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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.

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"She is so pretty, and has been brought up in such thoughtlessness. The mother, you know, had always that levity about her, which makes me anxious for the children."
'True; and if I, by my thoughtlessness and selfish disregard to appearances, have at all assisted to expose you to these evils, let me entreat you not only to pardon me, but to enable me to make reparation; authorise me to clear your name from every imputation: give me the right to identify your honour with my own, and to defend your reputation as more precious than my life!'
And yet his crime was committed more in thoughtlessness than deliberate depravity.
Indeed, he advised me to complete thoughtlessness of the future, and taught me to de- pend solely upon him for happiness.
The man in the cauldron of boiling pitch, whom you set free, is a mighty magician; through your curiosity and thoughtlessness Militza came into his power, and he has transported her and her castle and belongings into a distant country.
There was comfort also in Tom, who gradually regained his health, without regaining the thoughtlessness and selfishness of his previous habits.
"I told him," continued the governor, not perceiving his own thoughtlessness, "I told him that I fed my prisoners too well."
Then Darren Booth and his partner, Jodie, move in, upending the neighborhood with their thoughtlessness, even operating an illegal used car sales lot in this residential area.
Gravestones were found smashed in a cemetery in the run-up to D-Day, in what has been described as the "callous thoughtlessness" of vandals.
UK & WORLD Gravestones were found smashed in a cemetery in the run-up to D-Day, in what has been described as the "callous thoughtlessness" of vandals.
I'm not excusing the drivers for their thoughtlessness as they must be able to see the impact of parking on the verges close to the brow of a hill but it was inevitable that this sort of thing would happen once the play area was created.
If we end up helping to destroy such a beautiful flower through sheer thoughtlessness, we will regret it.