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It was never what I wanted to buy that held my heart's hope. It was what I wanted to be.
– Lois McMaster Bujold
It was no Insurrection or Rebellion, or even Civil War in any proper sense of these terms... The war... was a war between States regularly organized into two separate Federal Republics... In the beginning, and throughout the contest, the object of the 'Confederates' was to maintain the separate Sovereignty of each State, and the right of self-government, which that necessarily carries with it. The object of the 'Federals,' on the contrary, was to maintain a Centralized Sovereignty over all the States on both sides. This was the fundamental principle involved in the Conflict, which must be kept continually in mind.
– Alexander Hamilton Stephens
It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children.
– Kingsley Amis, One Fat Englishman (1963)
It was not reason that besieged Troy; it was not reason that sent forth the Saracen from the desert to conquer the world; that inspired the crusades; that instituted the monastic orders; it was not reason that produced the Jesuits; above all, it was not reason that created the French Revolution. Man is only great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
– Benjamin Disraeli
It was not their irritating assumption of equality that annoyed Nicholai so much as their cultural confusions. The Americans seemed to confuse standard of living with quality of life, equal opportunity with institutionalized mediocrity, bravery with courage, machismo with manhood, liberty with freedom, wordiness with articulation, fun with pleasure - in short, all of the misconceptions common to those who assume that justice implies equality for all, rather than equality for equals.
– Trevanian from the novel "Shibumi"
It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
– Sam Levenson
It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
– Hubert Humphrey
It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
– Hubert H. Humphrey
It was one of the deadliest and heaviest feelings of my life to feel that I was no longer a boy. From that moment I began to grow old in my own esteem-and in my esteem age is not estimable.
– George Gordon Byron
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
– P. D. James
It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.
– W. Somerset Maugham
It was such a lovely day I thought it was a pity to get up.
– W. Somerset Maugham
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair we had everything before us, we had nothing before us we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.
– Charles Dickens
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all doing direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
– Charles Dickens
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
– Charles Dickens
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But I will always miss those times, becaues I spent them with you. - Anthony "Kubilay" Girit
– Anthony Girit
It was the boast of Augustus that he found Rome of brick and left it of marble. But how much nobler will be the sovereign's boast when he shall have it to say that he found law... a sealed book and left it a living letter found it the patrimony of the rich and left it the inheritance of the poor found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression and left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence.
– Henry Brougham
It was the dawn of the third age of mankind…
– J. Michael Straczynski
It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.
– Hunter S. Thompson
It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.
– Marguerite Duras
It was the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me in my life. It was as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.
– Ernest Rutheford
It was the same with those old birds in Greece and Rome as it is now. The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.
– Harry S Truman
It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.
– Ornette Coleman
It was when Lucifer first congratulated himself upon his angelic behavior that he became the tool of evil.
– Dag Hammarskjld
It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
– Mark Twain

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