The Scripture saith, The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God; it is not said, The fool hath thought in his heart; so as he rather saith it, by rote
to himself, as that he would have, than that he can thoroughly believe it, or be persuaded of it.
To say the truth, perfect beauty in both sexes is a more irresistible object than it is generally thought; for, notwithstanding some of us are contented with more homely lots, and learn by rote
(as children to repeat what gives them no idea) to despise outside, and to value more solid charms; yet I have always observed, at the approach of consummate beauty, that these more solid charms only shine with that kind of lustre which the stars have after the rising of the sun.
Wylie had learnt by rote
that the whole duty of a lady is to be graceful, charitable, helpful, modest, and disinterested whilst awaiting passively whatever lot these virtues may induce.
And as he looked at the unpracticed mouth and lips, he thought that such a daughter of the soil could only have caught up the sentiment by rote
. She went on peeling the lords and ladies till Clare, regarding for a moment the wave-like curl of her lashes as they dropped with her bent gaze on her soft cheek, lingeringly went away.
By all the others it was mentioned with regret; and his merits honoured with due gradation of feeling-- from the sincerity of Edmund's too partial regard, to the unconcern of his mother speaking entirely by rote
Here the class was reciting a lesson from an abstruse text-book on economics, reciting it by rote
, with so obvious a failure to assimilate it that the waste of labour was pitiful.
The rapid transit is poetry and art: the moon but a tedious, dry body, moving by rote
. But these are private opinions, for, in the business of literature, the conditions are reversed.
The Friar, half-drunk, half-sober, had huddled a friar's frock over his green cassock, and now summoning together whatever scraps of learning he had acquired by rote
in former days, ``Holy father,'' said he, ``Deus faciat salvam benignitatem vestram You are welcome to the greenwood.''
As in repeating a well-known song, so in instincts, one action follows another by a sort of rhythm; if a person be interrupted in a song, or in repeating anything by rote
, he is generally forced to go back to recover the habitual train of thought: so P.
Grewgious issued with his usual air of reading an inventory, or repeating a lesson, or doing anything else by rote
. Bazzard, after drawing out the round table, withdrew to execute them.
What was understood to be his education was simply the practice of reading, writing, and spelling, carried on by an elaborate appliance of unintelligible ideas, and by much failure in the effort to learn by rote