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Despite numerous potentially meritorious grounds for appeal, Joe’s appointed appellate counsel filed an Anders brief—indicating his belief that there were no legitimate grounds for appeal and no credible basis to complain about the conviction or sentence—and was permitted to withdraw from representing Joe.
Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  deserving reward or praise
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  • Despite numerous potentially meritorious grounds for appeal, Joe’s appointed appellate counsel filed an Anders brief—indicating his belief that there were no legitimate grounds for appeal and no credible basis to complain about the conviction or sentence—and was permitted to withdraw from representing Joe.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • In point of meritorious character, the two things seemed about equal.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "No," said Monte Cristo, "which is precisely the reason which renders your kindness more meritorious,—it is in the country."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I have three friends who are more meritorious and more worthy—
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • I know well that courage is required to leave, that it is hard; but the harder it is, the more meritorious.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He carried himself with pride, as though, forsooth, he had achieved a deed praiseworthy and meritorious.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The one idea that had ever got through poor Marek’s thick head was that all exertion was meritorious.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • On the contrary, war hysteria is continuous and universal in all countries, and such acts as raping, looting, the slaughter of children, the reduction of whole populations to slavery, and reprisals against prisoners which extend even to boiling and burying alive, are looked upon as normal, and, when they are committed by one’s own side and not by the enemy, meritorious.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • By a single stroke, the most criminal acts must be converted to heroic and meritorious deeds.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • If, on the other hand, he is an emotional, gullible man, feed him on minor poets and fifth-rate novelists of the old school until you have made him believe that "Love" is both irresistible and somehow intrinsically meritorious.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters

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  • Such behaviour as this, so exactly the reverse of her own, appeared no more meritorious to Marianne, than her own had seemed faulty to her.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • And Mr. Richard Carstone, who has so meritoriously acquitted himself in the—shall I say the classic shades?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But though his parts were not brilliant, he made up for his lack of talent by meritorious industry, and was never known, during eight years at school, to be subject to that punishment which it is generally thought none but a cherub can escape.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But there was still a tradition of affection for him, and it came to be regarded as meritorious and luck-bringing to climb to Shangri-La and leave a simple gift, or perform some manual task that was needed there.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • A murmur, partly of gratification at Twenty Seven’s celestial state of mind, and partly of indignation against the Contractor who had given him any cause of complaint (a note of which was immediately made by Mr. Creakle), having subsided, Twenty Seven stood in the midst of us, as if he felt himself the principal object of merit in a highly meritorious museum.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Even during his adolescence he had devoured, in the order of their appearance, all the volumes of the Popular Library that Transito Ariza bought from the bargain booksellers at the Arcade of the Scribes, where one could find everything from Homer to the least meritorious of the local poets.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • They probably considered the act meritorious, and that which neither of them would have hesitated to perform in his own person, he would not be apt to censure in another.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Some said one thing, and some another; but all talked together, and all agreed upon two points: first, that it was very meritorious and highly praiseworthy in Mrs Kenwigs to do as she had done: and secondly, that there never was such a skilful and scientific doctor as that Dr Lumbey.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • This is, I think, meritorious; but to relieve our brethren only with our superfluities; to be charitable (I must use the word) rather at the expense of our coffers than ourselves; to save several families from misery rather than hang up an extraordinary picture in our houses or gratify any other idle ridiculous vanity—this seems to be only being human creatures.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • But what had her mission, however meritorious or inspired, to do with real family life?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • A simple act of piety (and so far infinitely meritorious), but otherwise without much importance.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • It might not even be a person who—in their estimation—was more meritorious than the one rejected.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I’ll have the cudgel hallowed and hung o’er the altar; it hath done meritorious service.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • This is the central defect in the work of the American Dialect Society, otherwise very industrious and meritorious.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Gedney and his crew had acted meritoriously and were entitled to salvage in the percentages and within the stipulations declared by Judge Judson.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Islam improved the position of slaves compared to their status in pre-Islamic societies, and the Koran encourages the freeing of slaves as a meritorious act.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • It seemed as if there were moments when he could by no means have sworn but that the old man was an ancient retainer of his, who had been meritoriously faithful.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • "I will na believe such calumny of the leddies, nor sic’ a reproach on my own skill," returned the Quartermaster, growing more and more Scotch as he warmed with his feelings; "it’s a conspiracy to rob a meritorious man of his dues."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • CHAPTER 12 It is by no means enough that an officer should be capable …… He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor …… No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention, even if the reward be only one word of approval.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • They might even entertain a preference to some other person, at the very moment they were assenting to the one proposed, because there might be no positive ground of opposition to him; and they could not be sure, if they withheld their assent, that the subsequent nomination would fall upon their own favorite, or upon any other person in their estimation more meritorious than the one rejected.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The singular felicity, with which Ishmael had contrived to shift the responsibility of all that had passed, from his own shoulders to those of his prisoners, backed as it was by circumstances that hardly admitted of a very philosophical examination of any mooted point in ethics, was sufficiently embarrassing to the several individuals, who were so unexpectedly required to answer for a conduct which, in their simplicity, they had deemed so meritorious.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • …about the martial monks of the Middle Ages, who, although ascetics to the point of exhaustion, were likewise filled with a spiritual lust for power and did not refrain from bloodshed in order to bring about the City of God and its transcendent world dominion; or about belligerent Knights Templar, who considered death in battle against unbelievers more meritorious than death in one’s bed and for whom slaying and being slain for the sake of Christ was no crime, but the highest glory.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Against gluttony the remedy is abstinence, as saith Galen; but that I hold not meritorious, if he do it only for the health of his body.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • …of former times are good Arguments of doing the like again;" and many more of that kind: Which being granted, no Act in it selfe can be a Crime, but must be made so (not by the Law, but) by the successe of them that commit it; and the same Fact be vertuous, or vicious, as Fortune pleaseth; so that what Marius makes a Crime, Sylla shall make meritorious, and Caesar (the same Lawes standing) turn again into a Crime, to the perpetuall disturbance of the Peace of the Common-wealth.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • They were good qualities, without which no high place can be meritoriously won, but like fire and water, though excellent servants, they were very bad masters.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But he was, in his way, just as bad—I mean as good; and in short it was the old story, and nobody would leave me any possibility of doing anything meritorious.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • What well-bred young person is there in all Vanity Fair, who will not feel for a hard-working, ingenious, meritorious girl, who gets such an honourable, advantageous, provoking offer, just at the very moment when it is out of her power to accept it?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • There is scarcely any man alive who does not think himself meritorious for giving his neighbour five pounds.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Equally, if his heart had given entertainment to that prohibited guest, his silent fighting of his way through the mental condition of this period might have been a little meritorious.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • My meritorious, distinguished, honourable officer!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Where his own hand had shrunk to, was not made manifest, but it was as remote from Mrs Sparkler’s sense of touch as if he had been a highly meritorious Chelsea Veteran or Greenwich Pensioner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • She imparted these stories gradually to Miss Crawley; gave her the whole benefit of them; felt it to be her bounden duty as a Christian woman and mother of a family to do so; had not the smallest remorse or compunction for the victim whom her tongue was immolating; nay, very likely thought her act was quite meritorious, and plumed herself upon her resolute manner of performing it.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • His lordship, concluding that this tyrant was likewise a husband, made a speech full of compliments to both the ladies, and as full of invectives against his own sex; nor indeed did he avoid some oblique glances at the matrimonial institution itself, and at the unjust powers given by it to man over the more sensible and more meritorious part of the species.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • But it was he, although it seemed absurd: the oldest and best-qualified doctor in the city, and one of its illustrious men for many other meritorious reasons, had died of a broken spine, at the age of eightyone, when he fell from the branch of a mango tree as he tried to catch a parrot.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I was thunderstruck with confusion at those words, which Watson observing, proceeded thus: ’Nay, never be ashamed, man; thou hast been acquitted, and no one now dares call thee guilty; but, prithee, do tell me, who am thy friend—I hope thou didst really rob him? for rat me if it was not a meritorious action to strip such a sneaking, pitiful rascal; and instead of the two hundred guineas, I wish you had taken as many thousand.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Others, on the contrary, appear to be as firmly persuaded, that beneficence is a positive duty, and that whenever the rich fall greatly short of their ability in relieving the distresses of the poor, their pitiful largesses are so far from being meritorious, that they have only performed their duty by halves, and are in some sense more contemptible than those who have entirely neglected it.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • There are, no doubt, authenticated instances of gentlemen having given up ladies and ladies having given up gentlemen to meritorious rivals, under circumstances of great high-mindedness; but is it quite established that the majority of such ladies and gentlemen have not made a virtue of necessity, and nobly resigned what was beyond their reach; as a private soldier might register a vow never to accept the order of the Garter, or a poor curate of great piety and learning, but of no…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • …project: for the fellow, I promise you, however well drest, is but a vagabond, and as proper as any fellow in the streets to be pressed into the service; and as for the conscientious part, surely the preservation of a young lady from such ruin is a most meritorious act; nay, with regard to the fellow himself, unless he could succeed (which Heaven forbid) with my cousin, it may probably be the means of preserving him from the gallows, and perhaps may make his fortune in an honest way.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "As to the meritorious part," he said, "he readily agreed with the captain; for where could be the merit of barely discharging a duty? which," he said, "let the word charity have what construction it would, it sufficiently appeared to be from the whole tenor of the New Testament.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "With regard to the claims of Lieutenants Gedney and Meade," Judson went on, "I find that their actions were in fact meritorious and saved a wayward, uncaptained ship from certain peril.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
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