said Jo to herself, when she at length discovered that genuine good will toward one's fellow men could beautify and dignify
even a stout German teacher, who shoveled in his dinner, darned his own socks, and was burdened with the name of Bhaer.
Athos is not a man to be thwarted; he, like Porthos, has obliged his peasantry to call him `my lord,' and to dignify
his pettifogging place by the name of chateau.
No prepossession for the mere antique (and in this case we can imagine no other prepossession) should induce us to dignify
with the sacred name of poetry, a series, such as this, of elaborate and threadbare compliments, stitched, apparently, together, without fancy, without plausibility, and without even an attempt at adaptation.
There was no more heavy beneficence, no more attempts to dignify
the situation with poetry or the Scriptures.
No rentroll nor army-list can dignify
skulking and dissimulation; and the first point of courtesy must always be truth, as really all the forms of good-breeding point that way.
Our greatest danger is that in the great leap from slavery to freedom we may overlook the fact that the masses of us are to live by the productions of our hands, and fail to keep in mind that we shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify
and glorify common labour and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life; shall prosper in proportion as we learn to draw the line between the superficial and the substantial, the ornamental gewgaws of life and the useful.
An eminent philosopher among my friends, who can dignify
even your ugly furniture by lifting it into the serene light of science, has shown me this pregnant little fact.
To Wordsworth, on the contrary, they seemed directly to dignify
human nature, as tending to tranquillize it.
There was a time when I thought as you do--at least, I was fully persuaded that home and its affections were the only things that made life tolerable: that, if deprived of these, existence would become a burden hard to be endured; but now I have no home--unless you would dignify
my two hired rooms at Horton by such a name;--and not twelve months ago I lost the last and dearest of my early friends; and yet, not only I live, but I am not wholly destitute of hope and comfort, even for this life: though I must acknowledge that I can seldom enter even an humble cottage at the close of day, and see its inhabitants peaceably gathered around their cheerful hearth, without a feeling ALMOST of envy at their domestic enjoyment.
My work is nearly finished, if indeed I may dignify
it by the name of work.
Polly's face shone as if the prospect was full of pleasure instead of work, and the hearty good will with which she undertook the new task, seemed to dignify
her humble hopes and plans, and make them interesting in the sight of others.
The solemn purpose cannot dignify
, but only accentuates by