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  • I would not, brother Toby, continued my father, — I declare I would not have my head so full of curtins and horn-works. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • 'We shall never forget, never Terence, if I may talk shop for just one moment, Perkins's construe is abysmal; I declare I have never seen work like it.

    A Murder of Quality

  • “I hope we might make short shrift of running down Master Blueskin, for I declare I should make fine work of a rib or two of pork.”


  • I declare myself delighted with the plan; an altogether romantic kind of plan, of romance and reality: fancy me riding on Yankee withal, at the time, and considering what a curious world this is, that bakes bread for one beyond the great Ocean-stream, and how a poor man is not left after all to be trodden into the gutters, though the fight went sore against him, and he saw no backing anywhere.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I

  • I declare Peyton was as scared as that bushy-tailed rascal.

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • I declare I feel as if I ought to made them wait and give her every cent of that carpet-money.

    A Theft Condoned

  • To such however as do not choose to go so far back into these things, I can give no better advice than that they skip over the remaining part of this chapter; for I declare before-hand,

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • For the first, my proclamation is a true picture of my mind, He that cannot, as in a glass, see my zeal for the Church of England, does not deserve any farther satisfaction, for I declare him wilful, abominable, and not good.

    Andrew Marvell

  • I declare that the name of Enemy Territory is Egypt!

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • "I declare it's too vexatious!" said Margaret Dunscombe; – "here I've got this beautiful piece of blue satin, and can't do any thing with it; it just matches that blue morocco – it's a perfect match – I could have made a splendid thing of it, and I have got some cord and tassels that would just do – I declare it's too bad."

    The Wide, Wide World


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