It was that strong, living soul which was the mainspring of his moral existence.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Shakespeare saw in Love the mainspring of life.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
For he knew that love affair was the mainspring of his life.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Great Britain was the mainspring of the coalition.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
It is the mainspring of national progress.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
The Prompter never saw a watch with two mainsprings, much less with two hundred.
"Noah Webster" by Horace E. Scudder
Its mainspring is an honorable clan loyalty.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
Fear, and not hope, is the mainspring of his devotions.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
It may have broken its mainspring before we're in the Sixth, and then we shouldn't want it.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
Now, however, I see that the mainspring of your actions was measureless, unlimited, merciless ambition!
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
Woman's love is the mainspring of action in poetry.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
Have they run out of petrol, or broke the mainspring, or what?
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It's enough to break your mainspring.
"Mopsa the Fairy" by Jean Ingelow
The mainspring of Mr. Mueller's doctrine is his theory about 'apprehending the infinite.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
Selfishness is a mainspring of human action.
"The Library and Society" by Various
Such republicanism had been the very mainspring of life at the bijou.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
I lack the mainspring of the parson's life.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
You've heard of my Mainspring bicycle, of course?
"Witching Hill" by E. W. Hornung
His was a narrow but a strong nature, and the desire of her had become the mainspring of his life.
"To Win the Love He Sought" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The former hay been the mainspring of the movement, the latter passively affected.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper