The fact of his own survival burned inside him, a talisman against them, as though his father’s stag kept guardian in his heart.
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When she saw me, she shot over in her tight quick steps, holding the BlackBerry in front of her like a talisman.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
When doubt and shame or worse crept in, the letters and books and visits from my friends and lover and family were powerful proof that I was okay, more effective than charms or talismans or pills to fight those terrible feelings.