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We and our
We pulled and swore and yanked and wept, scraping our hands until they bled profusely.
`` We the people of the Confederate States, each state acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity -- invoking the favor and the guidance of Almighty God -- do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Confederate States of America ''.
We have staved off a war and, since our behavior has involved all these elements, we can only keep adding to our ritual without daring to abandon any part of it, since we have not the slightest notion which parts are effective.
We are forced, in our behavior towards others, to adopt empirically successful patterns in toto because we have such a minimal understanding of their essential elements.
We use terms from our personal experience with individuals such as `` trust '', `` cheat '', and `` get tough ''.
We were forbidden to swing on the gates, lest they sag on their hinges in a poor-white-trash way, but we could stand on them, when they were latched, rest our chins on the top, and stare and stare, committing to memory, quite unintentionally, all the details that lay before our eyes.
A Yale historian, writing a few years ago in The Yale Review, said: `` We in New England have long since segregated our children ''.
We hear equally fervent concern over the belief that we have not enough generalists who can see the over-all picture and combine our national skills and knowledge for useful purposes.
We must believe we have the ability to affect our own destinies: otherwise why try anything??
We are tempted to blame others for our problems rather than look them straight in the face and realize they are of our own making and possible of solution only by ourselves with the help of desperately needed, enlightened, competent leaders.
We are reminded, however, that freedom of thought and discussion, the unfettered exchange of ideas, is basic under our form of government.
We experience a vague uneasiness about events, a suspicion that our political and economic institutions, like the genie in the bottle, have escaped confinement and that we have lost the power to recall them.
We and our friends are, of course, concerned with self-defense.
We did our job, Mr. Stavropoulos and Mr. De Seynes and myself, taking evidence from a number of people ''.
We went out of the office and down the hall to a window where documents and more officials awaited us, the rest of the office personnel hot upon our heels.
We saw it frequently afterward, but our suggestion for the very first encounter is near sunset.
We met some charming Athenians, and among them our chauffeur Panyotis ranked high.
We can be virtuous only if we control our lower natures, the passions in this case, and strengthen our rational side ; ;
We saw Giuseppe Berto at a party once in a while, tall, lean, nervous and handsome, and, in our opinion, the best novelist of them all except Pavese, and Pavese is dead.

We and country
We had a couple of schools in this country, the principal one being on the Marshall Field estate out in Lloyd's Neck.
We have only to compare the liberty and high standard of living we enjoy in this great country with the oppression and frugality of other nations to realize with humble gratitude that God's Providence has been with us since the very beginning of our country.
We cannot test public opinion until the President and the leaders of the country have gone to the public to explain what is required and have asked them for support for the necessary action.
We should hope that peace corps projects will be truly international and that our citizens will find themselves working alongside citizens of the host country and also volunteers from other lands.
We divided the country into five regions plus Hawaii and Alaska and in each is included a general description of the area plus specific recommendations of places and events to cover.
We stood under a gigantic tree in the rolling country just outside of Moscow looking at silent flowers on the grave of a Russian poet and writer who cherished the love for his country to the point of foregoing the highest international honor.
`` We have checked her in different parts of Europe and Egypt and finally back into this country.
We trust you are not one of the 70,000,000 Americans who do not attend church, but who feel that various forms of recreation are more important than worshipping the God who made our country great.
We will now speak of the ways in which it helped shape the ideals of the country and of the manner in which it stimulated efforts to attain those ideals through reform movements, through programmes for bringing the collective life to the nation to conformity to Christian standards, and through leaders in the government.
Il faut rester en ces contrées, ou en sortir grands comme les anciens " (" We no longer have a fleet: well, we must either remain in this country or quit it as great as the ancients ").
We are deliberately putting a world order before our loyalty to our own country.
We say we want to see put on the statute book something which will make our people citizens of the world before they are citizens of this country ".
We have seen the cause of democracy, which is, in our view, the cause of civilisation and humanity, receive a terrible defeat ... The events of these last few days constitute one of the greatest diplomatic defeats that this country and France have ever sustained.
" When Robert B. Anderson, Eisenhower's first Secretary of the Navy argued that the Navy must recognize the " customs and usages prevailing in certain geographic areas of our country which the Navy had no part in creating ", Eisenhower overruled him: " We have not taken and we shall not take a single backward step.
" We did not know that the Yugoslavs, under the pretext of ' defending ' your country against an attack from the Greek fascists, wanted to bring units of their army into the PRA Republic of Albania.
We regularly have over 350 people on trolleys in A & E, waiting lists that go on for months, outpatient waiting lists that go on for years and cancelled operations across the country ..."
" Upon ordering his army to join the battle and rescue their fellow Romans, Fabius exclaimed " We must make haste to rescue Minucius, who is a valiant man, and a lover of his country.
We couldn ’ t get on country radio and we couldn ’ t get on rock radio!
We were the outlaw country band for a brief period ,” says Hillman.
:" We worship ," replied Hengist, " our country gods, Saturn and Jupiter, and the other deities that govern the world, but especially Mercury, whom in our language we call Woden and to whom our ancestors consecrated the fourth day of the week, still called after his name Wodensday.
He went on to say that " we repudiate the Dáil … We will set up an Executive which will issue orders to the IRA all over the country.
We made a peaceful entry into this new country, establishing a reputation for fair trade and decent behaviour ... but gold was our interest and we had traced the rivers and tributaries as far as practicable where conditions and results justified the effort and found nothing worthwhile.

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