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  • If I thought there was one modicum of sense in what you are saying I might bother to engage with you in this discussion.†   (source)
  • It takes a modicum of thinking, but within an hour or so, I invent a great (I think) excuse.†   (source)
  • Cedric clears his throat, recovering a modicum of poise.†   (source)
  • As a result of such apathy, the countryside had maintained more than a modicum of autonomy and freedom.†   (source)
  • Maybe Shay had gained a modicum of respect through his miracles.†   (source)
  • But maybe, with time, we might have been able to build up some modicum of mutual trust...But to stand there and deny it?†   (source)
  • I wish, Dear Diary, I could summon even a modicum of sympathy for my dear John, but reason does not allow me such luxury.†   (source)
  • Julie led him to one of several at the far end, where he would have at least a modicum of privacy.†   (source)
  • There were dozens of these circular alcoves, each lined with a stone bench and provided with a velvet curtain that could be pulled closed to provide a modicum of privacy.†   (source)
  • A teacher should display at least a modicum of interest in his own lessons.†   (source)
  • If you happen to be a responsible citizen who feels a modicum of Christian concern for his unfortunate brothers, you try to mobilize public sentiment, you write letters, make phonecalls, talk to your fellow Elks.†   (source)
  • Eragon chose his response with care to avoid offending her and to provide a modicum of comfort.†   (source)
  • And, with a modicum of luck, no one will know.†   (source)
  • During the 1980s Fischer made a number of impressive ascents hid that earned him a modicum of local renown, but celebrity in the world climbing community eluded him.†   (source)
  • Langdon had expected a modicum of sanity from the Architect of the Capitol, but now it seemed Warren Bellamy was no more rational than the madman claiming Peter was in purgatory.†   (source)
  • Do you see a modicum of intelligence?†   (source)
  • In the waning light, the Varden settled on a series of cultivated fields just southeast of Dras-Leona, where the land rose up to a slight plateau, which would provide them with a modicum of protection should the enemy charge their position.†   (source)
  • If there exists some wraith, some bodily spirit here in this room with me, if he or she can hear my thoughts as the wet ink travels from my pen to parchment, if in fact said entity has any modicum of compassion still held in reserve, then you-it!†   (source)
  • Perhaps his nails were a way for him to exert a modicum of control over a life that was no longer his own.†   (source)
  • They were written in Greek, by authors who had a modicum of education—unlike Jesus's fishermen disciples, who were illiterate, like ninety percent of the population.†   (source)
  • The two of them wanted to marry, which Odele's parents vehemently opposed on the grounds that the young sailor lacked a family of his own, a respectable profession, and the means to provide even a modicum of comfort for their daughter.†   (source)
  • I had used nearly all my savings last year on the hybrid—to be honest, I didn't understand why car manufacturers charged a premium if you were a buyer with a modicum of social conscience.†   (source)
  • behind, keeping a fides: house, who was not spying, hiding, but waiting, watching, for no reward, no thanks, who did not love him in the sense we mean it because there is no love of that sort without hope; who (if it were love) loved with that sort beyond the compass of glib books: that love which gives up what it never had—that penny's modicum which is the donor's all yet whose infinitesimal weight adds nothing to the substance of the loved—and yet I gave it.†   (source)
  • By marriage, and by intermarriage among its own kinsmen, it could boast of some connection with the great, of some insanity, and a modicum of idiocy.†   (source)
  • "Well, I must say that is uncommonly decent of you, Palomides, to let me do the prancinV "Yours truly trusts that a modicum of caution will be exercised in the prance, to prevent delivery of uncomfortable blows to the posterior of the forequarters?"†   (source)
  • Convention rejects and bans certain of the more naked instincts, a little consciousness, morality and debestialization is called for, and a modicum of spirit is not only permitted but even thought necessary.†   (source)
  • Her modicum of strength had been exhausted, and she was unable even to move from her position.†   (source)
  • They communicated to each other that modicum of light which they possessed.†   (source)
  • Indeed, with just a modicum of logic, one could achieve very amusing results from the dogma or infinite space and time— to wit: nothing.†   (source)
  • But to stand working slowly in a field, and feel the creep of rain-water, first in legs and shoulders, then on hips and head, then at back, front, and sides, and yet to work on till the leaden light diminishes and marks that the sun is down, demands a distinct modicum of stoicism, even of valour.†   (source)
  • And as for the rest of his charge, Herr Lodovico could be sure that he, Naphta, pursued his modicum of bourgeois activity, to which the former had been kind enough to allude, with all due reservatio mentalis and that he recognized a certain irony in having found a niche in an educational institution devoted to classical rhetoric, a pedagogy whose life span even the most sanguine would estimate only in decades.†   (source)
  • I kept another small loaf, and a modicum of cheese, on a particular shelf of a particular cupboard, to make my supper on when I came back at night.†   (source)
  • Haggard Saint Antoine had had only one exultant week, in which to soften his modicum of hard and bitter bread to such extent as he could, with the relish of fraternal embraces and congratulations, when Madame Defarge sat at her counter, as usual, presiding over the customers.†   (source)
  • Hunger was pushed out of the tall houses, in the wretched clothing that hung upon poles and lines; Hunger was patched into them with straw and rag and wood and paper; Hunger was repeated in every fragment of the small modicum of firewood that the man sawed off; Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and started up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse, of anything to eat.†   (source)
  • There is necessarily required a certain modicum of antiquity in a race, and the wrinkle of the centuries cannot be improvised.†   (source)
  • In her lay a Godframed Godgiven preformed possibility which thou hast fructified with thy modicum of man's work.†   (source)
  • Had the modicum been less, I should have known my duty.†   (source)
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