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His reckless instincts and love of pleasure were rather strangely combined with a sincere theoretical devotion to religion, and his first noticeable work (1701), a little booklet called 'The Christian Hero,' aimed, in opposition to fashionable license, to show that decency and goodness are requisites of a real gentleman.
They could save money again, and when another winter came they would have a comfortable place; and the children would be off the streets and in school again, and they might set to work to nurse back into life their habits of decency and kindness.
Gallantry often led young men to offer the ladies ginger beer, but common decency made them refuse.
A kind of generalized reciprocity underlies "civil respect": I will respect you if you are yourself respectful; I will treat you with decency if you are decent; I will not harm you if you are not harmful.
Today he wants above all to stress that he had high standards of conduct and decency.
Joe McCarthy, finally blasted back with that memorably sharp rebuke, "Have you no sense of decency, sir.
The Supreme Court struck down the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA) last summer.
At the least - and this is no small achievement Dusinberre demonstrates how readily favorable economic conditions could drive even planters with a sense of common decency into callousness and measures that defied any sense of decency.
The Communications Decency Act, passed by the Senate in June, makes it a crime to send or receive pornographic material over the Internet.
Always, though, Lowenstein bursts these balloons gently, never failing to remind us of the quality of decency that is at Buffett's core.
By and large these restrictions have been beaten back in Congress, with the current exception of the so-called "decency clause," passed in November 1990, which provided that grant applications to the National Endowment for the Arts are to be judged "taking in consideration general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public.
The lack of compassion and common decency shown by the Associated Press in releasing this photograph is stunning," said American Legion National Commander Clarence E.