If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.
As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.
There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.
I suppose more than anything, it's the way of life in this part of the country that influences my writing. In Eastern North Carolina, with the exception of Wilmington, most people live in small towns.
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
In a government such as ours we have vigorous contests to determine who should lead. The recent election was no exception. Now we inaugurate a new government on a day that transcends any one individual or any one party.
There are those whose sole claim to profundity is the discovery of exceptions to the rules.
There is something that falls short of perfection in every book, without exception, something influenced by the age, even something ridiculous; just like everyone, without exception, has weaknesses.
There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.
Exceptions are not always the proof of the old rule; they can also be the harbinger of a new one.
Everyone knows what a curve is, until he has studied enough mathematics to become confused through the countless number of possible exceptions.
In experimental philosophy, propositions gathered from phenomena by induction should be considered either exactly or very nearly true notwithstanding any contrary hypotheses, until yet other phenomena make such propositions either more exact or liable to exceptions.
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.
How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception.
Science does not permit exceptions.
Students of American history will recall that the important place where work gets done in the legislative body, almost without exception, is in the committees, more so than on the floor although sometimes more attention is paid to the floor.
It is tragic that the Fuehrer should have the whole nation behind him with the single exception of the Army generals. In my opinion it is only by action that they can now atone for their faults of lack of character and discipline.
My Cape women are generally true to type - big hearted, motherly women who love the sea. My other characters, with the exception of the Portuguese, who I occasionally mention as Cape dwellers, are obviously drawn from the city types one sees in everyday life.
Melancholy has ceased to be an individual phenomenon, an exception. It has become the class privilege of the wage earner, a mass state of mind that finds its cause wherever life is governed by production quotas.
If man is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust.
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.
It is true practically if not altogether without exception that the changes studied by any science tend to equilibrate or neutralize the forces which bring them about, and finally to come to rest.
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