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Poverty and Riches - By Scott Nearing
...Since democracy is based on the assumption that the welfare of the majority must be regarded as paramount, it seems evident that any system of governmental or social organization that professes to be democratic must regard the welfare of the wage-earners as of paramount importance ....
Lincoln - By Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
...For him the `` right " of a State to do this or that was a constitutional question only so long as it did not cross that other more universal `` right, " the paramount `` charter of liberty, " by which, in his view, all other rights were conditioned ....
Prose Works - By Walter Scott
...275 and bravery in the field of battle, easily saw that the high and paramount part which Britain now holds in Europe, that preeminence, which, in so many instances, has made her and her delegates the chosen mediators when disputes occurred amongst die allied powers, depends entirely on our maintaining pure and sacred the national character for good faith and disinterested honor ....
The life of Cicero - By Anthony Trollope
...Up to the day on which he descended from his Consul 's seat duty was paramount with him ....
Dracula - By Bram Stoker, Philip M. Parker, Poul Glargaard
...What I think of on this point is, when self is the fixed point the centripetal force is balanced with the centrifugal; when duty, a cause, etc., is the fixed point, the latter force is paramount, and only accident or a series of accidents can balance it ....
War and Peace - By Leo Tolstoy
...In fact he only endured these noisy demonstrations of affection because it was ` impossible to prohibit them; but it was very evident that they fatigued him, and distracted his attention from the military question which at the moment was paramount in his thoughts ....
Silas Marner - By George Eliot, W. Patterson Atkinson
...For months she was disconsolate, but that peculiar necessity for some one on whom to lean became paramount, and 6 May, 1880, she married J. W. Cross, an old friend who had been very helpful in preparing Mr. Lewes ' manuscripts for publication and in arranging for the George Henry Lewes scholarship in Physiology, a favorite field of her late husband and one in which he had done good work ....
Hard Times - By Charles Dickens
...Further, she was lady paramount over certain vaults in the basement, sharply spiked off from communication with the predatory world; and over the relics of the current day 's work, consisting of blots of ink, worn-out pens, fragments of wafers, and scraps of paper torn so small, that nothing interesting could ever be deciphered on them when Mrs. Sparsit tried ....
Don Quixote - By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
...cut the Gordian knot, saying, " To cut comes to the same thing as to untie, " and yet did not fail to become lord paramount of all Asia, neither more nor less could happen now in Dulcinea 's disenchantment if I scourge Sancho against his will; for, if it is the condition of the remedy that Sancho shall receive three thousand and odd lashes, what does it matter to me whether he inflicts them himself, or some one else inflicts them, when the essential point is that he receives them, let them come from whatever quarter they may ? '...
The Portrait of a Lady - By Henry James
...I thought it would be just a little shock; but the way she took it proves that her good manners are paramount ....
The House of the Seven Gables - By Nathaniel Hawthorne
...They are ordinarily men to whom forms are of paramount importance ....
Of Human Bondage - By William Somerset Maugham
...What do the circumstances of life matter if your dreams make you lord paramount of time and space ? "...
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...more for me in life--no true home--nothing : to be dearer to me than myself, and by its paramount prcciousness, to draw from me better things than I care to culture for myself only ?...
The Moon and Sixpence - By William Somerset Maugham
...There are few men to whom it is the most important thing in the world, and they are not very interesting ones; even women, with whom the subject is of paramount interest, have a contempt for them ....
The deerslayer - By James Fenimore Cooper
...As the duties of a mother were thought to be paramount to all other considerations, the widow felt none of that embarrassment in preferring her claims, to which even a female fortune-hunter among ourselves might be liable . "...
Barchester Towers - By Anthony Trollope, Michael Sadleir
...I have no doubt that your wishes, if made known and backed by his grace, would be paramount with Lord . " "...
One of Ours - By Willa Cather
...On that long, dirty, uncomfortable ride Claude felt many things, but the paramount feeling was homesickness ....