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date: 19 January 2019


  1. If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
    Catherine Aird 1930–  English writer: in St Louis Post-Dispatch 1 November 1989
  2. Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
    Edmund Burke 1729–97 Irish-born Whig politician and man of letters: Two Letters on the Proposals for Peace with the Regicide Directory (9th ed., 1796)
  3. Even when walking in a party of no more than three I can always be certain of learning from those I am with. There will be good qualities that I can select for imitation and bad ones that will teach me what requires correction in myself.
    Confucius (K'ung Fu-tzu) 551–479 bc Chinese philosopher: The Analects ch. 7, v. 21; tr. Arthur Waley
  4. Example is always more efficacious than precept.
    Samuel Johnson 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: Rasselas (1759) ch. 30
  5. Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
    Mark Twain 1835–1910 American writer: Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) ch. 19
  6. Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?
    Oscar Wilde 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) act 1