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"New land is harsh, and vigorous, and sturdy. It scorns evidence of weakness. There is nothing of sham or hypocrisy in it. It is what it is, without an apology." – J.E. Lawrence, Nebraska Star Journal (1949).
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James E. Lawrence (1889-1957). James E. Lawrence (1889-1957). The late William Safire, “On Language” columnist for the New York Times, stated Lawrence’s newspaper article contained the first written use of the idiomatic phrase, “it is what it is,” which has a distinct meaning but is not intended to be taken literally.