- Sarmiento's book was written, not only or mainly to supply interesting information, but with an object. - "History of the Incas", Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa.
- Where the objective of the expedition is not the local naval base, the choice of a position for the covering squadron will turn mainly on the amount of support which the army is likely to require. - "Some Principles of Maritime Strategy", Julian Stafford Corbett.
- It has been said with truth that the secret of a garden's beauty lies mainly in its background. - "Oxford", Frederick Douglas How.