Maxim Quotes

May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law.

Immanuel Kant

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

Most maxim-mongers have preferred the prettiness to the justness of a thought, and the turn to the truth; but I have refused myself to everything that my own experience did not justify and confirm.

Lord Chesterfield

Vice is man's nature: virtue is a habit -- or a mask. . . . The foregoing maxim shows the difference between truth and sarcasm.

William Hazlitt

The thrifty maxim of the wary Dutch, Is to save all the Money they can touch.

Benjamin Franklin

The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.

Winston Churchill

To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.

James Buchanan

The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves?

Thomas Babington

Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.

Barbara Tuchman

Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.

Andre Gide

It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.

David Hume

In the maxim of the past you cannot go anywhere.

Maxim Gorky

When in reading we meet with any maxim that may be of use, we should take it for our own, and make an immediate application of it, as we would of the advice of a friend whom we have purposely consulted.

Charles Caleb Colton

The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty

John Adams

Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.

William Makepeace Thackeray

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate

Bertrand Russell

A new maxim is often a brilliant error.

Chretien-Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes

Remember my unalterable maxim, "When we love, we always have something to say.

Mary Worley Montagu

We have a maxim in the House of Commons, and written on the walls of our houses, that old ways are the safest and surest ways.

Edward Coke

Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.

Thomas B. Macaulay

Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.

John Quincy Adams

It is more trouble to make a maxim than it is to do right

Mark Twain

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

Bertrand Russell

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