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  • It was dull, rambling, and full of those go-go-get-’emget-’em epigrams concerning the critical need for every human being to live up to his highest potential and to squeeze every possible morsel of knowledge from the textbook.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • This isn’t just an epigram — life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Before Anna Pavlovna and the others had time to smile their appreciation of the vicomte’s epigram, Pierre again broke into the conversation, and though Anna Pavlovna felt sure he would say something inappropriate, she was unable to stop him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I could not keep pace with all these literary folk as they glanced from subject to subject and entered into deep dispute, or made conversation sparkle with epigrams and happy witticisms.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life

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  • The epigram was widely reported.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • My wish would be simply to present it to thee plain and unadorned, without any embellishment of preface or uncountable muster of customary sonnets, epigrams, and eulogies, such as are commonly put at the beginning of books.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • This kind of unflinching frankness was the most piquant form of joke to the company at the Rainbow, and Ben Winthrop’s insult was felt by everybody to have capped Mr. Macey’s epigram.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • In the society in which she lived such plain statements produced the effect of the wittiest epigram.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • All here — fawning, slyly plotting, "roughing it" with the Emperor …. here to watch him put an end to this affair, to make epigrams over the battles and idolize the wounded.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing

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  • She missed Cecil’s epigram, but grasped the feeling that prompted it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "Like her rivals," said Mr. Sillerton Jackson, with the air of producing an epigram.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • You cut life to pieces with your epigrams.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • On the dock he bowed good-by with exaggerated formality, and for a moment he seemed about to speed her with a salty epigram, but the bone of Tommy’s arm went into the soft part of his and they walked to the attendant car.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • They’d invited me, and first of all I began quoting epigrams.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • A virgin audience like Colonel Scheisskopf was grist for General Peckem’s mill, a stimulating opportunity to throw open his whole dazzling erudite treasure house of puns, wisecracks, slanders, homilies, anecdotes, proverbs, epigrams, apophthegms, bon mots and other pungent sayings.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Stephen had fallen by mistake into his habit of playful appeal to Maggie, and she could not repress the answering flush and epigram.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Sometimes the doctor made philosophic epigrams.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Pavel Petrovitch himself felt that his epigram was unsuccessful, and began to talk about husbandry and the new bailiff, who had come to him the evening before to complain that a labourer, Foma, ’was deboshed,’ and quite unmanageable.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The Doctor wheeled slowly round in his chair, with a smile that seemed to accuse her of an epigram; but extremes meet, and Catherine had not intended one.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • In fact, Amory did most of the strutting and tried painfully to make every remark an epigram, than which, if one is content with ostensible epigrams, there are many feats harder.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • "Yes, ultimately," said Mrs. Garth, who having a special dislike to fine words on ugly occasions, could not now repress an epigram.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "With Italy and with you," said Mr. Goodwood with gloomy plainness and no appearance of trying to make an epigram.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • We have been told what happens when a woman deliberates; and the epigram is not always terminable with woman, provided that one be in the case, and that a fair one.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The Avenue was named in honor of the epigram from Ecclesiastes that appeared above the chapel door: "Remember Now Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Czech towns were decorated with thousands of hand-painted posters bearing ironic texts, epigrams, poems, and cartoons of Brezhnev and his soldiers, jeered at by one and all as a circus of illiterates.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Their headquarters and table d’hote were established at the Pariser Hof, the other inn of the town; and though, of course, these gentlemen were obliged to be civil in public, yet they cut at each other with epigrams that were as sharp as razors, as I have seen a couple of wrestlers in Devonshire, lashing at each other’s shins and never showing their agony upon a muscle of their faces.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The young pianist bent over her as he answered, smiling and underlining each of his words as though he were making an epigram: "You are most generous to me."
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The epigram, with its faint whiff of the eighties, meant nothing.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Reciting Latin epigrams to business majors in a place called Paradise Valley.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • But the old lady, with the serenity of supreme power, let her son make her epigrams for her.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • A manipulator, an orator, a writer of bills and crafty epigrams.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I tried again; they pelted me with epigrams, covered my God with ridicule, and darkened my Heaven with mockery.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Almost an epigram.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • "With Italy and with you," said Mr. Goodwood with gloomy plainness and no appearance of trying to make an epigram.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • But the epigram would be as good if Tolstoy’s name were put in place of mine and D’Annunzio’s in place of Tolstoy.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Emerson has passages of noble and pathetic eloquence; he has passages of shrewd and felicitous wit; he has crisp epigram; he has passages of exquisitely touched observation of nature.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • And I could see Charley Furuseth, as I had said good-bye to him that morning, lounging in a dressing-gown on the be-pillowed window couch and delivering himself of oracular and pessimistic epigrams.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • I am afraid I have often smiled with hypocritical assent, and gratified them with an epigram on the fleeting nature of our illusions, which any one moderately acquainted with French literature can command at a moment’s notice.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • The baby was, to reverse an epigram, an unconscionable time in getting born; but when Gant finally awoke just after ten o’clock next morning, whimpering from tangled nerves, and the quivering shame of dim remembrance, he heard, as he drank the hot coffee Helen brought to him, a loud, long lungy cry above.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • …itself is alone sufficiently above suspicion to act as your chaperone; and even the Times must sometimes thank its stars that new plays are not produced every day, since after each such event its gravity is compromised, its platitude turned to epigram, its portentousness to wit, its propriety to elegance, and even its decorum into naughtiness by criticisms which the traditions of the paper do not allow you to sign at the end, but which you take care to sign with the most extravagant…
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • In a good Poem, whether it be Epique, or Dramatique; as also in Sonnets, Epigrams, and other Pieces, both Judgement and Fancy are required: But the Fancy must be more eminent; because they please for the Extravagancy; but ought not to displease by Indiscretion.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • He quoted to Philip the exquisite epigram: "They told me, Herakleitus, they told me you were dead.’
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • In fact, Amory did most of the strutting and tried painfully to make every remark an epigram, than which, if one is content with ostensible epigrams, there are many feats harder.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • He uses words that are not only odd, but vicious in construction; he is sometimes oblique and he is often clumsy; and there is a visible feeling after epigrams that do not always come.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • When he carried it into Commons, to the amazement of the others at table, Amory became furiously embarrassed, and after that made epigrams only before D’Invilliers or a convenient mirror.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Bilibin saved up his epigrams to produce them in Countess Bezukhova’s presence.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Colonel, don’t you think the little epigram on these white slips is the silliest misuse of the English language you’ve ever heard?
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Amory rather scornfully avoided the popular professors who dispensed easy epigrams and thimblefuls of Chartreuse to groups of admirers every night.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • "Ah, she has a quick wit, my friend Priscilla has," said the doctor, choosing to attribute the epigram to a lady rather than allow a brother-in-law that advantage over him.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
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