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  • [edit] Vacillation between East and West. Mindaugas' successors did not express enough There were decades of vacillation between the Latin and the Orthodox. — “Christianization of Lithuania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • [edit] Vacillation. The lede says authoritatively (without ref) "Agnosticism does not preclude religious belief; that is to say, an agnostic can be a theist or an atheist, The repetition & the vacillation needs to be resolved--JimWae (talk). — “Talk:Agnosticism/Archive 8 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • But whenever they fall down they are not able at once to assume the posture, they vacillate an instant, and this vacillation shows that after all they are strangers in the world. to the art they possess, but even the most artistic knights cannot altogether conceal this vacillation. — “Knight of faith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org

Quotations

  • The vacillation between the various plans that were proposed had even increased after the Emperor had been at headquarters for a month. — “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy
  • On the whole his surmises, in addition to what he knew of the fact, increased his friendliness and tolerance towards Ladislaw, and made him understand the vacillation which kept him at Middlemarch after he had said that he should go away. — “Middlemarch” by George Eliot
  • Hearing these decisive and terrible words, Lady Macbeth, who had been waiting for a sign of weakness or vacillation on the part of her son-in-law, rose and, with a scared look, left the library. — “Vanity Fair” by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Early in the day his supporters had thought little of this, attributing the fall to that vacillation which is customary in such matters; but towards the latter part of the afternoon the tidings from the City had been in everybody's mouth, and Melmotte's committee-room had been almost deserted. — “The Way We Live Now” by Anthony Trollope
  • The vacillation between the various plans that were proposed had even increased after the Emperor had been at headquarters for a month. — “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy
  • What meant these repinings? Was there not disclosed in them the secret of his galling spiritual pain–the fact that he had failed to order his life aright, to confirm the lofty aims with which he had started his course; the fact that, always poorly equipped with experience, he had failed to attain the better and the higher state, and there to strengthen himself for the overcoming of hindrances and obstacles; the fact that, dissolving like overheated metal, his bounteous store of superior instincts had failed to take the final tempering; the fact that the tutor of his boyhood, a man in a thousand, had prematurely died, and left to Tientietnikov no one who could restore to him the moral strength shattered by vacillation and the will power weakened by want of virility–no one, in short, who could cry hearteningly to his soul "Forward!"–the word for which the Russian of every degree, of every class, of every occupation, of every school of thought, is for ever hungering. — “Dead souls” by Nikolai Gogol

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