The spirit that now resists your taxation in America isthe same spirit that established the great fundamental, essential maxim of your libertiesthat no subject of England shall betaxed but byhis ownconsent. The glorious spirit of Whiggismanimates three million in America, who prefer poverty with liberty to gilded chains and sordid affluence; and who will die in defence of their rights as men, as free men.Pitt,William, 1st Earl of Chatham known as the Elder: 1775 Speech to the House of Lords, 20 Jan.
That grounded maxim So rife and celebrated in the mouths Of wisest men; that to the public good Private respects must yield.john milton: 1671Samson Agonistes, l.865-8.
Whatever happens, we have got The Maxim Gun, and they have not.(Joseph) Hilaire Pierre Belloc: 1898 The Modern Traveller, bk.6.
It is the maxim of every prudent master of a family never to attempt to make at home what it will cost him more to makethantobuy.Thetaylordoesnot attempttomakehis ownshoeAll ofthemfind itfor their interestto employ their whole industry in a way in which they have some advantage over their neighbours and to purchase with a part of its producewhatever else they have occasion for What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom Would it be a reasonable law to prohibit the importation of all foreign wines, merely to encourage the making of claret and burgundy in Scotland?Adam Smith: 1776 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of theWealth of Nations, bk.4, ch.2.
Every manwho has seen the world knowsthat nothing is so useless as a general maxim.1st Baron: 1827 'Machiavelli', in the Edinburgh Review, Mar.
Ich solle niemals anders verfahren, als so, dass ich auch wollen k o« nne, meine Maxime solle ein allgemeines Gesetz werden. I ought never to act except in such a way that I can also will that my maxim should become a universal law.Immanuel Kant: 1785 Grundlagen zur Metaphysik der Sitten (Groundwork to a Metaphysic of Morals), ch.1 (translated by H J Paton).
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.john adams: Notes for an oration at Braintree (Spring 1772)
Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.john adams: No. 3 (Novanglus essays (1774–1775))
It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.richard bentley: Monk's Life of Bentley, p. 90.
“Whatever is, is not,” is the maxim of the anarchist, as often as anything comes across him in the shape of a law which he happens not to like.richard bentley: Declaration of Rights. Compare: "Whatever is, is in its causes just", John Dryden, Œdipus, Act iii. Sc. 1.
There is a maxim, 'Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.' It is a maxim for sluggards. A better reading of it is, 'Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow,' because something may occur to make you regret your premature action.aaron burr: Reported in Marshall Brown, Wit and Humor of Bench and Bar (1899), p. 67. Alternately reported as "Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done", reported in Jacob Morton Braude, The Complete Art of Public Speaking (1970), p. 84.
Yet, if such a being, who reversed the maxim nihil humani me alienum puto [nothing human is foreign to me], cannot be loved, as little can he be abhorred or despised. He was, in spite of the atrophy or non development of many of the faculties which are found in those in whom the "elements are kindly mixed," as truly a genius as the mere poets, painters, and musicians, with small intellects and hearts and large imaginations, to whom the world is so willing to bend the knee. He is more to be wondered at than blamed.henry cavendish: George Wilson, The Life of the Honble Henry Cavendish (1851) p.185
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do on its enforcement. It is a maxim of our institutions, that the government does not make the people, but the people make the government.calvin coolidge: From an address before the Women’s National Committee for Law Enforcement, as quoted in The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 87, H. F. Waters, New England Historic & Genealogical Society (1933), p. 100
But 'twas a maxim he had often tried,That right was right, and there he would abide.George Crabbe: Tale xv, "The Squire and the Priest". Compare: "For right is right, since God is God", Frederick William Faber, The Right must win.
Islam in its origins is just as shady and approximate as those from which it took its borrowings. It makes immense claims for itself, invokes prostrate submission or ' surrender ' as a maxim to its adherents, and demands deference and respect from non-believers into the bargain.Ernest Renan, in Long Live Hitch: Three Classic Books in One Volume, p.129
There is ... a clever maxim which bears upon what I was saying to you some little while ago, and that is, that unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind, human nature, in a [[right] and wholesome state, revolts at crime. Still, from an artificial civilisation have originated wants, vices, and false tastes, which occasionally become so powerful as to stifle within us all good feelings, and ultimately to lead us into guilt and wickedness...alexandre dumas: Chapter 17
It were endless to enumerate all the passages both in the sacred and profane writers, which establish the general sentiment of mankind, concerning the inseparable union of a sacred and reverential awe, with our ideas of the divinity. Hence the common maxim, primos in orbe deos fecit timor [fear brought the first gods into the world]. This maxim may be, as I belive it is, false with regard to the origin of religion. The maker of the maxim saw how inseparable these ideas were, without considering that the notion of some great power must be always precedent to our dread of it. But this dread must necessarily follow the idea of such a power, when it is once excited in the mind. It is on this principle that true religion has, and must have, so large a mixture of salutary fear; and that false religions have generally nothing else but fear to support them.Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757), Part II, Section V.
Settle it therefore in your minds, as a maxim never to be effaced or forgotten, that atheism is an inhuman, bloody, ferocious system, equally hostile to every useful restraint and to every virtuous affection; that, leaving nothing above us to excite awe, nor round us to awaken tenderness, it wages war with heaven and with earth: its first object is to dethrone God, its next to destroy man.robert hall: Rev. Robert Hall, sermon to Baptist meeting, Cambridge, quoted in Charles George Sommers, William R. Williams, Levi L. Hill, ed (1843). The Baptist Library: a republication of standard Baptist works. 2. p. 108.
There is a maxim about the universe which I always tell my students: That which is not explicitly forbidden is guaranteed to occur.lawrence m. krauss: The Physics of Star Trek, HarperPerennial edition (1996), p. 16.
Islam in its origins is just as shady and approximate as those from which it took its borrowings. It makes immense claims for itself, invokes prostrate submission or "surrender" as a maxim to its adherents, and demands deference and respect from nonbelievers into the bargain. There is nothing absolutely nothing in its teachings that can even begin to justify such arrogance and presumption.Christopher Hitchens, God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007). See also a video of his reading and an excerpt.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales underscores that Bomis, his dot-com search engine business, was not directly involved in pornography, pointing out that its content was R-rated rather than X-rated, like Maxim magazine rather than Playboy .Jonathan Zittrain (2008). The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It. Yale University Press. p. 289. ISBN 0300145349.
Let this great maxim be my virtue’s guide,—In part she is to blame that has been tried:He comes too near that comes to be denied.lady mary wortley montagu: The Lady’s Resolve (1713). A fugitive piece, written on a window by Lady Montagu, after her marriage. Compare: "In part to blame is she, Which hath without consent bin only tride: He comes to neere that comes to be denide", Sir Thomas Overbury (1581–1613), A Wife, stanza 36.
We must smother the internal and external enemies of the Republic or perish with it; now in this situation, the first maxim of your policy ought to be to lead the people by reason and the people's enemies by terror.maximilien robespierre: Original French: Il faut étouffer les ennemis intérieurs et extérieurs de la République, ou périr avec elle ; or, dans cette situation, la première maxime de votre politique doit être qu’on conduit le peuple par la raison, et les ennemis du peuple par la terreur.
Once in Persia reigned a king Who upon his signet ring Graved a maxim true and wise, Which if held before the eyes Gave him counsel at a glance Fit for every change and chance. Solemn words, and these are they: "Even this shall pass away."Theodore Tilton, The King's Ring. (All Things Shall Pass Away).
It is a maxim of old that among themselves all things are common to friends.Act V, scene 3, line 18 (803).