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  • Since its inception, the school has...
  • Since the camp’s inception the original crematorium at Auschwitz together with its gas chamber had served as the chief utility of mass death for the entire camp.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Universal suffrage has this admirable property, that it dissolves riot in its inception, and, by giving the vote to insurrection, it deprives it of its arms.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The inception of this noble enterprise was his, and he deserves high credit for it.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

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  • To fill up Liberia with an ignorant, inexperienced, half-barbarized race, just escaped from the chains of slavery, would be only to prolong, for ages, the period of struggle and conflict which attends the inception of new enterprises.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Like most of its rivals, Mountain Madness was a fiscally marginal enterprise and had been since its inception: in 1995 Fischer took home only about $12,000.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Of these the latter may have afforded a finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that it may be the more worthy of being placed upon record, even if it gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • They were there for everything, and almost always from its inception and at the forefront.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The inception of the idea of the cliff villa which they had elaborated as a fantasy one day was a typical example of the forces divorcing them from the first simple arrangements in Zurich.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Unchanged since their inception millions of years ago.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown

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  • From its inception, we decided the High Organ would not try to influence external ANC policy.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • And on his arrival—at the very inception of his career here.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • For instance when the evicted tenants question, then at its first inception, bulked largely in people’s mind though, it goes without saying, not contributing a copper or pinning his faith absolutely to its dictums, some of which wouldn’t exactly hold water, he at the outset in principle at all events was in thorough sympathy with peasant possession as voicing the trend of modern opinion (a partiality, however, which, realising his mistake, he was subsequently partially cured of) and…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Through the intervening fortnight he ran about and smiled outwardly at his inward thoughts, as if they were people meeting and nodding to him—smiled with that singularly beautiful irradiation which is seen to spread on young faces at the inception of some glorious idea, as if a supernatural lamp were held inside their transparent natures, giving rise to the flattering fancy that heaven lies about them then.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Since its inception, Spence has enjoyed a reputation as an institution where girls become the finest of young ladies.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Included was every word of every edition the newspaper had published since its inception—minus only the cartoons, horoscopes, crossword puzzles, and the like.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Later, when they assembled on the porch to watch the sunset, Stillwell’s humorous complainings inspired the inception of an idea which flashed up in her mind swift as lightning.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • When she went to bed that night she felt not only the insidious inception of a revolt, but also a realization that strength was coming from somewhere, as if with the magic of these new thoughts.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • From its inception, the company that started the revolution in meatpacking — by crushing labor unions and championing the ruthless efficiency of the market — has made ample use of government subsidies.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • They defended the policy on the ground that from its inception the ANC was formed and built up, not as a political party with one school of political thought, but as a Parliament of the African people, accommodating people of various political convictions, all united by the common goal of national liberation.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • Verification of his suspicions in regard to Tull’s underhand work—for the deal with Oldring made by Jerry Card assuredly had its inception in the Mormon Elder’s brain, and had been accomplished through his orders—revived in Venters a memory of hatred that had been smothered by press of other emotions.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • The thought, however, revolving around a strange suggestion of Stewart, was poisoned at its inception, and she dismissed it.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • I explained to our counterparts that the ANC from its inception in 1912 had always sought negotiations with the government in power.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A shuddering chill froze the thought at its inception.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • …as far as the Seine, where it terminates in a Y; secondly, on his right, the curving corridor of the Rue du Cadran with its three teeth, which are also blind courts; thirdly, on his left, the branch of the Mail, complicated, almost at its inception, with a sort of fork, and proceeding from zig-zag to zig-zag until it ends in the grand crypt of the outlet of the Louvre, truncated and ramified in every direction; and lastly, the blind alley of a passage of the Rue des Jeuneurs, without…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There was never any more inception than there is now, Nor any more youth or age than there is now, And will never be any more perfection than there is now, Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
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