The names of men are, of course, as cheap and meaningless
as BOSE and TRAY, the names of dogs.
an obsolete, essentially meaningless
exclamation, like "I swear
At first they wore the aspect of charity, and seemed white and slender angels who would save me; but then, all at once, there came a most deadly nausea over my spirit, and I felt every fibre in my frame thrill as if I had touched the wire of a galvanic battery, while the angel forms became meaningless
spectres, with heads of flame, and I saw that from them there would be no help.
de Bellegarde stood in a well-balanced position before the fire, caressing one of his fair whiskers with one of his white hands, and looking at Newman, half askance, with eyes from which a particular ray of observation made its way through a general meaningless
Bugles waked him in the dawn; the schoolmaster caught him after breakfast, thrust a page of meaningless
characters under his nose, gave them senseless names and whacked him without reason.
And with these apparently meaningless
words he turned to the shaken Boyle and, taking his arm, began to walk him up and down in the moonlight, talking in low tones.
He professed total ignorance of the crime and the whole question; and showed nothing but a sullen impatience for something sensible that might come to take him out of his meaningless
at first, it gradually became menacing, obnoxious, portentous with evil.
Archer's face suddenly convulsed with happy sobs, the low benedictory murmur of the Rector's voice, the ordered evolutions of the eight pink bridesmaids and the eight black ushers: all these sights, sounds and sensations, so familiar in themselves, so unutterably strange and meaningless
in his new relation to them, were confusedly mingled in his brain.
they talk of the blessedness of labour, and it is a meaningless
phrase, but to me it has the most intense significance.
The boats, and trains, and cows and horses were quite meaningless
to him, but not quite so baffling as the odd little figures which appeared beneath and between the colored pictures--some strange kind of bug he thought they might be, for many of them had legs though nowhere could he find one with eyes and a mouth.
A silly, meaningless
smile played on his white, death-like lips.