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The Fountainhead
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  • The electrician was staring reverently at the neat hole cut through the beam.
  • His voice trembled reverently on that last word.
  • The old woman’s treatment of Dominique had the same reverent caution with which she handled the pieces of Venetian glass in the drawing-room cabinets.
  • She thought, if they knew…those people…that old life and that awed reverence before her person…I’ve been raped…I’ve been raped by some redheaded hoodlum from a stone quarry….
  • Pettingill was a cousin of the Bank president’s wife and a famous authority on the ruins of Pompeii; the Bank president was an ardent admirer of Julius Caesar and had once, while in Rome, spent an hour and a quarter in reverent inspection of the Coliseum.
  • There are two things we must get rid of early in life: a feeling of personal superiority and an exaggerated reverence for the sexual act.
  • That, too, pleased Keating; it was as if they said: We are glad to listen to the sublime, but it’s not necessary to be too damn reverent about the sublime.
  • That love is reverence, and worship, and glory, and the upward glance.
  • It’s a little presumptuous, you know—offering a present to God—and unless you do it in the best way possible, it will be offensive, not reverent.
  • He remembered saying: "Architecture is a great art…with our eyes to the future and the reverence of the past in our hearts…of all the crafts, the most important one sociologically…and, as the man who is an inspiration to us all has said today, the three eternal entities are: Truth, Love and Beauty…."
  • And it made her realize that there is a stage of worship which makes the worshiper himself an object of reverence.
  • He could not forgive his country because it had given him a quarter of a billion dollars and then refused to grant him an equal amount of reverence.
  • Kill reverence and you’ve killed the hero in man.
  • One doesn’t reverence with a giggle.
  • He saw her body standing before him, straight and tense, her head thrown back, her arms at her sides, palms out, as she stood for many days; but now her body was alive, so still that it seemed to tremble, saying what he had wanted to hear: a proud, reverent, enraptured surrender to a vision of her own, the right moment, the moment before the figure would sway and break, the moment touched by the reflection of what she saw.

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  • Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
  • Richard Nixon did much to erode reverence for the presidency.

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