Betsy and Martha, now practically best friends, conspired together against the rest of us until they owned most of the board.
The best works of art are the expression of man's struggle to free himself from this condition, but the effect of our art is merely to make this low state comfortable and that higher state to be forgotten.
Best keep her eyes on the trail for any more footless friends.
Yours is the second offer I've had this trip and I want to make sure I get the best deal.
She is the best seamstress in Houston!
Everybody was astonished, for that boy was the best scholar in the school, and he had never been known to break a rule.
Cassie cleaned the supper dishes as best she could with sand, and stored them in one of the packs.
And now, my friends, please to excuse My lisping and my stammers; I, for this once, have done my best, And so--I'll make my manners.
The truth is, I like your companionship - and I'd like my parents to meet one of my best friends.
No, I simply think there is a proper way to do things, and humans have a habit of doing what pleases them at the moment, not what is best for the future.
She and I were best pals every summer up here.
But what is best of all," he went on, his excitement subsiding under the delightful interest of his own story, "is that the sergeant in charge of the cannon which was to give the signal to fire the mines and blow up the bridge, this sergeant, seeing that the French troops were running onto the bridge, was about to fire, but Lannes stayed his hand.
But at least you had my best interest in mind.
Then a woman has to do the best she can on her own.
Jonatan is my best fwiend.
Many of his best friends had been killed or captured.
I'll do the best I can.
There was no reasoning with him, so she accepted a ride with her best friend, Connie.
At best, Alex would be courteous to him.
This was the same man who treated her so coldly earlier today, and she'd do best to keep that picture in her mind.
He was the best loved of all our poets.
They weren't exactly best of friends.
Desire still a hot ember inside of her, she was tempted to set the record straight, but maybe it was best he didn't know how close she had come to giving in.
She wanted the best for it - better than what she had.
It shows us at our best and at our cruelest.
Only those who knew and loved him best can understand what his friendship meant to me.
The count is suffering physically and mentally, and apparently you have done your best to increase his mental sufferings.
In the savage state every family owns a shelter as good as the best, and sufficient for its coarser and simpler wants; but I think that I speak within bounds when I say that, though the birds of the air have their nests, and the foxes their holes, and the savages their wigwams, in modern civilized society not more than one half the families own a shelter.
I want my best friend back, too.
Anyway, I was doing my best not to let things get out of control.
He distrusted government and said 'that government governs best which governs least.'
Before I entered college, however, it was thought best that I should study another year under Mr. Keith.
The bright, gentle, fanciful plays--the ones I like best now--appear not to have impressed me at first, perhaps because they reflected the habitual sunshine and gaiety of a child's life.
It must have worked, because his trainees were some of the best officers.
Howard was the brother of her best friend, Connie.
She could have left then, and might have if curiosity hadn't gotten the best of her.
Was that what he was hinting at when he said she was his best friend - that he needed someone to talk to?
It was best to stay out of the entire thing - if they would only let her.
As any dream sessions needed to take place in Massachusetts where Quinn's test items were now located, we decided Martha was best suited as coordinator of the event.
Granted, we have to plan how to best make it public but.
Before recorded music, the best musicians made a good living but weren't extremely wealthy.
It was so hard to lose him, he was the best and kindest of friends, and I do not know what we shall do without him....
The best quarters in the village were assigned to cavalry-captain Denisov, the squadron commander, known throughout the whole cavalry division as Vaska Denisov.
But to judge what is best--conscription or the militia--we can leave to the supreme authority....
Barclay de Tolly tried to command the army in the best way, because he wished to fulfill his duty and earn fame as a great commander.
It was said that Mamonov's regiment would cost him eight hundred thousand rubles, and that Bezukhov had spent even more on his, but that the best thing about Bezukhov's action was that he himself was going to don a uniform and ride at the head of his regiment without charging anything for the show.
The Russian army, they say, in its retreat from Smolensk sought out for itself the best position for a general engagement and found such a position at Borodino.
The Russians did not seek out the best position but, on the contrary, during the retreat passed many positions better than Borodino.
An ax will be useful, a hunting spear not bad, but a three-pronged fork will be best of all: a Frenchman is no heavier than a sheaf of rye.
A friend, certainly, but their relationship was also romantic so best friend didn't seem like a good description.
He had tried his best to push them out of it.
It's best you don't say anything right now.
He was no gentleman, and she'd best keep that in mind.
There was little point in denying her attraction, but he'd best learn to keep his distance.
I think the best thing to do is try to remember all the good times you had.
The best way to decide was to find out what he had in the refrigerator.
I gather you two aren't the best of friends?
The best thing to do was to calmly tell him she would rather not go.
Much as she wanted the baby, she felt adoption was the best choice.
"Maybe a break is best all around," I said.
I thought that was the best way to carry her.
I'm very certain, Oz, that you gave me the best brains in the world, for I can think with them day and night, when all other brains are fast asleep.
I was born in Kentucky, you know, where all the best and most aristocratic horses come from.
He became famous as one of the bravest and best of the generals who fought to make our country free.
Then Selkirk set to work to make the best of things.
This is powerful; it allows the best and brightest to collaborate easily.
Everything would be better made because the best way to make a thing could be multiplied across all occurrences of the thing.
Pretend there is a spectrum of jobs from the best in the world down to the worst and everyone agrees on the order.
Further, assume the best job pays the most and is the most fun, and the worst job pays the least and is the least fun.
Mr. Jefferson recited the best dialogues of "Rip Van Winkle," in which the tear came close upon the smile.
The best passages are those in which she talks about herself, and gives her world in terms of her experience of it.
From the letters after the year 1892 I have culled in the spirit of one making an anthology, choosing the passages best in style and most important from the point of view of biography.
Why does the dear Father in heaven think it best for us to have very great sorrow sometimes?
On the whole, if they cannot be taught articulation, the manual alphabet seems the best and most convenient means of communication.
It is evident that the blind should have a good magazine, not a special magazine for the blind, but one of our best monthlies, printed in embossed letters.
Indeed, at one time it was believed that the best way for them to communicate was through systematized gestures, the sign language invented by the Abbe de l'Epee.
But every one who has met her has given his best ideas to her and she has taken them.
It is, however, in her daily life that one can best measure the delicacy of her senses and her manual skill.
Don't worry; I'll do my best and leave the rest to whatever power manages that which we cannot.
She knew that I was much troubled, and would have liked to stay near me; but I thought it best for her to sit by herself.
From the beginning, I HAVE MADE IT A PRACTICE TO ANSWER ALL HELEN'S QUESTIONS TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY IN A WAY INTELLIGIBLE TO HER, and at the same time truthfully.
I don't know who had the best time, the monkeys, Helen or the spectators.
When it was time for the church service to begin, she was in such a state of excitement that I thought it best to take her away; but Captain Keller said, "No, she will be all right."
I have found it best not to tell her that she cannot understand, because she is almost certain to become excited.
Until October, 1889, I had not deemed it best to confine Helen to any regular and systematic course of study.
Helen has had the best and purest models in language constantly presented to her, and her conversation and her writing are unconscious reproductions of what she has read.
It is true, on the other hand, that in her descriptions, she is best from the point of view of art when she is faithful to her own sensations; and this is precisely true of all artists.
I cannot believe that our factory system is the best mode by which men may get clothing.
There is a plenty of such chairs as I like best in the village garrets to be had for taking them away.
It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
Howard was no doubt an exceedingly kind and worthy man in his way, and has his reward; but, comparatively speaking, what are a hundred Howards to us, if their philanthropy do not help us in our best estate, when we are most worthy to be helped?
The last were not England's best men and women; only, perhaps, her best philanthropists.
I got up early and bathed in the pond; that was a religious exercise, and one of the best things which I did.
Still we live meanly, like ants; though the fable tells us that we were long ago changed into men; like pygmies we fight with cranes; it is error upon error, and clout upon clout, and our best virtue has for its occasion a superfluous and evitable wretchedness.
I feel all my best faculties concentrated in it.
Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage.
The best books are not read even by those who are called good readers.
There is in this town, with a very few exceptions, no taste for the best or for very good books even in English literature, whose words all can read and spell.
I know a woodchopper, of middle age, who takes a French paper, not for news as he says, for he is above that, but to "keep himself in practice," he being a Canadian by birth; and when I ask him what he considers the best thing he can do in this world, he says, beside this, to keep up and add to his English.
One who has just come from reading perhaps one of the best English books will find how many with whom he can converse about it?
If we were always, indeed, getting our living, and regulating our lives according to the last and best mode we had learned, we should never be troubled with ennui.
To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating.
My "best" room, however, my withdrawing room, always ready for company, on whose carpet the sun rarely fell, was the pine wood behind my house.
I require of a visitor that he be not actually starving, though he may have the very best appetite in the world, however he got it.
For four months in the year its water is as cold as it is pure at all times; and I think that it is then as good as any, if not the best, in the town.
The forest has never so good a setting, nor is so distinctly beautiful, as when seen from the middle of a small lake amid hills which rise from the water's edge; for the water in which it is reflected not only makes the best foreground in such a case, but, with its winding shore, the most natural and agreeable boundary to it.
A man will not need to study history to find out what is best for his own culture.
There is a period in the history of the individual, as of the race, when the hunters are the "best men," as the Algonquins called them.
An old forest fence which had seen its best days was a great haul for me.
Michaux, more than thirty years ago, says that the price of wood for fuel in New York and Philadelphia "nearly equals, and sometimes exceeds, that of the best wood in Paris, though this immense capital annually requires more than three hundred thousand cords, and is surrounded to the distance of three hundred miles by cultivated plains."
As every season seems best to us in its turn, so the coming in of spring is like the creation of Cosmos out of Chaos and the realization of the Golden Age.
As if Nature could support but one order of understandings, could not sustain birds as well as quadrupeds, flying as well as creeping things, and hush and whoa, which Bright can understand, were the best English.
I heartily accept the motto,--"That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.
Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe,--"That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.
The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor.
That would be the best way.
It was as if all the powers of his soul were concentrated on passing the commander in the best possible manner, and feeling that he was doing it well he was happy.
"Glad to do our best, your ex'len-lency!" came a confused shout from the ranks.
Though he thought of everything, considered everything, and did everything the best of officers could do in his position, he was in a state akin to feverish delirium or drunkenness.
She was no longer in the loose gown she generally wore in the morning, but had on one of her best dresses.
It was not the dress, but the face and whole figure of Princess Mary that was not pretty, but neither Mademoiselle Bourienne nor the little princess felt this; they still thought that if a blue ribbon were placed in the hair, the hair combed up, and the blue scarf arranged lower on the best maroon dress, and so on, all would be well.
I knew I was in the right so I kept silent; was not that best, Count?...
The day after the review, Boris, in his best uniform and with his comrade Berg's best wishes for success, rode to Olmutz to see Bolkonski, wishing to profit by his friendliness and obtain for himself the best post he could--preferably that of adjutant to some important personage, a position in the army which seemed to him most attractive.
"Glad to do our best!" shouted the soldiers.
Sitting on the sofa with the little cushions on its arms, in what used to be his old schoolroom, and looking into Natasha's wildly bright eyes, Rostov re-entered that world of home and childhood which had no meaning for anyone else, but gave him some of the best joys of his life; and the burning of an arm with a ruler as a proof of love did not seem to him senseless, he understood and was not surprised at it.
On his return to Moscow from the army, Nicholas Rostov was welcomed by his home circle as the best of sons, a hero, and their darling Nikolenka; by his relations as a charming, attractive, and polite young man; by his acquaintances as a handsome lieutenant of hussars, a good dancer, and one of the best matches in the city.
The Moscovites felt that something was wrong and that to discuss the bad news was difficult, and so it was best to be silent.
Moreover, paying such honor to Bagration was the best way of expressing disapproval and dislike of Kutuzov.
Killed in battle, where the best of Russian men and Russia's glory were led to destruction.
It may be arrogant of me, but still it is best to say it.
"My dear count, you were one of my best pupils--you must dance," said little Iogel coming up to Nicholas.
Denisov sat down by the old ladies and, leaning on his saber and beating time with his foot, told them something funny and kept them amused, while he watched the young people dancing, Iogel with Natasha, his pride and his best pupil, were the first couple.
He was at once shown to the best room, which Dolokhov had taken for that evening.
The baby Prince Nicholas lived with his wet nurse and nurse Savishna in the late princess' rooms and Princess Mary spent most of the day in the nursery, taking a mother's place to her little nephew as best she could.
The old man, roused by activity, expected the best results from the new campaign, while Prince Andrew on the contrary, taking no part in the war and secretly regretting this, saw only the dark side.
I'm alive, that is not my fault, so I must live out my life as best I can without hurting others.
Oh, do the best you can!
I think it would be best not to bring it before the Emperor, but to apply to the commander of the corps....
"How can you judge what's best?" he cried, the blood suddenly rushing to his face.
All the best moments of his life suddenly rose to his memory.
It taught men to be wise and good and for their own benefit to follow the example and instruction of the best and wisest men.
I told him everything as best I could, and told him what I had proposed to our Petersburg lodge, of the bad reception I had encountered, and of my rupture with the Brothers.
Prince Andrew was one of the best dancers of his day and Natasha danced exquisitely.
It was the best time of the year for the chase.
The thin, hollow-cheeked Chekmar, having got everything ready, kept glancing at his master with whom he had lived on the best of terms for thirty years, and understanding the mood he was in expected a pleasant chat.
Just as "Uncle's" pickled mushrooms, honey, and cherry brandy had seemed to her the best in the world, so also that song, at that moment, seemed to her the acme of musical delight.
Standing as usual in the middle of the hall and choosing the place where the resonance was best, Natasha began to sing her mother's favorite song.
Sonya's costume was the best of all.
The thought that her best days, which she would have employed in loving him, were being vainly wasted, with no advantage to anyone, tormented her incessantly.
"Nothing is trivial, and nothing is important, it's all the same--only to save oneself from it as best one can," thought Pierre.
She is the first person in this house; she's my best friend, cried the prince.
He was received in the best houses not merely as a doctor, but as an equal.
He had never missed a carousal at Danilov's or other Moscow revelers', drank whole nights through, outvying everyone else, and was at all the balls and parties of the best society.
After breakfast, which was her best time, Marya Dmitrievna sat down in her armchair and called Natasha and the count to her.
Though I don't like letting you go, it is the best way.
If I were not myself, but the handsomest, cleverest, and best man in the world, and were free, I would this moment ask on my knees for your hand and your love!
Au revoir, Beauche; I'll keep the best palace in Moscow for you!
It was evident, too, that he was in the best of spirits that day.
Balashev said that in Russia the best results were expected from the war.
As there was not a single town or large village in the vicinity of the camp, the immense number of generals and courtiers accompanying the army were living in the best houses of the villages on both sides of the river, over a radius of six miles.
The best generals I have known were, on the contrary, stupid or absent-minded men.
Bagration was the best, Napoleon himself admitted that.
Not only does a good army commander not need any special qualities, on the contrary he needs the absence of the highest and best human attributes--love, poetry, tenderness, and philosophic inquiring doubt.
This simple thought could not occur to the doctors (as it cannot occur to a wizard that he is unable to work his charms) because the business of their lives was to cure, and they received money for it and had spent the best years of their lives on that business.
You will see everything best from where Count Bennigsen will be.
He had no thought of betraying us, he tried to do the best he could, he thought out everything, and that is why he is unsuitable.
Speaking thickly and with a faraway look in his shining eyes, he told the whole story of his life: his marriage, Natasha's love for his best friend, her betrayal of him, and all his own simple relations with her.
He indicated the stud farms at which Nicholas might procure horses, recommended to him a horse dealer in the town and a landowner fourteen miles out of town who had the best horses, and promised to assist him in every way.
The society gathered together at the governor's was the best in Voronezh.
He employed all his ability and strength to do the best he could for himself and his army, as he had done previously and as he did subsequently in 1813.
Kutuzov merely shrugged his shoulders when one after another they presented projects of maneuvers to be made with those soldiers-- ill-shod, insufficiently clad, and half starved--who within a month and without fighting a battle had dwindled to half their number, and who at the best if the flight continued would have to go a greater distance than they had already traversed, before they reached the frontier.
The French, avoiding the Russians, dispersed and hid themselves in the forest by night, making their way round as best they could, and continued their flight.
On the contrary, the army had never under the best material conditions presented a more cheerful and animated aspect.
Meanwhile Morel was sitting in the best place by the fire, surrounded by the soldiers.
The most cunning man could not have crept into her confidence more successfully, evoking memories of the best times of her youth and showing sympathy with them.
Pierre had evoked the passionate affection of the Italian merely by evoking the best side of his nature and taking a pleasure in so doing.
But best of all you have brought yourself back--for I never saw anything like it, you ought to give your wife a scolding!
But you also say that our oath of allegiance is a conditional matter, and to that I reply: 'You are my best friend, as you know, but if you formed a secret society and began working against the government- -be it what it may--I know it is my duty to obey the government.
The conversation at supper was not about politics or societies, but turned on the subject Nicholas liked best--recollections of 1812.
On the contrary, now is the best of all.
I know who wou best fwiend is.
At best, Alex would be courteous to him.
It was best to stay where she was, but she needed to let someone know she was here.
He didn't respond, and she thought it best to direct her energy to walking rather than talking.
Lisa did the best she could to draw a map on the small piece of paper.
Even though her skin now had a healthy tan, the sun was doing its best to burn it.
It was best to lie down and play dead?
So far, she seemed to be his best source of information, anyway.
It would be best to contact Connie tomorrow and tell her not to send mail.
From now on, I think it's best you stay around the house.
Best of all, she could save a substantial amount of money for a down payment on her own place.
In fact, she was so keyed up when she reached her apartment that she decided to call her best friend with the news.
From what I hear, he's pretty... frugal; I guess would be the best word.
Your boss says you're the best thing that ever happened to the diner.
The best way to beat the cold was to work up some heat.
It's the hunter that throws nature out of balance, selecting only the best game.
No; we promised to maintain your privacy but is that the best course?
I tried to think of the best way to explain my feelings.
It's every man's duty to do the best he knows how; and I'm going to do it.
He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.
Then, on Friday those who have done the best may stand up and read their compositions to the school.
"You may choose any subject that you like best," said the teacher.
If you'll come back to my house, you shall have the best room in it--yes, all the rooms if you wish.
"But the best part of it is the story which it tells," said their mother.
When eight years of age he was the best scholar at the famous school at Harrow.
Allow me to sing to you my latest and best song.
I see how human ingenuity and new technologies have eliminated previously insoluble problems once we stand back and let free markets do what they do best: direct the allocation of capital to find a solution.
But it is the biggest, best store ever, where you can buy anything from anywhere, based on reviews by other buyers, at a discount, and have it gift wrapped, engraved, altered, drop-shipped, and probably delivered by tomorrow.
A contest awhile back called for people to speculate what would be the best device to hook up to the Internet.
I'm not about to waste my best material on a machine!
What if a manufactured steak was as good as the best steak you have ever had?
At times, it may be best to just enjoy the meal and not ask too many questions.
When the leaders of nations decide war is the best choice, they should know better.
Free and peaceful societies function best when government is transparent and open.
American universities are thought by many to be among the best in the world.
All the friends I loved best, except one, have remained my own to the present time.
It is wonderful how rapidly yet perfectly the sand organizes itself as it flows, using the best material its mass affords to form the sharp edges of its channel.
"How evidently he belongs to the best society," said she to a third; and the vicomte was served up to the company in the choicest and most advantageous style, like a well-garnished joint of roast beef on a hot dish.
But think, Andrew: for a young society woman to be buried in the country during the best years of her life, all alone--for Papa is always busy, and I... well, you know what poor resources I have for entertaining a woman used to the best society.
Natasha, on the other hand, having put on her best gown, was in the highest spirits.
Ours must have got the best of it.
We have ten thousand carts, but we need other things as well--we must manage as best we can!
You're the best friend I've ever had and things around here could never be the same without you.
We will know how to live our lives to best maximize any and all factors.
The best way to make a chair, known only by a few craftsmen, would be used to make all the chairs better.
That can best be understood by studying wealth and poverty in history.
Even in the best, most friendly and simplest relations of life, praise and commendation are essential, just as grease is necessary to wheels that they may run smoothly.
Perhaps I spoil her, but really that seems the best plan.
I have tried many machines, and I find the Hammond is the best adapted to the peculiar needs of my work.
All the best of me belongs to her--there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch.
They must have been close, and yet, to the best of her memory, Alex had not spoken of Gerald.
This spending of the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it reminds me of the Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet.