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  • The gallants of that age, disinterested, aspiring, and lofty-minded, even in their coxcombry, were strangers to those degrading and mischievous pursuits which are usually termed low amours.

    The Monastery

  • This people — I mean the more lofty-minded of these crusaders, who act up to the pretences of the doctrines which they call chivalry — despise the thirst of gold, and gold itself, unless to hilt their swords, or to furnish forth some necessary expenses, as alike useless and contemptible.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • Mistaking the recognition for love, you'll inevitably leave EastEnders with lofty-minded ideas of becoming a film star, only to fail miserably and end up being the star of a Confused.com advert at 3am on Dave+1.

    TV’s Shane Richie is NOT Worth £1.5 Million

  • Yet, just as the author sought a job, tenure, a raise, or for the more lofty-minded reputation, the students have extrinsic goals in mind.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • It is for this rare, precious quality of truthfulness that I delight in many Dutch paintings, which lofty-minded people despise.

    Adam Bede

  • Were these the kind of men whose disapprobation the wise and lofty-minded Lucretius should have regarded with a salutary awe?

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • I am told, however, that she managed matters very well indeed: perhaps it was better for the lofty-minded leader of the House to have his reception-rooms guarded by this stately creature, than by a merely clever and managing woman; it was fitting that the wholesome awe with which he filled the minds of the country gentlemen should be aggravated by the presence of his majestic niece.

    Eothen

  • Is the future a tyranny of a few technic masters over a humankind that's turned lofty-minded and passive because this world holds nothing except wretchedness?

    There Will Be Time

  • Thus challenged in the presence of Damayanti, the lofty-minded king could not long decline it.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 Books 1, 2 and 3

  • Yankee; but this you should know -- if you do not already, gentle reader -- that it is only because such employments are regarded by the lofty-minded chivalry as of too vulgar a nature to claim a place in their attention.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

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