Palmer has tried to conduct an examined life, to arrive at his own precepts and live by them.
Ye Mussulmans, if God chastiseth you for violating the five precepts, how hath he raised up the Franks who ridicule them?
All precepts, all religions, are insignificant agencies by their side.
I know into what an abyss I plunge myself; but, though prudence bids me conceal my passion, honor overpowers its precepts.
Again what city ever received Plato's or Aristotle's laws, or Socrates' precepts?
But she was not backward to inquire what are the precepts of duty in her own particular case.
The legislator must teach these precepts as well as command them.
A revolt, though it be put down, enlightens slaves more on their power than a thousand years of precepts and examples.
Men know the precepts of religion as a lawyer knows the law.
He is enclosed on all sides by a ring of precepts, which attribute luck or ill-luck to certain things or actions.
late 14c., from Old French percept, percet (12c.), from Latin praeceptum "maxim, rule of conduct, order," noun use of neuter past participle of praecipere "give rules to, order, advise," literally "take beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + capere (past participle captus) "to take" (see capable). For change of vowel, see biennial.