   (source)
  • If we had the happiness of having invented this very veracious tale, and of being, in consequence, responsible for it before our Lady Criticism, it is not against us that the classic precept, ~Nec deus intersit~, could be invoked.†   (source)
  • All the precepts of father Ignatius were riveted in her faithful memory, and not a few of his pious visions were floating before her imagination.†   (source)
  • On one occasion, indeed, he even went so far as to knock them both down a flight of stairs; but this was carrying out his virtuous precepts to an unusual extent.†   (source)
  • The instinctive desire of a future life brings the crowd about the altar, and opens the hearts of men to the precepts and consolations of religion.†   (source)
  • Shall the respectable citizen thus gravely teach, by precept and example, the necessity of the young man's providing a certain number of superfluous glow-shoes, and umbrellas, and empty guest chambers for empty guests, before he dies?†   (source)
  • Out of these precepts he was laboriously constructing a harmonious whole, which he desired to present to souls.†   (source)
  • Why, in defiance of every precept and principle of this house, does she conform to the world so openly — here in an evangelical, charitable establishment — as to wear her hair one mass of curls?†   (source)
  • As he uttered this moral precept, Mr Squeers took a large bite out of the cold beef, and recognised Nicholas.†   (source)
  • Of the three precepts of Freemasonry Pierre realized that he did not fulfill the one which enjoined every Mason to set an example of moral life, and that of the seven virtues he lacked two—morality and the love of death.†   (source)
  • I can remember Miss Temple walking lightly and rapidly along our drooping line, her plaid cloak, which the frosty wind fluttered, gathered close about her, and encouraging us, by precept and example, to keep up our spirits, and march forward, as she said, "like stalwart soldiers."†   (source)
  • Bishop seemed to like his own way of putting the case very much, and rather dwelt upon it; Bar, meanwhile (not to throw away a jury-man), making a show of sitting at his feet and feeding on his precepts.†   (source)
  • Everybody I see about me seems bent on teaching his contemporaries, by precept and example, that what is useful is never wrong.†   (source)
  • 'What measure ye mete it shall be measured unto you again'—it's not I who say that, it's the Gospel precept, measure to others according as they measure to you.†   (source)
  • Mr. Dawkin's appearance did not say a vast deal in favour of the comforts which his patron's interest obtained for those whom he took under his protection; but, as he had a rather flightly and dissolute mode of conversing, and furthermore avowed that among his intimate friends he was better known by the sobriquet of 'The Artful Dodger,' Oliver concluded that, being of a dissipated and careless turn, the moral precepts of his benefactor had hitherto been thrown away upon him.†   (source)
  • Could it be hurtful to send for some one — some minister of any denomination, it does not matter which — to explain it, and show you how very far you have erred from its precepts; and how unfit you will be for its heaven, unless a change takes place before you die?'†   (source)
  • If you would learn to speak all tongues and conform to the customs of all nations, if you would travel farther than all travellers, be naturalized in all climes, and cause the Sphinx to dash her head against a stone, even obey the precept of the old philosopher, and Explore thyself.†   (source)
  • Nor did he trouble his borrowers with abstract calculations of figures, or references to ready-reckoners; his simple rule of interest being all comprised in the one golden sentence, 'two-pence for every half-penny,' which greatly simplified the accounts, and which, as a familiar precept, more easily acquired and retained in the memory than any known rule of arithmetic, cannot be too strongly recommended to the notice of capitalists, both large and small, and more especially of money-brokers and bill-discounters.†   (source)
  • We have already said that, among the endless variety of religious instructors, the settlers were accustomed to hear every denomination urge its own distinctive precepts, and to have found one indifferent to this Interesting subject would have been destructive to his influence.†   (source)
  • If ever any nations are constituted in which it may even be difficult to find any peculiar classes of society, the notion of honor will be confined to a small number of precepts, which will be more and more in accordance with the moral laws adopted by the mass of mankind.†   (source)
  • He heard nothing but revolting talk and vicious precepts uttered daily over the brandy, and at last he saw his father seducing his mistress from him with his own money.†   (source)
  • I know of many systems of religion esteemed heathenish whose precepts fill the reader with shame, and provoke him to new endeavors, though it be to the performance of rites merely.†   (source)
  • The good lady then, with the preliminary observation that she might be fairly supposed not to have lived in the world so long without knowing its ways, communicated a great many subtle precepts applicable to the state of courtship, and confirmed in their wisdom by her own personal experience.†   (source)
  • Wise and holy men, the fathers of our religion, have expended their labors in clearing what was revealed from the obscurities of language, and the results of their experience and researches have been em bodied in the form of evangelical discipline That this discipline must be salutary, is evident from the view of the weakness of human nature that we have already taken; and that it may be profitable to us, and all who listen to its precepts and its liturgy, may God, in his infinite wisdom, grant!†   (source)
  • These names of virtues, with their precepts, were: 1.†   (source)
  • If men were entirely good this precept would not hold, but because they are bad, and will not keep faith with you, you too are not bound to observe it with them.†   (source)
  • This may have been well enough in those times when Italy was in a way balanced, but I do not believe that it can be accepted as a precept for to-day, because I do not believe that factions can ever be of use; rather it is certain that when the enemy comes upon you in divided cities you are quickly lost, because the weakest party will always assist the outside forces and the other will not be able to resist.†   (source)
  • The precept of Order requiring that every part of my business should have its allotted time, one page in my little book contain'd the following scheme of employment for the twenty-four hours of a natural day: THE MORNING.†   (source)
  • If, therefore, all the steps taken by the duke be considered, it will be seen that he laid solid foundations for his future power, and I do not consider it superfluous to discuss them, because I do not know what better precepts to give a new prince than the example of his actions; and if his dispositions were of no avail, that was not his fault, but the extraordinary and extreme malignity of fortune.†   (source)
  • I propos'd to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex'd to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr'd to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express'd the extent I gave to its meaning.†   (source)
  • To avoid the trouble of renewing now and then my little book, which, by scraping out the marks on the paper of old faults to make room for new ones in a new course, became full of holes, I transferr'd my tables and precepts to the ivory leaves of a memorandum book, on which the lines were drawn with red ink, that made a durable stain, and on those lines I mark'd my faults with a black-lead pencil, which marks I could easily wipe out with a wet sponge.†   (source)
  • kettle to be done so that she and he could drink it with the oatmealwater for milk after the Friday herrings they had eaten at two a penny with an egg apiece for Maggy, Boody and Katey, the cat meanwhile under the mangle devouring a mess of eggshells and charred fish heads and bones on a square of brown paper, in accordance with the third precept of the church to fast and abstain on the days commanded, it being quarter tense or if not, ember days or something like that.†   (source)
  • Bailey, Dyche and the other lexicographers before him were divided and uncertain; Johnson declared for the /u/, and though his reasons were very shaky[4] and he often neglected his own precept, his authority was sufficient to set up a usage which still defies attack in England.†   (source)
  • 119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.†   (source)
  • "I will do so, I promise you," answered Sancho, "and will keep this precept as carefully as Sunday."†   (source)
  • But I prattle Something too wildly, and my father's precepts I therein do forget.†   (source)
  • And these few precepts in thy memory Look thou character.†   (source)
  • 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.†   (source)
  • I commend you for keeping my Precepts as I delivered them to you.†   (source)
  • And why are not also the Precepts of good Physitians, so many Laws?†   (source)
  • 119:134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.†   (source)
  • 119:159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.†   (source)
  • 119:27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.†   (source)
  • 119:100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.†   (source)
  • 119:141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.†   (source)
  • 119:87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.†   (source)
  • 119:93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.†   (source)
  • 119:173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.†   (source)
  • 119:40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.†   (source)
  • Marry, sir, thus; those precepts cannot be served; and, again, sir, shall we sow the headland with wheat?†   (source)
  • I have ta'en a due and wary note upon't; With whispering and most guilty diligence, In action all of precept, he did show me The way twice o'er.†   (source)
  • No, I went round to work, And my young mistress thus I did bespeak: 'Lord Hamlet is a prince, out of thy sphere; This must not be:' and then I precepts gave her, That she should lock herself from his resort, Admit no messengers, receive no tokens.†   (source)
  • I humbly thank you: Please it this matron and this gentle maid To eat with us to-night; the charge and thanking Shall be for me: and, to requite you further, I will bestow some precepts of this virgin, Worthy the note.†   (source)
  • These, and a thousand other reformations, I firmly counted upon by your encouragement; as indeed they were plainly deducible from the precepts delivered in my book.†   (source)
  • The greatest parts of His precepts are more opposite to the lives of the men of this age than any part of my discourse has been, but the preachers seem to have learned that craft to which you advise me: for they, observing that the world would not willingly suit their lives to the rules that Christ has given, have fitted His doctrine, as if it had been a leaden rule, to their lives, that so, some way or other, they might agree with one another.†   (source)
  • And this precept, my worthy disciples, if you read with due attention, you will, I hope, find sufficiently enforced by examples in the following pages.†   (source)
  • 'Besides, if faith to Helenus be due, And if prophetic Phoebus tell me true, Do not this precept of your friend forget, Which therefore more than once I must repeat: Above the rest, great Juno's name adore; Pay vows to Juno; Juno's aid implore.†   (source)
  • If, according to the noble precept, it be lawful to accept good advice even from an enemy, shall we set the ignoble example of refusing such advice even when it is offered by our friends?†   (source)
  • The sun
    Had first his precept so to move, so shine,
    As might affect the earth with cold and heat
    Scarce tolerable; and from the north to call
    Decrepit winter; from the south to bring
    Solstitial summer's heat.†   (source)
  • I wot as well as you, it is no dread,* *doubt
    Th' apostle, when he spake of maidenhead,
    He said, that precept thereof had he none:
    Men may counsel a woman to be one,* *a maid
    But counseling is no commandement;
    He put it in our owen judgement.†   (source)
  • And the Religion of the later sort is Divine Politiques; and containeth Precepts to those that have yeelded themselves subjects in the Kingdome of God.†   (source)
  • If thou followest these precepts and rules, Sancho, thy days will be long, thy fame eternal, thy reward abundant, thy felicity unutterable; thou wilt marry thy children as thou wouldst; they and thy grandchildren will bear titles; thou wilt live in peace and concord with all men; and, when life draws to a close, death will come to thee in calm and ripe old age, and the light and loving hands of thy great-grandchildren will close thine eyes.†   (source)
  • If he be not the author of this invaluable precept in the science of politics, he has the merit at least of displaying and recommending it most effectually to the attention of mankind.†   (source)
  • And surely there are no persons who may so properly challenge a right to this commendable deviation from truth, as young women in the affair of love; for which they may plead precept, education, and above all, the sanction, nay, I may say the necessity of custom, by which they are restrained, not from submitting to the honest impulses of nature (for that would be a foolish prohibition), but from owning them.†   (source)
  • Pray bring to your mind how often I desired you to consider, when you insisted on the motive of public good, that the Yahoos were a species of animals utterly incapable of amendment by precept or example: and so it has proved; for, instead of seeing a full stop put to all abuses and corruptions, at least in this little island, as I had reason to expect; behold, after above six months warning, I cannot learn that my book has produced one single effect according to my intentions.†   (source)
  • This Sampson never cider drank nor wine,
    Nor on his head came razor none nor shear,
    By precept of the messenger divine;
    For all his strengthes in his haires were;
    And fully twenty winters, year by year,
    He had of Israel the governance;
    But soone shall he weepe many a tear,
    For women shall him bringe to mischance.†   (source)
  • To say truth, there were few occurrences in life on which he could not draw advantage from the precepts of one or other of those great masters.†   (source)
  • who sent you to me that as the arguments for condemning him and for absolving him are exactly balanced, they should let him pass freely, as it is always more praiseworthy to do good than to do evil; this I would give signed with my name if I knew how to sign; and what I have said in this case is not out of my own head, but one of the many precepts my master Don Quixote gave me the night before I left to become governor of this island, that came into my mind, and it was this, that when there was any doubt about the justice of a case I should lean to mercy; and it is God's will that I should recollect it now, for it fits this case as if it was made for it.†   (source)
  • He thought, indeed, that the different exuberancies of these gentlemen would correct their different imperfections; and that from both, especially with his assistance, the two lads would derive sufficient precepts of true religion and virtue.†   (source)
  • "Against an Elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three Witnesses," is a wise Precept, but not a Law.†   (source)
  • And as this piece of yours aims at nothing more than to destroy the authority and influence which books of chivalry have in the world and with the public, there is no need for you to go a-begging for aphorisms from philosophers, precepts from Holy Scripture, fables from poets, speeches from orators, or miracles from saints; but merely to take care that your style and diction run musically, pleasantly, and plainly, with clear, proper, and well-placed words, setting forth your purpose to the best of your power, and putting your ideas intelligibly, without confusion or obscurity.†   (source)
  • Tom Jones, on the other hand, was not only deficient in outward tokens of respect, often forgetting to pull off his hat, or to bow at his master's approach; but was altogether as unmindful both of his master's precepts and example.†   (source)
  • but that it is not the Imperative manner of speaking, but an absolute Subjection to a Person, that maketh his Precept Laws.†   (source)
  • The breach of this Precept is Pride.†   (source)
  • "I wish," said he, "brother, you would have confined your care to your own daughter, and never have troubled yourself with my son, who hath, I believe, as little profited by your precepts, as by your example."†   (source)
  • Master Blifil fell very short of his companion in the amiable quality of mercy; but he as greatly exceeded him in one of a much higher kind, namely, in justice: in which he followed both the precepts and example of Thwackum and Square; for though they would both make frequent use of the word mercy, yet it was plain that in reality Square held it to be inconsistent with the rule of right; and Thwackum was for doing justice, and leaving mercy to heaven.†   (source)
  • Also "If a man be trusted to judge between man and man," it is a precept of the Law of Nature, "that he deale Equally between them."†   (source)
  • There be two senses, wherein a Writing may be said to be Canonicall; for Canon, signifieth a Rule; and a Rule is a Precept, by which a man is guided, and directed in any action whatsoever.†   (source)
  • A LAW OF NATURE, (Lex Naturalis,) is a Precept, or generall Rule, found out by Reason, by which a man is forbidden to do, that, which is destructive of his life, or taketh away the means of preserving the same; and to omit, that, by which he thinketh it may be best preserved.†   (source)
  • And consequently it is a precept, or generall rule of Reason, "That every man, ought to endeavour Peace, as farre as he has hope of obtaining it; and when he cannot obtain it, that he may seek, and use, all helps, and advantages of Warre."†   (source)
  • And though it be our duty to do, not what they do, but what they say; yet will that duty never be performed, till it please God to give men an extraordinary, and supernaturall grace to follow that Precept.†   (source)
  • For St. Paul does but advise them, to take some of their Brethren to compound their differences, as Arbitrators, rather than to goe to law one with another before the Heathen Judges; which is a wholsome Precept, and full of Charity, fit to bee practised also in the Best Christian Common-wealths.†   (source)
  • The safety of the People, requireth further, from him, or them that have the Soveraign Power, that Justice be equally administred to all degrees of People; that is, that as well the rich, and mighty, as poor and obscure persons, may be righted of the injuries done them; so as the great, may have no greater hope of impunity, when they doe violence, dishonour, or any Injury to the meaner sort, than when one of these, does the like to one of them: For in this consisteth Equity; to which, as being a Precept of the Law of Nature, a Soveraign is as much subject, as any of the meanest of his People.†   (source)
  • But because there is no naturall knowledge of mans estate after death; much lesse of the reward that is then to be given to breach of Faith; but onely a beliefe grounded upon other mens saying, that they know it supernaturally, or that they know those, that knew them, that knew others, that knew it supernaturally; Breach of Faith cannot be called a Precept of Reason, or Nature.†   (source)
  • For if the command of the Civill Soveraign bee such, as that it may be obeyed, without the forfeiture of life Eternall; not to obey it is unjust; and the precept of the Apostle takes place; "Servants obey your Masters in all things;" and, "Children obey your Parents in all things;" and the precept of our Saviour, "The Scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses Chaire, All therefore they shall say, that observe, and doe."†   (source)
  • And because all signes of hatred, or contempt, provoke to fight; insomuch as most men choose rather to hazard their life, than not to be revenged; we may in the eighth place, for a Law of Nature set down this Precept, "That no man by deed, word, countenance, or gesture, declare Hatred, or Contempt of another."†   (source)
  • If a mans Father, or Mother, or Master bee Excommunicate, yet are not the Children forbidden to keep them Company, nor to Eat with them; for that were (for the most part) to oblige them not to eat at all, for want of means to get food; and to authorise them to disobey their Parents, and Masters, contrary to the Precept of the Apostles.†   (source)
  • But suppose this Precept made by the authority of St. Peter; yet I see no reason why to call it a Law, rather than an Advice, seeing Timothy was not a Subject, but a Disciple of St. Paul; nor the flock under the charge of Timothy, his Subjects in the Kingdome, but his Scholars in the Schoole of Christ: If all the Precepts he giveth Timothy, be Laws, why is not this also a Law, "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy healths sake"?†   (source)
  • Actions That Are Signes Of Divine Honour Concerning the actions of Divine Worship, it is a most generall Precept of Reason, that they be signes of the Intention to Honour God; such as are, First, Prayers: For not the Carvers, when they made Images, were thought to make them Gods; but the People that Prayed to them.†   (source)
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