Was that the cause of the tension?
He probably hasn't had any cause to speak French.
He was quiet long enough to rouse her interest, and she glanced up to determine the cause of his silence.
In the next few minutes she had reason to believe that wasn't his only cause for concern.
It would only cause him more trouble, both with the trip and wagging tongues.
Does human activity cause the planet to warm?
You've never given us cause to punish you.
But it hardly seems possible that any mere words should convey to one who has never seen a mountain the faintest idea of its grandeur; and I don't see how any one is ever to know what impression she did receive, or the cause of her pleasure in what was told her about it.
A third asserts that the cause of its movement lies in the smoke which the wind carries away.
Miss Keller's reading of the manual alphabet by her sense of touch seems to cause some perplexity.
He very readily took up Boris' cause and went with him to Dolgorukov.
It's too bad he's convinced it's your tests that cause the visions.
We all serve the same cause of protecting those weaker than us from evil.
The cause of the destruction of the French army in 1812 is clear to us now.
Betty-Boop or whatever your name is, if you tarry much longer I may be forced to introduce myself, though taking you, at least at this time, would cause a mild alteration to my carefully formulated plans.
They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them.
Whatever the European sovereigns and commanders may do to countenance Bonaparte, and to cause me, and us in general, annoyance and mortification, our opinion of Bonaparte cannot alter.
All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.
The discovery of these laws is only possible when we have quite abandoned the attempt to find the cause in the will of some one man, just as the discovery of the laws of the motion of the planets was possible only when men abandoned the conception of the fixity of the earth.
Pierre's insanity consisted in not waiting, as he used to do, to discover personal attributes which he termed "good qualities" in people before loving them; his heart was now overflowing with love, and by loving people without cause he discovered indubitable causes for loving them.
The cause of this is my egotism.
Go when you please, and I give you my word of honor that no one shall dare to cause you annoyance if only you will allow me to act as your escort.
But though I do not know what causes the cold winds to blow when the oak buds unfold, I cannot agree with the peasants that the unfolding of the oak buds is the cause of the cold wind, for the force of the wind is beyond the influence of the buds.
The chief cause of the wastage of Napoleon's army was the rapidity of its movement, and a convincing proof of this is the corresponding decrease of the Russian army.
He met her gaze soberly, probably seeking the cause of her distress.
He drew back and looked down at her with troubled eyes, seeking the cause for her lack of response.
Mrs. Keller writes me that before her illness Helen made signs for everything, and her mother thought this habit the cause of her slowness in learning to speak.
Associations formed elsewhere, springing from a feeling of humanity, or any other cause, have nothing whatever to do with it.
Prince Bagration screwed up his eyes, looked round, and, seeing the cause of the confusion, turned away with indifference, as if to say, "Is it worth while noticing trifles?"
She felt agitated and tormented, and the cause of this was Kuragin whom she could not help watching.
Why should that cause the masses to riot?
Not only did his reason not reproach him for what he had done, but he even found cause for self-satisfaction in having so successfully contrived to avail himself of a convenient opportunity to punish a criminal and at the same time pacify the mob.
They were so near that they thought they were the cause of the firing and shouting.
Nicholas was allowed no respite and no peace, and those who had seemed to pity the old man--the cause of their losses (if they were losses)--now remorselessly pursued the young heir who had voluntarily undertaken the debts and was obviously not guilty of contracting them.
He suddenly felt sorry for her and was vaguely conscious that he might be the cause of the sadness her face expressed.
And remembering his former tenderness, and looking now at his kind, sorrowful face, she suddenly understood the cause of his coldness.
Yes, but it's a secret society and therefore a hostile and harmful one which can only cause harm.
In describing a war or the subjugation of a people, a general historian looks for the cause of the event not in the power of one man, but in the interaction of many persons connected with the event.
Peasants having no clear idea of the cause of rain, say, according to whether they want rain or fine weather: "The wind has blown the clouds away," or, "The wind has brought up the clouds."
But why intellectual activity is considered by the historians of culture to be the cause or expression of the whole historical movement is hard to understand.
The historians, in accord with the old habit of acknowledging divine intervention in human affairs, want to see the cause of events in the expression of the will of someone endowed with power, but that supposition is not confirmed either by reason or by experience.
On the other hand, even if we admitted that words could be the cause of events, history shows that the expression of the will of historical personages does not in most cases produce any effect, that is to say, their commands are often not executed, and sometimes the very opposite of what they order occurs.
Without admitting divine intervention in the affairs of humanity we cannot regard "power" as the cause of events.
But even if--imagining a man quite exempt from all influences, examining only his momentary action in the present, unevoked by any cause--we were to admit so infinitely small a remainder of inevitability as equaled zero, we should even then not have arrived at the conception of complete freedom in man, for a being uninfluenced by the external world, standing outside of time and independent of cause, is no longer a man.
In the second case, if freedom were possible without inevitability we should have arrived at unconditioned freedom beyond space, time, and cause, which by the fact of its being unconditioned and unlimited would be nothing, or mere content without form.
He must have sensed the cause of her sudden withdrawal, and spoke gently.
All I do is cause pain.
At first she though exhaustion might be the cause, but when he started working longer hours, it was obvious that wasn't the case.
What we call "heart disease" will become hundreds of individual conditions each with its own cause and, hopefully, cure.
But in spite of the relative economic displacement they all cause, free trade, outsourcing, and technological displacement all have a positive net effect on the economics of the planet.
Just as there is no single cause of war, there will be no single way that war will end.
One cause for the excellence of her letters is the great number of them.
She could not keep back her tears, and the chief cause of her pain seemed to be the fear lest people should doubt her truthfulness.
* "Forty thousand men massacred and the army of our allies destroyed, and you find that a cause for jesting!"
His despair was all the greater from feeling that his own weakness was the cause of his grief.
Unobservant as was the little princess, these tears, the cause of which she did not understand, agitated her.
The cause of the delay was Natasha's skirt, which was too long.
She was the cause of it all.
Prince Andrew talked incessantly, arguing now with his father, now with the Swiss tutor Dessalles, and showing an unnatural animation, the cause of which Pierre so well understood.
Napoleon was in that well-known after-dinner mood which, more than any reasoned cause, makes a man contented with himself and disposed to consider everyone his friend.
When one thinks who and what--what trash--can cause people misery! he said with a malignity that alarmed Princess Mary.
She understood that when speaking of "trash" he referred not only to Mademoiselle Bourienne, the cause of her misery, but also to the man who had ruined his own happiness.
That arousing of the people by their sovereign and his call to them to defend their country--the very incitement which was the chief cause of Russia's triumph in so far as it was produced by the Tsar's personal presence in Moscow--was suggested to the Emperor, and accepted by him, as a pretext for quitting the army.
Adraksin was in uniform, and whether as a result of the uniform or from some other cause Pierre saw before him quite a different man.
The faces all expressed animation and apprehension, but it seemed to Pierre that the cause of the excitement shown in some of these faces lay chiefly in questions of personal success; his mind, however, was occupied by the different expression he saw on other faces--an expression that spoke not of personal matters but of the universal questions of life and death.
What was the cause of this movement, by what laws was it governed? asks the mind of man.
But the mind of man not only refuses to believe this explanation, but plainly says that this method of explanation is fallacious, because in it a weaker phenomenon is taken as the cause of a stronger.
I see only a coincidence of occurrences such as happens with all the phenomena of life, and I see that however much and however carefully I observe the hands of the watch, and the valves and wheels of the engine, and the oak, I shall not discover the cause of the bells ringing, the engine moving, or of the winds of spring.
All that was done around her and to her at this time, all the attention devoted to her by so many clever men and expressed in such pleasant, refined ways, and the state of dove-like purity she was now in (she wore only white dresses and white ribbons all that time) gave her pleasure, but her pleasure did not cause her for a moment to forget her aim.
They laughed and were gay not because there was any reason to laugh, but because gaiety and mirth were in their hearts and so everything that happened was a cause for gaiety and laughter to them.
"Fancy the Emperor's position!" said they, and instead of extolling Kutuzov as they had done the day before, they condemned him as the cause of the Emperor's anxiety.
There is, and can be, no cause of an historical event except the one cause of all causes.
But even if we admitted that Kutuzov, Chichagov, and others were the cause of the Russian failures, it is still incomprehensible why, the position of the Russian army being what it was at Krasnoe and at the Berezina (in both cases we had superior forces), the French army with its marshals, kings, and Emperor was not captured, if that was what the Russians aimed at.
So that examining the relation in time of the commands to the events, we find that a command can never be the cause of the event, but that a certain definite dependence exists between the two.
Morally the wielder of power appears to cause the event; physically it is those who submit to the power.
Or in other words, the conception of a cause is inapplicable to the phenomena we are examining.
When we do not at all understand the cause of an action, whether a crime, a good action, or even one that is simply nonmoral, we ascribe a greater amount of freedom to it.
If we have a large range of examples, if our observation is constantly directed to seeking the correlation of cause and effect in people's actions, their actions appear to us more under compulsion and less free the more correctly we connect the effects with the causes.
(3) The connection between cause and effect has no beginning and can have no end.
But just as the subject of every science is the manifestation of this unknown essence of life while that essence itself can only be the subject of metaphysics, even the manifestation of the force of free will in human beings in space, in time, and in dependence on cause forms the subject of history, while free will itself is the subject of metaphysics.
The same is done by the natural sciences: leaving aside the question of cause, they seek for laws.
We don't know if the cause is the power sources, some or more of the plants or the room itself.
That proves it isn't the plants or location that are the cause of your visions.
We knew some of our tips never came to fruition simply because authorities lacked the probable cause to arrest the perpetrator.
"Just fighting for a higher cause," Jule said with a smile.
Matters of warrants and probable cause escaped his wife's rationale, replaced by her conscience, which stood firmly in charge.
Cynthia continued to cling to Martha as if letting go would somehow cause the child to disappear.
If you cause more damage, Darkyn said in a soft, lethal voice.
They were the kind of fangs a man fantasized about, not too large to cause damage but sharp enough to offer an exquisite combination of pleasure and pain if she nipped him.
Would cause an even worse rampage.
A recording of every cause and effect.
Say, for instance, you believe redheads cause more traffic accidents than those with other colors of hair.
And second, people are really bad at connecting cause and effect in their lives when it comes to things like this.
We tend to notice every time the expected effect is triggered by the cause, but may not notice all the times it isn't.
If my mother happened to be near I crept into her arms, too miserable even to remember the cause of the tempest.
I felt my teacher sweep the fragments to one side of the hearth, and I had a sense of satisfaction that the cause of my discomfort was removed.
Of course, he soon noticed the brightness of the leaves, and discovered the cause, too, when he caught sight of the broken jars and vases from which the melted treasure was still dropping.
Of course, he had not gone far when he noticed the brightness of the leaves, and he quickly guessed the cause when he saw the broken jars from which the treasure was still dropping.
However, I should never have broken a horse or bull and taken him to board for any work he might do for me, for fear I should become a horseman or a herdsman merely; and if society seems to be the gainer by so doing, are we certain that what is one man's gain is not another's loss, and that the stable-boy has equal cause with his master to be satisfied?
If it should continue so long as to cause the seeds to rot in the ground and destroy the potatoes in the low lands, it would still be good for the grass on the uplands, and, being good for the grass, it would be good for me.
Don't you understand that either we are officers serving our Tsar and our country, rejoicing in the successes and grieving at the misfortunes of our common cause, or we are merely lackeys who care nothing for their master's business.
The cause of this indisposition was the strong impression made on his sensitive mind by the sight of the killed and wounded.
The cause of the confusion was that while the Austrian cavalry was moving toward our left flank, the higher command found that our center was too far separated from our right flank and the cavalry were all ordered to turn back to the right.
Abandoning the conception of cause, mathematics seeks law, that is, the property common to all unknown, infinitely small, elements.
Actually, her first morning of sickness had been unpleasant, until she discovered the cause was pregnancy.
How long would it take her to adapt to this culture?
They almost never enjoyed the first meal of the day outside of Bird Song, but the holiday was cause for exception.
What else had she broken to cause Gabriel so much hardship?
Even when they didn't understand the cause, they empathized with the emotion.
Maybe that was the cause of the nightmares.
So our ability to find cause and effect in that—and to really discern fact from fallacy, what's good from what's bad for us—is highly suspect.
I remember how unbearable I used to find the inquisitiveness of my friends' children; but I know now that these questions indicate the child's growing interest in the cause of things.
Suddenly Dolokhov made a backward movement with his spine, and his arm trembled nervously; this was sufficient to cause his whole body to slip as he sat on the sloping ledge.
"What is that?" asked the countess as if she did not know what the visitor alluded to, though she had already heard about the cause of Count Bezukhov's distress some fifteen times.
Religion alone can explain to us what without its help man cannot comprehend: why, for what cause, kind and noble beings able to find happiness in life--not merely harming no one but necessary to the happiness of others--are called away to God, while cruel, useless, harmful persons, or such as are a burden to themselves and to others, are left living.
It was a war for a great cause, the end of uncertainties and the beginning of security.
And without considering the multiplicity and complexity of the conditions any one of which taken separately may seem to be the cause, he snatches at the first approximation to a cause that seems to him intelligible and says: "This is the cause!"
There is undoubtedly a cause and effect between what we eat and our health, but I believe it is still poorly understood.
Now, let's move on to the political factors that will cause war to cease.
What would have seemed difficult or even impossible to another woman did not cause the least embarrassment to Countess Bezukhova, who evidently deserved her reputation of being a very clever woman.
However inaccessible to us may be the cause of the expression of will in any action, our own or another's, the first demand of reason is the assumption of and search for a cause, for without a cause no phenomenon is conceivable.
It was Brandon who kept coming back to Ouray year after year when you'd think the loathsome thing that happened here would cause him to despise the place.