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  • The existence of a democratic society governed by the rule of law implies a lack of unanimity on almost every aspect of the public agenda. Compromise on public issues is the price of civilization, not an abrogation of principle.
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  • On such feelings, more or less dimly shared by all, the unanimity and general approval were founded with which, despite court influences, the popular choice of Kutuzov as commander in chief was received.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • What does he offer in opposition to this overwhelming unanimity?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The test of intellectual excellence, however, had been reduced by tradition and unvoiced unanimity to a single area of study: Talmud.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen

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  • They were all crying together; and, intoxicated by the noise, the unanimity, the sense of rhythmical atonement, they might, it seemed, have gone on for hours-almost indefinitely.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The Martians seem to have calculated their descent with amazing subtlety—their mathematical learning is evidently far in excess of ours—and to have carried out their preparations with a well-nigh perfect unanimity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, won-der-ful happiness!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • New Switzerland for ever!’ shouted the whole company enthusiastically, as they raised their glasses, and made them touch with a musical ring, which so expressively denotes a joyful unanimity of sentiment.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • These frank admissions softened Mr. Giles, who at once owned that he was afraid; upon which, they all three faced about, and ran back again with the completest unanimity, until Mr. Giles (who had the shortest wind of the party, as was encumbered with a pitchfork) most handsomely insisted on stopping, to make an apology for his hastiness of speech.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But the decision was correct, and the unanimity of the judges had its justification in the excellence of the sonnet.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera

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  • "Well, about that unanimity, that’s another thing, one may say," said the prince.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Fortunately little is left of me that can die physically, and as for the rest, all our religions display a pleasant unanimity of optimism.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • This eloquent discharge opened the floodgates of enthusiasm again, and the election was carried with thundering unanimity.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • They ended in unanimity or not at all.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Their prudence, unanimity, unacquaintedness with fear, and their love of their country, would amply supply all defects in the military art.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • If Tom is up, I shall go to him directly and get it over, and when we meet at breakfast we shall be all in high good-humour at the prospect of acting the fool together with such unanimity.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • In the course of the year, however, there had been a change in the public sentiment, of which the unanimity at Dollop’s was an index.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • With what seemed like unusual unanimity, the peasants and the people in the slums had embraced something called dechoukaj, the "uprooting" of every visible symbol of the Duvaliers, which included the public persecution and sometimes the killing of former tontons macoutes, mostly small fry, of course.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • George Norris was saddened by the near unanimity with which "my own people condemned me …. and asserted that I was misrepresenting my state."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • …that I should find it necessary so to libel the glorious name — who, being practically and well acquainted with the grievances and wrongs of you, the injured pith and marrow of this land, and having heard you, with a noble and majestic unanimity that will make Tyrants tremble, resolve for to subscribe to the funds of the United Aggregate Tribunal, and to abide by the injunctions issued by that body for your benefit, whatever they may be — what, I ask you, will you say of that…
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Sometimes throughout a whole season all the swarms would alight on the lowest attainable bough—such as part of a currant-bush or espalier apple-tree; next year they would, with just the same unanimity, make straight off to the uppermost member of some tall, gaunt costard, or quarrenden, and there defy all invaders who did not come armed with ladders and staves to take them.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Myself, and all the passengers indeed, joined with great unanimity in this view of the matter; for our burdens were rich in many things esteemed precious throughout the world; and, especially, we each of us possessed a great variety of favorite Habits, which we trusted would not be out of fashion even in the polite circles of the Celestial City.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • His explanation was terribly effective; Mme. Verdurin now realised that this one state of unbelief would prevent her ’little nucleus’ from ever attaining to complete unanimity, and was unable to restrain herself, in her fury at the obstinacy of this wretch who could not see what anguish his words were causing her, but cried aloud, from the depths of her tortured heart, "You may think so if you wish, but at least you need not say so to us."
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Over us all broods a splendid unanimity.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • But still unanimity was far from prevailing.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • As stubborn as the granite of their mountains, they, almost in unanimity, refuse to yield.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • In all these cases, however, unanimity and the sanction of their constituents are requisite.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The other gentlemen had exchanged glances which expressed unanimity as to the timeliness of their presence.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • "You see," the attorney Giuliani said, "not only is there no comfort in unanimity, but they cannot even achieve it."
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • There was no more unanimity in the North on waging war to keep the Union than there had been in the South on seceding to destroy it.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • The nation seems to be governed by a single principle, and the prevailing party assumes the credit of having restored peace and unanimity to the country.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Even among the opposition, there wasgrowing agreement on the need for unanimity, "harmony," a healing of disputes.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "We have nothing, my dear sir, to depend upon, but the protection of a kind Providence and unanimity among ourselves," he wrote to John Adams from his Broadway headquarters.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • As they gathered in concentric circles from all sides, it was as if they were thronging after him—hesitant, without a will of their own, and yet in dazed unanimity, like a swarm of rats behind the Pied Piper.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The fiction that it was not Mr Meagles who had stood in the way, but that it was the Family greatness, and that the Family greatness had made a concession, and there was now a soothing unanimity, pervaded the affair, though it was never openly expressed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • We most earnestly recommend to you calmness and unanimity in this great and weighty affair, that the union may be brought to a happy conclusion, being the only effectual way to secure our present and future happiness, and disappoint the designs of our and your enemies, who will …. use their utmost endeavors to prevent or delay this union.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Disquisition is for the preacher; whereas the writer is but telling a tale, and that he may not lose his character, the explanation he is making requires notice merely of a point connected with the Messiah about which the unanimity among the chosen people was matter of marvellous astonishment: he was to be, when come, the KING OF THE JEWS—their political King, their Caesar.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Fixed though they seemed at their posts, at rest in perfect unanimity, nothing could be fresher, freer, more sensitive superficially than the snow-white or gold-kindled surface; to change, to go, to dismantle the solemn assemblage was immediately possible; and in spite of the grave fixity, the accumulated robustness and solidity, now they struck light to the earth, now darkness.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • "No, they shall be lashed," said Unanimity 7-3304, "till there is nothing left under the lashes."
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • Unanimity, however, might be an agreement to disagree, to wait for a more propitious time to propose a solution.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Though infuriated by Dickinson’s "magisterial" tone, Adams replied calmly that there were many accommodations he would make in the cause of harmony and unanimity.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Not only was it passed, but with surprising unanimity.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Even as recently as the last treaty of peace with Great Britain, the constitutional principle of unanimity was departed from.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The necessity of unanimity in public bodies, or of something approaching towards it, has been founded upon a supposition that it would contribute to security.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • There were bonfires, ringing bells, with other great demonstrations of joy upon the unanimity and agreement of the Declaration.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • When Edward Rutledge rescued the moment by moving that a final vote be postponed until the next day, implying that for the sake of unanimity South Carolina might change its mind, Adams and the others immediately agreed.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But this apparent unanimity is merely a cloak to alarming dissensions and perpetual opposition.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • "We proceed with wonderful harmony, in good humor, and unanimity," acknowledged Adams, whose sole complaint was a gnawing feeling of "inutility."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The real wonder is that so many difficulties should have been surmounted, and surmounted with a unanimity almost as unprecedented as it must have been unexpected.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Or did they interpret our spurts of fire, the sudden stinging of our shells, our steady investment of their encampment, as we should the furious unanimity of onslaught in a disturbed hive of bees?
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
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