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  • She published a compilation of her esoteric philosophical theories, but few copies sold and even fewer were understood.
  • esoteric cultural references
  • esoteric tax ramifications
  • esoteric regulatory structure

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  • To be intoxicated by a single glass of wine; I have experienced this pleasure when I have drunk the liquor of the esoteric doctrines.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • ...some esoteric psychology journal.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • an elegant ... esoteric hothouse bloom
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Patriotism was a bit esoteric for me, too large-scale to see.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • But then you have so many esoteric phrases.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • ...some belonged to different orders, including the Vanguard, the Minstrels, the Promethean Scholars, the Bloodstone Circle, and many other esoteric groups from Rowan’s early days.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom

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  • ...the ordeal of a professional social life, and he could never understand that esoteric phenomenon, the dinner-party—the painful entertainment of people whom one neither likes nor finds interesting.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • as the spirits of the ancestors, just emerged from the earth, greeted themselves in their esoteric language.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • The merchants valued him not less than we, his esoteric friends.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The courses seemed esoteric and disconnected from the race and poverty issues that had motivated me to consider the law in the first place.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • While my fellow students were already establishing themselves in various esoteric specialties, most of which they invented for themselves on the theory that if you are the only specialist in a given field you need fear no competition, I was still unable to deflect my interests from the general to the particular.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It was a very strange document filled with references to esoteric events that had occurred over the year.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He brings me slides he thinks I would like to see and offers them to me shyly and eagerly, with a conspiratorial giggle, as if we are sharing a delicious, esoteric secret, or something religious.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • For his esoteric amusement he commanded the jolies filles (and we obliged) to line up in front of him in order of height.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She would chuckle, and Pari would humor her, but she sensed an edge to these jokes, an oblique sort of chiding, a suggestion that her knowledge had been judged esoteric and her pursuit of it frivolous.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • There are only a few questions left, and they are the esoteric ones.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The man and woman stepped into the room stify side by side as though right out of a familiar, though esoteric, anniversary daguerreotype on a wall.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Pastor Falk was saying that this person was enthralled by esoteric sources, specifically the Apocrypha.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • When we become expert in something, our tastes grow more esoteric and complex.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • To be intoxicated by a single glass of wine; I have experienced this pleasure when I have drunk the liquor of the esoteric doctrines.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The life esoteric is not for ordinary person.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Obviously, the nomenclature is esoteric, but the physics is very advanced.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He was not interested in the parchments, which he thought of more as an esoteric pastime, but his attention was attracted by the rare wisdom and the inexplicable knowledge of the world that his desolate kinsman had.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • After a while she realized that the man in the jockey cap was giving a quiet little performance for this group; he moved gravely about with a rake, ostensibly removing gravel and meanwhile developing some esoteric burlesque held in suspension by his grave face.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Walking back to the dorm, flipping the pages, he feels himself shudder: it’s filled with cryptology, systems of decoding numbers for use in a computer, and esoteric mathematical proofs that seem to have no connection with anything tangible.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The whole air of the place was masculine, transient: a population even whose husbands were at home only at intervals and on holiday—a population of men who led esoteric lives whose actual scenes were removed and whose intermittent presence was pandered to like that of patrons in a theatre.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • There’s nothing mysterious or esoteric about it.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • She liked the school fine, she had told me, but I hadn’t been overwhelmed by tales of midnight snacks and memory books and that darling teacher of French, and her vocabulary wasn’t slimed up with offensive bits of esoteric finishing-school slang.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • I had long argued that Communist literature was, for the most part, dull, esoteric, and Western-centered, but ought to be simple, clear, and relevant to the African masses.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The text in which we learn of the Makroprosopos and the Milooprosopos, the Zohar (zdhar, "light, splendor"), is a collection of esoteric Hebrew writing given to the world about 13os by a learned Spanish Jew, Moses de I eon.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He could not even tell whether they were real mathematical formulas and calculations, but since he knew Salander’s peculiarities he assumed that the equations were genuine and no doubt had some esoteric meaning.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The long afternoons she spent browsing through dictionary and thesaurus made for constructions that were inept, but hauntingly so: the coins a villain concealed in his pocket were "esoteric," a hoodlum caught stealing a car wept in "shameless auto-exculpation," the heroine on her thoroughbred stallion made a "cursory" journey through the night, the king’s furrowed brow was the "hieroglyph" of his displeasure.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • With this esoteric thought she closed her eyes and fell asleep again.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • While I am probably not an expert in anything, except perhaps for my own peculiar mode of existence, I know a little bit about lots of esoteric things.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • This is what is really meant when it is said that the popular art and literature of today were once the daring, esoteric art and literature of yesterday.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • There were people perched all around her office, locked in a fierce and esoteric debate about which particular shade of pink would look best on an upcoming cover.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Shura Shlesinger knew mathematics, esoteric Indian doctrine, the addresses of the best-known teachers at the Moscow Conservatory, who was living with whom, and God only knows what else.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Madame de Bellegarde discoursed for some time longer in this sympathetic strain, with an eager abundance which seemed to indicate that her opportunities for revealing her esoteric philosophy were indeed rare.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • This power to astonish is true even of seemingly long or esoteric stories that no one is said to read: the way to Swann’s house and the way to the Guermantes house turn out to have been the same way all along?
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
  • Other, older Eldunari joined in the conversation, but their explanations made even less sense, for they came mainly as a torrent of overlapping images, sensations, and strange, esoteric comparisons that left Eragon hopelessly bewildered.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • It is becoming very esoteric.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The books from Jaime’s den were piled in the courtyard, doused with gasoline, and set on fire in an infamous pyre that was fed with the magic books from the enchanted trunks of GreatUncle Marcos, the remaining copies of Nicolas’s esoteric treatise, the leather-bound set of the complete works of Marx, and even Trueba’s opera scores, producing a scandalous bonfire that filled the neighborhood with smoke and that, in normal times, would have brought fire trucks from every direction.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The secret of all their esoteric philosophies, of all their dialectics and super-senses, of their evasive eyes and snarling words, the secret for which they destroy civilization, language, industries and lives, the secret for which they pierce "their own eyes and eardrums, grind out their senses, blank out their minds, the purpose for which they dissolve the absolutes of reason, logic, matter, existence, reality-is to erect upon that plastic fog a single holy absolute: their Wish.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • National Focus: More Esoteric Issues
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • On both sides of the phone, dozens of phone numbers and esoteric notes were written in pen and marker (205.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • He had been "spieler" in medicine shows, chiropodist, spiritualist medium, esoteric teacher, head of sanitariums for the diversion of neurotic women.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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