1 But man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.
2 It was evident that Prince Andrew was not interested in such abstract conversation.
3 in regeneration, said Pierre, with a trembling voice and some difficulty in utterance due to his excitement and to being unaccustomed to speak of abstract matters in Russian.
4 She attributed immense importance to all her husband's intellectual and abstract interests though she did not understand them, and she always dreaded being a hindrance to him in such matters.
5 But to understand phenomena man has, besides abstract reasoning, experience by which he verifies his reflections.
6 In regard to this question, history stands to the other sciences as experimental science stands to abstract science.
7 She had in truth no abstract propensity to malice: she did not dislike Lily because the latter was brilliant and predominant, but because she thought that Lily disliked her.
8 But it is one thing to live comfortably with the abstract conception of poverty, another to be brought in contact with its human embodiments.
9 A dull, animal-like rebellion against his fellows, war in the abstract, and fate grew within him.
10 "The short of the matter is, cousin," said he, his handsome face suddenly settling into an earnest and serious expression, "on this abstract question of slavery there can, as I think, be but one opinion."
11 Truthful we both were; he from pride and courage, I from a sort of abstract ideality.
12 Yet the village sympathized with Clifford and Connie in the abstract.
13 He looked down at her, with darkened, abstract eyes.
14 She could not abstract her mind five minutes: she was forced to listen; his reading was capital, and her pleasure in good reading extreme.
15 He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker.
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