Ronald Reagan Page

“We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

- Ronald Reagan

Source/Notes: Excerpts of a Speech by Governor Ronald Reagan, Republican National Convention, Platform Committee Meeting, Miami, Florida, July 31, 1968 - Pre-presidency
Mahatma Gandhi Page

“Hate the sin and not the sinner is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

Source/Notes: Part IV, Chapter 9, A Tussle with Power - An Autobiography (1927)
Edith Stein Page

“As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbor's soul must break all precept. All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love.”

- Edith Stein

Sam Harris Page

“Mahavira, the Jain patriarch, surpassed the morality of the Bible with a single sentence: Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. Imagine how different our world might be if the Bible contained this as its central precept.”

- Sam Harris

Aesop Page

“Example is the best precept.”

- Aesop

Source/Notes: Aesop's Fables: Translated by Joseph Jacobs (1894). (2010 edition), MobileReference - ISBN: 9781607780656


Robert Cecil Page

“Examples is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.”

- Robert Cecil

Rene Descartes Page

“The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.”

- Rene Descartes

Source/Notes: Le Discours de la Méthode (1637)
Denis Diderot Page

“There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.”

- Denis Diderot

Source/Notes: As quoted in Dictionary of Foreign Quotations (1980) by Mary Collison, Robert L. Collison, p. 235
James Russell Lowell Page

“Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.”

- James Russell Lowell

Dwight L. Moody Page

“A good example is far better than a good precept.”

- Dwight L. Moody


Quintilian Page

“In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.”

- Quintilian

Lucius Annaeus Seneca Page

“Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.”

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Samuel Smiles Page

“It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.”

- Samuel Smiles

Samuel Adams Page

“In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practised, and, both by precept and example, inculcated on mankind.”

- Samuel Adams

Source/Notes: The Rights of the Colonists (1772)
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Page

“The nation has placed its faith in the precept that all laws should be inspired by actual needs here on earth as a basic fact of national life.”

- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Source/Notes: As quoted in A World View of Criminal Justice (2005) by Richard K. Vogler, p. 116


Edmund Burke Page

“It cannot at this time be too often repeated; line upon line; precept upon precept; until it comes into the currency of a proverb, To innovate is not to reform..”

- Edmund Burke

Source/Notes: A Letter to a Noble Lord (1796)
Orson Scott Card Page

“They won't be required to sacrifice anything in order to belong to your assembly. A religion that is all sweetness, but no light; all form, but no substance; all tradition, but no precept.”

- Orson Scott Card

Source/Notes: Homecoming saga