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  • She is viewed as a paragon of integrity.
  • A tennis commentator said Agassi went from "punk to paragon."
  • Tunis was never graced before with such a paragon to their queen.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • I finally said to him, Tom-good gracious!-why don’t you bring this paragon to supper?
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie

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  • So here’s this girl missing a fifth of her brain who’s just had a recurrence of the Asshole Tumor, and so she was not, you know, the paragon of stoic cancer-kid heroism.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Me—the manly paragon of romance—reduced to a gawky, inexperienced boy!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Which makes you such a moral paragon.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • There was the shopping bag from Paragon Sporting Goods—tag of the pup tent dangling, King Kanopy, $43.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • FLUTE You must say paragon: a paramour is, God bless us, a thing of naught.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Not to that paragon of virtue!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl

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  • Most fortunately: he hath achiev’d a maid That paragons description and wild fame, One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens, And in the essential vesture of creation Does tire the ingener.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • The finest pearls are called virgin pearls, or paragons; they form in isolation within the mollusk’s tissue.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • My wife is one of those paragons—a woman who does not talk very much.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Earnshaw was not to be civilized with a wish, and my young lady was no philosopher, and no paragon of patience; but both their minds tending to the same point — one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed — they contrived in the end to reach it.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • No; but she is an earthly paragon.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • "How old is she?" asked Emmy, to whom George was rattling away regarding this dark paragon, on the morning of their reunion—rattling away as no other man in the world surely could.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The suggestion, it is true, was a faint one, but then Dardanelov was such a paragon of purity and delicacy that it was enough for the time being to make him perfectly happy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • She is the paragon of all paragons of beauty, the reply to all desire, the bliss-bestowing goal of every hero’s earthly and unearthly quest.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth If thou with Caesar paragon again My man of men.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • And hath he too Expos’d this paragon to the fearful usage,— At least ungentle,—of the dreadful Neptune, To greet a man not worth her pains, much less The adventure of her person?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • Even Ameh Bozorg was a paragon of wisdom and cleanliness next to the people on the streets of Tehran.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • To him, more than any one else, as she now saw, she shone as a star, a paragon of luxury and social supremacy.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …than blessed with it, a boy who wanted more than anything to compile a good record so he could go to a good university because he had earned admission and not because his father had pulled strings, he had become to Jack a kind of simpering Goody Two-shoes, a postulant before the altar of knowledge rather than a sincere acolyte, an outward paragon of Boy Scout virtues, inwardly cynical, filled not with real brilliance (as he had first been conceived) but only with sly animal cunning.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The paragon of the community, the banker’s banker.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "And yours was a paragon—is that what you mean?" asked her friend with a laugh.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Nowadays, with our modern mania for morality, every one has to pose as a paragon of purity, incorruptibility, and all the other seven deadly virtues—and what is the result?
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Owned by Gladys Phipps and her brother Ogden Mills, operators of the East’s legendary Wheatley Stable, Hard Tack was a copper-colored paragon of symmetry, grace, and blinding speed.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • But lest this should not have been thy fortune, we will endeavour with our utmost skill to describe this paragon, though we are sensible that our highest abilities are very inadequate to the task.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He was jarred as by nothing else when the paragon of stenographers, Miss McGoun, suddenly left him, though her reasons were excellent—she needed a rest, her sister was sick, she might not do any more work for six months.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • We should not pretend that he was a faultless paragon of virtue; on the contrary, he was, on more than one occasion, emotional in his deliberations, vituperative in his denunciations, and prone to engage in bitter and exaggerated personal attack instead of concentrating his fire upon the merits of an issue.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • …buoyancy in the waters of the Dead Sea: its persevering penetrativeness in runnels, gullies, inadequate dams, leaks on shipboard: its properties for cleansing, quenching thirst and fire, nourishing vegetation: its infallibility as paradigm and paragon: its metamorphoses as vapour, mist, cloud, rain, sleet, snow, hail: its strength in rigid hydrants: its variety of forms in loughs and bays and gulfs and bights and guts and lagoons and atolls and archipelagos and sounds and fjords and…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I wanted to model myself after that paragon of military virtue, that officer who was wounded in the behind while fleeing the German advance in the Battle of the Bulge, that fighting man of such superlative qualities that he has returned to his alma mater as commandant in charge of discipline.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • What do you think of your paragon now?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The paragon of all, believe me, Thou soon shalt see, alive and warm.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Ah! the late Mrs. Muir was a paragon in that way also.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • If Harry Gordon was such a paragon of looks and enterprise, why had he selected her?
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Send this paragon of yours to Ser Hugh and the others.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • The honor of serving beside such paragons as Meryn Trant and Boros Blount?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • The moon is rising, and I see your paragon approaching.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Three-quarters of these people made Orfeo Quatta seem by comparison a paragon of stability.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "And yours was a paragon—is that what you mean?" asked her friend with a laugh.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Her model of male excellence, the paragon of manhood against whom she measured all other men, was her father.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • It was the fame of his electrical experiments and overall inventiveness that made him one of the paragons of the age.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Lucia Cavallo was not only a paragon of Mediterranean beauty and a gifted Mystic, but she was also haughty, opinionated, and notoriously demanding of her friends.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Then, rejoicing as at sight of the best-beloved, he saw Irving Watters, that paragon of professional normality, wandering toward them, but Watters passed by, merely nodding.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And more than that, I tell you Pa considers her such a wonder, such a paragon of accomplishment, and such an acquisition to our family, that he is ready to get himself into a state of perfect infatuation with her at any moment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Taste has varied, but not beyond certain limits; contemporary connoisseurs agree with the eighteenth-century Japanese that Hokusai was one of the greatest artists of his time; we even agree with the ancient Egyptians that Third and Fourth Dynasty art was the most worthy of being selected as their paragon by those who came after.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • …and unguarded, Satan passed, And all about found desolate; for those, Appointed to sit there, had left their charge, Flown to the upper world; the rest were all Far to the inland retired, about the walls Of Pandemonium; city and proud seat Of Lucifer, so by allusion called Of that bright star to Satan paragoned; There kept their watch the legions, while the Grand In council sat, solicitous what chance Might intercept their emperour sent; so he Departing gave command, and they observed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • "Paragon schnitzophonic," repeats Uncle Al.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
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