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  • Over the last six months, an Obama-Clinton ticket has gone from the naivest of fantasies on the part of the candidates 'most clueless supporters to a seriously sensible and pragmatic option.

    Mayhill Fowler: The Hangover

  • Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done.

    What's Wrong with Sherlock Holmes' Theory of Knowledge

  • The histories I was given when I was a little boy generally started off by explaining in the naivest way that a cold climate made people energetic while

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • At that time revolutionary ballads of the naivest kind, all about proletarian brotherhood and the wickedness of Mussolini, were being sold on the streets for a few centimes each.

    Homage to Catalonia

  • The histories I was given when I was a little boy generally started off by explaining in the naivest way that a cold climate made people energetic while a hot one made them lazy, and hence the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • But even if we disregard all this and examine only the given product along with its activity, this seems to me enough to make the objective lunacy of this institution dawn on even the naivest mind.

    Mein Kampf

  • Money is conveniently lost and found; the naivest coincidences continually occur; people turn up in the nick of time at the exact spot required, and develop the most needful (but entirely casual) relations with the characters.

    Criticisms and Interpretations. III. By Austin Dobson

  • He was twenty-four years of age, and the naivest Don Juan one could possibly meet.

    Recollections Of My Childhood And Youth

  • He spoke of me all the time, in the blandest way, as "this prodigious giant," and "this horrible sky-towering monster," and "this tusked and taloned man-devouring ogre", and everybody took in all this bosh in the naivest way, and never smiled or seemed to notice that there was any discrepancy between these watered statistics and me.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • In a later work entitled _Epilogue a l'Art Chretien, _ but actually a sort of autobiography, written in the naivest spirit of personal conceit and pious sentimentalism, M. Rio gives an exceedingly entertaining account of his intercourse with Carlyle.

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

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