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  • AMAKER
  • Du büst en Amaker. (Holst.)
    info] Amak heisst die Erdzunge dicht vor Kopenhagen, wo sich eine Colonie Holländer angesiedelt hat. Wenn die Propsteihagner, die Einwohner eines holsteinischen, ehemals auch von den Holländern angelegten Dorfs sagen wollen: Du hast keine Kräfte, so sagen sie: Du büst en Amaker. Der Ursprung dieser Redensart ist nach Schütze in den alten kriegerischen Zeiten zu suchen.
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  • AMARE
  • Amate, da ihr jung noch seid, cantate, so ihr traget Leid; doch ob ihr habet Lust oder Weh, ob jung und alt seid - bibite. - Frieske, 6.
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  • AMBACHT
  • Twaelf Ambagten (Handwerk) dertien Ongelukken. (Flandern.) - Firmenich, III, 698, 38; für Ostfriesland: Stürenburg, 4a; Bueren, 1167.
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  • AMBASSADE
  • Ambassaden sind aller Orten frei. - Graf, 530, 370.
    info] Die Völkersitte hat von jeher die Gesandten für unverletzlich gehalten.
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  • AMBIREN
  • Ambiren und anhalten ist keine Schande.
    info] Wer eine Stellung haben will, darf sich keine Mühe verdriessen lassen.
    Lat.: Ambitio opportuna est petitio honorum licita apud alios. (Ernest.)
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  • AMBITION
  • Abition, verlass mich nicht; Bruder, leih mir ein Düttchen. (S. Dickthun.) (Danzig.) - Frischbier, I, 56.
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  • A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.
    MARCUS AURELIUS
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  • A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
    LA BRUYÉRE
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  • Alas! ambition makes my little less,
    Embitt'ring the possess'd: why wish for more?
    Wishing of all employments is the worst;
    Philosophy's reverse, and health's decay!
    YOUNG: Night Thoughts
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  • All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
    JOSEPH CONRAD
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  • All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority, otherwise called ambition.
    CESARE PAVESE
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  • Ambition does not see the earth she treads on: the rock and the herbage are of one substance to her.
    WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR
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  • Ambition is only vanity ennobled.
    JEROME K. JEROME
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  • Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
    BEN JONSON
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  • Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
    JONATHAN SWIFT
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  • Ambition sigh'd: she found it vain to trust
    The faithless column, and the crumbling bust.
    POPE
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  • Ambition, the disease of virtue, bred
    Like surfeits from an undigested fulness,
    Meets death in that which is the means of life.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • An upstart is a sparrow eager to be betrothed to a hornbill.
    MALAY PROVERB
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  • Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,
    Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.
    POPE
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  • Bad men boast
    Their specious deeds on earth, which glory excites,
    Or close ambition varnish'd o'er with zeal.
    MILTON
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  • Be not with honour's gilded baits beguiled,
    Nor think ambition wise, because 'tis brave;
    For though we like it, as a forward child,
    'Tis so unsound her cradle is her grave.
    SIR W. DAVENANT: Gondibert
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  • Be wise;
    Soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise.
    PHILIP MASSINGER
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  • Blinded greatness, ever in turmoil,
    Still seeking happy life, makes life a toil.
    DANIEL
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  • Both ways deceitful is the wine of power;
    When new 'tis heady, and when old 'tis sour.
    WALTER HARTE
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  • But see, how oft ambitious aims are crost;
    And chiefs contend till all the prize is lost.
    POPE
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  • Dare to be great without a guilty crown;
    View it, and lay the bright temptation down:
    'Tis base to seize on all.
    DRYDEN
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  • Drawn into arms, and proof of mortal fight,
    Through proud ambition and heart-swelling hate.
    SPENSER
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  • He is much to be dreaded who stands in dread of poverty.
    PUBLILIUS SYRUS
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  • He who would rise in the world should veil his ambition with the forms of humanity.
    CHINESE PROVERB
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  • Here lies the dusky torch of Mortimer,
    Choked with ambition of the meaner sort.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • Here may we reign secure; and, in my choice,
    To reign is worth ambition, though in hell.
    MILTON
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  • I do contest
    As hotly and as nobly with thy love,
    As ever in ambitious strength I did
    Contend against thy valour.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • If you take big paces you leave big spaces.
    BURMESE PROVERB
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  • Ill-weaved ambition, how much art thou shrunk!
    When that this body did contain a spirit,
    A kingdom for it was too small a bound:
    But now two paces of the vilest earth
    Is room enough.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • In me, as yet, ambition had no part;
    Pride had not sour'd, nor wrath debased, my heart.
    WALTER HARTE
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  • In private enterprises men may advance or recede, whereas they who aim at empire have no alternative between the highest success and utter downfall.
    TACITUS
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  • In vain for life he to the altar fled;
    Ambition and revenge have certain speed.
    PRIOR
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  • Leave to fathom such high points as these,
    Nor be ambitious, ere the time, to please;
    Unseasonably wise, till age and cares
    Have form'd thy soul to manage great affairs.
    DRYDEN
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  • Love is not to be reasoned down, or lost
    In high ambition and a thirst of greatness;
    'Tis second life, it grows into the sou.
    JOSEPH ADDISON (1672-1719), Cato. Act 1, 1
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  • Nature and duty bind him to obedience:
    But these being placed in a lower sphere,
    His fierce ambition, like the highest mover,
    Has hurried with a strong impulsive motion
    Against their proper course.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
    WILLIAM BLAKE
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  • No blown ambition doth our arms incite,
    But love, dear love, and our aged father's right.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • No toil, no hardship can restrain
    Ambitious man inured to pain;
    The more confined, the more he tries,
    And at forbidden quarry flies.
    DRYDEN
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  • Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.
    BALTASAR GRACIÁN
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  • Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
    OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR.
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  • O diadem, thou centre of ambition,
    Where all its different lines are reconciled;
    As if thou wert the burning glass of glory.
    DRYDEN
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  • O momentary grace of mortal men!
    Which we more hunt for than the grace of God;
    Who builds his hope in air of your fair looks,
    Lives like a drunken sailor on a mast,
    Ready with ev'ry nod to tumble down.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • O vain to seek delight in earthly thing!
    But most in courts where proud ambition towers.
    SHENSTONE
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  • Of all the passions which possess the soul,
    None so disturb vain mortals' minds
    As vain ambition, which so blinds
    The light of them, that nothing can control
    Nor curb their thoughts who will aspire.
    EARL OF STIRLING: Darius
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  • One shall rise
    Of proud ambitious heart, who, not content
    With fair equality, fraternal state,
    Will arrogate dominion undeserved
    Over his brethren, and quite dispossess
    Concord and law of nature from the earth.
    MILTON
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  • One world sufficed not Alexander's mind;
    Coop'd up he seem'd, in earth and seas confined.
    DRYDEN
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  • AMBITION
  • People Who Do Things exceed my endurance;
    God, for a man that solicits insurance!
    DOROTHY PARKER
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  • AMBITION
  • She points the arduous height where glory lies,
    And teaches mad ambition to be wise.
    POPE
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  • Some through ambition, or through thirst of gold,
    Have slain their brothers, and their country sold.
    DRYDEN
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  • AMBITION
  • Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
    JOSEPH ADDISON (1672-1719), The Spectator. Vol. 2, No. 112
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  • The fiery soul abhorr'd in Catiline,
    In Decius charms, in Curtius is divine:
    The same ambition can destroy or save,
    And make a patriot, as it makes a knave.
    POPE
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  • The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
    VAUVENARGUES
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  • AMBITION
  • The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
    WILLIAM PENN
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  • The true way is the middle one, halfway between deserving a place and pushing oneself into it.
    BALTASAR GRACIÁN
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  • There is a mortal breed most full of futility.
    In contempt of what is at hand, they strain into the future,
    hunting impossibilities on the wings of ineffectual hopes.
    PINDAR
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  • AMBITION
  • There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to,
    That sweet aspect of princes, and our ruin,
    More pangs and fears than war or women have.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AMBITION
  • These signs have mark'd me extraordinary,
    And all the courses of my life do show
    I am not in the roll of common men.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • They hail'd him father to a line of kings;
    Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
    And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
    No son of mine succeeding.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • They that stand high have many blasts to shake them,
    And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • They ween'd
    To win the mount of God, and on his throne
    To set the envier of his state, the proud
    Aspirer; but their thoughts proved fond and vain.
    MILTON
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  • This is the posture of fortune's slave: one foot in the gravy, one foot in the grave.
    JAMES THURBER
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  • This sov'reign passion, scornful of restraint,
    Even from the birth effects supreme command,
    Swells in the breast, and with resistless force
    O'erbears each gentler motion of the mind.
    DR. JOHNSON: Irene
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  • Those who to empire by dark paths aspire,
    Still plead a call to what they most desire.
    DRYDEN
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  • Thou wouldst be great,
    Art not without ambition; but without
    The illness should attend it.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • Thriftless ambition! that will raven up
    Thine own life's means.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • Thy cruel and unnatural lust of power
    Has sunk thy father more than all his years,
    And made him wither in a green old age.
    ROWE
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  • Tis a common proof,
    That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
    Whereto the climber upward turns his face:
    But when he once attains the upmost round,
    He then unto the ladder turns his back,
    Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
    By which he did ascend.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • To cure their mad ambition, they were sent
    To rule a distant province, each alone:
    What could a careful father more have done?
    DRYDEN
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  • Too truly Tamerlane's successors they;
    Each thinks a world too little for his sway.
    DRYDEN
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  • We often pass from love to ambition, but we hardly ever return from ambition to love.
    LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
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  • Well I deserved Evadne's scorn to prove,
    That to ambition sacrificed my love.
    WALLER
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  • What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
    BIBLE, MARK 8:36
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  • Where ambition of place goes before fitness
    Of birth, contempt and disgrace follow.
    GEORGE CHAPMAN
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  • Who never climbed high never fell low.
    THOMAS FULLER
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  • Why does Antony dream out his hours,
    And tempts not fortune for a noble day?
    DRYDEN
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  • With joy th' ambitious youth his mother heard,
    And, eager, for the journey soon prepared;
    He longs the world beneath him to survey,
    To guide the chariot, and to give the day.
    DRYDEN
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  • AMBOSS
  • Amboss und Hammer machen das Eisen nicht weicher.
    Dän.: Ambotten og hammeren gjör jernet ikke blödere. (Prov. dan., 322.)
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  • Auf einen harten Amboss gehört ein Hammer von Federn. - Winckler, II, 83.
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  • Auff einen eisernen amboss gehört ein eiserner Hammer. - Henisch, 862, 31.
    »Eines bist du dem Leben schuldig: Handle oder bleib im Recht; bist du Amboss, sei geduldig, bist du Hammer, schlage zu!«
    Lat.: Incudi ferreae, malleus ferreus. (Henisch, 862, 63.)
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  • AMBOSS
  • Bist du ein Amboss, so leid' als Amboss; bist du Hammer, so schlag' als Hammer zu. (Arab.)
    info] Was doch wol nur heissen kann: Füge dich in deine Lage; aber nicht: Bist du in einer untergeordneten Stellung, so lass dir alle Unbilden von den Obern gefallen, und bist du oben, so drücke und schere, was du vermagst.
    info] Die Rumänen: Bist du Amboss, dulde du; bist du Hammer, schlage zu. (Frangas.)
    Engl.: When you are an anvil, hold you still; when you are a hammer, strike your fill. (Bohn II, 1.)
    Span.: Quando agunque, sufre, quando mazo, tunde. (Bohn I, 243.)
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  • AMBOSS
  • Der Amboss erschrickt vor dem Hammer nicht.
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  • Der Amboss hält länger als der Hammer.
    It.: Dura più l' incudine che il martello. (Bohn I, 95.)
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  • Der Amboss ist an die Schläge des Hammers gewöhnt. (Türk.)
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  • Der Amboss ist des Lärms gewohnt.
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  • Der Amboss ist nicht vor dem Hammer erfunden. - Altmann VI, 436.
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  • Der Amboss und der Hammer machen das Eisen nicht weich, sondern das Feuer. (Dän.)
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  • Der Amboss weicht dem Hammer nicht. - Lehmann, 87, 17; 895, 23.
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  • AMBOSS
  • Der Amposs furcht sich nicht vorm Streich. - Lehmann, 135, 12.
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  • AMBOSS
  • Ein Amboss fragt nach keinem Streich.
    info] Es genügt ihm, sie in gefühllosem Dulden hinzunehmen. Der Mensch aber ist kein Amboss, er muss zu Schutz und Trutz gerüstet sein, um die Schläge abzuwehren.
    Dän.: Ambotten skiötter ey hammerslag. (Prov. dan., 27.)
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  • AMBOSS
  • Ein Amboss hätte viel zu thun, wenn er bei jedem Schlage seufzen wollte.
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  • Ein gläserner Amboss passt nicht für einen ehernen Hammer. - Altmann VI, 431.
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  • Ein grosser Amboss achtet schwerer Schläge nicht. - Petri, II, 838.
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  • Ein guter Amboss achtet der Hammerschläge nicht. - Winckler, VI, 47.
    Dän.: En ambott er ey red for en forhammer. (Prov. dan., 27.)
    Holl.: Een goed aanbeeld moet voor geen slag bezwijken. - Een goed aanbeeld vreest den hamern niet. (Harrebomée, I, 2.)
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  • AMBOSS
  • Ein guter Amboss fürchtet keinen Hammer.
    It.: La buon' ancudine (incudine) non teme il martello. (Giani, 97; Bohn I, 75.)
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  • AMBOSS
  • Ein tüchtiger Amboss achtet auch schwerer Schläge nicht.
    info] Der Mann von Charakter thut, wo er steht, seine Pflicht, unbekümmert darum, welche Streiche man gegen ihn führt.
    Frz.: Bonne enclume ne craint point le marteau.
    It.: Buona incudine non teme martello.
    Lat.: Animus magnus non curat injurias.
    Dän.: Ambotten viger ey for hammeren. (Prov. dan., 27; Bohn I, 365.)
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