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Some of them, like ex-Governor Bullock, of Georgia, were men of high character and usefulness.
He narrated that episode so persistently and with so important an air that everyone believed in the merit and usefulness of his deed, and he had obtained two decorations for Austerlitz.
He simply ignored the exposure, and the comments of the other city papers, and in the process of time he easily lived down the memory of it and went on to greater usefulness in his profession.
Saintsbury, there is more than just the quiet, unpretending usefulness of the bare sermo pedestris.
You have the remnants of one, at all events," Wingrave said, "quite sufficient, no doubt, to interfere with your possible usefulness to me.
In that stage of usefulness which is not inconsistent with
As a question of mere necessity and usefulness, therefore, this muffling of the knocker was thoroughly incomprehensible.
Many of us do not believe in a world of the unconscious (a few of us even have grave doubts about the usefulness of the term consciousness), hence we try to explain censorship along ordinary biological lines.
To Konstantin Levin the country was good first because it afforded a field for labor, of the usefulness of which there could be no doubt.
I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self.
It would destroy my usefulness," continued the other hotly.
as Mr Dennis swore) the greatest possible curse a civilised community could know, and militating more against the professional emoluments and usefulness of the great constitutional office he had the honour to hold, than any adverse circumstances that could present themselves to his imagination.