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  • When we gaze at the magnificence of an ancient monument and ascribe its achievement to one man, we are guilty of spiritual embezzlement.
  • The New Frontiers said something about regrettable excesses, but ascribed them to "spontaneous outbursts of justifiable popular anger."
  • Mr. Keating, will you state under oath whether you designed the project ascribed to you, known as Cortlandt Homes?
  • Too often, isolated manifestations of anomaly can be mistaken for a broad popular movement, and one should be careful not to ascribe to them a significance they do not deserve.
  • I would stand and say: I am Gail Wynand, the man who has committed every crime except the foremost one: that of ascribing futility to the wonderful fact of existence and seeking justification beyond myself.

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  • I think of them most warmly, as I do my natural parents, but to neither would I ascribe the business of having reared me, for it seems clear that it was the purposeful society that did so, and really nothing and no one else.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • No real revelation in all this: in modern times most of the mischief ascribed to the military has been wrought with the advice and consent of civil authority.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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