ups and downs


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We should have our trials, our ups and downs, I know; but surely it is by those that true love learns how to grow more true and strong.
There is no human history in the world, I suppose," said Don Quixote, "that has not its ups and downs, but more than others such as deal with chivalry, for they can never be entirely made up of prosperous adventures.
You are too clever a fellow, you are made of too good stuff, to spend your time in ups and downs over that class of goods.
The ups and downs in his voice were noticeable, but they did not affect her.
If you could look with her eyes you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, many ups and downs of fate,--and meantime it is only puss and her tail.