“There's a lot of pretext strikes, I can tell you, ... That's part of what a judge has to do, is find out if that [reason cited by a lawyer] is true.”
“In case anyone intends to raise a pretext, they are just after seeking pretexts (to refer Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council),”
“She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining.”
“Politics are always a struggle for power, disguised and modified by prudence, reason and moral pretext.”
William Hurrell Mallock
“Pretexts are not wanting when one wishes to use them.”
“The unwarranted accusations by the U.S. against China under the pretext of so-called human rights questions are completely without reason and driven by ulterior motives.”
“China is firmly opposed to Lee Teng-hui carrying out any activities in Japan under any pretext.”
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