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Famous quotes containing the word date:

    Modern tourist guides have helped raised tourist expectations. And they have provided the natives—from Kaiser Wilhelm down to the villagers of Chichacestenango—with a detailed and itemized list of what is expected of them and when. These are the up-to- date scripts for actors on the tourists’ stage.
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914)

    In the South, the war is what A.D. is elsewhere: they date from it.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)