I would entertain myself in forming and directing the minds of hopeful young men, by convincing them, from my own remembrance, experience, and observation, fortified by numerous examples
, of the usefulness of virtue in public and private life.
The Emperor sees with regret that the picked soldiers appointed to guard his person, who should set an example
of discipline, carry disobedience to such a point that they break into the cellars and stores containing army supplies.
The three captives, heavily ironed, were exposed each day in the compound, as good examples
of what happened to bad examples
, all for the edification of the seven score and ten half-wild Poonga-Poonga men.
It's a trick he had--a habit when saying something serious--announcing the result of a diagnosis, for example
What right have you," cried Geoffrey--utterly forgetful, in the strange exasperation that had seized on him, of the interest that he had in controlling himself before Sir Patrick--"what right have you to pick out an example of a rowing man who is an infernal scoundrel--when it's quite as likely that a rowing man may be a good fellow: ay
If you deny my right to take such an example as that, in illustration of the views I advocate, you must either deny that a special temptation to wickedness can assail a man in the position of a gentleman, or you must assert that gentlemen who are naturally superior to all temptation are the only gentlemen who devote themselves to athletic pursuits.
If that young man had consulted me, before he followed the example of the other young men about him, I can not honestly say that I could have foreseen the results.
Miss Bridget is an example of all these observations.
The satisfaction which the captain received from the kind behaviour of Miss Bridget, was not a little abated by his apprehensions of Mr Allworthy; for, notwithstanding his disinterested professions, the captain imagined he would, when he came to act, follow the example of the rest of the world, and refuse his consent to a match so disadvantageous, in point of interest, to his sister.
We know, for example, that we have desires and beliefs, but we do not know what constitutes a desire or a belief.
Some animals, for example, always run away from light and hide themselves in dark places.
Let no one be surprised if, in speaking of entirely new principalities as I shall do, I adduce the highest examples both of prince and of state; because men, walking almost always in paths beaten by others, and following by imitation their deeds, are yet unable to keep entirely to the ways of others or attain to the power of those they imitate.
But to come to those who, by their own ability and not through fortune, have risen to be princes, I say that Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, Theseus, and such like are the most excellent examples.
To sketch my meaning roughly, examples
of substance are 'man' or 'the horse', of quantity, such terms as 'two cubits long' or 'three cubits long', of quality, such attributes as 'white', 'grammatical'.
Neglect not also the examples
, of those that have carried themselves ill, in the same place; not to set off thyself, by taxing their memory, but to direct thyself, what to avoid.