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  • …of the sun—as to those fellows, who meanly take advantage of the ardour of gentlemen in the pursuit of knowledge to recompense the inestimable services of the best years of their lives, their long study, and their expensive education with pittances too small for the acceptance of clerks, I would have the necks of every one of them wrung and their skulls arranged in Surgeons’ Hall for the contemplation of the whole profession in order that its younger members might understand from…
  • If when you first came here, in consequence of our advertisement in the newspapers—when I say ’our,’ I’m alluding to the advertisements of my friend in the city, and one or two others who embark their capital in the same way, and are so friendly towards me as sometimes to give me a lift with my little pittance— if at that time you could have helped us, Mr. George, it would have been the making of you."

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  • "The settlement was a pittance compared to what it would’ve been if they had filed a year later."
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Five years ago, after an attack, it had appeared as though he would either have to sacrifice his business on the auction block and live on a pittance thereafter or put himself at the mercy of some unscrupulous employee who would in the end probably ruin him.
    Bernard Malamud  --  The First Seven Years

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