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  • A new Acme had opened, and the bakery section always had a tray of free samples sitting on the counter.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Mine has been a tale of horrors; I have reached their acme, and what I must now relate can but be tedious to you.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Just as "Uncle’s" pickled mushrooms, honey, and cherry brandy had seemed to her the best in the world, so also that song, at that moment, seemed to her the acme of musical delight.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The acme of bliss, which would have been a marriage with the tragedian, was not for her in this world.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening

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  • Oh, it wasn’t fair that she should have to sit here primly and be the acme of widowed dignity and propriety when she was only seventeen.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I speak the tongue of a race the acme of whose mentality is the maxim: time is money.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • BOOK 2 I In the spring of 1917, when Doctor Richard Diver first arrived in Zurich, he was twenty-six years old, a fine age for a man, indeed the very acme of bachelorhood.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He’s a man who has attained to the acme of contemporary culture, and he will perform his part with all the comilfo (comme il faut) necessary in such cases.’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Woman is the guide to the sublime acme of sensuous adventure.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The fun on the water reached the acme of excitement; there were immersions, there were shouts: the race was lost and won, the pink and blue and yellow ladies retired from the barges, and the people who had watched began to move.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure

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  • There was not a sound of life save that acme and sublimation of all dismal sounds, the bark of a fox, its three hollow notes being rendered at intervals of a minute with the precision of a funeral bell.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • We may wonder whether at the acme and summit of the human progress these anachronisms will be corrected by a finer intuition, a closer interaction of the social machinery than that which now jolts us round and along; but such completeness is not to be prophesied, or even conceived as possible.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • And so thoroughly did he learn the speech and thought of triumphant commercialism, and the ideals of material prosperity, that the picture of a lone black boy poring over a French grammar amid the weeds and dirt of a neglected home soon seemed to him the acme of absurdities.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The man was of huge frame, a giant whose every move suggested the acme of physical power.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • It was the acme of German luxury—parsley soup, a ham omelette with sorrel trimmings, an oyster of veal stewed with prunes, delicious fruit, and sparkling Moselle.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Her cleverness in selecting the proper wear for herself and children was nothing short of marvellous; and her calm acceptance of the new state of affairs, the acme of good breeding.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • In short, it praised the determined action of the Government as the acme of human wisdom and mercy, and exulted in the inauguration of an epoch of reasonable democracy free from the tyrannical fads of Socialism.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • For although it might be tolerable if human reason and knowledge held themselves within earthly bounds and treated the subject-object experience as real within that sphere, the moment it reached out into the eternal riddle, into so-called cosmology or cosmogony, the joke was over, and presumptu-ousness had achieved the acme of monstrosity.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • You were rescued by a knight brandishing an Excalibur made by Acme Orthopedic.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • When my husband left Twentieth Century, we came here and he took a job as head of the engineering department of Acme Motors.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • ACME Storage meets the Catacombs of Domatilla, Langdon thought as Anderson consulted the blueprint.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Wilson and Schooler took the first-, eleventh-, twentyfourth-, thirty-second-, and forty-fourth-ranking jams—Knott’s Berry Farm, Alpha Beta, Featherweight, Acme, and Sorrell Ridge—and gave them to a group of college students.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • ) I am an acme of things accomplish’d, and I an encloser of things to be.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • At the end of that year, he came to me one morning and told me that he had resigned from Acme Motors, that he was retiring and would not work anywhere else.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And, like the experts, the students thought that Acme and Sorrell Ridge were markedly inferior to the others, although the experts thought Sorrell Ridge was worse than Acme, while the students had the order the other way around.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • And, like the experts, the students thought that Acme and Sorrell Ridge were markedly inferior to the others, although the experts thought Sorrell Ridge was worse than Acme, while the students had the order the other way around.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • No need to dwell on the legendary beauty of the cornerpieces, the acme of art, wherein one can distinctly discern each of the four evangelists in turn presenting to each of the four masters his evangelical symbol, a bogoak sceptre, a North American puma (a far nobler king of beasts than the British article, be it said in passing), a Kerry calf and a golden eagle from Carrantuohill.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Wagnerian music, though confessedly grand in its way, was a bit too heavy for Bloom and hard to follow at the first go-off but the music of Mercadante’s Huguenots, Meyerbeer’s Seven Last Words on the Cross and Mozart’s Twelfth Mass he simply revelled in, the Gloria in that being, to his mind, the acme of first class music as such, literally knocking everything else into a cocked hat.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Helene, who has never cared for anything but her own body and is one of the stupidest women in the world," thought Pierre, "is regarded by people as the acme of intelligence and refinement, and they pay homage to her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty
  • the artist’s gifts are at their acme
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