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In that village there was a social equality which, if not absolute, was as nearly so as can ever be in a competitive civilization; and I could have suffered no slight in the general esteem for giving up a profession and going back to a trade; if I was despised at all it was because I had thrown away the chance of material advancement; I dare say some people thought I was a fool to do that.
The sudden darkness was comparative, not absolute, for gradually all objects of his environment became again visible.
Then those who see the many beautiful, and who yet neither see absolute beauty, nor can follow any guide who points the way thither; who see the many just, and not absolute justice, and the like,-- such persons may be said to have opinion but not knowledge?
He belongs to a country in whose national character we have not absolute confidence.
as the consul at Mannheim had remarked) this woman must have possessed, if not absolute beauty, at least rare attractions peculiarly her own.
The process is not absolute or infallible, but it has been found capable of sifting beliefs and building up science.
But BMP said the president's argument shows "convoluted logic," since "'management prerogative' and 'property rights' are not absolute.
In my view, that is a value system of great, if not absolute, honesty.
On the associated call, management stressed that it would drive top-line growth and possibly sacrifice some profit margins, but not absolute profits, Kim noted.
It should be noted that beauty and perfection, like other aesthetic criteria, is not absolute.
However, the wilful refusal of Plaid Cymru's leadership to address the fact that the party cannot get its message across to many hundreds of thousands of viewers who choose not to watch BBC Wales is, if not absolute proof, certainly strong evidence that Plaid Cymru has no interest in increasing its vote beyond Gwynedd and Dyfed and is as much of a regional party in this country as the Northern League is in Italy.
However, as repeatedly pointed out by the court, those freedom and rights are not absolute.

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