I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked.. It is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.
This laudable quality is commonly known by the name of Manners and Good-breeding, and consists in a Fashionable Habit, acquir'd by Precept and Example, of flattering the Pride and Selfishness of others, and concealing our own with Judgment and Dexterity.
There can be little question that good composition is far less dependent upon acquaintance with its laws, than upon practice and natural aptitude. A clear head, a quick imagination, and a sensitive ear, will go far towards making all rhetorical precepts needless.
I have.. Always strived, as was my dual duty as a believer and a sovereign, to follow the precepts of Islam's holy book, precepts which are those of balance, justice and moderation.
A good example is far better than a good precept.
Everywhere he found his precept checkmated by his example.
Brotherhood is an ideal better understood by example than precept!
Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart. Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father's advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience
These Names of Virtues with their Precepts were
This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
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.
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.
The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give everyone else his due.
We will not praise Mahomet's moral precepts as always of the superfinest sort; yet it can be said that there is always a tendency to good in them; that they are the true dictates of a heart aiming towards what is just and true