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Mental energy   /mˈɛntəl ˈɛnərdʒi/   Listen
Mental energy

An actuating force or factor.  Synonym: psychic energy.

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"Mental energy" Quotes from Famous Books

... that incessant toil and exposure was [were] a sound hygienic policy in his case. Naturally his physical constitution was a case of coil springs, compacted till they quivered with their own mobility; nervous disease had added its irritability, and mental energy electrified them. It was doing or dying, with him. And it was not a tyrant selfishness, a wild ambition, that ruled his life, but a rare concurrence of mental aptitude, moral impulse, and bodily necessity, that kept him incessant in adventure." Nothing ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 5, March, 1858 • Various

... department of art or knowledge; and this for a reason stronger even than that already noticed, viz., the vast extent of the field on which the intellect is now summoned to employ itself. That objection, as it applies only to the degree of the difficulty, might be met by a corresponding degree of mental energy; such a thing may be supposed, at least. But another difficulty there is, of a profounder character, which cannot be so easily parried. Those who have reflected at all upon the fine arts, know that power of one kind is often inconsistent, positively incompatible, ...
— Biographical Essays • Thomas de Quincey

... purposes, and how little it was understood that electoral purposes, which are in themselves a nuisance, should be endured in order that they may subserve politics. And then the time, the money, the mental energy, which had been expended in making the borough a secure seat for a gentleman who had realised the idea that it would become him to be a member of Parliament! This use of the borough seemed to be realised and approved in the borough generally. The inhabitants had taught themselves to think that ...
— Autobiography of Anthony Trollope • Anthony Trollope

Words linked to "Mental energy" :   incitement, libidinal energy, psychic energy, motivation, incitation, motive, need, provocation

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