Therefore, a prince, not being able to exercise this virtue of liberality in such a way that it is recognized, except to his cost, if he is wise he ought not to fear the reputation of being mean, for in time he will come to be more considered than if liberal, seeing that with his economy his revenues are enough, that he can defend himself against all attacks, and is able to engage in enterprises without burdening his people; thus it comes to pass that he exercises liberality towards all from whom he does not take, who are numberless, and meanness
towards those to whom he does not give, who are few.
Not to give a slave enough to eat, is regarded as the most aggravated development of meanness
even among slaveholders.
I greatly fear he has declined -- in which case I can lay my hand on my heart, and solemnly declare that his meanness
Many Theresas have been born who found for themselves no epic life wherein there was a constant unfolding of far-resonant action; perhaps only a life of mistakes, the offspring of a certain spiritual grandeur ill-matched with the meanness
of opportunity; perhaps a tragic failure which found no sacred poet and sank unwept into oblivion.
Next day, I had the meanness
to feign that I was under a binding promise to go down to Joe; but I was capable of almost any meanness
towards Joe or his name.
of betraying the confidence which Geoffrey had reposed in him would be doubled meanness
if he proved false to his trust after Geoffrey had personally insulted him.
As he did not, however, outwardly express any such disgust, it would be an ill office in us to pay a visit to the inmost recesses of his mind, as some scandalous people search into the most secret affairs of their friends, and often pry into their closets and cupboards, only to discover their poverty and meanness
to the world.
Now the power of election and censure are of the utmost consequence, and this, as has been said, in some states they entrust to the people; for the general assembly is the supreme court of all, and they have a voice in this, and deliberate in all public affairs, and try all causes, without any objection to the meanness
of their circumstances, and at any age: but their treasurers, generals, and other great officers of state are taken from men of great fortune and worth.
None of the tricks that he was ever eager to do for Steward, would Michael do for Kwaque, despite the fact that Kwaque had no touch of meanness
or viciousness in him.
John, in the midst of this disorderly competition of poverty and meanness
, sat stunned, contemplating the mountain bulk of his misfortunes.
His heart warms to him when he can bring forward some example of cruelty or meanness
, and he exults like an inquisitor at the
I exulted to have Thackeray attack the aristocrats, and expose their wicked pride and meanness
, and I never noticed that he did not propose to do away with aristocracy, which is and must always be just what it has been, and which cannot be changed while it exists at all.