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  • I had admired his journals inordinately, and had considered Gide’s probity and relentless self-dissection to be part of one of the truly triumphant feats of the civilized twentieth-century mind.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was my first time in Amsterdam; I’d seen almost nothing of the city and yet the room itself, in its bleak, drafty, sunscrubbed beauty, gave a keen sense of Northern Europe, a model of the Netherlands in miniature: whitewash and Protestant probity, co-mingled with deep-dyed luxury brought in merchant ships from the East.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Unless you doubt my probity?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Father Madeleine required of the men good will, of the women pure morals, and of all, probity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • She earned tiny sums, but worked with as much probity as if she were being paid thousands.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • * William Penn was termed Minquon by the Delawares, and, as he never used violence or injustice in his dealings with them, his reputation for probity passed into a proverb.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The buccaneer on the wave might relinquish his calling and become at once if he chose, a man of probity and piety on land; nor, even in the full career of his reckless life, was he regarded as a personage with whom it was disreputable to traffic or casually associate.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "I will not," continued he, after a moment’s silence, "conceal from you, that while your probity and exactitude up to this moment are universally acknowledged, yet the report is current in Marseilles that you are not able to meet your liabilities."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She undersold him so relentlessly and delivered, with secret groans, such an excellent quality of lumber to prove her probity that he was soon bankrupt.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Besides, his probity was irreproachable, in an age in which soldiers compromised so easily with their religion and their consciences, lovers with the rigorous delicacy of our era, and the poor with God’s Seventh Commandment.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • The young King discovered an extreme attachment to his uncle, who was, in the main, a man of moderation and probity.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • In a few years his unprincipled wife warped the probity of a lifetime.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • CHORUS Respect a man whose probity and troth Are known to all and now confirmed by oath.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • He hoped by this confession of dishonesty to others to quite convince her of his probity to her.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Golz, he thought in a mixture of horror and exultation as a man might feel hearing that a business enemy had been killed in a particularly nasty motor accident or that some one you hated but whose probity you had never doubted had been guilty of defalcation.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Mr. Bingley does not know the whole of his history, and is quite ignorant of the circumstances which have principally offended Mr. Darcy; but he will vouch for the good conduct, the probity, and honour of his friend, and is perfectly convinced that Mr. Wickham has deserved much less attention from Mr. Darcy than he has received; and I am sorry to say by his account as well as his sister’s, Mr. Wickham is by no means a respectable young man.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Why, I believe Sir Ector would have been gladder to get a by-our-lady tilting blue for your tutor, that swings himself along on his knuckles like an anthropoid ape, rather than a magician of known probity and international reputation with first-class honours from every European university.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The idea of absolute financial probity as the first law of a gentleman’s code was too deeply ingrained in him for sentimental considerations to weaken it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Look where your friend Robert Chiltern has got to by probity, hard work, and a sensible marriage with a good woman.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • …man alone considered; that it was, therefore, every one’s interest to be virtuous who wish’d to be happy even in this world; and I should, from this circumstance (there being always in the world a number of rich merchants, nobility, states, and princes, who have need of honest instruments for the management of their affairs, and such being so rare), have endeavored to convince young persons that no qualities were so likely to make a poor man’s fortune as those of probity and integrity.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • They all see that no beauty recommends a wife so much to her husband as the probity of her life and her obedience; for as some few are caught and held only by beauty, so all are attracted by the other excellences which charm all the world.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • They cast aspersions upon the probity of those who authorized incarnation.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Believe me, it would prove your probity, Monsieur, ….
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Oh, an exceptional probity!
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Adams believed his strongest attributes were, as he said, "candor, probity, and decision," but these he failed to find in the face that looked back from the finished canvas, and he expressed disappointment.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In the next place, it may fairly be supposed, that there would be less difficulty in gaining some of the jurors promiscuously taken from the public mass, than in gaining men who had been chosen by the government for their probity and good character.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • In the United States I never heard a man accused of spending his wealth in corrupting the populace; but I have often heard the probity of public officers questioned; still more frequently have I heard their success attributed to low intrigues and immoral practices.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • This sum, Mr Clennam would be happy to learn, he had, through the promptitude of several friends who had a lively confidence in his probity, already raised, with the exception of a trifling balance of one pound seventeen and fourpence; the loan of which balance, for the period of one month, would be fraught with the usual beneficent consequences.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Though the stuff of tragedy and of romances is in a moral union of two superior persons whose confidence in each other for long years, out of sight and in sight, and against all appearances, is at last justified by victorious proof of probity to gods and men, causing joyful emotions, tears and glory, - though there be for heroes this moral union, yet they too are as far off as ever from an intellectual union, and the moral union is for comparatively low and external purposes, like the…
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • …music: he wrote the text of modern life; the text of manners: he drew the man of England and Europe; the father of the man in America: he drew the man, and described the day, and what is done in it: he read the hearts of men and women, their probity, and their second thought, and wiles; the wiles of innocence, and the transitions by which virtues and vices slide into their contraries: he could divide the mother’s part from the father’s part in the face of the child, or draw the fine…
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • In the early morning the sun threw my shadow westward as I hurried down the white chasms of lower New York to the Probity Trust.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "Ah, Probity Probes," signed Travers theatrically, "so crude-but so effective!"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Two days ago Arkie Philpott had a Probity Probe stuck up his… Well, trust me, this way’s easier.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Or who does not see, to whose profit redound the Fees of private Masses, and Vales of Purgatory; with other signes of private interest, enough to mortifie the most lively Faith, if (as I sayd) the civill Magistrate, and Custome did not more sustain it, than any opinion they have of the Sanctity, Wisdome, or Probity of their Teachers?
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • ) VINEY: Oh, we glad to have you back too, probity.
    William Gibson  --  The Miracle Worker
  • Probity in thought and deed being the distinguishing quality of this extraordinary man’s mind, while he felt that a sort of disgrace ought to attach to his idleness on the occasion mentioned, the last thought that could occur would be to attempt to palliate or deny his negligence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Javert is an estimable man, who does honor by his rigorous and strict probity to inferior but important functions.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Her husband, who, when he married her, had no other patrimony than his noble probity, his first-rate ability, and his spotless reputation, wished to possess as much as his wife.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The lancer made the pleased grimace of Cartouche when praised for his probity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand: their majesty, the majesty peculiar to the human conscience, clings to them in the midst of horror; they are virtues which have one vice,—error.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was a fine study of an eighteenth-century gentleman of consequence, but nothing about the pose or the expression gave any suggestion of his characteristic alertness and vitality, or sense of humor—let alone "candor, probity, and decision."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He observed that society unpardoningly excludes two classes of men,— those who attack it and those who guard it; he had no choice except between these two classes; at the same time, he was conscious of an indescribable foundation of rigidity, regularity, and probity, complicated with an inexpressible hatred for the race of bohemians whence he was sprung.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is this peril, possibly imminent towards the close of the eighteenth century, which the French Revolution, that immense act of probity, cut short.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The man of probity sacrifices himself, and out of his very love for this crowd, he combats it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Up to that moment he had lived with that blind faith which gloomy probity engenders.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This faith had quitted him, this probity had deserted him.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That is an act of probity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The deposit honestly restored, the probity of the confession— these were good.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is a magnificent thing to put on record, and one which shines forth in the splendid probity of our popular revolutions, that a certain incorruptibility results from the idea which exists in the air of Paris, as salt exists in the water of the ocean.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So far there had been no exception to its tacit rule that those who broke the law of probity must pay; and every one was aware that even Beaufort and Beaufort’s wife would be offered up unflinchingly to this principle.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
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