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Then there are all the ordinary goods of life--beauty, wealth, strength, rank, and great connections in the State--you understand the sort of things--these also have a corrupting and distracting effect.
Towards morning my distracting thoughts began to lose all pretensions to coherency, and shape themselves into confused and feverish dreams, and, at length, there followed an interval of unconscious slumber.
When he sees a folded and sealed scrap of paper float round the globe in a pine ship and come safe to the eye for which it was written, amidst a swarming population, let him likewise feel the admonition to integrate his being across all these distracting forces, and keep a slender human word among the storms, distances and accidents that drive us hither and thither, and, by persistency, make the paltry force of one man reappear to redeem its pledge after months and years in the most distant climates.
Charles Wilcox had not yet rung him up for the distracting interview.
All the while, I was being hurled along, and beaten upon and choked, and then swallowed whole; and the thing was so distracting to my wits, that I was neither sorry nor afraid.
No whirl and uproar around me, no distracting commerce or calculation, no risk, no change of place, myself devoted to the art I pursue, my business my pleasure.
Mobile devices bear a big part of the responsibility of distracting drivers at the wheel.
Then why would we do those distracting activities while performing the most dangerous activity most of us do--driving?
ONE in seven motorists has had a road accident or near-miss due to a distracting "back-seat driver", a study has revealed.
Hearing half a conversation is distracting because we are unable to predict the succession of speech," Emberson said.
It topped the poll as the most distracting landmark with Antony Gormley's Angel of the North coming a close second.
The study showed that drivers engage in a distracting activity on average once every six minutes.