Mountain delivered of a Mouse", produces the moral of his fable in ridicule of pompous pretenders; and his Crow, when she drops her cheese, lets fall, as it were by accident, the strongest admonition against the power of flattery.
Many of them lack that unity of design, that close connection of the moral with the narrative, that wise choice in the introduction of the animals, which constitute the charm and excellency of true Aesopian fable.
By morals I do not mean the limited and literal signification of the term, such as is conveyed in its synonyme, morality, but the practices of men, as connected with their daily intercourse, their institutions, and their laws.
Your morals are exact enough for me," returned the old man, "for I think I see in them the very pride of folly.
Ah," said the Moral Principle, hesitatingly, "let us draw lots to see which shall retire till the other has crossed.
In order to avoid a conflict," the Moral Principle resumed, somewhat uneasily, "I shall myself lie down and let you walk over me.
Dispense with all the moral courage you can," I said briskly.
I know,--I can see it--you have, among other ways, been used to managing people with your eyes, letting your moral courage speak out through them, as it were.
and the moral
of THAT is--"Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.
I can see that already you have switched on the moral
entirely, so perhaps we had better follow it up first.
The boundaries of personal influence it is impossible to fix, as persons are organs of moral
or supernatural force.
And, indeed, this is the odd thing that is continually happening: there are continually turning up in life moral
and rational persons, sages and lovers of humanity who make it their object to live all their lives as morally and rationally as possible, to be, so to speak, a light to their neighbours simply in order to show them that it is possible to live morally and rationally in this world.
He has, therefore, requested me to reply in his behalf to two special objections, one of an intellectual, the other of a moral
Yes, this is VANITY FAIR; not a moral
place certainly; nor a merry one, though very noisy.
Within the Church were many sincere and able men unselfishly devoting their lives to the service of their fellows; but the moral
tone of the organization as a whole had suffered from its worldly prosperity and power.