Their knowledge was theoretical
and their self-assurance unbounded.
There were, no doubt, museums and town halls and even cathedrals of a sort to mark theoretical
centres of municipal and religious organisation in this confusion; but Bert could not see them, they did not stand out at all in that wide disorderly vision of congested workers' houses and places to work, and shops and meanly conceived chapels and churches.
He laughed at theoretical
treatises on estate management, disliked factories, the raising of expensive products, and the buying of expensive seed corn, and did not make a hobby of any particular part of the work on his estate.
He could have been whatever he turned his agile intellect and his cunning hand to; he had been a schoolmaster and a watch-maker, and I believe an amateur doctor and irregular lawyer; he talked and wrote brilliantly, and he was one of the group that nightly disposed of every manner of theoretical
and practical question at the drug-store; it was quite indifferent to him which side he took; what he enjoyed was the mental exercise.
Her knowledge of love was purely theoretical
, and she conceived of it as lambent flame, gentle as the fall of dew or the ripple of quiet water, and cool as the velvet-dark of summer nights.
There was no room in their theoretical
social evolution for an oligarchy, therefore the Oligarchy could not be.
The staff of the Cambridge Observatory place themselves entirely at their disposal in respect of all questions of theoretical
astronomy; and herewith add their congratulations to those of all the rest of America.
No breeder doubts how strong is the tendency to inheritance: like produces like is his fundamental belief: doubts have been thrown on this principle by theoretical
Holding in the theoretical
belief of almost every one the absolute power of all men's salvation or spiritual death, monopolizing almost all learning and education, the Church exercised in the spiritual sphere, and to no small extent in the temporal, a despotic tyranny, a tyranny employed sometimes for good, sometimes for evil.
Only, her mental excesses were theoretical
, hedged in by so much humane feeling and conventional reserves, that they amounted to no more than mere libertinage of thought; whereas the other woman, the governess of Flora de Barral, was, as you may have noticed, severely practical--terribly practical.
It is, in fact, hypothetical, invoked for theoretical
uses, and not an outcome of direct observation.
As by now all his fingers were used up, he uncrooked all his fingers and went on: "This is the theoretical
view; but I imagine you have done me the honor to apply to me in order to learn its application in practice.