Why should not established institutions proceed upon the customary and convenient methods of routine, while the delights of existence were augmented, manners polished, arts developed, and a golden age of epicurean ease made decent by a state religion which no one cared to break with because no one was left to regard it seriously?
Still, sometimes he's decent enough that I think there's more to him.
On the death of Ignatius, probably in October 878, Photius, after a decent show of reluctance, again filled the patriarchal throne.
"Ikir wouldn't spring for somewhere decent?" she asked, looking around in disgust.
The Government of Ireland Bill gave no protection to landowners, but as the crisis was mainly agrarian, it would have been hardly decent to make no show of considering them.
King Leopold was personally a man of considerable attainments and much strength of character, but he was a notoriously dissolute monarch, who even to the last offended decent opinion by his indulgences at Paris and on the Riviera.
We have a comparatively decent system of common schools, schools for infants only; but excepting the half-starved Lyceum in the winter, and latterly the puny beginning of a library suggested by the State, no school for ourselves.
He deserves a decent burial.
The modern system of hygiene is in great part founded upon Decent pathology.
They demand that the persons should show a desire for amendment; they subject them to firm discipline, and give them hard work; they give them decent clothes, and strive to win them to a Christian life.
He.d come to keep an eye on her and, allegedly, to help his brothers on the Council, though not even he believed he had a decent bone in his body.
I appreciate you helping me, Xander, and for being somewhat decent to my cousin.
A cynicism so unblushing shocked even the seasoned diplomats of the congress, who would have preferred that the king should have made a decent show of yielding to force.
They wear a minimum of covering, but, unlike the Melanesians, are strictly decent, while they are more moral than the Polynesians.
At present, they win hands down on "less expensive" and put in a decent showing on a couple more factors.
They say we are going to Olmutz, and Olmutz is a very decent town.
I haven't eaten a decent meal in weeks.
"Don't try to be decent now," she murmured.
The decent burial of the dead was a matter especially provided for by the Roman laws.
Miss Cons, whose social work in Lambeth had made her well acquainted with the difficulties of providing decent amusement at a cheap rate for the people of the neighbourhood, obtained an interest in the building about 1880.
But it is, in fact, only another illustration of the manner in which Philip's position and power enabled him to place a decent disguise on the real nature of the change.
A means of indescribable torture to a decent man and a prolific source of vice and crime to a criminal.
Philo, De decent oraculis, 9, i I, and the Midrash on Ps.
Even after leaving prison he was necessarily an outcast from decent circles, and he lived mainly on the Continent, under the name of "Sebastian Melmoth."
Those taking part in processions are to walk bare-headed (weather permitting), two and two, in decent costume, and with reverent mien; clergy and laity, men and women, are to walk separately.
Decent wasn't the word she'd ever use for Rhyn.
"I haven't had a decent shower in a week," she said, tossing him her knives.
The officers of the Church during the first few centuries of its existence were content to officiate in the dress of civil life, though their garments were expected to be scrupulously clean and of decent quality.
Almost the only decent buildings are the governor's palace, the British residency and the houses of some well-to-do merchants.
Many even of these readings merely relate to variations of spelling, pronunciation or grammatical forms; others substitute a more decent expression for the coarser phrase of the text, but in some instances the suggested reading really affects the sense of the passage.
Early in his term he carried out a policy he had urged upon the government when minister to France and when vice-president, by dispatching naval forces to coerce Tripoli into a decent respect for the trade of his country - the first in Christendom to gain honourable immunity from tribute or piracy in the Mediterranean.