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In religion he was a staunch and sincere High Churchman, but it was according to the formal fashion of many thinkers of his day; he looked on the Church not as a medium of spiritual life, of which he, like his generation, had little conception, but as one of the organized institutions of society, useful in maintaining decency and order.
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.
In addition they are devoid of decency. I mean masculine decency.
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.
And now I find that you have forgotten all decency and all natural feeling, and actually pawned - pawned - your mother's watch.
It is a curious thing, by the bye, for which I am quite unable to account, that these weird creatures-- the females, I mean--had in the earlier days of my stay an instinctive sense of their own repulsive clumsiness, and displayed in consequence a more than human regard for the decency and decorum of extensive costume.
Unkind people said that, like her Imperial namesake, she had won her way to success by strength of will and hardness of heart, and a kind of haughty effrontery that was somehow justified by the extreme decency and dignity of her private life.
Gallantry often led young men to offer the ladies ginger beer, but common decency made them refuse.
But Perrie has no shame, he has no self-restraint and he certainly has no decency.
The important difference being that Ron Davies had the decency to resign immediately while Coun Shaw clings on in the hope constituents of Castleland ward will forget his appalling act of cruelty come the council elections next May.
The Alter Rebbe acutely and knowledgeably informs readers of the pure holiness and decency of the Alter Rebbe's life and work in behalf of his community.
A grandmother accused of urinating on a family grave in broad daylight had a charge of outraging public decency against her dropped and replaced with a lesser public order offence yesterday.