We have fallen into the habit of anthropomorphizing computers and robots for a simple reason: The more we program them to do things that we presently do, the more we think of them as being like us.
I was growing to love this town, with its simple history, proud of its old homes and field stone fences, telling the world it was a place worth staying.
He needed a written map to perform simple chores like finding a grocery store or getting around Boston.
It seemed simple enough.
Darkness moved in quickly now, and he knew he'd soon need help and more light than a simple flashlight to locate a wreck, if in fact a vehicle had plunged to the valley floor, a hundred or more feet below.
The latter wished to send her some books; but she could not find anything simple enough for her!
Why should not our furniture be as simple as the Arab's or the Indian's?
The prince was surprised that so simple an idea had not occurred to him, and he applied for advice to the holy brethren of the Society of Jesus, with whom he was on intimate terms.
It was then Cynthia renewed her simple earlier suggestion.
She had learned the printed letters, and for some time had amused herself by making simple sentences, using slips on which the words were printed in raised letters; but these sentences had no special relation to one another.
Of course, it would be simple to say she died in childbirth.
Yet how different is the life of these simple country folks from that of the Persian capital!
In one room some little tots were standing before the blackboard, painfully constructing "simple sentences."
At that moment this all seemed quite easy, simple, and clear to Natasha.
The soft sand in the ravine would make it simple for the Indians to detect where they had emerged.
He looked down, and she bounded to the kitchen, surprised to find her breathing ragged after such a simple kiss.
If not for Gabriel, past-Death had no reason to want to try to leave the simple existence of a soul.
It was a simple deal.
"I want to see Gabriel happy," was the simple response.
A poor person with a six-year-old car today has more wealth than a poor person with a six-year-old car did back in 1911, for the simple reason that cars are so much better now.
I have already told her in simple language of the beautiful and helpful life of Jesus, and of His cruel death.
A simple yes or no would have sufficed.
Obtaining hard and fast evidence was their not-always simple chore.
His simple words turned her inside out, and yet, what would he want with a woman like her?
She pulled her hair into a simple French twist, the kind she wore to work, and applied her make-up carefully.
Damian twisted, surprised to find his body stiff with the simple movement.
Martha, whose stay with them was at first a simple good deed, then a delight and now so very much more.
Both wished there was a simple means of communicating this information to the child.
"If I make this bone public there'll be a bushel of paper work," Jake said in his usual keep-it-simple fashion.
Simple. Because of Darkyn's bitch, I've got a price on my head from the Dark One.
It was a simple kiss that had no reason to quicken her pulse, but it did.
It was all very simple and horrible.
And they with their simple, kind, firm faces surrounded his benefactor on all sides.
It was plain that l'amour which the Frenchman was so fond of was not that low and simple kind that Pierre had once felt for his wife, nor was it the romantic love stimulated by himself that he experienced for Natasha.
The governor was a brisk little man, very simple and affable.
Their conversation was very simple and unimportant.
But how simple it is.
His last days and hours passed in an ordinary and simple way.
So it came about that at the council at Malo-Yaroslavets, when the generals pretending to confer together expressed various opinions, all mouths were closed by the opinion uttered by the simple-minded soldier Mouton who, speaking last, said what they all felt: that the one thing needful was to get away as quickly as possible; and no one, not even Napoleon, could say anything against that truth which they all recognized.
While imprisoned in the shed Pierre had learned not with his intellect but with his whole being, by life itself, that man is created for happiness, that happiness is within him, in the satisfaction of simple human needs, and that all unhappiness arises not from privation but from superfluity.
"How simple and clear it is," thought Pierre.
And all he said--that it was necessary to await provisions, or that the men had no boots--was so simple, while what they proposed was so complicated and clever, that it was evident that he was old and stupid and that they, though not in power, were commanders of genius.