Phrases with "actions"

Sigmund Freud For all practical purposes in judging human character, a man's actions and conscious expressions of thought are in most cases sufficient. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry David Thoreau By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a torrent. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Olaf Stapledon For national safety men’s actions were increasingly controlled by the state, their minds increasingly moulded to the formal pattern that the state required of them. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

For he wrote not these things, as one that taught at Corinth or that made verses in honor of the city, but only as recording these actions in elegiac verses. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

What women’s acuteness really respects are the inept “ideas” and the sheeplike impulses by which our actions and opinions are determined in matters of real importance. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Olaf Stapledon His own hands in their ordinary actions seemed somehow to reproach him for putting them to serve the Devil. He had an overwhelming sense of betrayal. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Edgar Allan Poe And I lay close within my covert and observed the actions of the man. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

H.P. Lovecraft He used to make shuddering conjectures about the possible actions of a headless physician with the power of reanimating the dead. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

When I heard this, and heard also that he visited her no more, I seemed to have gained some enlightenment as to the odd and contradictory actions of my famous idiot boy. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

But if a piece A B be cut out (although it is near the æquator), yet it will be as strong in its magnetical actions as C D or D E, if torn away from the whole in equal quantity. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Francis Bacon Representative is as a visible history, and is an image of actions as if they were present, as history is of actions in nature as they are (that is) past. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Miles Franklin He had meant all his actions towards me, and had taken mine in return. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Jeremy Bentham What, then, are the actions which it can be in a man’s power to direct? They must be either his own actions, or those of other agents. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Leon Trotsky He becomes, in such circumstances, nothing more than a medium for someone else’s actions and speeches. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan, an interested spectator of all that had taken place, sat speculating on the strange actions of these peculiar creatures. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Sir Walter Scott Through paths unknown Thy soul hath flown, To seek the realms of woe, Where fiery pain Shall purge the stain Of actions done below. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

G. K. Chesterton Most of Pip’s actions are meant to show that he is not heroic. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Jonathan Swift So that, in exposing the actions of such persons, I cannot be said, properly speaking, to do them an injury. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Rudyard Kipling Before an answer came, he received a deputation of the elders of Tibasu, telling him that the Sub–Judge said his actions generally were “unconstitional,” and trying to bully him. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

William Cowper To such I render more than mere respect, Whose actions say that they respect themselves. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Ralph Waldo Emerson If your eye is on the eternal, your intellect will grow, and your opinions and actions will have a beauty which no learning or combined advantages of other men can rival. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Jeremy Bentham Private ethics concerns every member; that is, the happiness and the actions of every member of any community that can be proposed: and legislation can concern no more. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Helen Zimmern It has been objected to her that she checks enthusiasm, the source of some of the noblest actions of mankind. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Francis Bacon There are many actions common both to heat and cold, though in a very different manner. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

John Locke I answer, first, I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He could not think her wicked; yet her actions seemed unaccountable on the plea that she was otherwise. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thomas Hardy While these hasty actions were in progress here, Venn and Thomasin had been toiling through the lower corner of the heath in the direction of the light. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Leon Trotsky Clynes’s misfortune is that he had to explain his actions aloud, for there were members of the Labor faction in Parliament who put respectful but inconvenient questions to him. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The tent-pitchers of the camp went round and performed, in mask, actions of the most revolting description, some being dressed as women, and dancing in the most lascivious and indecent manner. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Thomas Hobbes And this is public worship, the property whereof is to be uniform: for those actions that are done differently by different men cannot said to be a public worship. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

I have no doubt at all, that, if ever opportunities had been met with, my family’s actions would have been as lofty as their loyalty was firm: but that happiness was never ours. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Hardy From Barnet’s actions we may infer that he supposed such and such a result, for a moment, but did not deliberate. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

George Meredith That small motives are at the bottom of many illustrious actions is a modern discovery; but I shall not adopt the modern principle of magnifying the small motive till it overshadows my noble heroine. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Jules Verne Il fut consacré tout entier au repos et sanctifié par les actions de grâces, que les colons adressèrent au créateur. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy Generally begins career by actions which are popularly termed showing-off. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Edgar Allan Poe Examine these similar actions as we will, we shall find them resulting solely from the spirit of the Perverse. We perpetrate them because we feel that we should not. The Imp of the Perverse by Edgar Allan Poe [1845]

Ford Madox Ford In this case you don’t know the lady’s actions even, so you may as well hold your tongue. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Wilkie Collins Do you know who I am? I am a respectable married woman, accountable for my actions to nobody under heaven but my husband. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Meredith Those are silly women who are always imagining designs and intrigues and future palpitations in the commonest actions of either sex. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

D. H. Lawrence As it is, what you want is pornography — looking at yourself in mirrors, watching your naked animal actions in mirrors, so that you can have it all in your consciousness, make it all mental. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

They confine this term to actions done deliberately, after a victory over opposing desires, or when prompted by some exalted motive. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hobbes The obedience required at our hands by God, that accepteth in all our actions the will for the deed, is a serious endeavour to obey Him; and is called also by all such names as signify that endeavour. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

William Makepeace Thackeray His one or two happy and heroic actions take a man’s name and memory out of a crowd of names and memories. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Henry Handel Richardson If only she had had some one she could have talked things over with, taken advice of! But no — it went against the grain in her to discuss her husband’s actions with a third person. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling After this his actions become incomprehensible, but there is evidently a deep method in them. In an Opium Factory by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

You see it is the old dispute come back! Materialism and teleology; elementary short-span actions summing themselves ‘blindly,’ or far foreseen ideals coming with effort into act. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Theodore Dreiser Her actions would be justified. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

That “gift and faculty divine” whose creative and controlling energy inspires Man’s mind, guides his actions and adorns his life. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

George Eliot The great spirit of your Florentine city did its work by a great word, without need of the great actions that lay ready behind it. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Theodore Dreiser How this worked out in her personal actions was to be seen only in a slightly accentuated wistfulness, a touch of which was in every task. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Frances Hodgson Burnett She would have a suite of rooms of her own and a freedom as to hours and actions which greater experience on her part would have taught was not the customary portion meted out to a paid companion. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The language is everywhere that of men of honour, but their actions are those of knaves—a proof that he was perfectly well acquainted with human nature, and frequented what we call polite company. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Ford Madox Ford And it is a good excuse for straight actions — she might have bolted with the fellow, before or after she married me. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Percy Bysshe Shelley The same revolutions within a narrower sphere had place in ancient Rome; but the actions and forms of its social life never seem to have been perfectly saturated with the poetical element. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

John Donne Counsels are not always determined in resolutions, we cannot always say, this was concluded; actions are always determined in effects, we can say, this was done. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

You will guide them; their thoughts will be your thoughts when you so desire it, and then their very speech and actions will be yours. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Thomas Hobbes But the justice of actions denominates men, not just, but guiltless: and the injustice of the same (which is also called injury) gives them but the name of guilty. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

W. H. Hudson An accident, to be described by-and-by, disabled me for a period, and the winged people could no longer be followed with secret steps to their haunts, and their actions watched through a leafy screen. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Jeremy Bentham Now the case is, that from one and the same motive, and from every kind of motive, may proceed actions that are good, others that are bad, and others that are indifferent. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

G. K. Chesterton Some actions are ugly, and therefore some parts of ethics are ugly. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

These actions of the elephant and bear can hardly be attributed to ins7tinct or inherited habit, as they would be of little use to an animal in a state of nature. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

George Meredith If you expect me to deplore that fact, I can only answer that my actions are under my control, my feelings are not. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

John Stuart Mill Those who are still in a state to require being taken care of by others, must be protected against their own actions as well as against external injury. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

T. H. Huxley Zoological physiology, lastly, is the doctrine of the functions or actions of animals. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Ralph Waldo Emerson Yet nothing is more charming than to recognize the great style which runs through the actions of such. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

I was constantly watching myself, my secret self, as dependent on my actions as my own personality, sleeping in that bed, behind that door which faced me as I sat at the head of the table. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Rudyard Kipling There was more of it than any other fight, I suppose, but I expect all modern naval actions must be pretty much the same. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sex actions are a mere external symbol which mean nothing and are foolish, or even pernicious, when the thing which they should symbolize is wanting. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Anthony Trollope In his career as parish priest he must in most things be the judge of his own actions — and in many also it was his duty to be the judge of those of his patroness. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Only a political intrigue of the most desperate character could account for the words I had heard and the actions to which I had been a witness. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Sir Walter Scott It might be some additional consideration, that she was herself at the reflecting age of twenty-eight, and had no near relations to control her actions or choice. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Wilkie Collins A superstitious conviction that my actions were governed by a fatality which no human foresight could alter or avoid, began to strengthen within me. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Maria Edgeworth You have been a spy upon my actions — I demand satisfaction. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Helen Zimmern From his conversation as well as from his actions I should think him a man of great strength of character. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Elizabeth Gaskell Papa and aunt are continually adducing you as an example for me to shape my actions and behaviour by. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope In this, as in so many of the forensic actions of the day, there had been an admixture of violence and law. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Thus, might a divine say: Will he arrest the judgments of God by a demurrer? Thus, again, Hamlet apostrophizes the lawyer’s skull by the technical terms used in actions for assault, &c. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

For this end, it is not enough that you wear a crown; your virtues and great actions must place you among the great men whose portraits I have delineated. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

John Lewis Burckhard This is the character of the whole body, but it is well known how unworthy many individuals are of it, and that all their actions are governed by hypocrisy. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Francis Bacon But on these points I shall speak more at length in the inquiry concerning Cold. Nor is it surprising that heat and cold should exhibit many actions in common (for which see Inst. 32. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Willa Cather She knew that conditions and circumstances, not their own wishes, dictate the actions of men. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Richard Burton Both actions denote that no treachery is intended, and to reverse them, as amongst us, would be a gross breach of custom, likely to excite the liveliest suspicions. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Miles Franklin To play with a man’s heart, I think, is one of the most horribly unwomanly actions our sex can be guilty of. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Percy Bysshe Shelley Moral science itself is the doctrine of the voluntary actions of man, as a sentient and social being. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Remember, as I have so often told you, I am a man of extreme sanctity, and I shall guide my life and actions accordingly. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Jules Verne Mais ces prières étaient maintenant des actions de grâces. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

If a man cherish the idea that his actions are not evil, he will retain at his heart all its better and gentler sensations as much as if he had never sinned. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

I do not like being a burthen — I do not like being pitied — I do not like being argued with, or to have my actions commented upon. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Ford Madox Ford Not because you persevere in actions the consequences of which you fear. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Their actions had the same bald significance for her as a string of molehills for a mole-catcher. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Elizabeth Gaskell So, Molly, who had come between him and the object of his desire, was not likely to find favour in his sight, or to obtain friendly actions from him. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Guy de Maupassan Since the triumph of his first success, the desire to please always made him anxious, without his being conscious of it; it influenced his actions and weakened his convictions. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

They could not have given him enough of that if all their thoughts and all their actions had been directed to that end. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Wilkie Collins I have performed one of the great actions of my life — I have saved your husband. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

John Galsworthy She had the information which alone made decision possible about Wilfrid, that cousin, her own actions and feelings. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Maria Edgeworth When the public disturbances began, these children were shocked by the horrible actions they saw. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Miles Franklin All the lovers raging for Edmée or misconstruing her actions did not agitate her. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Maria Edgeworth A general belief remained in her mind of her son’s innocence; but then a number of his imprudent words and actions came across her memory; the inscription was, apparently, in his own hand-writing. The Prussian Vase by Maria Edgeworth

Herman Melville Indefinitely postponing his ulterior plans, he would regulate his future actions according to future circumstances. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

But your shortsightedness will not let you see it, or your pride is above examining closely the actions of so insignificant a little bird as I am. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Marie Corelli We who know Sylvie, also know what her love for her husband is, and that it is love alone which inspires all her actions in regard to him. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Rudyard Kipling This incident forced the Government to take serious notice of the secret societies who could so control the actions of men, and the result has been a measure which it will not be easy to enforce. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Raised above the world of fares by the nature of his calling, he contemplated their actions with a limited interest. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Herman Melville Ah, thought he, after good actions one’s conscience is never ungrateful, however much so the benefited party may be. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Elizabeth Von Arnim The word shovel crossed Mrs. Fisher’s mind in connection with Mrs. Wilkins’s actions at that moment. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

It’s impossible for me to tell you more now, for the subject is one that is far too painful to me, but some day you will know everything and can judge my actions for yourself. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

G. K. Chesterton Never, apparently, did he think of putting the rake to any of its proper uses, and the gardener, in consequence, treated his actions with coldness and brevity. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Not only were the public actions of those attacked held up to execration, but every circumstance in their private lives which could excite odium was dragged into the light. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anthony Trollope I have endeavoured so to live that my actions should encounter no private or public censure. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I allude to those in which an attempt is made to soar above the ordinary actions and ordinary language of life. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As I proceeded I began to speculate upon the possible actions of Raja when we should enter the presence of other men than myself. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anthony Trollope Their rout was complete; but in this instance again the advancing party had been beaten, as had, I believe, been the case in all the actions hitherto fought throughout the war. North America by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf Her actions when thus engaged were furtive and secretive, like those of some nocturnal animal. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

John Galsworthy It was her first experience of the virulence inherent in the conduct of actions between private individuals. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hobbes All actions and speeches that proceed, or seem to proceed, from much experience, science, discretion, or wit are honourable; for all these are powers. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

All his thoughts took the same direction; all his actions had but one aim. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

The promptings of reason, after very short experience, are well shewn by the following actions of American monkeys, which stand low in their order. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hardy His actions seemed beyond his own control. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Wilkie Collins Male jilts in deadly fear of actions for breach of promise of marriage, consult the editor. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Henry Fielding Now, therefore, that we may not dwell too long on low scenes in a history of the sublime kind, we shall return to actions of a higher note and more suitable to our purpose. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Ford Madox Ford But every other action of hers from that date had been inexcusable — except regarded as actions perpetrated under the impulsion of sex — viciousness. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

George Meredith He could present you heroical actions in that fashion; for example: ‘A long-shanked trooper, bearing the name of John Thomas Drew, was crawling along under fire of the batteries. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

John Locke Consciousness alone unites actions into the same person. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Anthony Hope Thus armed, he gathered instruments round him and organized a system of espionage that carried to his ears all our actions and the whole position of affairs at court. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Burns having once drawn upon himself the suspicions of his superiors, all his words and actions were no doubt closely watched. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Sir Walter Scott Hence it is plain, that a soldier is a profession peculiarly favoured by Heaven, seeing that we may hope for salvation, although we daily commit actions of so great violence. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Ann Radcliffe He knew his power would then place him beyond the reach of censure, in a country where the people are accustomed to implicit subordination, and seldom dare to scrutinize the actions of the nobility. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Walter Scott But, in the best actions of that monarch, there seems to have been an unfortunate tincture of that meanness, so visible on the present occasion. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Then, of course, she couldn’t convincingly account for her actions upon the night of the murder. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

John Locke From the consideration of the extent of this power of the mind over the actions of the man, which everyone finds in himself, arise the ideas of liberty and necessity. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Elizabeth Gaskell Discretion looks to the consequences of actionshonour looks to the action itself, and is an instinct rather than a virtue. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau When I say that the object of laws is always general, I mean that law considers subjects en masse and actions in the abstract, and never a particular person or action. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

But Squealer counselled them to avoid rash actions and trust in Comrade Napoleon’s strategy. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

He looked curiously round, and soon descried a Man wrapped up in his Cloak, who seemed carefully examining whether his actions were observed. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Francis Bacon But not only must we seek the measure of motions and actions by themselves but much more in comparison, for this is of excellent use and very general application. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

T. E. Lawrence In my last five actions I had been hit, and my body so dreaded further pain that now I had to force myself under fire. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

From his subsequent actions we should say he was going to adopt the former course. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Francis Bacon For as infection spreadeth upon that which is sound, and tainteth it; so when envy is gotten once into a state, it traduceth even the best actions thereof, and turneth them into an ill odor. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

It was enclosed in a transparent membrane, the merest film, which confined it to a particular position in the mantle, while it seemed to possess independent actionsvertical and revolutionary. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Caroline Lamb His actions appeared the immediate result of impulse; but his passions were all subject to his controul, and there was a systematic consistency even in his most irregular conduct. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Machen And this odd sentiment governed all his actions and feelings; he disliked “going up” in form, he disliked winning a game, not through any acquired virtue, but by inherent nature. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

George Meredith Since I have come, the evil——’ ‘Evil? Are not your actions free?’ ‘Patience, my friend. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Indeed, my dears, from this time onward this cunning man framed his whole life and actions in such a way as to make friends of the sectaries, and to cause them to look upon him as their leader. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jeremy Bentham It is not, therefore, on account of the evil of the first order that it is necessary to consider these actions as crimes: it is on account of the evils of the second order. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

As to actions and motions, all evidence is utterly confounded. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

George Eliot Spratt had retained consciousness enough, in the midst of his terror, to swear that, when he was tied to the finger-post, Felix was presiding over the actions of the mob. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

The actions of the man are suspicions, and we cannot allow for any risks. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

He saw four men then get out and was at once interested in them, because their actions were so peculiar. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

John Locke Men’s actions convince us that the rule of virtue is not their internal principle. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Anthony Trollope To her thinking the two actions were equivalent. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Well, in short, actions that all, perhaps, commit; but which, as though purposely, occurred to me at the very time when I was most conscious that they ought not to be committed. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anthony Trollope She is the judge of her own actions in this matter. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

His actions were strange, incomprehensible. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Hardy People give way to very infantine thoughts and actions when they wait; the battle-field of life is temporarily fenced off by a hard and fast line — the interview. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell The actions of the uneducated seem to me typified in those of Frankenstein, that monster of many human qualities, ungifted with a soul, a knowledge of the difference between good and evil. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

In keeping watch upon the actions of one, you cannot fail to see much of the other. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Hence actions that induced fertility in the animal world were held to be equally efficacious in stimulating the reproductive energies of the vegetable. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Jeremy Bentham By actions referring to such external objects on which his happiness is more or less dependent. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Ann Radcliffe Thus terminated the life of a man, whose understanding might have reached the happiness of virtue, but whose actions displayed the features of vice. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Arthur Conan Doyle Little of their talk had been audible from where he sat, but their actions had spoken for themselves. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne If the reporters were not mistaken, if Ivan Ogareff had really passed the frontier, all his actions must be made with extreme caution. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Henry Handel Richardson He had not been responsible for his actions this evening. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Jeremy Bentham Ethics, then, in as far as it is the art of directing a man’s actions in this respect, may be termed the art of discharging one’s duty to one’s neighbour. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Bram Stoker The Professor’s actions were certainly odd and not to be found in any pharmacopeia that I ever heard of. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

When I came to consider my actions during the past twenty-four hours, I seemed to be giving my enemies innumerable opportunities of discovering my whereabouts. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

The whole thing sounded like an opinion uttered by a cautious person mindful of actions for slander. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

William Hope Hodgson He may well have taken the cry for a signal, and our actions for something not far short of mutiny. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Were he sane I would not marry him, much less when I know, what all St. Ewalds knows, that the man is not responsible for his actions in a great measure. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Jeremy Bentham I suppose myself a stranger to all our present denominations of vice or virtue: I am called to consider human actions only with relation to their good or evil effects. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Marcel Prous Stupéfaction d’ailleurs devant les paradoxes, proférés non seulement au sujet des oeuvres artistiques, mais même des personnes de leur connaissance, et aussi des actions mondaines. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Thomas Hobbes But to kill a man because from his actions or his threatenings I may argue he will kill me when he can (seeing I have time and means to demand protection from the sovereign power) is a crime. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

H. G. Wells He watched these actions in paralysed astonishment. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

John Locke And so it is in regard of all other actions in our power so proposed, which are the far greater number. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

John Ruskin The most beautiful actions of the human body, and the highest results of the human intelligence, are conditions, or achievements, of quite unlaborious — nay, of recreative — effort. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

The actions of persons under a certain influence cannot be predicted or accounted for. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

William Hope Hodgson And this to have been someways of foolishness; but yet human of our Nature, and an wholesome trouble to the spirit, if that this troubling be not allowed to shape our actions to any harmful weakness. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Anatole France Il aurait mieux compris qu’il les chassât avec violence, mais il était accoutumé à ne pas comprendre toutes les actions des hommes. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Thomas Hobbes For the actions of men proceed from their opinions, and in the well governing of opinions consisteth the well governing of men's actions in order to their peace and concord. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

This is an untried case, and we mustn’t make free with the actions and motives of individuals. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell His actions had become so wild and irregular of late, that she could not reason upon them. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Guy de Maupassan And the thought of returning to this place, all alone, of getting into his bed, of again repeating all the duties and actions of every evening, this thought terrified him. A Stroll by Guy de Maupassan

E. T. A. Hoffmann The old man he viewed in the light of a vile match-maker; his own actions and behaviour were contemptible; and that he had ever deserted Felicia he now judged to be sinful and abominable. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Henry Fielding Indeed, it is my constant prayer that your actions may not be imputed to you. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Miles Franklin By accepting his proposal of marriage, I had given him the right of expressing his objection to any of my actions of which he disapproved. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Thomas Hardy How much easier are hasty actions than speeches that will excuse them!” “If he were only to die —” Wildeve murmured. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

William Dampier Captain Swan was much vexed at the general’s actions for he promised to supply us with as much beef as we should want, but now either could not or would not make good his promise. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

His actions shocked the bartender, who hurriedly asked them to go into the back room. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Arthur Machen Lucian saw a colored and complex life displayed before him, and he sat enraptured at the spectacle, not concerned to know whether actions were good or bad, but content if they were curious. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Anatole France Some actions do not express our real selves at all. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Sir Walter Scott I am at that point, it seems, though how I have been driven to it I know not, where every fair construction of my actions and motives is refused me. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

George Eliot We must accept our own actions and start afresh from them. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Eliot Her inspired ignorance gives a sublimity to actions so incongruously simple, that otherwise they would make men smile. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Henry James Felix had a confident, gayly trenchant way of judging human actions which Mr. Wentworth grew little by little to envy; it seemed like criticism made easy. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

George Gissing Scarcely had this genial life endured two months, before occasional words and actions on Carrie’s part began to remind him of that hideous period in his life which preceded her desertion of him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Baldwin Spencer Of course the children go out with the women, and from the moment that they can toddle about they begin to imitate the actions of their mother. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Thomas Hardy No man fully realizes what opinions he acts upon, or what his actions mean. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

John Stuart Mill They are also aware that a right action does not necessarily indicate a virtuous character, and that actions which are blamable, often proceed from qualities entitled to praise. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Elizabeth Gaskell She was cold in manner, because she could not be hypocritical; but her words were polite and kind in purport; and she took pains to make her actions the same as formerly. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Domestic instincts are sometimes spoken of as actions which have become inherited solely from long-continued and compulsory habit, but this is not true. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hobbes Their consciences were free, and their words and actions subject to none but the civil power. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes