Harassed by a thousand questions of government, his mind, like that of an old lawyer who has tried every species of case, no longer possessed the spring which solitary minds are able to retain, nor that power of prompt decision which distinguishes
men who are early accustomed to action, and young soldiers.
They liked Owen immensely and had that feeling of having known him for many years which distinguishes
the freemasonry of the house of Joseph.
For instance, whether or not there is an open passage from the nostrils to the mouth, the only character, according to Owen, which absolutely distinguishes
fishes and reptiles--the inflection of the angle of the jaws in Marsupials--the manner in which the wings of insects are folded--mere colour in certain Algae--mere pubescence on parts of the flower in grasses--the nature of the dermal covering, as hair or feathers, in the Vertebrata.
Dramatic power, in general, means the presentation of life with the vivid active reality of life and character which especially distinguishes
the acted drama.
He goes thither at first as a hunter and fisher, until at last, if he has the seeds of a better life in him, he distinguishes his proper objects, as a poet or naturalist it may be, and leaves the gun and fish-pole behind.
He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
He is quite a nice, harmless little man, pleasant to talk to, good-tempered, and full of fun ; but he thinks he is too old to begin to learn new and uncomfortable ways, and he has that horror of being made better by his wife that distinguishes
so many righteous men, and is shared by the Man of Wrath, who persists in holding his glass in his left hand at meals, because if he did not (and I don't believe he particularly likes doing it) his relations might say that marriage has improved him, and thus drive the iron into his soul.
Why, because he distinguishes
the face of a friend and of an enemy only by the criterion of knowing and not knowing.
As truth distinguishes
our writings from those idle romances which are filled with monsters, the productions, not of nature, but of distempered brains; and which have been therefore recommended by an eminent critic to the sole use of the pastry-cook; so, on the other hand, we would avoid any resemblance to that kind of history which a celebrated poet seems to think is no less calculated for the emolument of the brewer, as the reading it should be always attended with a tankard of good ale--
His book is more about a definition given in the Speculum astronomiae: "[T]he science of images is added to the part of 'elections"'; after an "abominable" type of images and another which is "less unsuitable, but nevertheless detestable," the "Magister Speculi" distinguishes
a third type and devotes his entire work to verifying the existence and history of this (241).
They hope eventually to find a complete invariant that distinguishes
any two knots.
On this point, he distinguishes
the case of two of the authors dealt with: Lazaro de Soto and Ildefonso Lopez Pinciano.