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  • He had but one remark to make, however wild might be the assertions advanced from the English side of the table, '_Vous avez raison, monsieur, vous avez parfait-e-ment raison_!'

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  • What is the reason for the use of the term "raison d'etre"

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  • But I discovered in the French word raison d'être.

    John Maeda on his journey in design

  • It will be understood that I sympathise with their main raison d’être: getting the UK out of the EU.

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  • It was a virtual synonym for the sixteenth-century term raison d’État and an updating of that tenet of international relations that had been ratified by the Peace of Westphalia and reaffirmed by the Congress of Vienna: what happened inside any state—the repression, say, of a national minority—was no business of any other state.

    The Great Experiment

  • Although Mydoom’s main raison d’etre is to to attack and overload SCO, it also opens up a backdoor to infected computers by planting a new SHIMGAPI. DLL file to system32 directory and launching it as a child process of EXPLORER. EXE.

    E-bug attacks SCO

  • "The service of authority demands a persevering presence, able to enliven and take initiative, to recall the raison d'être of consecrated life, to help the persons entrusted to you to correspond with ever-renewed fidelity to the call of the Spirit".28

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  • The two candidates despise, cannot stand, each other; still, for the sake of higher collective interests, for what the French call raison d'état, they have to go through a marriage ceremony regardless and in spite of their personal feelings and different aspirations.

    The View from Damascus

  • Whereas today the state is no more than the sum of its inhabitants, de Benoist imagines a state that would be more than such a sum, and this "more" is called the raison d'état and is the basis for what he calls the "transcendence of the principle of authority."

    Paris: Moses and Polytheism

  • Machiavelli did not originate nor did he make much use of the notion of raison d'état.

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