Careful Words

interest (n.)

interest (v.)

interest (adj.)

  Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852): On Mr. Justice Story, 1845. P. 300.

  Look you, I am the most concerned in my own interests.

Terence (185-159 b c): Andria. Act iv. Sc. 1, 12. (636.)

  Interest speaks all sorts of tongues, and plays all sorts of parts, even that of disinterestedness.

Isaac De Benserade (1612-1691): Maxim 39.

The sounding cataract

Haunted me like a passion; the tall rock,

The mountain, and the deep and gloomy wood,

Their colours and their forms, were then to me

An appetite,—a feeling and a love,

That had no need of a remoter charm

By thoughts supplied, nor any interest

Unborrowed from the eye.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey.