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  • Her admiration borders on idolatry.
  • Withdraw from the idolatry of the superfluous!
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • he saw the city wholly given up to idolatry.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • Love was above all earthly considerations, and I loved Dora to idolatry, and Dora loved me.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield

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  • [the Jews believe] After several hundred years, because of rampant idolatry, God allowed Assyria to conquer Israel and exile its people.
    Judaism - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • Do not swear at all;
    Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
    Which is the god of my idolatry,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Then, when she was the most vulnerable, her need to give voice to her agony and guilt was so urgent as to be like the beginning of a scream, and I was always ready and waiting to listen with my canine idolatry and inexhaustible ear.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Fear, idolatry, hoarding.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • To fill the Lord’s holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamouring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • ""Neglecting their duties to false idolatry, you mean to say.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • His response to them as sexual beings was one of frenzied worship and idolatry.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • We particularly observed this idolatry near the river Arguna, at a city inhabited by Tartars and Russians, called Nerisinkey.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • A month before that, Laila had learned that the Taliban had planted TNT in the crevices of the giant Buddhas in Bamiyan and blown them apart, calling them objects of idolatry and sin.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • They never join their voices in praise, and it would seem that they are among the profanest of the idolatrous.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Demetrius, I’ll avouch it to his head, Made love to Nedar’s daughter, Helena, And won her soul; and she, sweet lady, dotes, Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry, Upon this spotted and inconstant man.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • On the contrary, they have actually helped to build up his prestige by publishing brainless, idolatrous portraits.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • It is out of the idolatrous dotings of the old Egyptians upon broiled ibis and roasted river horse, that you see the mummies of those creatures in their huge bake-houses the pyramids.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It is odd that a thing which I have been taught to regard with disfavour and as idolatrous should in a time of loneliness and trouble be of help.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I loved him as one loves for the first time—with idolatry, with transport.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • She must have looked into our eyes and seen the shining idolatry there and understood that she was trapped.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Love was above all earthly considerations, and I loved Dora to idolatry, and Dora loved me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Still she lived alone and thought alone, and when an exquisite daughter was born to her she fastened upon her an idolatrous love.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • And it is said that "his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry."
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And it was a crime to applaud, in 1814, in the presence of those marshals who betrayed; in the presence of that senate which passed from one dunghill to another, insulting after having deified; in the presence of that idolatry which was loosing its footing and spitting on its idol,— it was a duty to turn aside the head.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You would expect to find the "low" churchman genuflecting and crossing himself lest the weak conscience of his "high" brother should be moved to irreverence, and the "high" one refraining from these exercises lest he should betray his "low" brother into idolatry.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • This, par parenthese, will be thought cool language by persons who entertain solemn doctrines about the angelic nature of children, and the duty of those charged with their education to conceive for them an idolatrous devotion: but I am not writing to flatter parental egotism, to echo cant, or prop up humbug; I am merely telling the truth.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Her idolatry of this man was such that she herself almost feared it to be ill-omened.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • —Our young Irish bards, John Eglinton censured, have yet to create a figure which the world will set beside Saxon Shakespeare’s Hamlet though I admire him, as old Ben did, on this side idolatry.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Because, without intending it, I have put into it some expression of all this curious artistic idolatry, of which, of course, I have never cared to speak to him.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I felt they were too idolatrous and monumental.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Thou shalt be worshipp’d, kiss’d, lov’d, and ador’d, And, were there sense in his idolatry, My substance should be statue in thy stead.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • A Brahminy Bull walked towards them, and Aziz, though disinclined to pray himself, did not see why they should be bothered with the clumsy and idolatrous animal.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • This young person (perhaps it was very imprudent in her parents to encourage her, and abet her in such idolatry and silly romantic ideas) loved, with all her heart, the young officer in His Majesty’s service with whom we have made a brief acquaintance.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • ’That is the Government’s house and there is no idolatry in it, but only a Sahib with a white beard.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • To make her still more objectionable she was an artist or designer of some sort in what was called an ecclesiastical warehouse, which was a perfect seed-bed of idolatry, and she was no doubt abandoned to mummeries on that account—if not quite a Papist.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "If idolatry is a gift, Deerslayer, and gifts are what you seem to think them, idolatry in such people can hardly be a sin," said Judith with more smartness than discrimination.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • As all the members of the family adored each other, and as Mr. Welland was the central object of their idolatry, it never occurred to his wife and May to let him go to St. Augustine alone; and his sons, who were both in the law, and could not leave New York during the winter, always joined him for Easter and travelled back with him.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Thammuz came next behind, Whose annual wound in Lebanon allured The Syrian damsels to lament his fate In amorous ditties all a summer’s day, While smooth Adonis from his native rock Ran purple to the sea, supposed with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded: the love-tale Infected Sion’s daughters with like heat, Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch Ezekiel saw, when, by the vision led, His eye surveyed the dark idolatries Of alienated Judah.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …that was by then more fluid and louder than the sound of the rain, and it was Fernanda, who was walking throughout the house complaining that they had raised her to be a queen only to have her end up as a servant in a madhouse, with a lazy, idolatrous, libertine husband who lay on his back waiting for bread to rain down from heaven while she was straining her kidneys trying to keep afloat a home held together with pins where there was so much to do, so much to bear up under and repair…
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • But when a belief vanishes, there survives it—more and more ardently, so as to cloak the absence of the power, now lost to us, of imparting reality to new phenomena—an idolatrous attachment to the old things which our belief in them did once animate, as if it was in that belief and not in ourselves that the divine spark resided, and as if our present incredulity had a contingent cause—the death of the gods.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • For the ogre aspect of the father is a reflex of the victim’s own ego—derived from the sensational nursery scene that has been left behind, but projected before; and the fixating idolatry of that pedagogical nonthing is itself the fault that keeps one steeped in a sense of sin, sealing the potentially adult spirit from a better balanced, more realistic view of the father, and therewith of the world.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The message was changed to a form of idolatry.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • They were ideas, to my young mind, of rebellion and independence, not of idolatry.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • It is a relic of idolatry, forbidden every believing son and daughter of Abraham.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The lady, indeed, bore a very fair likeness to a reverend effigy in some idolatrous shrine.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • It was the most prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • This is the liver-vein, which makes flesh a deity; A green goose a goddess; pure, pure idolatry.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Had Washington been born in the days of idolatry, declared the Pennsylvania journal, he would be worshiped as a god.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • But a certain awe mingled itself with her idolatrous love of Adam, and when he said, "Leave me alone," she was always silenced.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • In the cruel volcano of the boy’s mind, the little brier moths of his idolatry wavered in to their strange marriage and were consumed.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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