Besides, fictitious narratives lead us to imagine the possibility of many events that are impossible; and even the most faithful histories, if they do not wholly misrepresent matters, or exaggerate their importance to render the account of them more worthy of perusal, omit, at least, almost always the meanest and least striking of the attendant circumstances; hence it happens that the remainder does not represent the truth, and that such as regulate their conduct
by examples drawn from this source, are apt to fall into the extravagances of the knight-errants of romance, and to entertain projects that exceed their powers.
Although the absolute necessity of system, in the conduct
of any business, is universally known and acknowledged, yet the high importance of it in national affairs has not yet become sufficiently impressed on the public mind.
Therefore, concluded that illustrious Philosopher, neither good conduct
nor bad conduct
is a fit subject, in any sober estimation, for either praise or blame.
I received orders to go and take charge of you on the sea, and to conduct
you to this castle.
Tell me how you came to embark upon such a course of conduct
She saw the indelicacy of putting himself forward as he had done, and the inconsistency of his professions with his conduct
With this view of the propriety of his conduct
, Julia was filled with the desire to let him know that she approved of what he had done.
And yet, notwithstanding their iniquitous conduct
in this and in other matters, the French have ever plumed themselves upon being the most humane and polished of nations.
From an attachment to her husband, which in itself does honour to both, she cannot forgive the endeavours at preventing their union, which have been attributed to selfishness in Lady Susan; but in this case, as well as in many others, the world has most grossly injured that lady, by supposing the worst where the motives of her conduct
have been doubtful.
Another method is for the people to meet in a collective body, but only for the purpose of holding the comitia, making laws, determining concerning war or peace, and inquiring into the conduct
of their magistrates, while the remaining part of the public business is conducted
by the magistrates, who have their separate departments, and are chosen out of the whole community either by vote or ballot.
But meanwhile he had to go on living, and, until he formed a theory of conduct
, he made himself a provisional rule.
Lydgate was no Puritan, but he did not care for play, and winning money at it had always seemed a meanness to him; besides, he had an ideal of life which made this subservience of conduct
to the gaining of small sums thoroughly hateful to him.