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  • The event has elevated the level of public discourse on this issue.
  • The idea of individual rights is prominent in American discourse.
  • American schools are graduating students who are unarmed for public discourse - their great energy and idealism at the mercy of pop politics and the 7:00 news.
    Paul Gagnon
  • a forum for civil political discourse

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  • Be brief, for no discourse can please when too long.
    Miguel de Cervantes
  • Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
    Izaak Walton
  • They could always talk; and their discourse, witty, pithy, original, had such charms for me, that I preferred listening to, and sharing in it, to doing anything else.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • By this we shun such frequent trivial discourse, as often becomes an obstruction to virtue:
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I am to discourse wonders
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • This was my sincere endeavour in those many discourses I had with that monarch,
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels

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  • ...and always took care to start some ingenious or useful topic for discourse, which might tend to improve the minds of his children.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • How likes she my discourse?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Are my discourses dull?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • So we dropped the discourse for that time.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Any one can discourse to you for ever about the advantages of a brave defense, which you know already.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • ( The trader misconstrued the tenor of the discourse; but the missionary, inured by years of humorless dissertations, soon put him right.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He was quiet a moment, expecting some comment on his discourse, but no one said a word.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • I would nearly embrace the stove in gratitude for its warmth, while Ted would discourse rather wistfully about the last time in his memory the edge of the river froze solid.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The proportion that discoursed in more depth on ideological issues such as liberty, constitutional rights, resistance to tyranny, and so on was smaller-40 percent.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • The titles were near as long as books themselves: Treatise on the Propagation of Sheep, the Manufacture of Wool, and the Cultivation and Manufacture of Flax, by John Wily, or Cato Major, Or His Discourse of Old-Age: With Explanatory Notes, by M. T. Cicero, or Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley, and countless tracts containing sermons and advice.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Blore made a contribution to the discourse.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • A kind of excellent dumb discourse, Willie!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Her eye discourses, I will answer it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • I listened to this discourse with the extremest agony.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • After these words, the Mason, as if tired by his long discourse, again leaned his arms on the back of the sofa and closed his eyes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I think the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence, and discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • There was a little discourse about cigars, showing him exactly why the Thomas Jefferson Five-cent Perfecto was the only cigar worthy of the name.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I pray you, my good young friend, that you will not discourse of things other than business in your letters.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • She had been graciously pleased to approve of both of the discourses which he had already had the honour of preaching before her.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • If she entered a church, trusting to share the Sabbath smile of the Universal Father, it was often her mishap to find herself the text of the discourse.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Albert was soon deeply engrossed in discoursing upon Paris and Parisian matters, speaking to the countess of the various persons they both knew there.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She receives them all there to-day—the precieuses, the poets; they read a discourse on the Tender Passion.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I had little interest in giving a discourse on, say, my insights into how I coped with the disease, or how it gave me new perspectives.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • This was their discourse on that morning.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • When I tell you to do a thing I want you to obey me at once and not stand stock-still and discourse about it.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Tom counted the pages of the sermon; after church he always knew how many pages there had been, but he seldom knew anything else about the discourse.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Pray go on with your discourse.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I was just about to say, I’ve long wanted to discourse with him.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • After this second part of his discourse, fixing his hawk’s eye upon poor Bonacieux, he bade him reflect upon the gravity of his situation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Among these, accordingly, much discoursing with spirits went on—and it did a world of good which never became manifest.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • ’Excuse me,’ Alex said again, words that were no longer polite discourse, but a plea for absolution.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Let all your conversation be in whispers; though it would be better, and, perhaps, in the end, wiser, if each one held discourse with his own thoughts, for a time.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He then proceeded to discourse upon the foolishness of consistency in a world where nothing was absolute except the principle of compromise.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • After they had discoursed somewhat together, they turned to me with sign of salutation; and my Master smiled thereat.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The young gentleman smiled, as if to intimate that the latter fragments of discourse were playfully ironical; and finished the beer as he did so.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Their discourse went forward in a miasma of sweat and heat that suggested a kind of indolence.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Between our discourses on early punk, big band and swing, and the questionable redeeming qualities of techno music, I was learning more and more about him.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • After favoring them with some heads of that discourse, he remarked that he considered the subject of the day’s homily, ill chosen; which was the less excusable, he added, when there were so many subjects "going about."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The end of these discourses was that one night during which she had shown every sign of unusual excitement, Mrs. Sinico caught up his hand passionately and pressed it to her cheek.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
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