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THOUGHT. The operation of the mind. No one can be punished for his mere thoughts however wicked they may be. Human laws cannot reach them, first, because they are unknown; and, secondly, unless made manifest by some action, they are not injurious to any one; but when they manifest themselves, then the act, which is the consequence, may be punished. Dig. 50 16, 225.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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They were written in Korean, and I was moved by his thoughtfulness. I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Modi."
I would like to thank the staff for their thoughtfulness and kindness in working and raising funds for our local hospice.
There is a gentle thoughtfulness and a dark tinge of melancholy to it.I can'think of a more perfect soundtrack for the coming autumnal days.
The parents, too, were very thankful for your thoughtfulness and for sharing with their children."
Special time together and thoughtfulness are what really matter to any mother.
Throughout the years I had known Mr Aujla I had the opportunity to know him well and came to value his friendship, kindness and thoughtfulness. He was completely devoted to establishing the IWA (Indian Workers Association) and multi-faith workers in Kirklees.
Thanks to the Reverend John Park for his comforting service and to Dominic of Peter Grenfell's for his thoughtfulness. Special thanks also to Dr.
Expressing gratitude, kindness and thoughtfulness go a long way to inspiring hope in the less fortunate, said organizers.
Your word or act of thoughtfulness is needed more than ever now to buoy up faith and courage.
Special thanks to Fawcett and Hetherington Funeral Service for their care and thoughtfulness.
This show of such kindness, thoughtfulness and understanding from so many people has been a great comfort to me and also underlines how well thought of and popular Chris was.