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I am skeptical of political panaceas and always look for the unintended consequences.
  something that’s supposed to solve all problems
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  • I am skeptical of political panaceas and always look for the unintended consequences.
  • The treatment helps, but it’s no panacea.
  • Grandpapa says it is a panacea.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He will talk quickly and eagerly about nothing at all, snatching at any subject as a panacea to pain.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • Captain Black knew he was a subversive because he wore eyeglasses and used words like panacea and utopia, and because he disapproved of Adolf Hitler, who had done such a great job of combating un-American activities in Germany.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This impossibility He calls love, and this same monotonous panacea can be detected under all He does and even all He is—or claims to be.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Poor Hannah was the first to recover, and with unconscious wisdom she set all the rest a good example, for with her, work was panacea for most afflictions.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • At length one of those rich relations to strengthen whose interest and importance your father had been sacrificed, as others are often—it is no uncommon case—died, and to repair the misery he had been instrumental in occasioning, left him his panacea for all griefs—Money.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • (He feels his trouser pocket) Poor mamma’s panacea.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He was getting some vague comfort out of a good cigar, but it was no panacea for the ill which affected him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie

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  • For my panacea, instead of one of those quack vials of a mixture dipped from Acheron and the Dead Sea, which come out of those long shallow black-schooner looking wagons which we sometimes see made to carry bottles, let me have a draught of undiluted morning air.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Secondly, Mr. Snagsby has to lay upon the table half a crown, his usual panacea for an immense variety of afflictions.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It’s just all cloaks, sentiment and spiritual rouge and panaceas.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • ’Mo’s panacea, the one he guarantees will cure you if it doesn’t give you cardiac arrest.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • This was a relief to Mrs. Peniston, who could give herself up to her own symptoms, and Lily was advised to go and lie down, her aunt’s panacea for all physical and moral disorders.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The good woman no sooner felt the gold within her palm, than her temper began (such is the efficacy of that panacea) to be mollified.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Then she met Champ Perry in the post-office—and decided that in the history of the pioneers was the panacea for Gopher Prairie, for all of America.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • For every social ill the panacea of Wealth has been urged,—wealth to overthrow the remains of the slave feudalism; wealth to raise the "cracker" Third Estate; wealth to employ the black serfs, and the prospect of wealth to keep them working; wealth as the end and aim of politics, and as the legal tender for law and order; and, finally, instead of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, wealth as the ideal of the Public School.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Where the natural impulse to complain against the holocaust has been suppressed—to cry out blame, or to announce panaceas—the magnitude of an art of tragedy more potent (for us) than the Greek finds realization: the realistic, intimate, and variously interesting tragedy of democracy, where the god is beheld crucified in the catastrophes not of the great houses only but of every common home, every scourged and lacerated face.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • There is no panacea (let me note) against the shock of meeting.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • A panacea for everybody, you know?
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Sending in a dollar bill wasn’t a panacea, but it was very easy to do.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • But there is frighteningly little evidence that his strategy was the crime panacea that he and the media deemed it.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He grew animated on this subject: "The elixir of gold," he exclaimed, "the yellow dye of Bestucheff, General Lamotte’s drops, in the eighteenth century,—this was the great remedy for the catastrophes of love, the panacea against Venus, at one louis the half-ounce phial.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He’d driven a Wonder Bakery truck in those days—Good Bread for Six Reasons—and before that he’d been the Watkins man—panaceas and potions—for the Indian Reservation.) But no words came, only the light of a cat’s eyes beside the curb.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Machines is their cry, their chimera, their panacea.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Nay, he would sometimes retire hither to take his beer, and it was not without difficulty that he was prevented from forcing Jones to take his beer too: for no quack ever held his nostrum to be a more general panacea than he did this; which, he said, had more virtue in it than was in all the physic in an apothecary’s shop.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "That’s your panacea, isn’t it?" she cried.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • It’s the only panacea I know.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • "Do you mean, like Gerty Farish, to recommend the unfailing panacea of ’a good man’s love’?"
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Education isn’t always a panacea.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • "Microfinance is not a panacea," Roshaneh says.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He has to be a "great man" in the modern sense of the word—one standing at the terminus of some centrifugal and unbalanced line of thought—a crank vending a panacea.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • And so, in this great question of reconciling three vast and partially contradictory streams of thought, the one panacea of Education leaps to the lips of all:—such human training as will best use the labor of all men without enslaving or brutalizing; such training as will give us poise to encourage the prejudices that bulwark society, and to stamp out those that in sheer barbarity deafen us to the wail of prisoned souls within the Veil, and the mounting fury of shackled men.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Grandpapa says it is a panacea.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His panacea was somewhat in the nature of an anti-climax, but at least it had the merits of simplicity and of common sense.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Snagsby has to lay upon the table half a crown, his usual panacea for an immense variety of afflictions.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • It has taken me all these years to find my tipple, Bunny; but here it is, my panacea, my elixir, my magic philtre
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Raffles, Further Adventures Of The Amateur Cracksman
  • Here the glib politician crying his legislative panaceas, and here the peripatetic Cheap-Jack holding aloft his quack cures for human ills.
    Jerome, Jerome K.  --  Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
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