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  • As far as I could judge by some words dropped at random, and which I reflected on afterwards, it appeared to me, that the House of Solar, wishing to run the career of embassies, and hoping perhaps in time to arrive at the ministry, wished to provide themselves with a person of merit and talents, who depending entirely on them, might obtain their confidence, and be of essential service.

    The Confessions of J J Rousseau

  • Yet he revealed it himself in some words spoken to Roberto d'Azeglio, the elder brother of Massimo.

    Cavour

  • 'Change, and there did business, and so to the Sun taverne, haling in the morning had some high words with Sir J. Lawson about his sending of some bayled goods to Tangier, wherein the truth is I did not favour him, but being conscious that some of my profits may come out by some words that fell from him, and to be quiet, I have accommodated it.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jan/Feb 1664/65

  • In helping kids expand their semantic capacities, parents should teachthem to learn words by comparing new terms to words they already know: How does this word differ from some words you already have in your vocabulary?

    A Mind at a Time

  • The lid of the casket, made from some yellow timber, had cracked, and the wood itself had been badly stained by the cement, but some words which had been inscribed on the box in black paint were still visible; "BIAS VIVAR," the simple epitaph read, "REQUIESCAT IN PACE."

    Sharpe's Devil

  • But Tom watched her gloweringly, and when she hopped up to him, teasing him about something, he spat some words at her and turned away.

    The Women’s Room

  • Lukos stepped out and spoke some words in Cretan; all the rite of the bull-dance is in the ancient tongue.

    The King Must Die

  • I to St. James's, and there discoursed a while with Mr. Coventry, between whom and myself there is very good understanding and friendship, and so to Westminster Hall, and being in the Parliament lobby, I there saw my Lord of Bristoll come to the Commons House to give his answer to their question, about some words he should tell the King that were spoke by Sir Richard Temple, a member of their House.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jul/Aug 1663

  • Lineham nodded at the smoke-blackened concrete lintel over the fire, on which some words had been chiselled.

    No Laughing Matter

  • Let me quote some words from a teacher you will not accuse of holding to the slave-moralities:

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation

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