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  • She edifies and inspires her supporters everywhere she speaks.
  • I do not suppose the situation my friend Mrs Rooke is in at present, will furnish much either to interest or edify me.
    Austen, Jane  --  Persuasion
  • Can you inquire him out, and be edified by report?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • It was very edifying, baby.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms

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  • You’re on your bed trimming your toenails with a knife — not a very edifying sight — and as for me….
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • I knew you must be edified by the margent ere you had done.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • After that, Mrs. E.C.B. composed verse for her private edification.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The infirmary was of course a model of hygiene and efficiency, which I was most willing to maintain for him, despite his sometimes searing criticisms in this very room (and in front of others), which were aimed not at my specific conduct but at the legacies of my "training" and "background"—the ultimate question being of my ethos, as it were, a term (from his brief university schooling in England) that he seemed to employ often, for my edification.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I started my speech by telling the board I had gotten a haircut for their edification and to ensure that they would listen to what I had to say.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Unless you’re contemplating an encore performance for the edification of Mrs. Baird," I suggested, "you’d better get dressed.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • We get the ransom, museum gets the painting, cops get to close the case, insurance company gets its money back, public is edified, everyone wins.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "No," said Atticus, "putting his life’s history on display for the edification of the neighborhood."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Parsons, his attention caught by the trumpet call, sat listening with a sort of gaping solemnity, a sort of edified boredom.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • She said the count had died as she would herself wish to die, that his end was not only touching but edifying.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • A most edifying representative I shall make of all the domestic virtues—don’t you think so?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • For the edification of the fence gossipers, he would later describe what he had seen.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Here it is, for your enjoyment and instruction, for your gratification and edification, the show you’ve been waiting for all your life, THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The sound of our pens going refreshed us exceedingly, insomuch that I sometimes found it difficult to distinguish between this edifying business proceeding and actually paying the money.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ’Yer don’t know who I am, I suppose, Work’us?’ said the charity-boy, in continuation: descending from the top of the post, meanwhile, with edifying gravity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • No matter what the subject might be, a brain-racking effort was made to squirm it into some aspect or other that the moral and religious mind could contemplate with edification.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • On a walk one day with Our Father he pointed out for his daughters’ edification a carburetor air-filter lid boiling a family’s dinner over a cookfire, and a jeep muffler being put to use by six boys at once, as a drum.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The "Gospels" come later and were written not to make Christians but to edify Christians already made.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • As a journalist, I found it edifying to experience things from the other side of the fence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • There was, so to speak, silence in her speech; she said just what was necessary, and she possessed a tone of voice which would have equally edified a confessional or enchanted a drawing-room.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They will impose various public acts of penitence upon themselves with a beautiful and edifying effect; in fact you’ve nothing to be uneasy about….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • For instance when she decided to change the name of "Kennedy’s General Store" to something more edifying, she asked him to think of a title that would include the word "emporium."
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • For scores of years gone by, Monseigneur had squeezed it and wrung it, and had seldom graced it with his presence except for the pleasures of the chase—now, found in hunting the people; now, found in hunting the beasts, for whose preservation Monseigneur made edifying spaces of barbarous and barren wilderness.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Look then to be well edified when the fool delivers the madman:—’By the Lord, madam,—’
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • He thought he saw pride and wealth confounded as an object lesson to the world, and he thought he saw humility crowned and rewarded for the edification of the city.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • He was there below me, and, upon my word, to look at him was as edifying as seeing a dog in a parody of breeches and a feather hat, walking on his hind-legs.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • But all I can learn of their conclusions amounts to just this, that "Cato and Brister pulled wool"; which is about as edifying as the history of more famous schools of philosophy.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • This edifying spectacle was the final event of the Governor’s ball.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • ’I persuaded her,’ he said, with an edifying air of superiority.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • It is quite edifying to hear women speculate upon the worthlessness and the duration of beauty.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I have composed many a homily on her back, to the edification of my brethren of the convent, and many poor Christian souls.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • I was chiefly edified, I am afraid, by the pictures, which were numerous, and represented all kinds of dismal horrors; but the Martyrs and Peggotty’s house have been inseparable in my mind ever since, and are now.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The servants are summoned for their edification, and in front of them all stands the mother of the child.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Claude had confided him to that same college of Torchi where he had passed his early years in study and meditation; and it was a grief to him that this sanctuary, formerly edified by the name of Frollo, should to-day be scandalized by it.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It was but a passing emotion however with Mrs Smith; she shook it off, and soon added in a different tone— "I do not suppose the situation my friend Mrs Rooke is in at present, will furnish much either to interest or edify me.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I take it then that you did not find your stay in England altogether edifying.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • They are not edifying.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Her guests stepped out at the wide entrance, and the stout porter, who used to read the newspapers in the mornings behind the glass door, to the edification of the passers-by, noiselessly opened the immense door, letting the visitors pass by him into the house.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • After manoeuvring for some time in this manner, greatly to the edification of a party of birds resembling him but without any ruff, who, assembled round the stump, were enjoying his performances, he spread out his tail like a fan, stiffened his wings, and began to strike with them in short, rapid beats, faster and faster, until a rumbling sound like very distant thunder was produced, and the whirring wings enveloped him as in a cloud.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Should any little accidental disappointment of the appetite occur, such as the spoiling of a meal, the under or the over dressing of a dish, the incident ought not to be neutralised by replacing with something more delicate the comfort lost, thus pampering the body and obviating the aim of this institution; it ought to be improved to the spiritual edification of the pupils, by encouraging them to evince fortitude under temporary privation.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • There are a perfect host of Clarksons and Wilberforces* risen up among us on that subject, most edifying to hear and behold.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • They must either do as the Jewes did after their return from captivity, in re-edifying the Temple, build with one hand, and hold the Sword in the other; or else they must hire others to fight for them.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The orphans had to listen to someone reading from the Bible or some other edifying book during meals and could not talk with one another.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • For your edification I did both.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Even then, however, the household’s religious edification had not ended.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He regarded its complications as more curious than edifying, and he had an idea of the beauty of REASON, which was, on the whole, meagrely gratified by what he observed in his female patients.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
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