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  • Mr. Cunningham, a man of uncompromising rectitude, had given her a pint free of charge for having guessed his name yesterday, one of the tiny things she adored about Maycomb: people remembered their promises.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Now I sat down to write a different kind of letter, one that tried to convey how much she meant to me, how much she had taught me, how I wanted to emulate her rigor and rectitude, how much I loved her and missed her.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Lurking behind Hoss as he writes, one feels, is the spectral presence of the seventeen-year-old boy, the brilliantly promising young Unterfeldwebel of the army of another era, when distinct notions of honor and pride and rectitude were woven into the fabric of the Prussian code, and that the boy is stricken dumb at the unmentionable depravity in which the grown man is mired.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • As down the centuries, a few men stand in lonely rectitude that we may look and say, there is a human race behind us.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • In later years, I sometimes wondered exactly what made Jem do it, what made him break the bonds of "You just be a gentleman, son," and the phase of self-conscious rectitude he had recently entered.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The sincerity, rectitude, firmness, and sweetness of this soft glance of a noble woman, who could dare all to save him to whom she owed all, at first astonished, then penetrated him.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Javert, with his powerful rectitude of instinct, went straight to the bridge of Austerlitz.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He was a husky man, a dominating man, and a man fierce for rectitude.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • There is no rectitude whatsoever.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • He gnawed the rectitude of his life; he felt that he had been outcast from life’s feast.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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  • She wanted to wrest from him an acknowledgment of his moral depravity-but only his own moral rectitude could attach significance to such a verdict.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Nancy was silent: her spirit of rectitude would not let her try to soften the edge of what she felt to be a just compunction.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Her disappointment in Charlotte made her turn with fonder regard to her sister, of whose rectitude and delicacy she was sure her opinion could never be shaken, and for whose happiness she grew daily more anxious, as Bingley had now been gone a week and nothing more was heard of his return.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The Golden Age was first created, which without any avenger Spontaneously without law cherished fidelity and rectitude.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Prove that he had loved rectitude from his earliest youth.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I like many writers for many reasons—Carlyle for his ruggedness and scorn of shams; Wordsworth, who teaches the oneness of man and nature; I find an exquisite pleasure in the oddities and surprises of Hood, in Herrick’s quaintness and the palpable scent of lily and rose in his verses; I like Whittier for his enthusiasms and moral rectitude.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • It was plain that he was reconciling the claims of compatriot courtesy and official rectitude.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Besides the companionship of her mother-in-law, who strengthened her a little by the rectitude of her judgment and her grave ways, Emma almost every day had other visitors.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Our legislators have not yet learned the comparative value of free trade and of freedom, of union, and of rectitude, to a nation.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • He’s just making conversation, but Cedric, desperate to shore up the miserable image of how he fled from the nightclub line, reaches for a cold bucket of rectitude, one of those discussion enders Barbara used to summon when dangerous issues arose.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The races in question were soon to open at Washington Park, on the South Side, and were considered quite society affairs among those who did not affect religious rectitude and conservatism.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I concluded, at length, that the mere speculative conviction that it was our interest to be completely virtuous, was not sufficient to prevent our slipping; and that the contrary habits must be broken, and good ones acquired and established, before we can have any dependence on a steady, uniform rectitude of conduct.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • I have alluded to him, Reader, because I think I see in him an intellect profounder and more unique than his contemporaries have yet recognised; because I regard him as the first social regenerator of the day — as the very master of that working corps who would restore to rectitude the warped system of things; because I think no commentator on his writings has yet found the comparison that suits him, the terms which rightly characterise his talent.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Propelled from the depths of her ignorance, silly imagining and girlish rectitude, she had come to call a halt.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Mr Lehr slept on undisturbed upon his back with the thin rectitude of a bishop upon a tomb.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • A diagnosis of latent insanity at the time of the murders, for instance however, the utmost caution and rectitude must be observed.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • This had always been a principle in the Dodson family; it was one form if that sense of honor and rectitude which was a proud tradition in such families,—a tradition which has been the salt of our provincial society.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • For the rest, with little or no sharpness of faculty or any trace of the wisdom of the serpent, nor yet quite a dove, he possessed that kind and degree of intelligence going along with the unconventional rectitude of a sound human creature, one to whom not yet has been proffered the questionable apple of knowledge.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The answer was given quietly, but with a voice as steady as a fearless nature and the consciousness of rectitude could make it.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • OF THE SECOND SET OF COUNSELS DON QUIXOTE GAVE SANCHO PANZA Who, hearing the foregoing discourse of Don Quixote, would not have set him down for a person of great good sense and greater rectitude of purpose?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I don’t, of course, like the tradition, but I am bound to say that it gave Nancy—or at any rate Nancy had—a sense of rectitude that I have never seen surpassed.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • As to other occasions, he used to apply the philosophy of Square, which taught, that the end was immaterial, so that the means were fair and consistent with moral rectitude.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the…
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • Such is not the recompense which Providence has deemed worthy of suffering merit, and it is a dangerous and fatal doctrine to teach young persons, the most common readers of romance, that rectitude of conduct and of principle are either naturally allied with, or adequately rewarded by, the gratification of our passions, or attainment of our wishes.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Yet their failures, if they can be called failures, were the result of their own undeviating devotion to what they considered to be the public interest and the result of the inability of their contemporaries to match the high standards of honor and rectitude that they brought to public life.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • But because I liked him, I know how sincere and pure and noble Will is, and his thoughts never straying from the path of rectitude, and——If I gave him up to you, at least you’ve got to appreciate him!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • His voice, fervent and evangelical, carried with it an absolute conviction of the rectitude and efficacy of a society ruled by honor; it quavered slightly and conveyed the earnestness and gentle decency of the speaker.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Elinor saw, and pitied her for, the neglect of abilities which education might have rendered so respectable; but she saw, with less tenderness of feeling, the thorough want of delicacy, of rectitude, and integrity of mind, which her attentions, her assiduities, her flatteries at the Park betrayed; and she could have no lasting satisfaction in the company of a person who joined insincerity with ignorance; whose want of instruction prevented their meeting in conversation on terms of…
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Even much stronger mortals than Fred Vincy hold half their rectitude in the mind of the being they love best.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …from a peremptory pursute of his own principles, and reasoning: For what is taught by one that teacheth by publique Authority, the Common-wealth teacheth, and hath a resemblance of Law, till the same Authority controuleth it; and in all Crimes that contain not in them a denyall of the Soveraign Power, nor are against an evident Law, Excuseth totally: whereas he that groundeth his actions, on his private Judgement, ought according to the rectitude, or errour thereof, to stand, or fall.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It was not to the credit of her absolute rectitude that she should have gone the longest way round to Florence in order to spend a few weeks with her invalid son; since in former years it had been one of her most definite convictions that when Ralph wished to see her he was at liberty to remember that Palazzo Crescentini contained a large apartment known as the quarter of the signorino.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • It would also appear from the Contents hereof, that a Joke, even between Husband and Wife, may be sometimes carried too far There are some men who, living with the one object of enriching themselves, no matter by what means, and being perfectly conscious of the baseness and rascality of the means which they will use every day towards this end, affect nevertheless—even to themselves—a high tone of moral rectitude, and shake their heads and sigh over the depravity of the world.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He feels very powerful through his rectitude, but in fact, hidden in his heart … evil.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Spare me your rectitude, Lord Snow, I have strength enough without you.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Neither can it be said, on the other hand, that the gain of rectitude must be bought by any loss.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Has it been found that bodies of men act with more rectitude or greater disinterestedness than individuals?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Who is there that can dismiss all doubts on the justice of a cause which can inspire such conscious rectitude ?
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Confident in the rectitude of his purpose, and impelled by a sense of overhanging danger closing in around, he resolved, if his mother would still admit of no approach, to make a desperate appeal to Affery.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Van der Capellen in particular warned that alienating the Americans could damage trade with them and that it would be quite unwise to offend any further someone of such rectitude and importance as John Adams.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It was never answered, but who can say what converse he may have held with all these placid, colourless forms of men and women peopling that quiet corner of the world as free of danger or strife as a tomb, and breathing equably the air of undisturbed rectitude.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
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