My eye met his as the idea crossed my mind: he seemed to read the glance, answering as if its import had been spoken as well as imagined — "Yes, yes, you are right," said he; "I have plenty of faults of my own: I know it, and I don’t wish to palliate them, I assure you.
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We can palliate, but not cure the disease.
Congress is better at palliating the suffering of the unemployed than at creating an environment conducive to job creation.