There is but little virtue in the action
of masses of men.
Whether it were a question of fact, of spelling, or of date, of going swimming or fishing, of choosing a book in the Sunday-school library or a stick of candy at the village store, he had no sooner determined on one plan of action
than his wish fondly reverted to the opposite one.
Fairfax of the regiment of infantry, and Miss Jane Bates, had had its day of fame and pleasure, hope and interest; but nothing now remained of it, save the melancholy remembrance of him dying in action
abroadof his widow sinking under consumption and grief soon afterwardsand this girl.
Dick about her determination to appeal for redress to the laws of her country, and to bring actions
for trespass against the whole donkey proprietorship of Dover, until tea-time.
He ate in a ravenous way that was very disagreeable, and all his actions
were uncouth, noisy, and greedy.
Crackenthorp; for she was so instinctively neat and adroit in all her actions
, and her pretty lips met each other with such quiet firmness, that it would have been difficult for her to appear agitated.
And finally, as it is not enough, before commencing to rebuild the house in which we live, that it be pulled down, and materials and builders provided, or that we engage in the work ourselves, according to a plan which we have beforehand carefully drawn out, but as it is likewise necessary that we be furnished with some other house in which we may live commodiously during the operations, so that I might not remain irresolute in my actions
, while my reason compelled me to suspend my judgement, and that I might not be prevented from living thenceforward in the greatest possible felicity, I formed a provisory code of morals, composed of three or four maxims, with which I am desirous to make you acquainted.
The graver spirits imitated noble actions
, and the actions
of good men.
Well, in short, actions
that all, perhaps, commit; but which, as though purposely, occurred to me at the very time when I was most conscious that they ought not to be committed.
But to exercise the intellect the prince should read histories, and study there the actions
of illustrious men, to see how they have borne themselves in war, to examine the causes of their victories and defeat, so as to avoid the latter and imitate the former; and above all do as an illustrious man did, who took as an exemplar one who had been praised and famous before him, and whose achievements and deeds he always kept in his mind, as it is said Alexander the Great imitated Achilles, Caesar Alexander, Scipio Cyrus.
The politician, therefore, who composes a body of laws ought to extend his views to everything; the different parts of the soul and their actions
; more particularly to those things which are of a superior nature and ends; and, in the same manner, to the lives of men and their different actions
But the strangest thing of all in my case is, that I should consider the little anecdote which I am now about to give you as a confession of the worst of my 'bad actions