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  • Many people have heard the parable of the prodigal son.
  • This parable [The Good Samaritan] is one of the most famous from the New Testament and its influence is such that to be called a Samaritan in Western culture today is to be described as a generous person who is ready to provide aid to people in distress without hesitation.
    Parable of the Good Samaritan - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • The parable [The Good Samaritan] is told by Jesus to illustrate that compassion should be for all people, and that fulfilling the spirit of the Law is more important than fulfilling the letter of the Law.
    Parable of the Good Samaritan - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • My father mopped his brow again and launched into the parable of the one mustard seed falling on a barren place, and the other one on good soil.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • I just can’t take any more of your parables and diddering around.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • When I chuckled at the older woman’s invocation of the parable, she laughed, too.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I was slightly stunned by this story, for I was not prepared to have an unlettered and untutored Eskimo give me a lecture, even in parable form, illustrating the theory of survival of the fittest through the agency of natural selection.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Today she chose the parable of the Good Samaritan.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • My father loved to read parables aloud, and I had to listen to every word.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • In the parable of Yamacraw there was a time when the black people supported themselves well, worked hard, and lived up to the sacred tenets laid down in the Protestant ethic.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Most were of clear glass, but some had deceptively simple-looking stained-glass parables.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • You want parables and proverbs, go to church.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • If this story is a parable, perhaps everyone takes his own meaning from it and reads his own life into it.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • But here—if we suppose this interview betwixt Mistress Hibbins and Hester Prynne to be authentic, and not a parable—was already an illustration of the young minister’s argument against sundering the relation of a fallen mother to the offspring of her frailty.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Speaking abruptly I gave them a parable.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • I like the parables in the Bible better than anything,’ said Franz.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • You have heard it, and it-this true story of rich implication, this living parable of proven glory and humble nobility-and it, as I say, has made you free.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The count, who perceived that M. and Madame de Villefort were beginning to speak in parables, appeared to pay no attention to the conversation, and feigned to be busily engaged in watching Edward, who was mischievously pouring some ink into the bird’s water-glass.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Others were given the parable of the Good Samaritan.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Thus he discoursed gravely and paternally; in default of examples, he invented parables, going directly to the point, with few phrases and many images, which characteristic formed the real eloquence of Jesus Christ.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Cheerfully, he looked into the rushing river, never before he had like a water so well as this one, never before he had perceived the voice and the parable of the moving water thus strongly and beautifully.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • He sat down resignedly upon the most comfortable part of the floor, perceiving that he was in for something like the parable of the looking-glass.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Sophie knew the parable of how Jesus turned water into wine, but she had never taken it literally.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The Gospel of Mark tells us, ’Unto you is given to know the mystery . but it will be told in parable.’
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Like the brothers in the parable, Sister is irritated and envious that the child who left, and ostensibly used up her "share" of familial goodwill, is instantly welcomed, her sins so quickly forgiven.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • My father must have seen in this parable the accessibility of the origins of things, but I see nothing of the kind.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Thou shalt never get such a secret from me but by a parable.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The dinner even is only the parable of a dinner, commonly.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • His courtesy of manner rang a little false and Stephen looked at the English convert with the same eyes as the elder brother in the parable may have turned on the prodigal.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The parable of Prince Five-weapons illustrates this theme.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • They love him because they— women, I mean—are like the bees in Samson’s parable in the Bible: they like to build their honeycomb in the carcass of a dead lion.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • A parable of the soul, as his Latin teacher had pointed out so sententiously, Amina being a crude anagram for anima.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Such a one, having left the earth, sees Abraham’s bosom and talks with Abraham as we are told in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, and beholds heaven and can go up to the Lord.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Confucian parables warn of it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • These things are a parable.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Garden of Forking Paths is an enormous riddle, or parable, whose theme is time; this recondite cause prohibits its mention.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • He was known for anecdotes, and parables from Syria, quotations from the Qur’an, stories from his travels around the world.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • It was the intention of this parable, which describes the life of one man who tried to separate himself from his country, to show how terrible was his mistake.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • Few can translate the picture-parable; there are not twenty in all the world who can draw it surely without a copy: of those who can both draw and expound are but three.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • (He laughs, immensely tickled.) LARRY—(grins with sardonic appreciation) Be God, Joe, you’ve got all the beauty of human nature and the practical wisdom of the world in that little parable.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Dear lady: a parable must not be taken literally.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Dust off some of your old parables.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • I reinterpreted Don Quixote as a modern urban parable and made Sancho the hero.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • 26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
  • 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • To me, that is the situation in a parable.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • She hesitated an instant, and then summoned sufficient spirit to say, decidedly— "If you wish to speak in parables, Doctor Battius, you must find another listener.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Like the lost lamb in the parable, I love her all the more.
    William Gibson  --  The Miracle Worker
  • It is a fast food parable about how the industry started and where it can lead.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Literature must consist of parables, stripped of detail and almost independent of language.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
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