exertion


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I keep my cowhide about, and sometimes I do lay it on; but the exertion is always too much for me.
You have been so strong and so well ever since last summer -- you have felt so many years younger, as you said yourself -- that I am sure the exertion would not have been too much for you.
Fatigued with my long-continued efforts, and panting for breath, I felt myself completely incapacitated for any further exertion.
Patient of toil, not to be disheartened by impediments and disappointments, fertile in expedients, and versed in every mode of humoring and conquering the wayward current, they would ply every exertion, sometimes in the boat, sometimes on shore, sometimes in the water, however cold; always alert, always in good humor; and, should they at any time flag or grow weary, one of their popular songs, chanted by a veteran oarsman, and responded to in chorus, acted as a never- failing restorative.
But if this cannot be, play is more necessary for those who labour than those who are at rest: for he who labours requires relaxation; which play will supply: for as labour is attended with pain and continued exertion, it is necessary that play should be introduced, under proper regulations, as a medicine: for such an employment of the mind is a relaxation to it, and eases with pleasure.
It needs no critical exertion to reduce utterly to dust any deductions drawn from history.
For the girls she seemed anxious only to render them as superficially attractive and showily accomplished as they could possibly be made, without present trouble or discomfort to themselves; and I was to act accordingly--to study and strive to amuse and oblige, instruct, refine, and polish, with the least possible exertion on their part, and no exercise of authority on mine.
Any unusually severe exertion precipitated spells of coughing, during which he was almost like a man in a fit.
There was the engine-room, but the exertion of carrying them to the furnace was not worth while.
I could hold her in the right way to leave me master of all my movements; I could devote myself, without flurry or fatigue, to the exertion of taking her back to the shore.
Thereupon he began to pray to Hercules, without other exertion.
If servitude is a high honour," the Gentleman said, "it would be indecent for me to seek it; and if obtained by my own exertion it would be no honour.