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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 businesses, 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.
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As always, consideration of the fact that London remains the ever-powerful magnet for business and investment produced no answers - 'twas ever thus.
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.
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, as kids invariably gravitate toward "edgy" material, from rap music to explicit videogames.
Twas ever thus, I suppose, between successive generations, but it does add a touch of credibility to tongue-in-cheek talk of a 'hungover' generation.
Twas ever thus that the actions of a minority tar everyone else with the same brush.
Twas ever thus, 'twill always be, because the opportunity for one of the new independent seats on the BHB to be given to a punters' voice will undoubtedly be passed up.
Twas ever thus for crosschannel invaders, though the early 90s' England team of Brian Moore and Mick Skinner devised a cunning plan to provoke French passions and watch as their anger ate them up.