It is remarkable that the visionary propensity
I have mentioned is not confined to the native inhabitants of the valley, but is unconsciously imbibed by every one who resides there for a time.
I find that socialism is often misunderstood by its least intelligent supporters and opponents to mean simply unrestrained indulgence of our natural propensity
to heave bricks at respectable persons.
For now I could no longer deny that I was a real YAHOO in every limb and feature, since the females had a natural propensity
to me, as one of their own species.
If against the present one any objection be raised on the score of its truth, it can only be that its author was an Arab, as lying is a very common propensity
with those of that nation; though, as they are such enemies of ours, it is conceivable that there were omissions rather than additions made in the course of it.
The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity
to this dangerous vice.
I was conscious, even when I took the draught, of a more unbridled, a more furious propensity
Did pretty ladies remember that pocket- handkerchiefs have ears, they might possibly have more reserve in the indulgence of this extraordinary propensity
Men, professors or coal-heavers, are easily deceived; they even have an extraordinary knack of lending themselves to deception, a sort of curious and inexplicable propensity
to allow themselves to be led by the nose with their eyes open.
To violence, injustice, tyranny, she succumbed--they were her natural masters; she had no propensity
to hate, no impulse to resist them; the indignation their behests awake in some hearts was unknown in hers.
I am perfectly persuaded that the tempers had better be unlike: I mean unlike in the flow of the spirits, in the manners, in the inclination for much or little company, in the propensity
to talk or to be silent, to be grave or to be gay.
On these occasions there was a degree of magnificence of the purse about them, and a peculiar propensity
to expenditure at the goldsmith's and jeweler's for rings, chains, brooches, necklaces, jeweled watches, and other rich trinkets, partly for their own wear, partly for presents to their female acquaintances; a gorgeous prodigality, such as was often to be noticed in former times in Southern planters and West India creoles, when flush with the profits of their plantations.
They looked dark, wild, and smoky, with a singular resemblance, indeed, to the native inhabitants, like whom, also, they had a disagreeable propensity
to ill-natured gibes and sneers, the habit of which had wrought a settled contortion of their visages.
If each blow in the proper direction drives an evil propensity
out, it follows that every thump in an opposite one knocks its quota of wickedness in.
I noted this; I remembered what an acquisitive propensity
she had shown when it was a question of extracting gold from me, and I privately rejoiced at the happy thought I had had in suspending my tribute.
Robson likewise encouraged Tom's propensity
to persecute the lower creation, both by precept and example.