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    An ancient prophecy ... pronounced, That the castle and lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it!

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    An ancient custom obtains force of nature.

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    An ancient tradition declares that every idiot blunder we pass into law will sooner or later redound to Athens' profit.

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    An ancient dictum says that when Zeus wanted to destroy someone, he would first drive him mad.

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    An ancient Vedic aphorism says, "Infinite flexibility is the secret to immortality." When we cultivate flexibility in or consciousness, we renew ourselves in every moment and reverse the aging process.

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    Ancient Hawaiians say: When you're itching for the waves, the only lotion is the ocean.

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    Ancient philosophy proposed to mankind an art of living. By contrast, modern philosophy appears above all as the construction of a technical jargon reserved for specialists.

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    Ancient astronauts didn't build the pyramids. Human beings built the pyramids, because they're clever and they work hard.

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    And here were forests ancient as the hills, Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

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    Ancient travelers guessed; modern travelers measure.

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    Ancient and oriental civilizations were more sensitive than we are to the cycles of things; to the succession of generations, both divine and human; and to change within stasis. Western man is virtually alone in wanting to make his God into a fortress and personal immortality into a bulwark against time.

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    Ancient history, besides the still unequalled excellence of the writers, is the best instrument for cultivating the historical sense.

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    Ancient history is oddly short on incorrect omens.

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    And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown that the ancients did not know everything.

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    anybody who has anything abusive to say of women, whether ancient or modern, can command a vast public in the popular press and a ready agreement from the average publisher.

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    Ancient and modern languages teem with happily expressed sentiments of more or less force and beauty, sufficiently individualized and excellent to warrant their reproduction and classification.

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    Anything based on ancient texts is difficult for a modern reader to get their head around.

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    A phone tree isn't an ancient form of political organizing, but you have to call every person.

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    Ask counsel of both timesof the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest.

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    Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank, The army of unalterable law.

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    An English homegrey twilight poured On dewy pasture, dewy trees, Softer than sleepall things in order stored, A haunt of ancient Peace.

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    As we willingly enter each place of fear, each place of deficiency and insecurity in ourselves, we will discover that its walls are made of untruths, of old images of ourselves, of ancient fears, of false ideas of what is pure and what is not.

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    As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky.

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    At first the ancient images of the Goddess did not interest me.

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    Astronomy is ... the only progressive Science which the ancient world produced.

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    A twinge at the edge of her lips and she continued, the soft, slow lilt of recitation: "Ancient walls that sing the distant hours.

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    A thicket of summer grass / Is all that remains / Of the dreams of ancient warriors.

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    Atlantis was destroyed by the greed of its inhabitants.

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    Between certainty and the real, an ancient enmity.

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    Back in the day, you'd walk down to a street corner and see some people making a story with a hat in front of them. It's ancient entertainment, ancient storytelling and oral history - now we're doing it on YouTube.

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    By practice and conviction formed, With ancient stubbornness ingrained, Although her body clung and swarmed, My own identity remained.

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    Catharsis comes from the ancient Greek word...which literally translated means 'to pass a hard stool'

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    A very ancient and fish-like smell.

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    But that was the trouble with ancient artifacts - no one really knew what they did.

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    China is the largest and most ancient of Asiatic countries, but it is not for us boastfully to talk of her right to a position of 'leadership' among those countries.

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    Centuries have not worm-eaten the solidity of this ancient furniture of the mind.

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    China, slavishly dedicated to ancient scholars, incapable of generating within herself sufficient rulers to continue, without bloodshed, a nation.

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    Chârvâkas, a very ancient sect in India, were rank materialists.

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    Conventional dogmas, even if endowed with the authority of an Aristotle - ancient or modern - must be tested vigorously. If they are found wanting, we need not bother with them. But if they are found to be substantially correct, we may not overlook them.

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    Confidentiality is an ancient and well-warranted social value.

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    Contempt for private wrongs was one of the features of ancient morals.

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    Darwinism is a pagan religion whose roots go back to the Sumerians and Ancient Egypt.

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    Custom, though never so ancient, without truth, is but an old error.

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    'Contract' succeeded 'status' as the basic organising principle in modern political vs. ancient society.

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    Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.

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    Dharma is an ancient word for truth.

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    Doing a budget means learning an ancient and powerful word: NO.

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    Different cultural and geological references inspire the collection as seen in ancient tribes and tradition.

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    Each new Clarice, compact as a living body with its smells and its breath, shows off, like a gem, what remains of the ancient Clarices, fragmentary and dead.

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    Down the ancient corridors through the gates of time, run the ghosts of dreams that we have left behind.