Phrases with "actions"

George Berkeley This gives us a sort of foresight which enables us to regulate our actions for the benefit of life. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The actions which are classed under the general appellation of marriage, education, friendship, &c. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Zoological physiology, lastly, is the doctrine of the functions or actions of animals. On the Study of Zoology by Thomas Henry Huxley

Her husband had not returned, and she was greatly puzzled about his absence, particularly so, because his actions had been very strange lately. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Percy Bysshe Shelley These actions depend on the thoughts in his mind. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

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

I shall not weary you with an account of various other actions which you might expect from me, and which, moreover, enter into my duty. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

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]

The stories circulated concerning his habits elevated the mystery of his life by actions of charity and beneficence. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

John Locke Moral actions may be regarded either absolutely, or as ideas of relation. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edmund and Laura had the words and actions by heart, if not the tune, and polked that night in their mother’s bedroom until they woke up the baby and were slapped. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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

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

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]

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

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]

Thomas Hobbes And these signs are either words only, or actions only; or, as it happeneth most often, both words and actions. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Robert Green Ingersoll Happiness is the interest that a decent action draws, and the more decent actions you do, the larger your income will be. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wherefore in very many matters of business and actions it is clearly not superstitious and idle to observe the positions and conditions of lands, the points of the horizon and the places of the stars. On the Magnet by William Gilber

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

Thomas Hobbes When they are considered as his own, then is he called a natural person: and when they are considered as representing the words and actions of another, then is he a feigned or artificial person. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Francis Bacon Neither are they fitly to be called images, because they generate still, and cast their seeds in the minds of others, provoking and causing infinite actions and opinions in succeeding ages. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

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]

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

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

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]

John Locke So that in respect of actions within the reach of such a power in him, a man seems as free as it is possible for freedom to make him. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Elizabeth Gaskell She best knew how many of her good actions were incomplete, and marred with evil. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

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]

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

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

John Lewis Burckhard After another interview, I went every evening, first to the Kadhy, and then to the Pasha; but, notwithstanding a polite reception at the castle, I could perceive that my actions were closely watched. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

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]

But the passions are the same in all phases of the life of the human family, the two great master motives, of love and hunger, being the mainspring of all the actions of mankind. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Edgar Allan Poe A scrupulous method characterized my actions as well as my accounts. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is, perhaps, an unbusiness-like temperament; but commercial habits and example had failed to control that natural ardour, and, when once inflamed, it governed his actions implicitly. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

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

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

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]

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

Virginia Woolf They both feel the need of some more powerful symbol of the vast and slumbering passions in human nature than words or actions can convey. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

We may, if we choose, call these actions instinctive; but such cases are much too rare for the development of any special instinct. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

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]

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

Love is a foolish thing judged by workaday standards, and the thoughts and actions of lovers foolish beyond measure. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

With a new and lively interest in his own actions the sheriff now unlatched and pushed open a door on the right, and the three entered. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

The actions and manners and air of a lady do not come suddenly to one who has been differently bred; and the Misses Parrifer supposed the visitor to be for the servants. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Henry Kingsley Disinterested actions are great mistakes, Maria, depend upon it. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Ford Madox Ford Leonora replied that showed he had an abominably selfish nature even though his actions might be perfectly correct. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Olaf Stapledon Paul succeeded in persuading himself that nearly all his actions were expressions of his master-motive, to be a soldier of Christ in the modern world. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Ralph Waldo Emerson Men’s actions are too strong for them. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

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

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

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]

Nellie Bly I had never been near insane persons before in my life, and had not the faintest idea of what their actions were like. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Percy Bysshe Shelley The character of actions as virtuous or vicious would by no means be determined alone by the personal advantage or disadvantage of each moral agent individually considered. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Samuel Johnson Distant events must have been mingled together, and the actions of one man given to another. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

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

Helen Zimmern She knew not that excellent as utilitarianism is in its place and sphere, there is something more, something beyond, that is needed to form the basis upon which human actions are set in motion. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

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

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]

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

Alfred Ainger His actions seemed ruled with a ruler. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Wilkie Collins Vile actions recorded in vile English, make vile reading, Geoffrey, in every sense of the word. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Then we show him the reasons why such and such actions are wrong, what the results are; how to avoid wrong lines of action and adopt right ones. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

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]

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]

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

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

His actions became quick and certain. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

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]

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

The actions of the wood-louse resembled that of the hunted hare trying to throw the dog off its scent, and the ant was like the dog in its movements to recover the trail. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

D. H. Lawrence But remember, your soul inside you is your only Godhead. It develops your actions within you as a tree develops its own new cells. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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

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

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]

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]

I am not responsible for the actions of the man who made that sketch. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle But it is at such moments that my wits are most active and my actions most prompt. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

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]

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

Wilkie Collins Let me watch his proceedings; let me learn how to idle systematically by observing the actions of this venerable man. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

I am aware that some persons maintain that actions performed impulsively, as in the above cases, do not come under the dominion of the moral sense, and cannot be called moral. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Jane Austen Emma was very willing now to acquit her of having seduced Mr. Dixon’s actions from his wife, or of any thing mischievous which her imagination had suggested at first. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Miles Franklin So to be done with the uncertainty, I accept Ma’s dictum that beauty lies in actions, and as my actions are all wrong, where could be my beauty? Nevertheless, bang went another convention. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

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]

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

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 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]

Jack London The wolf started on toward the place from where the call surely came, then returned to him, sniffing noses and making actions as though to encourage him. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

For they are actions that a man might play; But I have that within which passeth show. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

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]

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 Donne God himself would admit a figure of society, as there is a plurality of persons in God, though there be but one God; and all his external actions testify a love of society, and communion. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

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

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

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

His actions are dependent on the mood of the moment. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

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]

Wilkie Collins I neither owe, nor render, an account of my actions to any one,—least of all, to a bully like you. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

He could act only upon his own experience, and his actions should be, as far as possible, consistent with that experience. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

G. K. Chesterton The hypnotism of the madman above fell from me, and I saw the whole map of our silly actions as clearly as if it were printed. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

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]

H.P. Lovecraft What I heard of my actions since 1908 astonished and disturbed me, but I tried to view the matter as philosophically as I could. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

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]

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

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

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

Because I am Protector of England, am I to be the only slave in its empire? My privacy invaded, my actions censured, my friends insulted? But I will get rid of the whole together. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Elizabeth Gaskell You cannot tell what evil constructions are put upon actions ever so slightly beyond the bounds of maidenly propriety. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

These actions may then be said to be degraded in character, for they are no longer performed through reason or from experience. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

As nothing proves better the real feelings and natural propensities of a nation than the impulsive actions of the children, I will give a striking instance, as it occurred to me to-day. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

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]

Thomas Hobbes For many unjust actions and unjust sentences go uncontrolled a longer time than any man can remember. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

I was pale, and both my words and actions were disordered and embarrassed. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

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

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]

M. P. Shiel When at its best, its ultimate effects generally consist in the muscular actions of blowing the nose, or clapping the hands. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

This man’s actions suggest exactly what we might expect in either Mattin or Texworthy — a supreme desire that no one should know where he comes from. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

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

Jeremy Bentham Ethics at large may be defined, the art of directing men’s actions to the production of the greatest possible quantity of happiness, on the part of those whose interest is in view. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

Carefully copying the actions of those who had preceded him, Drayton touched the Dust, first gently, then, in sudden haste for the end, giving it one vigorous stir with his forefinger. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

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

John Locke That which in the train of our voluntary actions determines the will to any change of operation is some present uneasiness, which is, or at least is always accompanied with that of desire. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Henry Fielding The glory resulting from these actions of Wild probably animated the envy of his enemies against him. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Everything about him is shabby, isn’t it?’ ‘Yes. Dr Gairdner wouldn’t have any trouble in making his actions fit his character. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

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]

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

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

We traced his actions for almost every day of the previous three months, and found him quite an exemplary Y.M.C.A. sort of young man. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

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]

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]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson It is this change in the manner of regarding men and their actions first exhibited in romance, that has since renewed and vivified history. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser As for the rest he surveyed his actions for the evening, and counted them parts of a great mistake. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

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]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was evident that he realized from my actions that I was attempting to persuade Dian to descend, and that grave danger threatened us from above. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Henry David Thoreau The actions of these men, at the distance of half a mile over the ice and snow, impress us as when we read the exploits of Alexander in history. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

Maria Edgeworth Far from having the selfishness of a favourite, Victoire loved to bring into public notice the good actions of her companions. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Caroline Lamb What I speak I have written: my letters you may shew, my actions you may observe and sift. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

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

Guy de Maupassan She was very different from what he had fancied she would be, trying to attract him by actions ridiculous in one of her age. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet this I must tell you, that I am used to men, and watching men, and turning them inside out, judging them from their characters and actions and the trifles which escape other people. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson The Greek battle-pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect; as we say of Niagara, that it falls without speed. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Sigmund Freud The belief of the ancients that dreams were sent by the gods in order to guide the actions of man was a complete theory of the dream, which told them all that was worth knowing about dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sigmund Freud The situations or actions of the dream are then attributed to one person, and the other — as a rule the more important — is introduced as an inactive spectator. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

John Locke Laws. The laws that men generally refer their actions to, to judge of their rectitude or obliquity, seem to me to be these three:— 1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

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

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

Wilkie Collins Among my other blamable actions there may now be reckoned disobedience to my father. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

But I soon found her delirious strength much surpassed mine (she was delirious, I became convinced by her subsequent actions and ravings). Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

H.P. Lovecraft His actions were quiet and rational, but he had a furtive, hunted look which his mother did not like, and developed an incredibly ravenous appetite as gauged by his demands upon the cook. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

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

John Locke This is that which successively determines the will, and sets us upon those actions we perform. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

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]

Was it likely she would ever think twice of me? She was invariably kind and thoughtful; she deferred to me on everything, and seemed to think my opinions and actions must of necessity be right. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

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]

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]

She was too sensible and clear-minded to fall to lamenting the course her actions had taken, because the event had proved contrary to her expectations. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

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

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]

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

John Locke The denominations of actions often mislead us. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Ah, my friend, as one whose actions have a traceable relation to reason, you cannot know the fool’s paradise in which I lived. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

And you expect me to believe all this! No, sir, mankind is not in the habit of indulging in such fine actions for its pleasure alone. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Olaf Stapledon Ineffectually, intermittently, he strives to behave as a true man would behave; and in rare moments he actually achieves thoughts and actions not unworthy of a man. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

It is not merely that the observation of the actions of animals almost irresistibly suggests the attribution to them of mental states, such as those which accompany corresponding actions in men. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

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

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]

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]

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]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the original stock thereof was not six millions of livres, divided into actions of a thousand crowns each? 73. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Marcel Prous Les mobiles sont dans un plan plus profond, que nous n’apercevons pas, et engendrent d’ailleurs d’autres actions que celles que nous connaissons et souvent en absolue contradiction avec elles. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

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]

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]

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

In fact, nothing seems praiseworthy or blameworthy to me, and the most extraordinary actions surprise me but little. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Wilkie Collins The shopman (as I could guess from his actions and looks) proposed sending the parcel to me. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Walter Scott I’ll keep myself clear, you may depend on it, and let every man answer for his own actions — that’s my way. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Mickey’s actions were very human-like. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

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