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He sat silent, holding the precious little book of poems unopened in his hands, and Katharine watched him, the melancholy or contemplative expression deepening in her eyes as her annoyance faded.
Nor is there compensating influence in the adorable bridesmaids; for, having very little interest in the bride, and none at all in one another, those lovely beings become, each one of her own account, depreciatingly contemplative of the millinery present; while the bridegroom's man, exhausted, in the back of his chair, appears to be improving the occasion by penitentially contemplating all the wrong he has ever done; the difference between him and his friend Eugene, being, that the latter, in the back of HIS chair, appears to be contemplating all the wrong he would like to do--particularly to the present company.
it was dull, certainly; not to say dreary; but a contemplative man can always employ himself in meditation.
It was Godfrey's custom on a Sunday afternoon to do a little contemplative farming in a leisurely walk.
Porthos pretended that this occupation was proof of a reflective and contemplative organization, and he had brought him this gentleman, for whom he believed himself to be engaged, had won Planchet--that was the name of the Picard.
Perhaps a germ of love was springing in their hearts, so pure that it might blossom in Paradise, since it could not be matured on earth; for women worship such gentle dignity as his; and the proud, contemplative, yet kindly soul is oftenest captivated by simplicity like hers.
He was a contemplative, rather stout gentleman, of excellent digestion; of quiet perceptions, undiseased by hypothesis; happy in his inability to know the causes of things, preferring the things themselves.
turns, then, not only to the desert fathers or contemplatives (he mines the works of Eckhart, Antony, Evagrius, Augustine, and Thomas Merton), but also to Darwin, for whom he claims a kind of spirituality in his amazement at the beauty of that which was being formed in nature.
Strictly speaking, most people are not contemplatives.
We do well to call this social solitude "stillness" and to affirm, as contemplatives do, that solitude or stillness is not the same as silence.
Teresa of Avila, Merton envisions the modern contemplative as one who can profit from being aware of the importance of pre-modern contemplatives.
Once this meditative attention is initiated, most contemplatives talk about the resulting exploration of our inner self, our inner lives, and the journey that ensues.