We know some things about the future, for example what eclipses there will be; but this knowledge is a matter of elaborate calculation and inference, whereas some of our knowledge of the past comes to us without effort, in the same sort of immediate way in which we acquire knowledge of occurrences in our present environment.
We often feel that something in our sensible environment is familiar, without having any definite recollection of previous occasions on which we have seen it.
Jane was not coldly calculating by nature, but training, environment
and heredity had all combined to teach her to reason even in matters of the heart.
They had been selected blindly by nature, in a cruel and ignoble environment
, where the prize of living was to be gained, in the main, by the cunning of cowardice, and, on occasion, by desperateness of defence when in a corner.
At home I should undoubtedly have given vent to my anguish; but this new and elemental environment
seemed to call for a savage repression.
No, brother, you are wrong, environment
accounts for a great deal in crime; I can assure you of that.
Regarding good and evil as purely relative values, it stands to reason that what may be bad or evil in a given man, relative to a certain environment
, may actually be good if not highly virtuous in him relative to a certain other environment
She had been made to break an accepted social law, but no law know to the environment
in which she fancied herself such an anomaly.
Over the eternal collars and cuffs in the factory Maggie spent the most of three days in making imaginary sketches of Pete and his daily environment
I know, indeed, that one's environment
may be so affected by one's personality as to yield, long afterward, an image of one's self to the eyes of another.
The world economy, the world environment
, the world AIDS crisis, the world arms race: they affect us all.
Why, to tell long stories, showing how I have spoiled my life through morally rotting in my corner, through lack of fitting environment
, through divorce from real life, and rankling spite in my underground world, would certainly not be interesting; a novel needs a hero, and all the traits for an anti-hero are expressly gathered together here, and what matters most, it all produces an unpleasant impression, for we are all divorced from life, we are all cripples, every one of us, more or less.