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David Copperfield
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  • When you talk of Mr. Murdstone’s good intentions, and pretend to slight them (for I don’t believe you really do, in your heart, Peggotty), you must be as well convinced as I am how good they are, and how they actuate him in everything.
  • ’As I have mentioned to Miss Trotwood, I am actuated by no mercenary considerations; few men are less so, I believe; but Mr. Jorkins has his opinions on these subjects, and I am bound to respect Mr. Jorkins’s opinions.

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  • These were novel concepts to one who had been taught to believe that wolves were not only capable of catching almost anything but, actuated by an insatiable blood lust, would slaughter everything which came within their range.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Whether she was really an agent of the Thought Police, or simply an amateur spy actuated by officiousness, hardly mattered.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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