Usage examples for quintessence

  1. The criticism which we quoted from George Eliot on the career of Melema is the quintessence of the Aristotelian doctrine. – The Five Great Philosophies of Life by William de Witt Hyde
  2. Her exasperation was somewhat increased by the expression on Trixton Brent's face, which plainly declared that he deemed her last remarks to be the quintessence of tactics; and he obstinately refused, as they went down the stairs to the street, to regard the matter as closed. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  3. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? – Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  4. It is an amazing, a thrilling work, nevertheless, on a scale that prevents it from giving completely the quintessence of El Greco. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  5. For him the entire picture, Venus Rising From the Sea, presents us with the quintessence of all that is pleasurable to our imagination of touch and movement... – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  6. The quintessence of a kiss. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  7. When the mandrake acquired the definite significance as a symbol of the Great Mother and the power of life- giving, its fruit, " the love apple," became the quintessence of vitality and fertility. – The Evolution of the Dragon by G. Elliot Smith
  8. A man's works are the quintessence of his mind, and even though he may possess very great capacity, they will always be incomparably more valuable than his conversation. – The Art of Literature by Arthur Schopenhauer
  9. Not that baby Maggot had any stronger desire to be absolutely wicked than most other children of his years; but, having learnt from experience that the attempt to gratify any of his desires was usually checked and termed " bad," he naturally felt that a state of delight so intense as that to which he had at last attained, must necessarily be the very quintessence of iniquity. – Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines by R.M. Ballantyne
  10. Until that moment he had believed William Halliburton to be the very quintessence of truth. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  11. Between days of sea- sickness come delightful intervals of calm sea and fresh breezes, when the party fly to the hurricane deck to get the very quintessence of life on the ocean wave. – Mae Madden by Mary Murdoch Mason
  12. Sue, Ann's the quintessence of attraction- I've realized it to- day. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  13. The quintessence of the ambassador's remarks was that he was completely neutral, but that Berlin expected more than that. – My Three Years in America by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
  14. Well, yes, for the occupation shows the tendency, the quintessence of character. – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  15. It is distilled in the great ice- clasped seas of the North, and the pine and balsam of snowy woods add their quintessence to it; it tickles no palate but is assimilated directly into the blood of the brave and strong; it is the wine of youth, of perpetual youth. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson