If each blow in the proper direction drives an evil propensity out, it follows that every thump in an opposite one knocks its quota of wickedness in.
Thus he went on increasing in iniquity, month after month, until, at the close of the first year, he not only insisted upon wearing moustaches, but had contracted a propensity for cursing and swearing, and for backing his assertions by bets.
The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity
to this dangerous vice.
Robson likewise encouraged Tom's propensity
to persecute the lower creation, both by precept and example.
There was excellent blood in his veins --royal stuff; though sadly vitiated, I fear, by the cannibal propensity
he nourished in his untutored youth.
Without human propensity
to murder and other sorts of unrighteousness there would have been no historical heroism.
It may seem remarkable, that, of four persons whom we have commemorated at Mr Allworthy's house, three of them should fix their inclinations on a lady who was never greatly celebrated for her beauty, and who was, moreover, now a little descended into the vale of years; but in reality bosom friends, and intimate acquaintance, have a kind of natural propensity
to particular females at the house of a friend--viz., to his grandmother, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, or cousin, when they are rich; and to his wife, sister, daughter, niece, cousin, mistress, or servant-maid, if they should be handsome.
Catherine, though she could not help wondering that with such perfect command of his horse, he should think it necessary to alarm her with a relation of its tricks, congratulated herself sincerely on being under the care of so excellent a coachman; and perceiving that the animal continued to go on in the same quiet manner, without showing the smallest propensity
towards any unpleasant vivacity, and (considering its inevitable pace was ten miles an hour) by no means alarmingly fast, gave herself up to all the enjoyment of air and exercise of the most invigorating kind, in a fine mild day of February, with the consciousness of safety.
Pontellier and her possible propensity
for taking young men seriously was apparently forgotten.
Hereby perhaps Stubb indirectly hinted, that though man loved his fellow, yet man is a money-making animal, which propensity
too often interferes with his benevolence.
For now I could no longer deny that I was a real YAHOO in every limb and feature, since the females had a natural propensity
to me, as one of their own species.
If against the present one any objection be raised on the score of its truth, it can only be that its author was an Arab, as lying is a very common propensity
with those of that nation; though, as they are such enemies of ours, it is conceivable that there were omissions rather than additions made in the course of it.