Leaches: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Use in Literature FocussingOnly in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focussed, and resolution and energy be developed, which being done, there is nothing which may not be accomplished.ndash;James Allen in As a Man Thinketh.Daylight came from a casement in the roof and fell, focussed as it were, upon a canvas which rested on an easel in the middle of the room, and which bore, as yet, only three or four chalk lines.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Hidden Masterpiece (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).Peradventure similarities of environment focussed similar thoughts.ndash;E.J. Banfield in My Tropic Isle.My whole ideas of life have been focussed on myself and my own individual pains and losses. I will do as you say; and God bless you for saying it.ndash;Florence L. Barclay in The Rosary.Why? Oh, constant focussing on spots, for one thing.ndash;Florence L. Barclay in The Rosary.Why? Oh, constant focussing on, spots, for one thing.ndash;Florence L. Barclay in The Rosary.Merle in especial, who hated French translation, groaned as she looked up words in the dictionary, and made several stupid mistakes, because her thoughts were focussed on the election instead of on the matter in hand.ndash;Angela Brazil in Monitress Merle.Concentration means the focussing of a force; and when the mathematical faculty of the brain alone should be at work, the force is not focussed if it is at the same time flying over all other parts of the body in useless strain of innumerable muscles.ndash;Annie Payson Call in Power Through Repose.Her art is restrained, focussed upon those points where America, in its normality and in its eccentricity, has become articulate.ndash;Harry Seidel Canby in Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism.It is narrow because it is focussed, but this does not mean that it is small.ndash;Harry Seidel Canby in Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism.
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