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But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
– Arthur C. Clarke
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But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.
– George Orwell
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But the truth was that he died from solitude, the enemy known but to few on this Earth, and whom only the simplest of us are fit to withstand. The brilliant Costaguanaro of the boulevards had died from solitude and want of faith in himself and others.
– Joseph Conrad, Nostromo (on the death of Decoud)
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But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.And thus I clothe my naked villainyWith odd old ends stolen forth of holy writ,And seem I a saint, when most I play the Devil.
– William Shakespeare
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But then peace, peace I am so mistrustful of it so much afraid that it means a sort of weakness and giving in.
– D. H. Lawrence
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But then there's a moment like tonight, a profound and transcendent experience, the feeling as if a door has opened, and it's all because of that instrument, that incredible, magical instrument.
– Andrew Schneider
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But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.
– Charlotte Brontë
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But this is the second work of the law when it hath by its convictions brought the sinner into a condition of a sense of guilt which he cannot avoid, -- nor will anything tender him relief, which way so ever he lose, for he is in a desert, -- it represents unto him the holiness and severity of God, with his indignation and wrath against sin which have a resemblance of a consuming fire. This fills his heart with dread and terror and makes him see his miserable, undone condition.
– John Owen
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But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
– John Maynard Keynes
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But those rare souls whose spirit gets magically into the hearts of men, leave behind them something more real and warmly personal than bodily presence, an ineffable and eternal thing. It is everlasting life touching us as something more than a vague, recondite concept. The sound of a great name dies like an echo the splendor of fame fades into nothing but the grace of a fine spirit pervades the places through which it has passed, like the haunting loveliness of mignonette.
– James Grover Thurber
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But thou, O man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
– 1 Timothy 611 Bible
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But thousands die without or this or that, die, and endow a college, or a cat: To some, indeed, Heaven grants the happier fate, Tenrich a bastard, or a son they hate.
– Alexander Pope
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But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
– Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Chapter 29
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But to my mind, though I am native here
And to the manner born, it is a custom
More honoured in the breach than the observance.

– William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 4
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But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honoured in the breach than the observance.
– William Shakespeare
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But true love is a durable fire In the mind ever burning Never sick, never old, never dead From itself never turning.
– Sir Walter Raleigh
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But wait there's more!
– Ron Popeil
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But what do we mean by the American Revolution Do we mean the American War The revolution was effected before the war commenced. The revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.
– Geoffrey F. Albert
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But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?
– James Thurber
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But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.
– Albert Camus
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But what is the difference between literature and journalism ...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
– Oscar Wilde
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But what is the difference between literature and journalism?
...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.

– Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891
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But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.
– Jane Austen
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But when you start disagreeing with the answers, you've got a problem.
– R. E. Phillips
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But wherefore thou alone Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.
– John Milton
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