It was a strange thing for a man to say.
How could he do such a thing to his own children?
I don't know a thing about mechanics.
It was a foolish thing to say.
Sleep meant one thing – nightmares.
It was a good thing he found it so amusing.
It was the last thing he would want.
One thing was sure.
But he wasn't the first thing she had seen.
Only one thing came to mind – a drug deal.
It was the most comical shapeless thing, this improvised doll, with no nose, mouth, ears or eyes--nothing that even the imagination of a child could convert into a face.
How could he do such a thing in front of Jonathan... and where was Jonathan?
But he can't wiz a single thing if he hasn't the tools and machinery to work with.
And one ran quickly and told the good abbess, or mistress of the abbey, what strange thing had happened.
That is the one thing I have faith in!
I think the best thing to do is try to remember all the good times you had.
Oh, I can understand why you would want to deceive people, I just don't understand how you can involve your family in such a thing – especially Tammy!
There is one thing I still don't understand – it's out of character.
The first thing the little humbug did was to produce a tiny white piglet from underneath his hat and pretend to pull it apart, making two.
It was no easy thing to learn these letters and how they are put together to make words.
"Bob Fulton planned the whole thing," he said, "and I helped him make the paddles and put them on the boat."
The only thing that made Princess Mary anxious about him was that he slept very little and, instead of sleeping in his study as usual, changed his sleeping place every day.
One thing was certain--that he was suffering and wished to say something.
I can't imagine what he was thinking to hide a thing like that from you.
Who could say what might have been if the smallest thing had been different in their lives?
That ridge was the only thing that had kept her from plunging over the edge... that and the man who was now glaring at her.
There was only one thing that she was sure of, and that was the fact that she had an overactive imagination.
It was one thing to ask casual questions of Giddon's daughter.
The logical thing to do was leave, but she had a good job and she wasn't sure there was anything untoward going on.
With Yancey's kind, there's no such thing as a mild emotion, neither in anger nor in love.
One thing was clear.
The only thing she needed was an opportunity.
His voice was soft, anger suddenly a thing of the past.
Now, if I was trying to hide my identity, the last thing I would want her to do would be to file a police report while she was living under my roof.
The worst thing was their terror of reaching the bottom of this great crack in the earth, and the natural fear that sudden death was about to overtake them at any moment.
He was a very old man, bent nearly double; but the queerest thing about him was his white hair and beard.
Everything's dead, up there--no flesh or blood or growing thing anywhere.
And the whole thing has been unnatural because that cat and I are both able to talk your language, and to understand the words you say.
You, poor thing! cannot even bleed when you are hurt.
"I don't b'lieve Eureka would do such a dreadful thing!" cried Dorothy, much distressed.
Why the boys should drive away, Little maidens from their play, Or love to banter and fight so well, That's the thing I never could tell.
"I have heard that you are the wisest man in the world," she said, "and surely this simple thing ought not to puzzle you."
"Then there is only one other thing to be done," said Solon.
They try to connect the person who wants to know something to the thing that person wants to know.
Obviously, knowing the wise course is one thing, and following it is another.
In the past, knowing the wise thing to do was a power confined to a few.
Imagine they also included their genetic mapping as well as every single thing they did in their daily lives.
And it seems to work pretty well, as author Dean Koontz noted when he observed, "Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time." 3.
Such a thing is not possible without the Internet. 4.
Most things come in a limited supply, so some people have a thing and others do not.
Artificial surrogates for human companionship are always vastly inferior to the real thing; we crave connections with people, not machines.
And remember, it can be obtained both by a plummeting cost and an increasing value of the thing to you.
Everything would be better made because the best way to make a thing could be multiplied across all occurrences of the thing.
Jobs are created when someone starts a business that takes a thing, adds labor and technology to it, and makes a new thing.
However much value the labor can add to the thing is the amount of wage the person can earn.
If politicians are demonstrably good at one thing, it is getting elected, and people who are starving don't normally re-elect their representatives.
The old adage is true: There really is no such thing as a free lunch.
The disturbing thing to realize is we would have been those people had we been born in those times.
The only thing that separates us from that world is this thing called civilization.
While the right thing to do is never to drive drunk, be a smoker, or be a racist, occasionally war is the right thing to do.
Organizations have encouraged "pen pals for peace" exchanges—but such efforts tend to be limited in scale, and if there is one thing Facebook has, it is scale.
At first, when my teacher told me about a new thing I asked very few questions.
When she returned almost the first thing we did was to begin the story of "Little Lord Fauntleroy."
What a curious thing SPEECH is!
He loves to climb much better than to spell, but that is because he does not know yet what a wonderful thing language is.
Yesterday I thought for the first time what a beautiful thing motion was, and it seemed to me that everything was trying to get near to God, does it seem that way to you?
It seemed as if it were some living thing rushing on to some terrible fate.
The only thing she does which requires skill with the hands is her work on the typewriter.
For Miss Keller to spell a sentence in the manual alphabet impresses it on her mind just as we learn a thing from having heard it many times and can call back the memory of its sound.
As soon as a thing was done, a definite goal passed, the teacher did not always look back and describe the way she had come.
One thing that impresses everybody is Helen's tireless activity.
The two letters "c-a," you see, had reminded her of Fridays "lesson"--not that she had any idea that cake was the name of the thing, but it was simply a matter of association, I suppose.
To get her to do the simplest thing, such as combing her hair or washing her hands or buttoning her boots, it was necessary to use force, and, of course, a distressing scene followed.
She evidently understood that VERY was the name of the new thing that had come into her head; for all the way back to the house she used the word VERY correctly.
She is the dearest, cutest little thing now, and so loving!
It's the queerest thing I ever saw--a little bundle of fagots fastened together in the middle.
The only thing for me to do in a perplexity is to go ahead, and learn by making mistakes.
To be sure, the deaf school is the only thing possible for children educated by the State.
The principal thing that is lacking is sentence accent and variety in the inflection of phrases.
The medium calls forth the thing it conveys, and the greater the medium the deeper the thoughts.
The substance of thought is language, and language is the one thing to teach the deaf child and every other child.
This ducking was the very thing he needed.
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.
"I suppose there's no harm in going after such a thing to-day," says he.
"That in which men differ from brute beasts," says Mencius, "is a thing very inconsiderable; the common herd lose it very soon; superior men preserve it carefully."
That's the greatest thing I have seen to-day.
While he was thinking one thing in his brain, I was endeavoring to divine his thought in mine.
Who would have suspected so large and cold and thick-skinned a thing to be so sensitive?
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.
I'll do the same thing! he suddenly cried.
The great thing is the serving, that's it.
"That would be a fine thing!" said she.
He went up to him, took his hand (a thing he never used to do), and drew it downwards as if wishing to ascertain whether it was firmly fixed on.
Dear and precious Friend, How terrible and frightful a thing is separation!
"Countess Apraksina, poor thing, has lost her husband and she has cried her eyes out," she said, growing more and more lively.
The only thing that is hard for me...
That is the only thing that makes me unhappy.
"One thing I ask of your excellency," Dolokhov said in his firm, ringing, deliberate voice.
You're always like that; you thwow a thing down anywhere and forget it.
And now, when one wants to smooth the thing over, some conceit prevents your apologizing, and you wish to make the whole affair public.
But this sort of thing is the very devil, with them shooting at you like a target.
But this destruction seems to have been done on purpose to vex us.
"Now what does this mean, gentlemen?" said the staff officer, in the reproachful tone of a man who has repeated the same thing more than once.
Ouh! ouh! came peals of such healthy and good-humored laughter from the soldiers that it infected the French involuntarily, so much so that the only thing left to do seemed to be to unload the muskets, explode the ammunition, and all return home as quickly as possible.
No one had given Tushin orders where and at what to fire, but after consulting his sergeant major, Zakharchenko, for whom he had great respect, he had decided that it would be a good thing to set fire to the village.
The first thing he saw on riding up to the space where Tushin's guns were stationed was an unharnessed horse with a broken leg, that lay screaming piteously beside the harnessed horses.
That affair was the same thing as this soldier with the harsh voice, and it was that affair and this soldier that were so agonizingly, incessantly pulling and pressing his arm and always dragging it in one direction.
How and when this would be he did not know, he did not even know if it would be a good thing (he even felt, he knew not why, that it would be a bad thing), but he knew it would happen.
That's a good thing, but don't move from Prince Vasili's.
"If you marry it will be a different thing," she continued, uniting them both in one glance.
Every day he said to himself one and the same thing: It is time I understood her and made up my mind what she really is.
"Is he really to be my husband, this stranger who is so kind--yes, kind, that is the chief thing," thought Princess Mary; and fear, which she had seldom experienced, came upon her.
He wanted to pinch him, push him, do anything but kiss him--a thing everybody did.
Rostov saw tears filling the Emperor's eyes and heard him, as he was riding away, say to Czartoryski: What a terrible thing war is: what a terrible thing!
Either he is retreating, which is the only thing we need fear, or he is changing his position.
The chief thing is that the Emperor is here.
But that's nonsense, the chief thing is not to forget the important thing I was thinking of.
You'll make a fine thing of it, deploying in sight of the enemy!
The races, the English Club, sprees with Denisov, and visits to a certain house--that was another matter and quite the thing for a dashing young hussar!
How little we dreamed of such a thing when we were rejoicing at his happiness!
"I should perhaps have done the same thing in his place," thought Pierre.
That's a thing to frighten me with!
On the third day after Christmas Nicholas dined at home, a thing he had rarely done of late.
It is the one thing we are interested in here, said the spirit of the place.
"This is not at all the thing," he said.
A bullet through my brain is the only thing left me--not singing! his thoughts ran on.
One thing he continually realized as he read that book: the joy, hitherto unknown to him, of believing in the possibility of attaining perfection, and in the possibility of active brotherly love among men, which Joseph Alexeevich had revealed to him.
The book was the Gospel, and the white thing with the lamp inside was a human skull with its cavities and teeth.
He blinked, went red, got up and sat down again, struggling with himself to do what was for him the most difficult thing in life--to say an unpleasant thing to a man's face, to say what the other, whoever he might be, did not expect.
The Emperor of Austria can never have thought of such a thing, it is only the cabinet that says it.
"Yes, this is the one thing left me now," he said with a sigh.
"One thing I thank God for is that I did not kill that man," said Pierre.
And the main thing is," he continued, "that I know, and know for certain, that the enjoyment of doing this good is the only sure happiness in life."
The third thing--what else was it you talked about? and Prince Andrew crooked a third finger.
But it is a good thing for proprietors who perish morally, bring remorse upon themselves, stifle this remorse and grow callous, as a result of being able to inflict punishments justly and unjustly.
Rostov went to the middle of the room and looking through the open doors into the two adjoining rooms saw the same thing there.
If the Emperor pleases to recognize Bonaparte as Emperor and to conclude an alliance with him, it means that that is the right thing to do.
All the plans Pierre had attempted on his estates--and constantly changing from one thing to another had never accomplished--were carried out by Prince Andrew without display and without perceptible difficulty.
"There's one thing I don't understand," he continued.
Everything was right and everything was as it should be: only one thing disconcerted Prince Andrew.
In the midst of a phrase he ceased speaking and suddenly felt tears choking him, a thing he had thought impossible for him.
"The only thing is, we mustn't have children too soon," he continued, following an unconscious sequence of ideas.
Everything was similar: the ladies' subtle talk, the cards, the general raising his voice at the card table, and the samovar and the tea cakes; only one thing was lacking that he had always seen at the evening parties he wished to imitate.
Only one thing, no more women are wanted in my house--let him marry and live by himself.
The right thing now was, if not to retire from the service, at any rate to go home on leave.
I knew you wouldn't be able to resist it and it's a good thing you're going.
"A good thing too, little countess," said "Uncle," "only mind you don't fall off your horse," he added, "because--that's it, come on!--you've nothing to hold on to."
"I know a thing or two myself!" said Nastasya Ivanovna.
A likely thing, killing a fox our dogs had hunted!
And Natasha felt that this costume, the very one she had regarded with surprise and amusement at Otradnoe, was just the right thing and not at all worse than a swallow-tail or frock coat.
"Take this, little Lady-Countess!" she kept saying, as she offered Natasha first one thing and then another.
And I was innocent--that was the chief thing, said Natasha.
Then there is only one thing left--to go away, but where could I go?
The thing is impossible.
"And how I pity her mother," she went on; "today she showed me her accounts and letters from Penza (they have enormous estates there), and she, poor thing, has no one to help her, and they do cheat her so!"
Julie was offended and replied that it was true that a woman needs variety, and the same thing over and over again would weary anyone.
Boris began, wishing to sting her; but at that instant the galling thought occurred to him that he might have to leave Moscow without having accomplished his aim, and have vainly wasted his efforts--which was a thing he never allowed to happen.
One thing has come on top of another: her rags to buy, and now a purchaser has turned up for the Moscow estate and for the house.
More than once they had beaten him, and more than once they had made him drunk on champagne and Madeira, which he loved; and he knew more than one thing about each of them which would long ago have sent an ordinary man to Siberia.
Why, she'll rush out more dead than alive just in the things she is wearing; if you delay at all there'll be tears and 'Papa' and 'Mamma,' and she's frozen in a minute and must go back--but you wrap the fur cloak round her first thing and carry her to the sleigh.
She did not smile or nod, but only gazed fixedly at him, and her look asked only one thing: was he a friend, or like the others an enemy in regard to Anatole?
"Natalya Ilynichna," Pierre began, dropping his eyes with a feeling of pity for her and loathing for the thing he had to do, "whether it is true or not should make no difference to you, because..."
After all, you must understand that besides your pleasure there is such a thing as other people's happiness and peace, and that you are ruining a whole life for the sake of amusing yourself!
We won't speak of it, my dear--I'll tell him everything; but one thing I beg of you, consider me your friend and if you want help, advice, or simply to open your heart to someone--not now, but when your mind is clearer think of me!
This quivering of his left leg was a thing Napoleon was conscious of.
The only reasonable thing left to do is to conclude peace as soon as possible, before we are turned out of Petersburg.
The eighth and largest group, which in its enormous numbers was to the others as ninety-nine to one, consisted of men who desired neither peace nor war, neither an advance nor a defensive camp at the Drissa or anywhere else, neither Barclay nor the Emperor, neither Pfuel nor Bennigsen, but only the one most essential thing--as much advantage and pleasure for themselves as possible.
Another who wished to gain some advantage would attract the Emperor's attention by loudly advocating the very thing the Emperor had hinted at the day before, and would dispute and shout at the council, beating his breast and challenging those who did not agree with him to duels, thereby proving that he was prepared to sacrifice himself for the common good.
"She really is a dear little thing," said Rostov to Ilyin, who was following him.
"A fine thing too!" replied the captain, "and really..."
One of the generals who drove past was an acquaintance of the Rostovs', and Petya thought of asking his help, but came to the conclusion that that would not be a manly thing to do.
She had heard vaguely that there was such a thing as "landlord's corn" which was sometimes given to the peasants.
She thought only of one thing, her sorrow, which, after the break caused by cares for the present, seemed already to belong to the past.
But the advisers n'entendent pas de cette oreille, voila le mal. * Some want a thing--others don't.
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.
Idiot! shouted Pierre, abusing his coachman--a thing he rarely did.
Well, you can do that later, but the chief thing is the left flank.
For me tomorrow means this: a Russian army of a hundred thousand and a French army of a hundred thousand have met to fight, and the thing is that these two hundred thousand men will fight and the side that fights more fiercely and spares itself least will win.
That's what I was saying to you-- those German gentlemen won't win the battle tomorrow but will only make all the mess they can, because they have nothing in their German heads but theories not worth an empty eggshell and haven't in their hearts the one thing needed tomorrow--that which Timokhin has.
"One thing I would do if I had the power," he began again, "I would not take prisoners.
War is not courtesy but the most horrible thing in life; and we ought to understand that and not play at war.
The one thing he wished for was rest, tranquillity, and freedom.
Even before he gave that order the thing he did not desire, and for which he gave the order only because he thought it was expected of him, was being done.
In seeking the laws of historical movement just the same thing happens.
From all this talk he saw only one thing: that to defend Moscow was a physical impossibility in the full meaning of those words, that is to say, so utterly impossible that if any senseless commander were to give orders to fight, confusion would result but the battle would still not take place.
The same thing that took place in Moscow had happened in all the towns and villages on Russian soil beginning with Smolensk, without the participation of Count Rostopchin and his broadsheets.
It was out of the question to be under French rule, it would be the worst thing that could happen.
Prince Vasili, who of late very often forgot what he had said and repeated one and the same thing a hundred times, remarked to his daughter whenever he chanced to see her:
The one thing he now desired with his whole soul was to get away quickly from the terrible sensations amid which he had lived that day and return to ordinary conditions of life and sleep quietly in a room in his own bed.
Oh, what a terrible thing is fear, and how shamefully I yielded to it!
The hardest thing (Pierre went on thinking, or hearing, in his dream) is to be able in your soul to unite the meaning of all.
What a good thing it would be!
Natasha quietly repeated her question, and her face and whole manner were so serious, though she was still holding the ends of her handkerchief, that the major ceased smiling and after some reflection-- as if considering in how far the thing was possible--replied in the affirmative.
It no longer seemed strange to them but on the contrary it seemed the only thing that could be done, just as a quarter of an hour before it had not seemed strange to anyone that the wounded should be left behind and the goods carted away but that had seemed the only thing to do.
"What a thing to say!" he exclaimed.
But all that is only life's setting, the real thing is love--love!
"There is one thing I wanted to tell you, Princess," said Rostov.
When he had finished that business it was already too late to go anywhere but still too early to go to bed, and for a long time he paced up and down the room, reflecting on his life, a thing he rarely did.
But now they wanted her to sacrifice the very thing that constituted the whole reward for her self-sacrifice and the whole meaning of her life.
She had in fact seen nothing then but had mentioned the first thing that came into her head, but what she had invented then seemed to her now as real as any other recollection.
And he had only one wish-- that the frightful thing that had to happen should happen quickly.
The great thing is to live in harmony....
He gazed at the caleches and carriages in which soldiers were riding and remarked that it was a very good thing, as those vehicles could be used to carry provisions, the sick, and the wounded.
Pierre too drew near the church where the thing was that evoked these exclamations, and dimly made out something leaning against the palings surrounding the church.
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.
If the Cossacks did not capture Napoleon then, what saved him was the very thing that was destroying the French army, the booty on which the Cossacks fell.
"You see, I took him first thing at dawn," Tikhon continued, spreading out his flat feet with outturned toes in their bast shoes.
"I ask one thing of you," he said sternly, "to obey me and not shove yourself forward anywhere."
The one thing that was at first hard to bear was his feet.
The place was a long way off, and while they were judging, what with one thing and another, filling in the papers all in due form--the authorities I mean--time passed.
The Russian army, expecting Napoleon to take the road to the right beyond the Dnieper--which was the only reasonable thing for him to do-- themselves turned to the right and came out onto the highroad at Krasnoe.
The only thing to be said in excuse of that gardener would be that he was very angry.
"One thing would be terrible," said he: "to bind oneself forever to a suffering man.
The very question that had formerly tormented him, the thing he had continually sought to find--the aim of life--no longer existed for him now.
With all his soul he had always sought one thing--to be perfectly good--so he could not be afraid of death.
What a happy thing that he saw you again, he added, suddenly turning to Natasha and looking at her with eyes full of tears.
Several times she repeated the same thing twice.
It would be a very good thing for the Rostovs, they are said to be utterly ruined.
She was going to say that to speak of love was impossible, but she stopped because she had seen by the sudden change in Natasha two days before that she would not only not be hurt if Pierre spoke of his love, but that it was the very thing she wished for.
At times everybody seemed to him to be occupied with one thing only--his future happiness.
The chief thing in his eyes was not the nitrogen in the soil, nor the oxygen in the air, nor manures, nor special plows, but that most important agent by which nitrogen, oxygen, manure, and plow were made effective-- the peasant laborer.
It is always the first thing that tells me all is well.
"Always the same thing," said Pierre, looking round at his listeners.
I told them just one thing in Petersburg.
Natasha would have had no doubt as to the greatness of Pierre's idea, but one thing disconcerted her.
"Always about the same thing," said Pierre with a smile.
Why should not the same sort of thing happen to me?
The farther I go back in memory, or what is the same thing the farther I go forward in my judgment, the more doubtful becomes my belief in the freedom of my action.
Freedom is the thing examined.
It was one thing to tell herself everything was resolved, but quite another to thoroughly accept something she had always considered wrong.
One thing he didn't need to know was that she was having dreams about Josh - even if they were actually nightmares.
I guess the only thing he wanted more than that was a good woman and children.
The next thing she knew, Alex was shaking her awake and telling her they were changing planes.
If it's something we simply can't afford, that's one thing, but we should be encouraging things like this, Alex.
It was a silly thing to do... utterly pointless.
At least now they could face this thing together.
The biggest thing you two have against each other is that you're so much alike.
Carmen had assumed breast feeding would be a natural thing, but as Matthew lay fussing in her arms, it seemed a major obstacle.
It was probably the last thing he expected to hear, and yet, he knew it was true.
According to Lisa, they were the closest thing to a family that she had other than her parents and siblings.
That was the last thing she remembered until she opened her eyes again and found all three of them hanging over her.
"I suppose that's the one thing that troubles me most," Lisa admitted.
There was no such thing as a cheap painting by Andy Gordon.
Don't cling to the first thing you see.
They had cake and ice cream and talked for nearly an hour about one thing and another.
This whole thing is crazy.
It was a foolish thing to say, given the circumstances, but she was up to her eyeballs with this lingering bad mood.
It's a good thing I decided to come here first instead of go home.
Somehow it seemed such a small thing now.
The dama-fruit is the most delicious thing that grows, and when it makes us invisible the bears cannot find us to eat us up.
But there is another thing to consider.
"A sawhorse is a thing they saw boards on," remarked Jim, with a sniff.
But a rickety wooden thing like you has no right to be alive.
And we know the thing is true, because since the time of that interview there is no piglet to be found anywhere.
"Justice," remarked the Scarecrow, with a sigh, "is a dangerous thing to meddle with.
This is a good thing because it means that high degrees of utility (the economists' word for "happiness") can be achieved with a wide variety of goods.
One thing is certain, the language was ineffaceably stamped upon my brain, though for a long time no one knew it, least of all myself.
That's a thing I hate!
I ask just one thing of you, cousin," she went on, "arrange for me to be taken to Petersburg.
Perhaps it was a foolish thing to do.
It was a good thing they didn't change after church, because everyone at the table was dressed as if going to church.
With the photos in her hands, the fertilized eggs were a thing of the past.
It was a good thing they were going home tomorrow.
One thing was clear.
Maybe it was the thing with Dulce again.
It's a good thing tomorrow is Saturday.
Maybe she thinks I'm the only thing keeping you from doing that.
Princess had this birthing thing down to an art.