He had become an omnivorous reader, and the world of possibilities that were opened to him in this seat of culture and learning fairly appalled him when he contemplated the very infinitesimal crumb of the sum total of human knowledge that a single individual might hope to acquire even after a lifetime of study and research; but he learned what he could by day, and threw himself into a search for relaxation
and amusement at night.
When I was a young man, I was frivolous simply when I felt inclined to turn from the big things of life for purposes of relaxation
In all lands where life is a hazard lightly played with and lightly flung aside, men turn, almost automatically, to gambling for diversion and relaxation
Athelney Jones proved to be a sociable soul in his hours of relaxation
, and face his dinner with the air of a bon vivant.
The meal over, and the young ladies having enjoyed the additional relaxation
of washing their hands, the work began again, and was again performed in silence, until the noise of carriages rattling through the streets, and of loud double knocks at doors, gave token that the day's work of the more fortunate members of society was proceeding in its turn.
Life is short and Art is long'--too long, I sometimes think-- and writing is a great relaxation
when I am tired.
Tarzan had felt the instantaneous relaxation
of the body beneath him after the heavy impact with the tree limb, and as the other turned completely over and started again upon its fall toward the ground, he reached forth a hand and caught the branch in time to stay his own descent, while the ape dropped like a plummet to the foot of the tree.
There seemed a relaxation
of his expressionless face which was new.
He welcomed her confidence as a sign of relaxation
from the frigidity of her earlier demeanour.
Miss Polly came out of it with the feeling of limp relaxation
that one might have at finding oneself at last on solid earth after a perilous walk across the very thin crust of a volcano.
Fear and joy may both cause cardiac palpitation, but in one case we find high tonus of the skeletal muscles, in the other case relaxation
and the general sense of weakness.
And at once in the conversation with the aide-de-camp Oblonsky had a sense of relaxation
and relief after the conversation with Levin, which always put him to too great a mental and spiritual strain.
And we'll play so hard that we'll be glad to work for relaxation
It certainly appeared, at first sight, a singular spot to choose, for that or any other purpose of relaxation
, if the other cellars answered to the one in which this brief colloquy took place; for the floors were of sodden earth, the walls and roof of damp bare brick tapestried with the tracks of snails and slugs; the air was sickening, tainted, and offensive.
That exactly in the ratio as they worked long and monotonously, the craving grew within them for some physical relief - some relaxation
, encouraging good humour and good spirits, and giving them a vent - some recognized holiday, though it were but for an honest dance to a stirring band of music - some occasional light pie in which even M'Choakumchild had no finger - which craving must and would be satisfied aright, or must and would inevitably go wrong, until the laws of the Creation were repealed?