meanness


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Therefore it is wiser to have a reputation for meanness which brings reproach without hatred, than to be compelled through seeking a reputation for liberality to incur a name for rapacity which begets reproach with hatred.
In all things noble which he attempted, his own meanness shone most conspicuous.
These, in the days of their abundance, ever regarded gold as dross, and have not yet got over that only impediment in the way of their amassing wealth, but they want no dross from Nicodemus Boffin, Esquire; No, Mr Boffin; the world may term it pride, paltry pride if you will, but they wouldn't take it if you offered it; a loan, sir--for fourteen weeks to the day, interest calculated at the rate of five per cent per annum, to be bestowed upon any charitable institution you may name--is all they want of you, and if you have the meanness to refuse it, count on being despised by these great spirits.
Many an irksome noise, go a long way off, is heard as music, a proud, sweet satire on the meanness of our lives.
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
Then, I said, we must take Damon into our counsels; and he will tell us what rhythms are expressive of meanness, or insolence, or fury, or other unworthiness, and what are to be reserved for the expression of opposite feelings.
Or is the same control to be extended to other artists, and are they also to be prohibited from exhibiting the opposite forms of vice and intemperance and meanness and indecency in sculpture and building and the other creative arts; and is he who cannot conform to this rule of ours to be prevented from practising his art in our State, lest the taste of our citizens be corrupted by him?
So we need to keep our relations aside from meanness and materialistic approaches to maintain the morality and core values of the society alive.
Like many of you, I've been brought up short by events of the last few months, by our country's leaders' unapologetic meanness, their lack of compassion.
Meanness and incompetence are a nasty combination and the rot set in long before Brexit, although that will add to our problems.
You say he's lovely in other ways, but meanness is a big failing.
Surely it's better to point this out than give in to my cynicism and meanness of spirit and describe it (no, not just James Nesbitt) as a touch smug and annoying.