Or, if you prefer, since we seem to be dealing with impossibles, we might turn about and more truly define
her as The Woman of Whom We are Worthy, for who dare say that she exists?
Unconsciously he defines
for me the lines of a fresh school, a school that is to have in it all the passion of the romantic spirit, all the perfection of the spirit that is Greek.
Experience has instructed us that no skill in the science of government has yet been able to discriminate and define
, with sufficient certainty, its three great provinces the legislative, executive, and judiciary; or even the privileges and powers of the different legislative branches.
And to define
the matter roughly, we may say that the proper magnitude is comprised within such limits, that the sequence of events, according to the law of probability or necessity, will admit of a change from bad fortune to good, or from good fortune to bad.
For should any one define
in what sense each is an animal, his definition in the one case will be appropriate to that case only.
I remember a coasting pilot of my early acquaintance (he used to read the papers assiduously) who, to define
the utmost degree of lubberliness in a landsman, used to say, "He's one of them poor, miserable 'cast-anchor' devils.
Yet that terror was not fright, But a tremulous delight -- A feeling not the jewelled mine Could teach or bribe me to define
-- Nor Love -- although the Love were thine.
In this way the Politics, though it defines
the state in the light of its ideal, discusses states and institutions as they are.
I will not now consider how much this makes the charm of algebra and the mathematics, which also have their tropes, but it is felt in every definition; as when Aristotle defines
space to be an immovable vessel in which things are contained; --or when Plato defines
a line to be a flowing point; or figure to be a bound of solid; and many the like.
Will you please define
what gumption is, Aunt Jimsie?
the phenomenon," I said, "but gives no hint of its cause.
In a second attempt Meno defines
virtue to be 'the power of command.