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But to such sights and sounds as these the five men had become callous.
The humble submission of the boy Isaac to the will of God and of his earthly father, the yearning devotion of Mary the mother of Jesus, and the infinite love and pity of the tortured Christ himself, must have struck into even callous hearts for at least a little time some genuine consciousness of the beauty and power of the finer and higher life.
I thought not; and therefore I wished with all my heart that it might please heaven to remove him to a better world, or if that might not be, still to take him out of this; for if he were unfit to answer the summons now, after a warning sickness, and with such an angel by his side, it seemed but too certain that he never would be - that, on the contrary, returning health would bring returning lust and villainy, and as he grew more certain of recovery, more accustomed to her generous goodness, his feelings would become more callous, his heart more flinty and impervious to her persuasive arguments - but God knew best.
manifesting in this a more seared and callous conscience than even Nero himself; of whom we are told by Suetonius, "that the consciousness of his guilt, after the death of his mother, became immediately intolerable, and so continued; nor could all the congratulations of the soldiers, of the senate, and the people, allay the horrors of his conscience.
Neatly upon his left ear on the callous pavement two waiters pitched Soapy.
His muscles became hard as iron, and he grew callous to all ordinary pain.
Callous as they were to my suffering, they were equally callous to their own when anything befell them.
He who ever bestoweth is in danger of losing his shame; to him who ever dispenseth, the hand and heart become callous by very dispensing.
What was extraordinary was that everyone not only liked him, but even people previously unsympathetic, cold, and callous, were enthusiastic over him, gave way to him in everything, treated his feeling with tenderness and delicacy, and shared his conviction that he was the happiest man in the world because his betrothed was beyond perfection.
Absence cannot have rendered you callous to our joys and griefs; and how shall I inflict pain on my long absent son?
Without having a tinge of cruelty in his singular composition, he was undoubtedly callous from long overstimulation.
Is he totally unaware of the inner-directed (read selfish or egotistical, sometimes cold, apparently callous and all too often cruel) nature of children's behavior?