guiding principle

See: end, intent, purpose
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Our guiding principle seemed to be to get as much sunshine as possible, and to find the easiest road.
Tulliver's feeble beseeching could have had this feather's weight in virtue of her single personality; but whenever she departed from entire assent to her husband, he saw in her the representative of the Dodson family; and it was a guiding principle with Mr.
He had not the knack of surrounding himself with nice people--indeed, for a man of ability and virtue his choice had been singularly unfortunate; he had no guiding principle beyond a certain preference for mediocrity; he was content to settle one of the greatest things in life haphazard, and so, while his investments went right, his friends generally went wrong.
SOCRATES: And what is the guiding principle which makes them profitable or the reverse?
Pope accepted this hint as his guiding principle and proceeded to seek correctness by giving still further polish to the pentameter couplet of Dryden.
Yet this singular and almost accidental character of his mission agrees with the divine sign which, according to our notions, is equally accidental and irrational, and is nevertheless accepted by him as the guiding principle of his life.
But if you were free to-day, to-morrow, yesterday, can even I believe that you would choose a dowerless girl -- you who, in your very confidence with her, weigh everything by Gain: or, choosing her, if for a moment you were false enough to your one guiding principle to do so, do I not know that your repentance and regret would surely follow.
I have often wondered at the instinctive wisdom of the precaution; unconsciously I was acting on what has been one of my guiding principles ever since.
An additional guiding principle of the group states that acceleration of normalization activities is to be supported under the ISA-95 and OAGi organizational charters.
81)" And the final list of questions for reflection and discussion, taken from the texts of all the chapters, contains this idea: "Chapter 2 suggests that we make shlom, rather than profit, the guiding principle of our lives and work, with the goal of living sustainably and at peace with the creation.
Walker, who grew up on a Texas equestrian horse farm and has designed more than 4,000 products over her years as an entrepreneur, offers a range of organic cotton, silk and alpaca linens, bedding, towels and other items that rival the rich colors and high quality of major designers but are made with social and environmental responsibility as a guiding principle.
Educators have not fully defined the role of utilizing lifelong learning as a guiding principle.