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Definition of Whence

Whence

  1. From what place; hence, from what or which source, origin, antecedent, premise, or the like; how; -- used interrogatively.
  2. From what or which place, source, material, cause, etc.; the place, source, etc., from which; -- used relatively.

Whence Quotations

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
Socrates

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
Albert Camus

In all cities, the better classes - the business men - are the sources of corruption, but they are so rarely pursued and caught that we do not fully realize whence the trouble comes.
Lincoln Steffens

Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.
Joseph Conrad
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Whence Translations

whence in German is woher
whence in Hungarian is ahonnan
whence in Italian is donde
whence in Latin is unde
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