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  • By the time he'd slung the kennel doors closed after her, she'd regained some equilibrium and she trotted behind his mother.†   (source)
  • She hurriedly answered their question, explaining that it was due to air resistance reaching equilibrium against the force of gravity.†   (source)
  • She didn't dare touch it, knowing she would upset its equilibrium of scents and construction, but she badly wanted to see what was inside.†   (source)
  • The gulls had disturbed his equilibrium, put him ill at ease.†   (source)
  • He sensed his equilibrium was hampered by the total darkness and closed his eyes, coaxing his brain to ignore visual input.†   (source)
  • Finally, the raft is free and flexible once again, bobbing and waving back toward equilibrium, and where the trawler was, there's nothing but a bubbling whirlpool that occasionally vomits up a loose piece of floating debris.†   (source)
  • I wanted to be alone, to recover my equilibrium.†   (source)
  • But Instructor Reno was always there, personally, to help me regain my equilibrium by sending me on a quick rush into the ocean, which was so cold it almost stopped my heart.†   (source)
  • If I don't have a better sense of equilibrium in my next life, I'm demanding a refund.†   (source)
  • Andy and I dragged into Camp Two at 10:30 A.M. After I guzzled two liters of Gatorade my equilibrium returned.†   (source)
  • When there were 36,000 patient visits a year in the STD clinics of Baltimore's inner city, in other words, the disease was kept in equilibrium.†   (source)
  • The upper class, however, in whose hands were concentrated all the power and wealth, was unaware of the danger that threatened the fragile equilibrium of their position.†   (source)
  • He prepared hot lemonade with a shot of brandy, drank it in bed with two aspirin tablets, and, wrapped in a wool blanket, sweated by the bucketful until the proper equilibrium had been reestablished in his body.†   (source)
  • I was still very unsettled about last night with Hale, and any time Ahren and I fought, it was like I lost my equilibrium.†   (source)
  • Around us, cause and effect join hands, and synthesis and division maintain their equilibrium.†   (source)
  • For the world not to change, for this fragile equilibrium between them to endure.†   (source)
  • I walked in to find Patch's chair empty Typically, he arrived at the last possible moment, tying with the tardy bell, but the bell rang and Coach took his place at the chalkboard and started lecturing on equilibrium.†   (source)
  • Nothing tested my inner equilibrium as much as the time that Winnie was in solitary confinement.†   (source)
  • Eragon's head whipped on his neck as Saphira lurched to one side and dropped a score of feet before she regained her equilibrium.†   (source)
  • We looked hard for flaws to restore our equilibrium, but had to be content at first with uglying up her name, changing Maureen Peal to Meringue Pie.†   (source)
  • Still, in my home I'd found a momentary equilibrium with her, or the illusion of it, as if we were again like children playing house, playing doctor.†   (source)
  • It didn't help that I was so drunk that my balance was off, my equilibrium shot.†   (source)
  • When I turn, my equilibrium is threatened.†   (source)
  • Many in Washington believe that overthrowing the pro-Soviet Castro will go a long way toward restoring equilibrium to the cold war.†   (source)
  • An afternoon passed in that way, with Roscoe alternately vomiting and lying on his back in the wagon, trying to recover his equilibrium.†   (source)
  • My equilibrium tilted.†   (source)
  • Just as a battle begins in a state of equilibrium between the two sides, which gradually alters one way or the other until it is clear that the balance has tilted so far that the issue can no longer be in doubt—so this gathering of rabbits in the dark, beginning with hesitant approaches, silences, pauses, movements, crouchings side by side and all manner of tentative appraisals, slowly moved, like a hemisphere of the world into summer, to a warmer, brighter region of mutual liking and approval, until all felt sure that they had nothing to fear.†   (source)
  • The Russians had brought equilibrium to her in their tanks, and now that the carnival was over, she feared her nights again and wanted to escape them.†   (source)
  • There's an equilibrium, an agreeable animal tension between the hard leather object and the sort of clawed hand, veins stretching with the effort.†   (source)
  • Being with him made me undeniably happy, so when Larry came to me, conflicted and confused, to tell me that he had been offered a great magazine job back east, it didn't really disturb my equilibrium.†   (source)
  • Himes started so violently that he disturbed the equilibrium of his chair and brought the front legs to the floor with a slam, so that he sat staring straight ahead.†   (source)
  • I was pleased that Moody had finally found an equilibrium between his past and present lives.†   (source)
  • CHAPTER 14 EQUILIBRIUM The seeming opposition between life and death is now cut through.†   (source)
  • Balance, counterpoise, and equilibrium were ideals that he turned to repeatedly.†   (source)
  • With infuriating equilibrium.†   (source)
  • In the village structure, spirits shimmered among the live creatures, balanced and held in equilibrium by time and land.†   (source)
  • Bracing herself against the car door, she waited for her equilibrium to return.†   (source)
  • You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.†   (source)
  • Our economy is in a state of extremely precarious equilibrium.†   (source)
  • "No, no," she said quickly, regaining her equilibrium.†   (source)
  • A visitor, no matter who, would break his equilibrium and leave him in panic.†   (source)
  • At equilibrium—the middle—all the substances are present.†   (source)
  • In time, an equilibrium, as far as it is attainable in so complicated a subject, will be established everywhere.†   (source)
  • Without Susie, whatever has been keeping us in equilibrium is gone.†   (source)
  • I find it also in the triangle of forces held in equilibrium by the triple rhyme of "fantasies" and "enmities" and "honey-bees", and in the sheer in-placeness of the whole poem as a given form within the language.†   (source)
  • He held to the saddle until he had his equilibrium, then took off his bedroll, put it on the ground and loosened the latigos.†   (source)
  • His face was set hard in an attempt to regain his equilibrium, when he pulled off the main highway and stopped on a dirt road that led into the jungle.†   (source)
  • But one late afternoon in June nearly brought a disastrous ending to the precarious equilibrium she had devised for herself.†   (source)
  • "IAMALL" spelled the plate, and returned to its point of equilibrium.†   (source)
  • The worst thing that Randy could imagine, at that moment, was that Dan Gunn should lose his mental equilibrium.†   (source)
  • She required the taste of blood from time to time to keep her equilibrium.†   (source)
  • It took several hours to restore equilibrium to the scene.†   (source)
  • Equilibrium.   (source)
  • Unable to maintain their equilibrium inside the Continuum, they were sucked from its main artery and reflected out of looking glasses.   (source)
  • A sort of cosmic equilibrium. Perhaps the aggregate experience of Time is a constant and thus for our children to establish such vivid impressions of this particular June, we must relinquish our claims upon it.   (source)
  • We keep their internal secretions artificially balanced at a youthful equilibrium.   (source)
    equilibrium = stable balance
  • Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.   (source)
    equilibrium = balance
  • Hers was the calm ecstasy of achieved consummation, the peace, not of mere vacant satiety and nothingness, but of balanced life, of energies at rest and in equilibrium.   (source)
  • Populations reaching equilibrium—a true Jurassic equilibrium.†   (source)
    equilibrium = a stable balance
  • But overall the city seemed to have reached a new equilibrium.†   (source)
  • Something very much like contentment threatens my equilibrium.†   (source)
  • She needed Pilate's calm view, her honesty and equilibrium.†   (source)
  • We can change the middle; we can disturb the equilibrium.†   (source)
  • After Amanda disappeared from his life, Nicolas seemed to find his emotional equilibrium.†   (source)
  • The phone call from Seattle demonstrated the planet's relentless march toward equilibrium.†   (source)
  • I was confident that time would bring equilibrium.†   (source)
  • It takes only the smallest of changes to shatter an epidemic's equilibrium.†   (source)
  • But once he got his equilibrium, and his wits, back, he just looked at me.†   (source)
  • He could maintain equilibrium in his life for only a short time before he had to move on.†   (source)
  • After the election, his equilibrium was destroyed by the urgency of working with the government.†   (source)
  • What we have, then, is a disease in equilibrium.†   (source)
  • The middle is not static—my psychological middle as well as the chemical equilibrium.†   (source)
  • All of a sudden, the equilibrium is disrupted.†   (source)
  • The vessel was motionless, floating in equilibrium as a balloon floats in the atmosphere.†   (source)
  • My stomach was in poor enough shape anyway, also my general equilibrium.†   (source)
  • He felt some relief in knowing that it would likely remain there, or even drop a foot once it reached an equilibrium with Lake Pontchartrain.†   (source)
  • Can the stability and order of the world be but a temporary dynamic equilibrium achieved in a corner of the universe, a short-lived eddy in a chaotic current?†   (source)
  • All their repugnance was contained in the neat balance of the triangles—a balance that soothed him, transferred some of its equilibrium to him.†   (source)
  • Gabby wasn't sure how she felt after leaving her neighbor's, and all she could do after closing her door was to lean against it while she tried to regain her equilibrium.†   (source)
  • She had regained her equilibrium in the intervening months, and the difference between that terrified girl and this slightly macho, bravado-filled convict was striking.†   (source)
  • He's starting to get almost cocky, so I step up the equilibrium to where I breathe at a good swift rate, about one-and-a-half times our former speed.†   (source)
  • They hold the scales and, it is hoped, they will always take care to preserve the constitutional equilibrium between the federal and the State governments.†   (source)
  • As her towering frame fell on its back, he caught among the red blotches on her face the frightened expression of equilibrium lost.†   (source)
  • Cynical, violent, and mutinous, they completely destroyed the civilized equilibrium of the naval contingent, made a great deal of noise, fouled the latrine, and fought among themselves.†   (source)
  • She had not recognized it in Pilate, whose equilibrium overshadowed all her eccentricities and who was, in any case, the only person she knew of strong enough to counter Macon.†   (source)
  • It made life so much easier, and inspired me to really get things done, as if him being in my same area code was enough to affect my sense of equilibrium.†   (source)
  • My pack must be about forty or forty-five pounds now, and after we've climbed for a while an equilibrium establishes itself at about one breath for each step.†   (source)
  • The result was a formula consisting of three givens: 1) clumsiness with ardor, 2) the frightened face of one who has lost her equilibrium and is falling, and 3) legs raised in the air like the arms of a soldier surrendering to a pointed gun.†   (source)
  • The family jokingly said that she was the only normal person for many generations, and it was true she was a miracle of equilibrium and serenity.†   (source)
  • Companies can continue at that level indefinitely, in a state of low-level equilibrium, serving a small but loyal audience.†   (source)
  • Somehow, within the space of a year or two, Airwalk was jolted out of its quiet equilibrium on the beaches of southern California, in the mid-1990s, Airwalk tipped.†   (source)
  • And when an epidemic tips, when it is jolted out of equilibrium, it tips because something has happened, some change has occurred in one (or two or three) of those areas.†   (source)
  • For a long time Sophie refused to supply me with any details about her arrival, or perhaps her equilibrium simply could not let her do so—and perhaps that is just as well.†   (source)
  • Countless times the strata bad creaked and shifted, as the unimaginable weight of water disturbed their precarious equilibrium.†   (source)
  • The young men had talked-through an exhausting trip by government plane, then a clammy ride in a government car-about science, emergencies, social equilibriums and the need of secrecy, till he knew less than he had known at the start; he noticed only that two words kept recurring in their jabber, which had also appeared in the text of the invitation, two words that had an ominous sound when involving an unknown issue: the demands for his "loyalty" and "co-operation."†   (source)
  • There was a silent, watchful equilibrium between Toohey and Scarret: they understood each other.†   (source)
  • You adjust yourself, and are sure that the new equilibrium is for eternity.†   (source)
  • So dot's de joke?" inquired Izzy contemptuously when the new equilibrium was finally restored.†   (source)
  • Now people who make a single impression, and that, in the main, a good one (for there seems to be a virtue in simplicity), are those who keep their equilibrium in mid-stream.†   (source)
  • She had on golden shoes and white gloves to the elbow, and looked visionary, oriental, with her rich hair swept up in a kind of tower that was in equilibrium to her big bust.†   (source)
  • Not for the world would she have spoken to him, realising, from the familiar signs, his eyes averted, and some curious gathering together of his person, as if he wrapped himself about and needed privacy into which to regain his equilibrium, that he was outraged and anguished.†   (source)
  • That beard, the truth of all truths, proceedeth from the place of the ears, and descendeth around the mouth of the Holy One; and descendeth and ascendeth, covering the cheeks which are called the places of copious fragrance; it is white with ornament: and it descendeth in the equilibrium of balanced power, and furnisheth a covering even unto the midst of the breast.†   (source)
  • Nor would there ever be the equilibrium again between his knowing what she had done and her unawareness that he knew; her unawareness of what he had done with Annie, of why he had run away; his father's unawareness of every thing.†   (source)
  • Either place, we never talked much those days, not because there was nothing to say but because there might be too much and if you once started you would upset the beautiful and perilous equilibrium which we had achieved.†   (source)
  • She balanced her head to keep equilibrium, so that the blood ran into her eye.†   (source)
  • Roy Beeman had made a statement that had upset her equilibrium.†   (source)
  • Dear old Joachim—of late he appeared to be close to losing his equilibrium.†   (source)
  • His sense of direction, his equilibrium, had become affected.†   (source)
  • All his weight was on one foot, and he was in a state of unstable equilibrium.†   (source)
  • "Stability, equilibrium," he said, relaxing on the instant and sinking his body back into repose.†   (source)
  • She needed the sight and sound of other things to restore her equilibrium.†   (source)
  • His equilibrium disturbed, he was in extremity at once.†   (source)
  • I tottered, and on regaining my equilibrium retired back a step or two from his chair.†   (source)
  • "I am a Pyrrhonian philosopher," replied Gringoire, "and I hold all things in equilibrium."†   (source)
  • He himself seemed to possess an instinct for equilibrium, for he never stumbled.†   (source)
  • "'Tis still equilibrium," said Gringoire.†   (source)
  • Every part, brain and body, nerve tissue and fibre, was keyed to the most exquisite pitch; and between all the parts there was a perfect equilibrium or adjustment.†   (source)
  • You must figure the tumult suddenly striking on the unstable equilibrium of old Fletcher's planks and two chairs—with cataclysmic results.†   (source)
  • Every star is so—and every blade of grass stands so—and the mighty Kosmos il perfect equilibrium produces—this.†   (source)
  • She would shove over the bed table, which was now part of the furniture, a marvel of one-legged equilibrium, adjust it across his bed in front of him, and Hans Castorp would dine from it like the tailor's son who dined from a magic table.†   (source)
  • Here at present I felt afresh—for I had felt it again and again—how my equilibrium depended on the success of my rigid will, the will to shut my eyes as tight as possible to the truth that what I had to deal with was, revoltingly, against nature.†   (source)
  • "Oh, you silly!" returned Sondra, spreading her feet sufficiently apart to maintain her equilibrium, and adding for the benefit of Burchard: "No, you don't either, Burchy," then continuing: "Cleopatra sailing, a-a-oh, I know, aquaplaning," and throwing her head back and her arms wide, while the boat continued to jump and lurch like a frightened horse.†   (source)
  • He saw no necessity for anyone's losing their equilibrium merely because their sister or their daughter had stayed away from home.†   (source)
  • She lost her equilibrium.†   (source)
  • Selden knew, however, that he could not long keep such violences in equilibrium; and he promised to meet Dorset, the next morning, at an hotel in Monte Carlo.†   (source)
  • It was a typical summer evening in June, the atmosphere being in such delicate equilibrium and so transmissive that inanimate objects seemed endowed with two or three senses, if not five.†   (source)
  • Only a supreme effort could lift him out of it to strong and reasoning equilibrium, and that must come from her.†   (source)
  • The relations among the men, strained and made tense by feuds, quarrels and grudges, were in a state of unstable equilibrium, and evil passions flared up in flame like prairie-grass.†   (source)
  • Dr. Seward is loved not only by his household and his friends, but even by his patients, who, being some of them hardly in mental equilibrium, are apt to distort causes and effects.†   (source)
  • Then there were the pebbles and stones that turned under him when he trod upon them; and from them he came to know that the things not alive were not all in the same state of stable equilibrium as was his cave—also, that small things not alive were more liable than large things to fall down or turn over.†   (source)
  • To make here in human education that ever necessary combination of the permanent and the contingent—of the ideal and the practical in workable equilibrium—has been there, as it ever must be in every age and place, a matter of infinite experiment and frequent mistakes.†   (source)
  • If they were moved during the day he was speechless with anger and did not recover his equilibrium for a week.†   (source)
  • We were in just the state of equilibrium that would remain in one of those "Happy Family" cages which animal-tamers exhibit, if the tamer were to leave it for ever.†   (source)
  • He'd been in love, engaged to be married, lady broke it off, memories of her and thoughts about her had kept him from other women for a time; then indulgence, followed by repentance and equilibrium.†   (source)
  • Meagre really except the equilibrium, and Aziz didn't want to have that confided to him—he would have called it "everything ranged coldly on shelves.†   (source)
  • We expected the beach to lift up this way and that, and the rocky walls to swing back and forth like the sides of a ship; and when we braced ourselves, automatically, for these various expected movements, their non-occurrence quite overcame our equilibrium.†   (source)
  • "And now, young man; you, who have so often come into my clearing, under the pretence of lining the bee into his hole," resumed Ishmael, after a momentary pause, as if to recover the equilibrium of his mind, "with you there is a heavier account to settle.†   (source)
  • Its mother evidently regarded it as the one chicken of the world, and as necessary, in fact, to the world's continuance, or, at any rate, to the equilibrium of the present system of affairs, whether in church or state.†   (source)
  • Each molecule of the gutter bore away a molecule of heat radiating from Gringoire's loins, and the equilibrium between the temperature of his body and the temperature of the brook, began to be established in rough fashion.†   (source)
  • From a hilltop you can see a fish leap in almost any part; for not a pickerel or shiner picks an insect from this smooth surface but it manifestly disturbs the equilibrium of the whole lake.†   (source)
  • I followed him not without alarm, for my head was very apt to feel dizzy; I possessed neither the equilibrium of an eagle nor his fearless nature.†   (source)
  • This direction was followed; and, giving a vigorous shove, the Pathfinder, who was in the flower of his strength and activity, made a leap, landing lightly, and without disturbing its equilibrium, in the bow of the canoe.†   (source)
  • Madame Merle had once declared her belief that when a friendship ceases to grow it immediately begins to decline—there being no point of equilibrium between liking more and liking less.†   (source)
  • There is a certain degree and tone of light which tends to disturb the equilibrium of the senses, and to promote dangerously the tenderer moods; added to movement, it drives the emotions to rankness, the reason becoming sleepy and unperceiving in inverse proportion; and this light fell now upon these two from the disc of the moon.†   (source)
  • Her brow, her nose, her chin, presented that equilibrium of outline which is quite distinct from equilibrium of proportion, and from which harmony of countenance results; in the very characteristic interval which separates the base of the nose from the upper lip, she had that imperceptible and charming fold, a mysterious sign of chastity, which makes Barberousse fall in love with a Diana found in the treasures of Iconia.†   (source)
  • In less time than has been necessary to record these occurrences, the canoe was whirling and tossing in the rift, while both the savages had stretched themselves in its bottom, as the only means of preserving the equilibrium.†   (source)
  • In almost all climes the tortoise and the frog are among the precursors and heralds of this season, and birds fly with song and glancing plumage, and plants spring and bloom, and winds blow, to correct this slight oscillation of the poles and preserve the equilibrium of nature.†   (source)
  • It was social elements entering into strife, while awaiting the day when they should enter into equilibrium.†   (source)
  • It was very pleasant to Thomasin, when she had carried the child to some lonely place, to give her a little private practice on the green turf and shepherd's-thyme, which formed a soft mat to fall headlong upon when equilibrium was lost.†   (source)
  • I made as little use of it as possible, performing wonderful feats of equilibrium upon the lava projections which my foot seemed to catch hold of like a hand.†   (source)
  • Does not that hideous balance, whose two scales, pauperism and parasitism, so mournfully preserve their mutual equilibrium, oscillate before you as it does before us?†   (source)
  • In twenty minutes we reached a vast open space; I then knew that the hand of man had not hollowed out this mine; the vaults would have been shored up, and, as it was, they seemed to be held up by a miracle of equilibrium.†   (source)
  • Happily, I found that I was rather strong in the jaw; so I said to this jaw,—perform some feats of strength and of equilibrium: nourish thyself.†   (source)
  • Immense combined propulsions direct human affairs and conduct them within a given time to a logical state, that is to say, to a state of equilibrium; that is to say, to equity.†   (source)
  • It was a long time since he had seen the archdeacon, and Dom Claude was one of those solemn and impassioned men, a meeting with whom always upsets the equilibrium of a sceptical philosopher.†   (source)
  • He declared to himself that there was no equilibrium between the harm which he had caused and the harm which was being done to him; he finally arrived at the conclusion that his punishment was not, in truth, unjust, but that it most assuredly was iniquitous.†   (source)
  • system of politics to be created, which shall be in accord with the old world without too much disaccord with the new revolutionary ideal, a situation in which it became necessary to use Lafayette to defend Polignac, the intuition of progress transparent beneath the revolt, the chambers and streets, the competitions to be brought into equilibrium around him, his faith in the Revolution, perhaps an eventual indefinable resignation born of the vague acceptance of a superior definitive right, his desire to remain of his race, his domestic spirit, his sincere respect for the people, his own honesty, preoccupied Louis Philippe almost painfully, and there were moments when strong and courageou†   (source)
  • The harsh voice of the archdeacon threw the poor fellow into such a commotion that he lost his equilibrium, together with his whole edifice, and the chair and the cat tumbled pell-mell upon the heads of the spectators, in the midst of inextinguishable hootings.†   (source)
  • On one side, precision, foresight, geometry, prudence, an assured retreat, reserves spared, with an obstinate coolness, an imperturbable method, strategy, which takes advantage of the ground, tactics, which preserve the equilibrium of battalions, carnage, executed according to rule, war regulated, watch in hand, nothing voluntarily left to chance, the ancient classic courage, absolute regularity; on the other, intuition, divination, military oddity, superhuman instinct, a flaming glance, an indescribable something which gazes like an eagle, and which strikes like th†   (source)
  • Anthony never upset any equilibriums.†   (source)
  • The murderous potential can become activated, especially if some disequilibrium is already present, when the victim-to-be is unconsciously perceived as a key figure in some past traumatic configuration.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "dis-" in disequilibrium reverses the meaning of equilibrium. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.
  • The draft from the opening door upset the delicate equilibrium of the comb I had been balancing on its end, heralding Jamie's return.†   (source)
  • Earl, would you agree that suffering in life is a, a relative notion — that for every life there is a different baseline, an equilibrium, below which one can be said to suffer?†   (source)
  • As not more abnormal than all other parallel processes of adaptation to altered conditions of existence, resulting in a reciprocal equilibrium between the bodily organism and its attendant circumstances, foods, beverages, acquired habits, indulged inclinations, significant disease.†   (source)
  • Regaining new stable equilibrium he rose uninjured though concussed by the impact, raised the latch of the area door by the exertion of force at its freely moving flange and by leverage of the first kind applied at its fulcrum, gained retarded access to the kitchen through the subadjacent scullery, ignited a lucifer match by friction, set free inflammable coal gas by turningon the ventcock, lit a high flame which, by regulating, he reduced to quiescent candescence and lit finally a portable candle.†   (source)
  • Kosmos
    Who includes diversity and is Nature,
    Who is the amplitude of the earth, and the coarseness and sexuality of
    the earth, and the great charity of the earth, and the equilibrium also,
    Who has not look'd forth from the windows the eyes for nothing,
    or whose brain held audience with messengers for nothing,
    Who contains believers and disbelievers, who is the most majestic lover,
    Who holds duly his or her triune proportion of realism,
    spiritualism, and of the aesthetic or intellectual,
    Who having consider'd th†   (source)
  • In the course of time and things, an equilibrium, as far as it is attainable in so complicated a subject, will be established everywhere.†   (source)
  • But the greatest objection of all is, that the decisions which would probably result from such appeals would not answer the purpose of maintaining the constitutional equilibrium of the government.†   (source)
  • If they should derive less benefit, therefore, from the Union in some respects than the less distant States, they will derive greater benefit from it in other respects, and thus the proper equilibrium will be maintained throughout.†   (source)
  • But independent of this most active and operative principle, to secure the equilibrium of the national House of Representatives, the plan of the convention has provided in its favor several important counterpoises to the additional authorities to be conferred upon the Senate.†   (source)
  • Every thing beyond this must be left to the prudence and firmness of the people; who, as they will hold the scales in their own hands, it is to be hoped, will always take care to preserve the constitutional equilibrium between the general and the State governments.†   (source)
  • With a view to establishing the equilibrium of power and the peace of that part of the world, all the resources of negotiation were exhausted, and triple and quadruple alliances were formed; but they were scarcely formed before they were broken, giving an instructive but afflicting lesson to mankind, how little dependence is to be placed on treaties which have no other sanction than the obligations of good faith, and which oppose general considerations of peace and justice to the impulse of any immediate interest or passion.†   (source)
  • Sharks, Connor once read, have a deadly form of claustrophobia. It's not so much a fear of enclosed spaces as it is an inability to exist in them. No one knows why. Some say it's the metal in aquariums that throws their equilibrium off.   (source)
    equilibrium = balance
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