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Famous quotes containing the word detect:

    If the individuals who compose the purest circles of aristocracy in Europe, the guarded blood of centuries, should pass in review, in such manner as that we could, at leisure, and critically inspect their behavior, we might find no gentleman, and no lady; for, although excellent specimens of courtesy and high-breeding would gratify us in the assemblage, in the particulars, we should detect offence. Because, elegance comes of no breeding, but of birth.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    A stranger may easily detect what is strange to the oldest inhabitant, for the strange is his province.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    He planted where the deluge ploughed,
    His hired hands were wind and cloud;
    His eyes detect the Gods concealed
    In the hummock of the field.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)