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  • (Sententious Notes), a collection of 120 essays on subjects as diverse as the reasons for Aristotle's obscurity and for Plato's use of the dialogue form, the interrelations between different faculties of soul, and the pros and cons of different political constitutions.

    Byzantine Philosophy

  • Sententious his Expressions, so Elegant his Oratory, so Swimming his

    The Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687)

  • "Sententious and a trifle inaccurate," the Prince objected, with a sudden flash of his white teeth.

    The Great Prince Shan

  • Sententious people are fond of telling us that we change entirely every seven years, that in that time every single atomy of body (and soul?) finds a substitute.

    Prose Fancies

  • Sententious morality from time past has told us that we are each given a part to play, evidently implying, with involuntary cynicism, that the art of life is -- the art of acting.

    Prose Fancies (Second Series)

  • "Sententious that;" yet I could not smile – he spoke with such earnestness.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • Sententious in her didactic passages, she is pure and noble in her sentiment, poetical and impressive in her descriptions of nature.

    George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings and Philosophy

  • Sententious brevity and simplicity of expression belong to the pure spirit of the language, and when employed impart to it much dignity and beauty; but there is no standard of orthography, nor any grammar, and but few rules of universal application.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court

  • "Sententious that;" yet I could not smile -- he spoke with such earnestness.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • "Sententious sage! so it is: but I swear by my household gods not to abuse it."

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

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