Of course I know that one so morally deformed is no less to be pitied than a physical cripple; but in your pitying, let us drop a tear, too, for the men who are striving to carry on a great enterprise, whose working hours are not limited by the whistle, and whose hair is fast turning white through the struggle to hold the line in dowdy indifference, slipshod imbecility
, and the heartless ingratitude which, but for their enterprise, would be both hungry and homeless.
I conjecture that I take twenty minutes just to say this one sentence; whether from exhaustion, whether from imbecility
, it doesn't come to me, and this not-coming-to-me is certainly just exhaustion, nothing exalted.
lost his wits, but mental imbecility
is only one of the prices we have
These are the epitome, or perfect example, of imbecility
because they demonstrate how inferior their mind is compared to the normal, acceptable standard of any human brain.
Barrow, instead of receiving a verbal clip around the ear from his skipper for an act of imbecility
akin to a goalkeeper catching the ball and then running backwards over the goalline with it, was portrayed as the victim of some abominable crime.
, total inability to stomach historic truth.
She is condemned to the guillotine, but her punishment is commuted to a life sentence at a women's prison, where she is subjected to a strict regimen of silence that ultimately wears her down to a state of imbecility
and then to death.
The villagers, fearful of the cost of supporting the court, feigned imbecility
when the royal messengers arrived.
They don't understand politics, and of course they confuse their friends and their enemies, and that is the ultimate political proof of imbecility
Imagine the cruel imbecility
of pretending that a 61-year-old man who's just informed you he has a "medical condition" is a terrorist.
The assault on Libya, greatly helped by Gaddafi's imbecility
on every front, was designed to wrest the initiative back from the streets by appearing as the defenders of civil rights.
The United States Supreme Court had written in 1927, in response to a constitutional challenge to similar American legislation, "it is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility
, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.
Virtues of Stupidity Gambit: There are advantages to feigning imbecility
This is the case when, at the war's end, after being restored to their true roles, the two protagonists meet again: the kindly orchestra conductor lives out countless humiliations, crashing over and over on the obdurate imbecility
of the obtuse, insignificant orchestra player, suffering helplessly at his impudent self-confidence.
Pythagoras of Samos, writing in the sixth century before Christ, described old age as the time when man "returns to the imbecility
of the first epoch of infancy.