• WordNet 3.6
    • n cornerstone a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls
    • n cornerstone a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies
    • n cornerstone the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
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  • Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    “The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.”
  • Mary Kay Ash
    Mary Kay Ash
    “Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.”
  • Bette Davis
    “Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone -- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”
  • Sir John Herschel
    Sir John Herschel
    “Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.”
  • Seneca
    “There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.”


In literature:

It was indeed not an ordinary crane that the Mongol had built for letting the enormous cornerstone of the school into the trench.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
The cornerstone was laid 1871, and the building was completed, with the exception of the central tower, in 1904.
"The Greatest Highway in the World" by Anonymous
Faith is the cornerstone of knowledge.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
De la Rey suggested that the Magersfontein heights should themselves be held as the cornerstone of the defence.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
They are the preparatory cornerstones of self-government, fashioned and waiting for the verdict of the nation.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
We built ours upon the bed rock, and its cornerstone is the home.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Plenty in the smokehouse was the cornerstone of the old time southern cookery.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
They planned a great empire, which should extend south to the Isthmus of Darien and west to the Pacific Ocean, and made slavery its cornerstone.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The cornerstone was laid September 18, 1793, with Masonic rites, George Washington officiating.
"The Poets' Lincoln" by Various
Thus all the cornerstones of the present "order" become myths.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
Later this view became one of the cornerstones of the theory of organic evolution.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
In 1791 he was Worshipful Master when the cornerstone of the District of Columbia was laid.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
Then, and on that day, was laid the cornerstone of that most tremendous of artifices, CIVILISATION!
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
They did their best to desecrate Christmas, and they did it by laying one of the cornerstones of an empire.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
The stone we made light of proved the cornerstone of the building.
"Neighbors" by Jacob A. Riis
The brotherhood of nations is the cornerstone of modern civilization.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
Pizarro was now very busy in developing the new country he had conquered, and in laying the cornerstone of a nation.
"The Spanish Pioneers" by Charles F. Lummis
Heredity and variation are the cornerstones on which all the work in the improvement of plants and animals, including man himself, are built.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
The cornerstone was laid on April 6, 1841.
"The Awakening of the Desert" by Julius C. Birge
Daffie had raised a disturbance when Royalty was laying a cornerstone and had been jailed for it.
"Affinities and Other Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehard

In poetry:

"Thou shalt build with fadeless rubies,
All fashioned around the throne,
A house that shall last forever,
With Christ as the cornerstone.
"The Building" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
The cornerstone in Truth is laid,
The guardian walls of Honour made,
The roof of Faith is built above,
The fire upon the hearth is Love:
Though rains descend and loud winds call,
This happy house shall never fall.
"Inscriptions for a Friend's House" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Cornerstone is an elementary preparatory school that celebrates the individual.
Cornerstone faced Oak Hall in a well played and intense match Thursday night.
CB John Wilson a cornerstone for Savannah State.
Cornerstone Physical Therapy on organized sports.
I Love to See the Temple': Family thrilled to be at cornerstone dedication.
The cornerstone of your community.
2, 2012 — What an appropriate theme for this year's celebration of National Newspaper Week, Oct 7-13: Newspapers: The cornerstone of your community.
Trinity Christian at Granbury Cornerstone .
Cornerstone Christian player responds to commands.
Cornerstone Christian football player Ryan "Dax" McGregor responded Thursday to three direct commands, according to his mother, Shannon McGregor.
Jennings Receives Community Cornerstone Award.
Delphia Jennings is CornerBank's Community Cornerstone Award recipient in Arkansas City for September.
Cornerstone Has a New School from WAGM-TV on Vimeo.
The Cornerstone Christian Academy has officially started their new school year…in a brand new building.
Cornerstone will be holding an open house in October so the general public can see the new school.

In science:

Building on this important European success, the ESA Gaia cornerstone mission promises an even more impressive advance.
From Hipparcos to Gaia
The cornerstone of our analysis is the lower bound stated in Theorem 1.
Detecting Positive Correlations in a Multivariate Sample
For the former this is a cornerstone of the scientific method, but for the latter it is only a simplifying assumption without further justification.
Three tests of LambdaCDM
Point (A) is a cornerstone for proving the behavior of our test under the null and the alternative hypothesis.
Projection-based nonparametric goodness-of-fit testing with functional covariates
They are potentially a cornerstone for future quantum information schemes and quantum-technology sensors, allowing the initialization, control, and monitoring of the quantum state of either the material or the light.
Coherent Diffusion of Polaritons in Atomic Media
The closed testing procedure (Marcus, Peritz and Gabriel, 1976) is well known as a cornerstone of familywise error control.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research
Point (A) is a cornerstone for proving the behavior of our test under the null and the alternative hypotheses.
Nonparametric testing for no-effect with functional responses and functional covariates
Since the CKM matrix is one of the fundamental cornerstones of the weak interactions and, by extension, of the ST, it is important to develop renormalization schemes that treat both the finite and divergent contributions with well-defined renormalization conditions.
Radiative Corrections in Precision Electroweak Physics: a Historical Perspective
The closed testing principle of Marcus, Peritz and Gabriel (1976) has been a cornerstone of multiple hypotheses testing for decades.
The sequential rejection principle of familywise error control
For example, low degree polynomial testing was involved in the proof of the PCP Theorem, the cornerstone of the theory of computational hardness of approximation and the culmination of a long line of research on IP and PCP (see, Arora et al. and Feige et al. ).
Towards Randomized Testing of $q$-Monomials in Multivariate Polynomials
We shall review the essentials of this physics and show in a selective way how some of these have become cornerstones of the Standard Model today.
Neutrinos at high energy accelerators
Originally regarded as the cornerstone of mechanics by Newton, and used later by Einstein in the development of general relativity, it has come to be understood as the basis for the notion that spacetime has a unique operational geometry.
Testing the Equivalence Principle in the Quantum Regime
The successful explanation of the perihelion advance of its orbit has become one of the observational cornerstones for general relativity.
Relativistic Gravity Theory And Related Tests With A Mercury Orbiter Mission
In this paper we analyze the relativistic gravitational experiments for the Mercury Orbiter mission which has been included by the European Space Agency as a cornerstone mission under the Horizon 2000 Plus program.
Relativistic Gravity Theory And Related Tests With A Mercury Orbiter Mission
The space detector LISA has been selected as one of the three “cornerstone missions” of the European Space Agency .
Three Dimensional Numerical General Relativistic Hydrodynamics I: Formulations, Methods, and Code Tests