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it was ever thus

It has always been this way; this has always been the truth. Sometimes stylized as "'twas ever thus." We should be disappointed to learn our political leaders are so deep in the pockets of corporations, but we should not be surprised. It was ever thus. Twas ever thus, unfortunately: the higher you are in the economic and social hierarchies, the more you depend on the exploitation of lower-class workers.
See also: ever, thus

it was ever thus (or so)

used as a humorous way of suggesting that despite claims of things having been better in the past nothing much alters. informal
1998 Bookseller Curious and surprising (to say the least) and depressing things happen. But it was ever so.
See also: ever, thus
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'Tune sic semper' as the good Bishop would have said, 'twas ever thus'.
The historical scope of this collection also reminds us that 'twas ever thus. In fact, in the early days of cinema, women dominated in certain scenes, and these pioneers of the artform didn't wait for permission from anyone to make films.
As always, consideration of the fact that London remains the ever-powerful magnet for business and investment produced no answers - 'twas ever thus.
'Twas ever thus. In 1947, dinner in First Class aboard the Cunard White Star flagship RMS Queen Elizabeth went as follows: for starters, it was oysters on the half shell, followed by clear turtle soup, turbot for the fish course and timbale of ham.
I was interested to see how the book was going to address the dichotomy of the "'twas ever thus" of basic optical principles and cutting-edge developments in low vision practice.
FINALLY, much talk last week, as ever, about MPs claiming dodgy expenses, so it was nice to be reminded that 'twas ever thus.
'Twas ever thus, but no-one can deny that when they have to get on with it they do just that and you would not want to get in their way.
'Twas ever thus: that you can do anything at all with your body, balance, and bat just so long as you compensate by brining your bat and arms around in the correct launching position.
'Twas ever thus. But every film has something of note - good or bad - and there are always surprises.
But 'twas ever thus - as I was reminded this week when a bottle of Brut arrived in the office as part of a Father's Day press pack.
'Twas ever thus, as kids invariably gravitate toward "edgy" material, from rap music to explicit videogames.
A reply came back a few days later, the price was fixed and the deal was done.I'm sure the business manager (Mrs P) thinks I'm barmy,but 'twas ever thus!
'Twas ever thus that the actions of a minority tar everyone else with the same brush.
'Twas ever thus. But that's no reason to so slavishly ape their rituals.