These fellow-mortals, every one, must be accepted as they are: you can neither straighten their noses, nor brighten their wit, nor rectify their dispositions; and it is these people--amongst whom your life is passed--that it is needful
you should tolerate, pity, and love: it is these more or less ugly, stupid, inconsistent people whose movements of goodness you should be able to admire-- for whom you should cherish all possible hopes, all possible patience.
He could not go to bed, feeling that it was absolutely needful
for him first to think thoroughly over the position that had just arisen.
I think better of you for looking steadily to the needful
So it came about that at the council at Malo-Yaroslavets, when the generals pretending to confer together expressed various opinions, all mouths were closed by the opinion uttered by the simple-minded soldier Mouton who, speaking last, said what they all felt: that the one thing needful
was to get away as quickly as possible; and no one, not even Napoleon, could say anything against that truth which they all recognized.
It might perhaps be carried further than was needful
, but it was an error of the right hand if it was an error, for by this she kept up the reputation, such as it was, of her business, and obtained this character, that though she did take care of the women when they were debauched, yet she was not instrumental to their being debauched at all; and yet it was a wicked trade she drove too.
Call me out to stop these riots--give me the needful
authority, and half-a-dozen rounds of ball cartridge--'
He ordered the best hay with plenty of oats, crushed beans, and bran, with vetches, or rye grass, as the man might think needful
. I heard the master give the order, so I knew there was plenty of good food, and I thought I was well off.
"These are the steps which I think it needful
to take at present.
It is also worthy of a sensible and generous nobility to divide the poor amongst them, and supplying them with what is necessary, induce them to work; or to imitate the conduct of the people at Tarentum: for they, permitting the poor to partake in common of everything which is needful
for them, gain the affections of the commonalty.
The ladies who were present showed the needful
respect for their hostess.
And even if one have all the virtues, there is still one thing needful
: to send the virtues themselves to sleep at the right time.
The motion of a raft is the needful
motion; it is gentle, and gliding, and smooth, and noiseless; it calms down all feverish activities, it soothes to sleep all nervous hurry and impatience; under its restful influence all the troubles and vexations and sorrows that harass the mind vanish away, and existence becomes a dream, a charm, a deep and tranquil ecstasy.