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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Forbearer One who forbears.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n forbearer One who forbears.
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.”
  • Ovid
    “Forbear to lay the guilt of a few on the many.”
  • Epictetus
    “The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    “The wise man... if he would live at peace with others, he will bear and forbear.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?”


In literature:

Let them both forbear.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
With reference to the past, I might say a great many things, but I forbear.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
And how had that forbearance been rewarded?
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
Concerning the real character of his forbears he learned next to nothing.
"The Soul of a Child" by Edwin Bjorkman
Therefore must we strive to do what is virtuous and forbear from doing what is unrighteous.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Such a gloomy impulse came upon me, and increased as I wrote, that, for my soul, I could not forbear running into the miserable.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
In a spirit of kindness and forbearance, however, he recommended reprisals as a milder mode of redress.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Polk" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
There is a strange exhibition to be witnessed every morning on the sea-shore, which, however, I shall forbear to describe.
"A Voyage Round the World, Vol. I" by James Holman
Their forbearance will be sorely tried, and this is the final test of men.
"Principles of Freedom" by Terence J. MacSwiney
For instance, defamation of a lord's grain would cause other purchasers to forbear buying it.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Church members ought to forbear and forgive one another; for this is another commanded duty, Eph.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
By me even his mistakes shall be treated with forbearance.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
She was at times disposed to forbearance, but 'she made impossible the obedience she enjoined.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
With sundrie shuch relations which I forbear to transcribe, being now better knowne then they were to him.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
Wilt thou go now and be loving and forbearing towards one who has vexed thee?...
"Gold Dust" by E. L. E. B.
Hence an ordinance of the Council was passed for the removal of the images in the most quiet way, with forbearance and care.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
Hone, it must be acknowledged, with less vehemence than might have been expected, requested him to forbear.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Many a reader, when he runs over this chapter by his warm fire-side, or possibly in summer, will not forbear laughing.
"Walladmor:" by Thomas De Quincey
Dixon had a fit of laughter at his friend's expense, and even the pawnbroker could not forbear a smile.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
And here I can not forbear telling a very good-natured thing of Will Simpson, one of the workmen.
"The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales" by Hannah More

In poetry:

What is that worst? Nay, do not ask -
In pity from the search forbear:
Smile on--nor venture to unmask
Man's heart, and view the hell that's there.
"Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: A Romaunt. Canto I. " by Lord George Gordon Byron
Aul' Sheepieknowe! how dear the name!
Lane birthplace o' my gude forbears;
Scene o' their life-lang cares an' toils,
Their sunny joys an' cloudy fears.
"Sheepieknowe: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
An' een grew dim, and hearts were fu',
As owre the vera grun' they trod,
Whaur their forbears, for conscience sake,
Had pour'd their life-bluid on the sod.
""Bothwell Brig"" by Janet Hamilton
Our legalist is like unto this top,
Without a whip he doth not duty do;
Let Moses whip him, he will skip and hop;
Forbear to whip, he'll neither stand nor go.
"Upon The Whipping Of The Top" by John Bunyan
If her cry from the whipping-post and jail
Pierced sharp as the Kenite's driven nail,
O woman, at ease in these happier days,
Forbear to judge of thy sister's ways!
"How The Women Went From Dover" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Forbear thee, rash beauty! say, what dost thou mean?
Forbid it, thy Maker on high;
Thy time is not come to quit life's idle scene;
Ah! wherefere should Anna then die?"
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Ruthlessness becomes forbearance, guilt is innocence, and whites who "discredit blacks and deny their difficulties" are really only suffering a form of denial that "to blacks.
In Oga, in northern Japan, Ryoko Mori, a Buddhist priest, visited a household, marking the anniversary of a forbear's death.
One of the most striking features of the turn the presidential race has taken since the first debate in Denver is the forbearance of conservatives toward Mitt Romney's turn toward a more moderate tone.
Sallie Mae Student Loan Borrowers who Suspend Their Payments Won't be Required to Pay Forbearance Fees Until After They Resume Regular Payments.
Sallie Mae Updates Forbearance Policy After Backlash.
Freddie Mac extends forbearance for jobless borrowers.
Freddie Mac announced Friday that it is giving mortgage servicers authority to give unemployed borrowers with Freddie Mac owned or guaranteed mortgages six month of forbearance without prior approval from the giant mortgage lender.
LLC announced that it has entered into a forbearance agreement with its revolving and term lenders.
They could have maintained a gentlemanly forbearance.
So far, the occupation encampments of the "American autumn" have been treated with far more official forbearance.
Bless the troops for their bravery and forbearance.
Understand the Pros and Cons of Deferment and Forbearance.
Hawker Beechcraft yesterday secured more time to solve its debt problems through a restructuring plan, with lenders granting a 90-day forbearance agreement.
Pride in One's Forbears, West Kentucky Highland Festival 2012.
The first thing to be said about J. Edgar, the biopic about the late FBI director, is that it is an unexpectedly forbearing, even pitying look at J.

In science:

We are grateful to: Gary Bower, Reinhard Brinkman, Jean-Pierre Delahaye, Gilbert Guignard, Tor Raubenheimer, Ron Ruth, Nobu Toge, Nick Walker, to many more for lively contributions to the discussion, and to countless others for their patience, forbearance and good humour during our proceedings.
Summary of Discussion Question 4: Energy Expandability of a Linear Collider