But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
We consecrate a great deal of nonsense because it was allowed by great men.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo -- Essays, Second Series
Christians practice Holy Communion in which they consecrate small amounts of bread and wine before consuming them.
And then from a secret place Juana brought a little piece of consecrated candle and lighted it at the flame and set it upright on a fireplace stone.
John Steinbeck -- The Pearl
They take bodies any age and do experiments on them and there’s not much left to give back nor would you want back bits of baby when they can’t be buried in consecrated ground in that condition.
Frank McCourt -- Angela’s Ashes
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
Abraham Lincoln -- Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
We cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground …. the kids were reciting in a pitch that was close to screaming.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
Consecrate it to my use alone.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
He began speaking again, perhaps a final consecration, when Mr. Hickey broke from the rank and began walking away, down the hill, in my general direction.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
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Along a block and a half of the city’s crowded, easygoing Sunday street, he created an entire southern Appalachian scenario, a kind of darkling, concupiscent Dogpatch in which Pappy Yokum was transformed into an incestuous old farmer consecrated to romps with a daughter that Nathan—ever medically aware—had christened Pink Eye.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
The form of the Catholic marriage service has not changed appreciably in several hundred years, and the words linking me with the red-headed young stranger at my side were much the same as those that had consecrated my wedding to Frank.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
"And when Cabhan is ash," she concluded, "we perform the final ritual and consecrate the ground.
Nora Roberts -- Dark Witch
What we did had a consecration of its own.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
I pulled their wings off, throwing them away, and wrapped the fish in the now-consecrated fish blanket.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
It said: "Architecture is not a business, not a career, but a crusade and a consecration to a joy that justifies the existence of the earth."
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
To be properly forged, Imperial gold had to be consecrated in the Temple of Jupiter on Capitoline Hill in Rome.
Rick Riordan -- The Lost Hero
Those books, both prose and verse, are consecrated to me by other associations; and I hate to have them debased and profaned in his mouth!
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
It was the consecrated formula, and he expected it to be followed, as usual, by her rising and going down to supper.
Edith Wharton -- Ethan Frome
I also became a poet and for one year lived in a paradise of my own creation; I imagined that I also might obtain a niche in the temple where the names of Homer and Shakespeare are consecrated.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
The French Revolution is the consecration of humanity.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
The metal was consecrated in ancient times, at the Pantheon in Rome.
Rick Riordan -- The Son of Neptune
The priests took their places in front of the judge, and the clerk proceeded to read in a loud voice a complaint of sacrilege against Phileas Fogg and his servant, who were accused of having violated a place held consecrated by the Brahmin religion.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
I didn’t know any name for what I’d seen until some years afterward in Atlanta, when I attempted briefly to consecrate myself in the public library, believing every crack in my soul could be chinked with a book.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
Near to her close and consecrated bower, While she was in her dull and sleeping hour, A crew of patches, rude mechanicals, That work for bread upon Athenian stalls, Were met together to rehearse a play Intended for great Theseus’ nuptial day.
William Shakespeare -- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Venerable Bede had once written that the hole in the Pantheon’s roof had been bored by demons trying to escape the building when it was consecrated by Boniface IV.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
—fortunate for himself, as it at once brought him into the field of public usefulness, "gave the world assurance of a MAN," quickened the slumbering energies of his soul, and consecrated him to the great work of breaking the rod of the oppressor, and letting the oppressed go free!
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
No, — I exaggerate; I never thought there was any consecrating virtue about her: it was rather a sort of pastille perfume she had left; a scent of musk and amber, than an odour of sanctity.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
Nine days he honored him, nine revels led with consecrated beasts.
Homer -- The Iliad
But, if my life were not to be still consecrated to you, or if my marriage were so arranged as that it would part us, even by the length of a few of these streets, I should be more unhappy and self-reproachful now than I can tell you.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
"I consecrate the daughter of Liet in the Sayyadina," husked the old woman.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
He had entered the service of Porthos upon condition that he should only be clothed and lodged, though in a handsome manner; but he claimed two hours a day to himself, consecrated to an employment which would provide for his other wants.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
That I did love the Moor to live with him, My downright violence and storm of fortunes May trumpet to the world: my heart’s subdu’d Even to the very quality of my lord: I saw Othello’s visage in his mind; And to his honors and his valiant parts Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate.
William Shakespeare -- Othello, the Moor of Venice
It is only the serious eye peering from and the sincere life passed within it which restrain laughter and consecrate the costume of any people.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
Father Nicanor was against a religious ceremony and burial in consecrated ground.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
In a moment’s consecration to her love-to her rebellious denial of disaster, to her love of life and of the matchless value that was herself-she felt the fiercely proud certainty that she would survive.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
And the day and the strength were consecrated to labor, and that labor was its own reward.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
You see me devoted to you, body and soul, my life and each warm drop that circles round my heart are consecrated to your service; you know full well that my existence is bound up in yours—that were I to lose you I would not outlive the hour of such crushing misery; yet you speak with calmness of the prospect of your being the wife of another!
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
A ceremony of consecration, festive as well as religious, was now to be performed.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
Ay, Dios, how I worried that he had taken our baby from consecrated ground.
Julia Alvarez -- In the Time of the Butterflies
Their home must be these people’s grave, for they could not have Christian burial, or be admitted to consecrated ground.
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
* The word Gothic, in the sense in which it is generally employed, is wholly unsuitable, but wholly consecrated.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Honour to those indefatigable spirits who consecrate their vigils to the amelioration or to the alleviation of their kind!
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
Does a tiny particle of the consecrated bread contain all the body and blood of Jesus Christ or a part only of the body and blood?
James Joyce -- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
See her and apologize! I explained to you that when the oldest member of the family—when the oldest one marries, well, the two oldest sisters consecrate themselves to being Himadoun, to being his wife’s ladies-in-waiting.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
She had received dispensation to resign as a nun, but still wore her ring from consecration.
Tracy Kidder -- Strength in What Remains
Is this place of abomination consecrated ground?
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
I am he to whom the red men consecrated this spot, and in honor of whom they now and then roasted a white man, by way of sweet-smelling sacrifice.
Washington Irving -- The Devil and Tom Walker
If you mean well, Now go with me and with this holy man Into the chantry by: there, before him And underneath that consecrated roof, Plight me the full assurance of your faith, That my most jealous and too doubtful soul May live at peace.
William Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night
Grace being said,—for those people have their grace as well as we—though Queequeg told me that unlike us, who at such times look downwards to our platters, they, on the contrary, copying the ducks, glance upwards to the great Giver of all feasts—Grace, I say, being said, the High Priest opens the banquet by the immemorial ceremony of the island; that is, dipping his consecrated and consecrating fingers into the bowl before the blessed beverage circulates.