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Rightly understood, this power of life and death is a sufficient counterpoise for all the ills of life; the same power when conferred upon another, upon his fellow-man, leads to tyranny of every kind.
One soul is a counterpoise of all souls, as a capillary column of water is a balance for the sea.
To be unfortunate in any respect was sufficient, if there was no demerit to counterpoise it, to turn the scale of that good man's pity, and to engage his friendship and his benefaction.
Indeed this gentleman's stoicism was of that not uncommon kind, which enables a man to bear with exemplary fortitude the afflictions of his friends, but renders him, by way of counterpoise, rather selfish and sensitive in respect of any that happen to befall himself.
Macbeth counterpoises theological themes of temptation with "remnants" of moral order deep within the psyches of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the "germans" (invisible seeds) that, according to St.
Thus, Spielberg's alteration of Lincoln's deathbed appearance counterpoises his authority and eloquence in life against the silenced, shriveled, vulnerability of his person in death.
The cross-cutting of the attack on Laura counterpoises her danger with Will, as he is losing the game of chess.