I was sorry to notice that my clumsiness with the safety-pin hurt her.
A consciousness that one has displayed his own ignorance will cause him mortification, however worthy his intent; if there was a design to deceive, the exposure will cover him with shame.
It is these thorny “ifs”—the mutterings of impotence and despair—which so often hedge round the field of possibility, and prevent anything being done or even attempted. “
And during the terrible evening over the hearth, when her simple soul uncovered itself to his, how pitiful her face had looked by the rays of the fire, in her inability to realize that his love and protection could possibly be withdrawn.
I appreciated my loss of sympathy, but I put it down to the general inanity of things.
Many of these losses were due to the utter incompetence of the higher command.
If these two noticed Angel's growing social ineptness, he noticed their growing mental limitations.
To live in a vast and proud tranquility; always beyond... To have, or not to have, one's emotions, one's For and Against, according to choice; to lower oneself to them for hours; to SEAT oneself on them as upon horses, and often as upon asses:--for one must know how to make use of their stupidity as well as of their fire.
The artist’s procedure must have been psychologically correct and must have counted upon the weakness of our observation and intellection.
“Spelled with an E,” gasped Anne, who, tremulous and excited as she was, was determined there should be no misunderstanding on that important point.
It was unbelief in "superior men," a Nay flung at everything that priests and theologians stood for.