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  • Eddie Willers pulled his shoulders straight, in conscientious self-discipline.
  • Mr. Ward represented the fourth generation of a family that had owned the plant and had given it the conscientious best of such ability as they possessed.
  • Now you see, that’s the cruelty of conscientious people.
  • He was looking at his companion, trying hard-conscientiously, helplessly, hopelessly-to understand.
  • The stocky, elderly man was obviously a businessman of the conscientious, unspectacular kind.
  • The night dispatcher was a conscientious young boy who trusted his superiors and knew that discipline was the first rule of the railroad business.
  • He looked at Taggart with the lifelessly conscientious glance of a scholar confronted by a field of knowledge he had never wanted to study.
  • She looked out of the rear window: the track went off in a straight line and, at the prescribed distance, she saw the red lanterns left on the ground, placed conscientiously to protect the rear of the train.
  • But she could not raise her arms; leaning on a cane with one hand and on Galt’s arm with the other, moving her feet by a slow, conscientious effort, she walked down to the car like a child learning to walk for the first time.
  • With the conscientious precision of a railroad man, in the moment when the hand of the clock ended the half-hour, he signed his name to the order instructing the Comet to proceed with Engine Number 306, and transmitted the order to Winston Station.
  • I just don’t have the stomach-unless you want me to," he added, with a conscientious effort at discipline, "No, you don’t have to.
  • He started to go, but stopped, turned to her and asked, his voice low, but steady, neither as plea nor as despair, but as a last gesture of conscientious clarity to close a long ledger, "Dagny …. did you know …. how I felt about you?"
  • He had never had to work so hard; he had done his job as conscientiously well as he had always done any assignment; but it was as if he had worked in a vacuum, as if his energy had found no transmitters and had run into the sands of …. of some such desert as the one beyond the window of the Comet.
  • The face of the machine seemed to have more expression than the face of the mechanic in charge of it; he was a husky young man in a sweat-stained shirt with sleeves rolled above the elbows; his pale blue eyes were glazed by an enormously conscientious concentration on his task; he moved his lips once in a while, as if reciting a memorized lesson.
  • Justice is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake the character of men as you cannot fake the character of nature, that you must judge all men as conscientiously as you judge inanimate objects, with the same respect for truth, with the same incorruptible vision, by as pure and as rational a process of identification-that every man must be judged for what he is and treated accordingly, that just as you do not pay a higher price for a rusty chunk of scrap than for a piece of…
  • …the men that would now fail to appear at their posts on some coming morning and would silently vanish in search of unknown frontiers-the men whose faces were tighter than the faces around them, whose eyes were more direct, whose energy was more conscientiously enduring-the men who were now slipping away, one by one, from every corner of the countryof the country which was now like the descendant of what had once been regal glory, prostrated by the scourge of hemophilia, losing the best…
  • He was reciting it in full earnestness, with the honesty of a conscientious student: "I know that everything is relative and that nobody can know anything and that reason is an illusion and that there isn’t any reality.

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  • She is conscientious in the lab.
  • Some of the faculty are pretty conscientious.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye

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