But that perfect state
had lacked one thing even for mechanical perfection--absolute permanency.
There is no evidence that either the idea of good or the conception of a perfect State
were comprehended in the Socratic teaching, though he certainly dwelt on the nature of the universal and of final causes (cp.
His voice was not quite in such a perfect state
of discipline as his face.
He showed no alarm at their approach, but suffered himself quietly to be taken, evincing a perfect state
Brooke wondered, and felt that women were an inexhaustible subject of study, since even he at his age was not in a perfect state
of scientific prediction about them.
When the Muses nine With the Virtues meet, Find to their design An Atlantic seat, By green orchard boughs Fended from the heat, Where the statesman ploughs Furrow for the wheat; When the Church is social worth, When the state-house is the hearth, Then the perfect State
is come, The republican at home.
They have come short of the perfect state
through misunderstanding of the end or through ignorance of the proper means to the end.
It is a significant fact, stated by entomologists -- I find it in Kirby and Spence -- that "some insects in their perfect state
, though furnished with organs of feeding, make no use of them"; and they lay it down as "a general rule, that almost all insects in this state eat much less than in that of larvae.
As for women that do not think their own safety worth their thought, that, impatient of their perfect state
, resolve, as they call it, to take the first good Christian that comes, that run into matrimony as a horse rushes into the battle, I can say nothing to them but this, that they are a sort of ladies that are to be prayed for among the rest of distempered people, and to me they look like people that venture their whole estates in a lottery where there is a hundred thousand blanks to one prize.
when it is grown to a perfect state
, it takes up the nest in which
Some of these had ladies with them, to whom they were showing the premises; others were lounging on the chairs and sofas; others, in a perfect state
of exhaustion from listlessness, were yawning drearily.
My purpose, in short, is to have all things in an absolutely perfect state
of readiness for Diana and Mary before next Thursday; and my ambition is to give them a beau-ideal of a welcome when they come."