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touchstone
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Don Quixote
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  • …thee, for he was the most humble-minded and courteous knight of his time, and moreover a great protector of damsels; but some there are that might have heard thee, and it would not have been well for thee in that case; for they are not all courteous or mannerly; some are ill-conditioned scoundrels; nor is it everyone that calls himself a gentleman, that is so in all respects; some are gold, others pinchbeck, and all look like gentlemen, but not all can stand the touchstone of truth.

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  • "I’m not a good touchstone to use for judging your sanity."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I considered Yamacraw a touchstone: if the Yamacraw children knew about it, then the chances were excellent that the vast majority of American children had been reached.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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