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An Arab woman without a veil will throw her skirt over her head rather than leave her face exposed.

Cleopatra had the floors of the royal apartment covered with a layer of rose petals for her first meeting with Mark Anthony.

A bookshop owner selling obscene books would not look inside the books because she did not like that sort of thing.

The rising price of cattle in an African nation was once caused by the high price of brides in heads of cattle.


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Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil, in its worst state an intolerable one. (Tom Paine, pamphleteer)

Corruption – the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. (Edward Gibbon, historian)

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. (Edmund Burke, statesman)

The king is not the nation’s representative, but its clerk. (Robespierre, revolutionary leader)

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An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad for the commonwealth. Sir Henry Wotton

Freedom is the recognition of necessity. Spinoza

Law is a bottomless pit. Arbuthnot, Scottish writer

Faction is to a party what the superlative is to the positive. Party is a political evil and faction is the worst of all parties.   Viscount Bolingbroke