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govern

verb administer, administrate, assume command, be in power, coercere, command, conduct, control, dictate, direct, dominate, enact, exercise authority, exercise power over, exert authority, give orders, guide, have auuhority, have executive charge of, have jurisdiction over, head, hold authority, hold office, hold sway, lead, legislate, manage, officiate, order, oversee, pilot, prescribe, preside over, prevail on, regere, regulate, reign, restrain, rule, steer, superintend, supervise, take charge, take command, wield authority
Associated concepts: governing authority, governing body, governing law
Foreign phrases: Minor minorem custodire non debet, alios enim praesumitur male regere qui seipsum regere nescit.A minor ought not to be guardian to a minor, for a person who knows not how to govern himself is presumed to be unfit to govern others. Mitius imperanti melius paretur. The more gently a person commands, the better he is obeyed.
See also: administer, command, condition, conduct, control, curb, direct, discipline, dominate, handle, inhibit, manage, manipulate, moderate, officiate, operate, order, overlook, oversee, predominate, preside, prevail, qualify, regulate, restrain, subject, subjugate, superintend, supervise, wield
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Now as the State is not to govern, it may be asked what the State is to do.
and he is at the same time desirous of contrasting the wisdom which governs the world with a higher wisdom.
Other things to be considered in narrative are: Movement, which, unless for special reasons, should be rapid, at least not slow and broken; Suspense; general Interest; and the questions whether or not there are good situations and good minor climaxes, contributing to the interest; and whether or not motivation is good, apart from that which results from character, that is whether events are properly represented as happening in accordance with the law of cause and effect which inexorably governs actual life.
Clearly, then, he must have been weak; and it is might alone that governs the world.
I heartily accept the motto, -- "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.
For my part, in the presence of a young girl I always become convinced that the dreams of sentiment--like the consoling mysteries of Faith- -are invincible; that it is never never reason which governs men and women.
But with the judge it is otherwise; since he governs mind by mind; he ought not therefore to have been trained among vicious minds, and to have associated with them from youth upwards, and to have gone through the whole calendar of crime, only in order that he may quickly infer the crimes of others as he might their bodily diseases from his own self-consciousness; the honourable mind which is to form a healthy judgment should have had no experience or contamination of evil habits when young.
The talk was that strange, slight talk which governs the British Empire, which governs it in secret, and yet would scarcely enlighten an ordinary Englishman even if he could overhear it.
To give a higher idea of the principle I mean, as well as one more familiar to the present age; it may be considered as sitting on its throne in the mind, like the Lord High Chancellor of this kingdom in his court; where it presides, governs, directs, judges, acquits, and condemns according to merit and justice, with a knowledge which nothing escapes, a penetration which nothing can deceive, and an integrity which nothing can corrupt.
I wonder what the law is that governs these things.
It governs your thought, of course, and your action too, and thus neither your thought nor your action can ever be conclusive.
Well, but then it came on strangely, if God has made all these things, He guides and governs them all, and all things that concern them; for the Power that could make all things must certainly have power to guide and direct them.