Speeches and sentences, full of spiritual wisdom and truth are called parables for two reasons: 1. Because they carry conviction and divine authority. 2. Because they are as touchstones of truth – they are rules, and therefore ought to rule.
Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.Barack Obama
The essence of Vanderbilt is still learning, the essence of its outlook is still liberty, and liberty and learning will be and must be the touchstones of Vanderbilt University and of any free university in this country or the world. I say two touchstones, yet they are almost inseparable, inseparable if not indistinguishable, for liberty without learning is always in peril, and learning without liberty is always in vain.