It is a maxim of old that among themselves all things are common to friends.Terence, Adelphoe (The Brothers), Act V, scene 3, line 18 (803).
That grounded maxim So rife and celebrated in the mouths Of wisest men; that to the public good Private respects must yield.john milton
The spirit that now resists your taxation in America is?the 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.William Pitt the Elder
It is a maxim of cryptology that what one man can devise, another can unravel. This principle keeps armies of tax lawyers and accountants employed, but adds nothing to our national productivity.Walter Bigelow Wriston
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
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
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
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
It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.richard bentley
It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.Richard Bentley, p. 511.
As to the doctrine of the Circles it may briefly be summed up in a single maxim, "Attend to your Configuration." Whether political, ecclesiastical, or moral, all their teaching has for its object the improvement of individual and collective Configuration with special reference of course to the Configuration of the Circles, to which all other objects are subordinated. It is the merit of the Circles that they have effectually suppressed those ancient heresies which led men to waste energy and sympathy in the vain belief that conduct depends upon will, effort, training, encouragement, praise, or anything else but Configuration.edwin abbot
Individualism, isolation, alienation. The poet is not only different from society, he is as different as possible from other poets; all this differentness is exploited to the limit is used as subject matter, even. Each poet develops an elaborate, “personalized”, bureaucratized machinery of effect; refine your singularities is everybody’s maxim.Randall Jarrell
I ought never to act except in such a way that I could also will that my maxim should become a universal law.Immanuel Kant
There is ... only a single categorical imperative and it is this: Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.Immanuel Kant
There are cases where examinations are admitted, namely, before the coroner, and before magistrates in cases of felony. That appears to me to go rather in support of the general rule than in destruction of it. Every exception that can be accounted for is so much a confirmation of the rule that it has become a maxim, Exceptio probat regulam.kenyon, lloyd, 1st baron kenyon
Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can’t say it clearly you don’t understand it yourself.john searle
From the beginning of the year to the end, day and night, morning and evening, in action and repose, in speech and in silence, the warrior must keep death constantly before him and have ever in mind that the one death [which he has to give] should not be suffered in vain. In other words [he must have perfect control over his own death] just as if he were holding an intemperate steed in rein. Only he who truly keeps death in mind this way can understand what is meant by [Yamaga Soko's maxim of] "preparedness."yoshida shoin
A good maxim allows you to have the last word without even starting a conversation.nassim nicholas taleb
It is an invariable maxim in our law that no man shall be punished before he has had an opportunity of being heard.Rex v. Benn and another (1795), 6 T. R. 198.
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
'Tis an old maxim in the schools, That flattery's the food of fools; Yet now and then your men of wit Will condescend to take a bit.jonathan swift
The first maxim of a free State is, that the laws be made by one set of men, and administered by another; in other words, that the legislative and judicial characters be kept separate.Archdeacon Paley, " Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy," Bk. 6, c. 8.
It being a maxim that three things are always favoured in law, life, liberty and dower.Per. Cur., Dumsday v. Hughes (1803), 3 Bos. and Pull. 456
In a perfectly new case a case altogether primae impressionis I think the Judges are bound to hold fast to the principles of the common law to remember the maxim, " Salus reipublicae suprema lex ," and if the condition be really in principle against the public good, to pronounce it in their judgment void.Pollock, C.B., Brownlow v. Egerton (1854), 23 L. J. Rep. Part 5 (N.S.) Ch. 382.
There are cases where examinations are admitted, namely, before the coroner, and before magistrates in cases of felony. That appears to me to go rather in support of the general rule than in destruction of it. Every exception that can be accounted for is so much a confirmation of the rule that it has become a maxim, Exceptio probat regulam.Lord Kenyon, The King v. Inhabitants of Eriswell (1790), 3 T. R. 722.
I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”Susan B. Anthony, in Federal Court being tried for voting (June 18, 1873)
An idle man has a constant tendency to torpidity. He has adopted the Indian maxim that it is better to walk than to run, and better to stand than to walk, and better to sit than to stand, and better to lie than to sit. He hugs himself into the notion, that God calls him to be quiet.Richard Cecil, p. 345. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
It is a maxim universally agreed upon in agriculture, that nothing must be done too late; and again, that everything must be done at its proper season; while there is a third precept which reminds us that opportunities lost can never be regained.Book XVIII, sec. 44. (Naturalis Historia)
Whatever happens, we have got The maxim gun, and they have not.hilaire belloc
I don't enquire after your Affairs-- --so whatever happens, I wash my hands on't---- It hath always been my maxim, that one Friend should assist another-- --But if you please----I'll take one of the Scarfs home with me. 'Tis always good to have something in Hand.john gay