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(25) Roosevelt contrasted war and peace, celebrating the former and equating the latter with "a condition of blubberlike and swollen ignobility, fit for huckstering weaklings, dwelling in gray twilight and heedless of the higher life." (26) Walter Lippmann defended the realist myth of a natural anarchy of the international system and concluded that competition among civilized states for control of the "backward regions" of the world resulted from the lack of civilization among the non-European cultures.
In moving from decay to doxology, matter is exonerated of its impermanence and ignobility, annihilated so that it can glorify what is perfect and eternal.
The ignobility of the protagonist's actions, however, becomes manifest with the recognition that no "picture" or face appears reflected in a "desecrated mind" like Jenny's, "no sound is in its sluggish pace"(168).
If, therefore, we want to avoid the ignobility of anonymous condemnation, we might design a system in which at least some of us were forced to acknowledge what we do.
The dignity and sanctity of the bodies of the dead are violated - through the graphic description of their variably maimed states, which further affirm the utter ignobility of their deaths.
The reticence of another, less likely Birch prototype -- Robert Townsend -- attest to the ignobility of spying.
This contrast in itself is enough to disqualify the meaning 'source' for [Unknown Text Omitted]: the inferiority of the tail lies not in the fact that it is not the source, but in the ignobility of its function.
Young gives ignobility a tonic quality in this book, but in the world he's describing, one stinky creep is much like another.
Let us waive such objections as the resentment of the many against the exception of the few, however obtained, and the ignobility of the wish for it, the breah of solidarity with the common mortal lot.