He merely asked if she was alright.
Ed merely looked at them and then back at Carmen.
I merely wanted to help.
Unsure how to respond, she merely stood there, hands at her side.
This is not merely a linguistic distinction.
He wasn't trying to be rude; he was merely fending off an uncomfortable subject.
Maybe she and Mary were merely his friends.
For a moment he merely stared at her, his expression unreadable.
She plodded on, willing herself to take each step, not thinking of the miles to go, but merely getting through one more painful step.
He was merely a private person - private and unsociable.
They were fully dressed and he was merely rubbing her back.
Maybe it was merely love that made her view him that way, but considering all the second and third glances he got from other women, she doubted it.
A quick look revealed the speedometer was nearing the ninety mark - or did it merely look like it from her seat?
Had it meant anything at all to Cade, or was it merely a moment of desire?
He was merely trying to get her to go out more.
No, you assumed that - and I merely kept my mouth shut.
And if the civilized man's pursuits are no worthier than the savage's, if he is employed the greater part of his life in obtaining gross necessaries and comforts merely, why should he have a better dwelling than the former?
In her view the aim of every religion was merely to preserve certain proprieties while affording satisfaction to human desires.
Maybe he was merely overprotective.
Then you don't know if he was merely giving you an opportunity to leave.
If he had buttered up to her, it was merely to make his job easier.
Was she blinded by love now, or had she merely been unobservant before?
Was she always misinterpreting his intent, or was he merely quick-witted enough to think of a good excuse on the spur of the moment?
At Jonathan's inquiring look, she merely said, "Something doesn't feel right."
But, answers one, by merely paying this tax, the poor civilized man secures an abode which is a palace compared with the savage's.
Was she merely a female to hold for the evening - or was this what he had been trying to tell her for so long?
Later, when Katie asked what happened, she merely said it didn't work.
The battle of Borodino was not fought on a chosen and entrenched position with forces only slightly weaker than those of the enemy, but, as a result of the loss of the Shevardino Redoubt, the Russians fought the battle of Borodino on an open and almost unentrenched position, with forces only half as numerous as the French; that is to say, under conditions in which it was not merely unthinkable to fight for ten hours and secure an indecisive result, but unthinkable to keep an army even from complete disintegration and flight.
He was merely admiring it.
Was it merely another game he was playing with her mind?
Unable to trust her voice, she merely shook her head.
And we are always most glad of what we not merely see our friends enjoy, but of what we give them to enjoy.
Had anyone actually told her that or had she merely assumed it?
At that moment it occurred to her that Michael merely enjoyed a good chase.
Was it merely a facade, or did he always have a clear view of where he was headed and the confidence to get him there?
The fact that Alex stopped to see Lori merely gave Carmen time to get cleaned up.
I am not merely civil to him but obey him like a corporal, though I am his senior.
It would not take place because the commanders not merely all recognized the position to be impossible, but in their conversations were only discussing what would happen after its inevitable abandonment.
I think she was merely directing the comment at you because she thought you might want to know.
Was it merely personality conflict or sibling rivalry?
Maybe he was merely angry because she had gone wandering in the woods after he had warned her against it.
You see, you have merely delayed my rule.
Was he merely a change in pace?
The vicomte merely shrugged his shoulders.
It is merely necessary to select some larger or smaller unit as the subject of observation--as criticism has every right to do, seeing that whatever unit history observes must always be arbitrarily selected.
Kissing had always been merely a means to an end for him, but not with Elisabeth.
There was no point in responding, so Carmen merely shrugged and followed Alex to one of the kidding stalls.
And He is happier than any of us because He is greater than any of us, and also because He not merely SEES your happiness as we do, but He also MADE it.
Now, on a regular basis, videos appear which bring to life something that would otherwise be merely an ill-formed image in our minds.
It is partly his taste, and not merely his misfortune.
Apparently he was merely looking for companionship - his kind.
When she reminded him that he was going over the thousand-dollar figure he had thrown out, he merely shrugged.
In jest, he stated that Jonathan was merely seeking the best fashion example he could find.
Her words were accompanied by a punch to his arm, one that merely earned her an impatient look.
When Princess Mary heard from Nicholas that her brother was with the Rostovs at Yaroslavl she at once prepared to go there, in spite of her aunt's efforts to dissuade her--and not merely to go herself but to take her nephew with her.
Their differences couldn't be merely heritage.
Maybe that pathway merely led to a barn.
He does not drink merely to be drinking.
The one is commonly transitory, a sound, a tongue, a dialect merely, almost brutish, and we learn it unconsciously, like the brutes, of our mothers.
Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence.
And all you have of hope and strength merely weighs you down and torments you with regret.
If he were now to leave Moscow like everyone else, his flight from home, the peasant coat, the pistol, and his announcement to the Rostovs that he would remain in Moscow would all become not merely meaningless but contemptible and ridiculous, and to this Pierre was very sensitive.
Nicholas was in such good spirits that this merely amused him.
When he met her again in Voronezh the impression she made on him was not merely pleasing but powerful.
To him Davout was not merely a French general, but a man notorious for his cruelty.
Bennigsen's note and the Cossack's information that the left flank of the French was unguarded were merely final indications that it was necessary to order an attack, and it was fixed for the fifth of October.
The whole battle consisted in what Orlov-Denisov's Cossacks had done: the rest of the army merely lost some hundreds of men uselessly.
He not merely did nothing of the kind, but on the contrary he used his power to select the most foolish and ruinous of all the courses open to him.
Kutuzov saw this and merely sighed and shrugged his shoulders.
This was merely a test for him.
On three occasions, he merely influenced his victims, quickly fed, and made them forget him.
She acted graciously with all the guests, yet he could pick up subtle nuances that affirmed whether she was speaking to someone who genuinely understood art, or a snob who merely bought it to be in vogue.
She was not merely singing; she was experiencing the music.
She could play him like a fiddle - or was Alex merely that amiable?
Our friend Oz is merely a humbug wizard, for he once proved it to me.
You would know before you received a treatment how likely it was to work for you—not merely how likely it was to work for the larger population, but for you.
Some things are really necessaries of life in some circles, the most helpless and diseased, which in others are luxuries merely, and in others still are entirely unknown.
We have adopted Christianity merely as an improved method of agri-culture.
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.
What reasonable man ever supposed that ornaments were something outward and in the skin merely--that the tortoise got his spotted shell, or the shell-fish its mother-o'-pearl tints, by such a contract as the inhabitants of Broadway their Trinity Church?
I do not mean that exactly, but I mean something which he might think a good deal like that; I mean that they should not play life, or study it merely, while the community supports them at this expensive game, but earnestly live it from beginning to end.
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 you give money, spend yourself with it, and do not merely abandon it to them.
The crowds of men who merely spoke the Greek and Latin tongues in the Middle Ages were not entitled by the accident of birth to read the works of genius written in those languages; for these were not written in that Greek or Latin which they knew, but in the select language of literature.
Will you be a reader, a student merely, or a seer?
It is new information and not merely a repetition of what was presented in the first chapter.
If I suggested any improvement in his mode of life, he merely answered, without expressing any regret, that it was too late.
They suggest not merely the purity of infancy, but a wisdom clarified by experience.
The barberry's brilliant fruit was likewise food for my eyes merely; but I collected a small store of wild apples for coddling, which the proprietor and travellers had overlooked.
Cooking was then, for the most part, no longer a poetic, but merely a chemic process.
It is true, we are such poor navigators that our thoughts, for the most part, stand off and on upon a harborless coast, are conversant only with the bights of the bays of poesy, or steer for the public ports of entry, and go into the dry docks of science, where they merely refit for this world, and no natural currents concur to individualize them.
Like the water, the Walden ice, seen near at hand, has a green tint, but at a distance is beautifully blue, and you can easily tell it from the white ice of the river, or the merely greenish ice of some ponds, a quarter of a mile off.
How can a man be satisfied to entertain an opinion merely, and enjoy it?
To Pierre he said nothing, merely giving his arm a sympathetic squeeze below the shoulder.
I never could understand the fondness some people have for confusing their minds by dwelling on mystical books that merely awaken their doubts and excite their imagination, giving them a bent for exaggeration quite contrary to Christian simplicity.
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.
If not it is merely a question of settling where the preliminaries of the new Campo Formio are to be drawn up.
But even if he also took up a position in the Thuerassa, he merely saves us a great deal of trouble and all our arrangements to the minutest detail remain the same.
This unpleasant impression merely flitted over the young and happy face of the Emperor like a cloud of haze across a clear sky and vanished.
One officer told Rostov that he had seen someone from headquarters behind the village to the left, and thither Rostov rode, not hoping to find anyone but merely to ease his conscience.
And suddenly, in the most casual tone, which made him feel ashamed of himself, he said, as if merely asking his father to let him have the carriage to drive to town:
Napoleon merely laid the cross on Lazarev's breast and, dropping his hand, turned toward Alexander as though sure that the cross would adhere there.
Crowds of officers and civilians drew near merely to see him.
Your father, a man of the last century, evidently stands above our contemporaries who so condemn this measure which merely reestablishes natural justice.
It seemed to me that his object in entering the Brotherhood was merely to be intimate and in favor with members of our lodge.
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.
He was received in the best houses not merely as a doctor, but as an equal.
She was by now decidedly plain, but thought herself not merely as good-looking as before but even far more attractive.
Next morning Marya Dmitrievna took the young ladies to the Iberian shrine of the Mother of God and to Madame Suppert-Roguet, who was so afraid of Marya Dmitrievna that she always let her have costumes at a loss merely to get rid of her.
During the ecossaise, which she also danced with him, Anatole said nothing when they happened to be by themselves, but merely gazed at her.
All the efforts of those who surrounded the sovereign seemed directed merely to making him spend his time pleasantly and forget that war was impending.
Napoleon was in that state of irritability in which a man has to talk, talk, and talk, merely to convince himself that he is in the right.
In the course of conversation he mentioned Moscow and questioned Balashev about the Russian capital, not merely as an interested traveler asks about a new city he intends to visit, but as if convinced that Balashev, as a Russian, must be flattered by his curiosity.
She had merely become more self-confident, Prince Andrew thought.
A man who simply wished to retain his lucrative post would today agree with Pfuel, tomorrow with his opponent, and the day after, merely to avoid responsibility or to please the Emperor, would declare that he had no opinion at all on the matter.
So when Prince Volkonski, who was in the chair, called on him to give his opinion, he merely said:
Now he rode beside Ilyin under the birch trees, occasionally plucking leaves from a branch that met his hand, sometimes touching his horse's side with his foot, or, without turning round, handing a pipe he had finished to an hussar riding behind him, with as calm and careless an air as though he were merely out for a ride.
She not merely avoided all external forms of pleasure--balls, promenades, concerts, and theaters--but she never laughed without a sound of tears in her laughter.
When, having bought the coat merely with the object of taking part among the people in the defense of Moscow, Pierre had met the Rostovs and Natasha had said to him: Are you remaining in Moscow?...
But when he returned to the house convinced that Moscow would not be defended, he suddenly felt that what before had seemed to him merely a possibility had now become absolutely necessary and inevitable.
The beast wounded at Borodino was lying where the fleeing hunter had left him; but whether he was still alive, whether he was strong and merely lying low, the hunter did not know.
In both cases his personal activity, having no more force than the personal activity of any soldier, merely coincided with the laws that guided the event.
His anger with his wife and anxiety that his name should not be smirched now seemed not merely trivial but even amusing.
The man who does not understand the construction of the machine cannot conceive that the small connecting cogwheel which revolves quietly is one of the most essential parts of the machine, and not the shaving which merely harms and hinders the working.
The boy, thrusting his cold hands into his pockets and lifting his eyebrows, looked at Denisov in affright, but in spite of an evident desire to say all he knew gave confused answers, merely assenting to everything Denisov asked him.
They understood that the saddles and Junot's spoon might be of some use, but that cold and hungry soldiers should have to stand and guard equally cold and hungry Russians who froze and lagged behind on the road (in which case the order was to shoot them) was not merely incomprehensible but revolting.
And Napoleon, escaping home in a warm fur coat and leaving to perish those who were not merely his comrades but were (in his opinion) men he had brought there, feels que c'est grand, *(2) and his soul is tranquil.
And it occurs to no one that to admit a greatness not commensurable with the standard of right and wrong is merely to admit one's own nothingness and immeasurable meanness.
If the aim of the Russians consisted in cutting off and capturing Napoleon and his marshals--and that aim was not merely frustrated but all attempts to attain it were most shamefully baffled--then this last period of the campaign is quite rightly considered by the French to be a series of victories, and quite wrongly considered victorious by Russian historians.
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.
Not merely in these cases but continually did that old man--who by experience of life had reached the conviction that thoughts and the words serving as their expression are not what move people--use quite meaningless words that happened to enter his head.
And he understood this not merely from the attitude of the court.
All this at the time seemed merely strange to Pierre: he felt he could not grasp its significance.
That search for the aim of life had not merely disappeared temporarily--he felt that it no longer existed for him and could not present itself again.
All his life he had looked over the heads of the men around him, when he should have merely looked in front of him without straining his eyes.
He had equipped himself with a mental telescope and looked into remote space, where petty worldliness hiding itself in misty distance had seemed to him great and infinite merely because it was not clearly seen.
Pierre did not in any way seek her approval, he merely studied her with interest.
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.
It merely reminds me of her.
The peasant seemed to him not merely a tool, but also a judge of farming and an end in himself.
He did not allow himself either to be hard on or punish a man, or to make things easy for or reward anyone, merely because he felt inclined to do so.
She felt that the allurements instinct had formerly taught her to use would now be merely ridiculous in the eyes of her husband, to whom she had from the first moment given herself up entirely--that is, with her whole soul, leaving no corner of it hidden from him.
Their way of life and place of residence, their acquaintances and ties, Natasha's occupations, the children's upbringing, were all selected not merely with regard to Pierre's expressed wishes, but to what Natasha from the thoughts he expressed in conversation supposed his wishes to be.
She had to eat, sleep, think, speak, weep, work, give vent to her anger, and so on, merely because she had a stomach, a brain, muscles, nerves, and a liver.
Not merely is it not hostile to government, but it is a society of true conservatives--a society of gentlemen in the full meaning of that word.
This conception is the one handle by means of which the material of history, as at present expounded, can be dealt with, and anyone who breaks that handle off, as Buckle did, without finding some other method of treating historical material, merely deprives himself of the one possible way of dealing with it.
As gold is gold only if it is serviceable not merely for exchange but also for use, so universal historians will be valuable only when they can reply to history's essential question: what is power?
And experience tells us that power is not merely a word but an actually existing phenomenon.
Power, from the standpoint of experience, is merely the relation that exists between the expression of someone's will and the execution of that will by others.
Wherever the ship may go, the rush of water which neither directs nor increases its movement foams ahead of it, and at a distance seems to us not merely to move of itself but to govern the ship's movement also.
They do not see that the role of the natural sciences in this matter is merely to serve as an instrument for the illumination of one side of it.
But in the Crusades we already see an event occupying its definite place in history and without which we cannot imagine the modern history of Europe, though to the chroniclers of the Crusades that event appeared as merely due to the will of certain people.
All knowledge is merely a bringing of this essence of life under the laws of reason.
He merely wanted to establish his authority, so the others would follow his lead.
It merely confirmed that she had left childhood behind... quite gracefully.
Obviously his remark was merely a prelude to a lecture.
She knows men are attracted to her beauty, but she doesn't realize it's merely what gets them to her door.
It wasn't merely chance that Bordeaux had found her.
Was it merely coincidence that her lease would be up next Friday and the landlord was raising the rent?
I was merely expressing a personal opinion.
But Chad merely stopped selling his labor to the employer for that price.
And you could feel good about it; after all, you would be increasing efficiency, not merely acting as a leech to the system.
But this is merely a footnote, an asterisk in the record book of humanity.
We've seen this: If you are running for president of the United States, merely using the words "freeze" and "Social Security" in the same sentence has the retirees of the nation heating up pots of tar and emptying their down pillows.
The advances were not merely mechanical but chemical as well.
The "examinations" mentioned in this letter were merely tests given in the school, but as they were old Harvard papers, it is evident that in some subjects Miss Keller was already fairly well prepared for Radcliffe.
They make shift to live merely by conformity, practically as their fathers did, and are in no sense the progenitors of a noble race of men.
To anticipate, not the sunrise and the dawn merely, but, if possible, Nature herself!
The manufacturers have learned that this taste is merely whimsical.
It is not barbarous merely because the printing is skin-deep and unalterable.
He was merely a man of the world who had got on and to whom getting on had become a habit.
Of these plans he had not merely one or two in his head but dozens, some only beginning to form themselves, some approaching achievement, and some in course of disintegration.
Just as in a clock, the result of the complicated motion of innumerable wheels and pulleys is merely a slow and regular movement of the hands which show the time, so the result of all the complicated human activities of 160,000 Russians and French--all their passions, desires, remorse, humiliations, sufferings, outbursts of pride, fear, and enthusiasm--was only the loss of the battle of Austerlitz, the so-called battle of the three Emperors--that is to say, a slow movement of the hand on the dial of human history.
Sometimes it seemed to him that other people were all as pleased as he was himself and merely tried to hide that pleasure by pretending to be busy with other interests.
She was merely dedicated.
He had merely understood that the woman he had known as a child, of whom when her beauty was mentioned he had said absent-mindedly: "Yes, she's good looking," he had understood that this woman might belong to him.
Fritz and Royce exchanged knowing glances and Pete merely nodded.
Circumstances had merely presented the perfect opportunity.
I merely said it wasn't fair.
Without protections in place, the strong merely prey on the weak.