strive against


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How divinely do vault and arch here contrast in the struggle: how with light and shade they strive against each other, the divinely striving ones.
Father, if you had known, when we were last together here, what even I feared while I strove against it - as it has been my task from infancy to strive against every natural prompting that has arisen in my heart; if you had known that there lingered in my breast, sensibilities, affections, weaknesses capable of being cherished into strength, defying all the calculations ever made by man, and no more known to his arithmetic than his Creator is, - would you have given me to the husband whom I am now sure that I hate?
Harriet did think him all perfection, and maintained the nonexistence of any body equal to him in person or goodnessand did, in truth, prove herself more resolutely in love than Emma had foreseen; but yet it appeared to her so natural, so inevitable to strive against an inclination of that sort unrequited, that she could not comprehend its continuing very long in equal force.
As for you, Esther, you take after your mother; you have a morbid sense of duty, particularly for others; strive against it, my dear - strive against it.
No matter how earnestly we strive against each other, we remain brothers on the lowest side of our intellect and in the instability of our feelings.
This pain of the mind was much harder to strive against than any bodily pain I suffered; and Herbert, seeing that, did his utmost to hold my attention engaged.
The brothers De Witt, therefore, had to strive against a double difficulty, -- against the force of national antipathy, and, besides, against the feeling of weariness which is natural to all vanquished people, when they hope that a new chief will be able to save them from ruin and shame.
And this, I believe, is what most others would acknowledge who are accustomed to reflection, and wishful to strive against their natural corruptions.
We will strive against the oppressor with prayer and fasting, as our forefathers would have done.
We are angered even by the full acceptance of our humiliating confessions--how much more by hearing in hard distinct syllables from the lips of a near observer, those confused murmurs which we try to call morbid, and strive against as if they were the oncoming of numbness
The reason why Allah loves human beings more than the angels is that angels simply obey Allah's commands, while human beings strive against satan and earthly desires and believe in the mysteries without seeing Him.
The Chief Minister Informed the Chairman that according to the international health standards, it is important that the quality of routine immunization is improved to help children strive against nine diseases and that includes polio eradication.