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  • He is the patriarch of the extended family.
  • I think Overbearing Eurocentric Patriarchs would be perfect, but I don’t suggest it.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Patriarch was the name which many people delighted to give him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He had personally known several wolves who were at least sixteen years old, while one wolf patriarch who lived near the Kazan River, and who had been well known to Ootek’s father, must have been over twenty years old before he disappeared.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • For who was I to him, really, or to his mother, for that matter, but a too-late-in-coming, too-late-in-life notion of a grandfather, a sorry, open-handed figure of a patriarch, come back hungry and hopeful to people he never knew?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • So here was ’Bampa; as we called him, determined to be a good father and patriarch, spreading a protective wing over his more popular brother Aelian, and living in his empire—acres of choice land in the heart of Kegalle.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • If it seems odd to call a patriarch "Junior," there was a logical explanation.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • No less a person than Ezra Bennington himself, the grand patriarch of Bluffton, had requested a bus to meet the boat from Yamacraw.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "But," he cried, "one of the Patriarchs!"
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The patriarch of the house has a pointed beard and black eyes.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen

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  • The patriarch of the Howard clan was Samuel Howard.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The cages were empty—save one: Mahisha, our Bengal tiger patriarch, a lanky, hulking beast of 550 pounds, had been detained.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I had seen those movies where the patriarch of the family is on his death bed and he calls for his estranged son so that he can make peace before he goes.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Take care, you are going to immure a traveller, Sinbad the Sailor, a man who comes to see Paris; you are going to make a patriarch of him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • After they had eaten, Baba Ayub would sip his tea, watching his family, picturing a day when all of his children married and gave him children of their own, when he would be proud patriarch to an even greater brood.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The room was soon filled with a motley assemblage, from the old gray-headed patriarch of eighty, to the young girl and lad of fifteen.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The father of the Custom-House—the patriarch, not only of this little squad of officials, but, I am bold to say, of the respectable body of tide-waiters all over the United States—was a certain permanent Inspector.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • And by all the other patriarchs, I know.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • We thought a bolt had fallen in the middle of us; and Joseph swung on to his knees, beseeching the Lord to remember the patriarchs Noah and Lot, and, as in former times, spare the righteous, though he smote the ungodly.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Vanger had been one of the really big fish in his day, with a reputation for being an honourable, old-fashioned patriarch who would not bend in a strong wind.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Adam saw a big man, bearded like a patriarch, his graying hair stirring in the air like thistledown.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • From the moment that he took his seat, until the present instant, the lips of the patriarch had not severed, and scarcely a sign of life had escaped him.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I have walked in the courts of heaven, and held speech with the patriarchs.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • That morning Aunt Pitty had reached the regretful decision that she had better kill the patriarch before he died of old age and pining for his harem which had long since been eaten.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Papa had been the patriarch.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • To her, old patriarch!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He looked sixty-five but might be eighty; he might be the senior partner of a law firm or the semi-retired patriarch of a construction company, but was more likely a rancher or a realtor.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • When I became interested in the subject towards the end of the eighteen-seventies, Melville Bell was dead; but Alexander J. Ellis was still a living patriarch, with an impressive head always covered by a velvet skull cap, for which he would apologize to public meetings in a very courtly manner.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • One woman and four men—all bent, and wrinkled, and mind-extinguished patriarchs.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • A patriarch with a long white beard, black skull cap and toothless gums presided over the vats with a big forked wooden stick.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Forward observer for the Trojans, trusting his prowess as a sprinter, he had held his post mid-plain atop the burial mound of the patriarch Aisyetes; waiting there to see the Akhaians leave their camp and ships.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Her brother, eight years Katherine’s senior and only fifteen when their father died, had begun his journey toward becoming the Solomon patriarch much sooner than anyone had ever dreamed.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Well, what are the names of the patriarchs?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Far be it, that I should write thee sin or blame, Or think thee unbefitting holiest place, Perpetual fountain of domestick sweets, Whose bed is undefiled and chaste pronounced, Present, or past, as saints and patriarchs used.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Mr. Braithwaite was large, somewhat of the stern patriarch in appearance, having a rather thin white beard.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He drew out hence the shade of the first parent, of Abel his son, and that of Noah, of Moses the law-giver and obedient, Abraham the patriarch, and David the King, Israel with his father, and with his offspring, and with Rachel, for whom he did so much, and others many; and He made them blessed: and I would have thee know that before these, human spirits were not saved.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Now, the old sofa was a regular patriarch of a sofa—long, broad, well-cushioned, and low, a trifle shabby, as well it might be, for the girls had slept and sprawled on it as babies, fished over the back, rode on the arms, and had menageries under it as children, and rested tired heads, dreamed dreams, and listened to tender talk on it as young women.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • That sagacious Miss Mills, too; that amiable, though quite used up, recluse; that little patriarch of something less than twenty, who had done with the world, and mustn’t on any account have the slumbering echoes in the caverns of Memory awakened; what a kind thing she did!
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • This patriarch now presented himself before Hepzibah, clad in an old blue coat, which had a fashionable air, and must have accrued to him from the cast-off wardrobe of some dashing clerk.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He has his favourite box, he bespeaks all the papers, he is down upon bald patriarchs, who keep them more than ten minutes afterwards.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • At first Jose Arcadio Buendia had been a kind of youthful patriarch who would give instructions for planting and advice for the raising of children and animals, and who collaborated with everyone, even in the physical work, for the welfare of the community.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • They slept in different quarters in Cange—the patriarch of the place was, after all, a priest.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • They had patriarchs and matriarchs but they had no prince before him.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Often, too, we would hurry for shelter, tumbling in among all its stony saints and patriarchs, into the porch of Saint-Andre-des-Champs, How typically French that church was!
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Relatives took turns running out into the street, searching for the approach of the family patriarch.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Gilgamesh, on landing, had to listen to the patriarch’s long recitation of the story of the deluge.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • I deemed that yonder black-browed girl had been thy concubine, and I gave her to be a handmaiden to Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert, after the fashion of patriarchs and heroes of the days of old, who set us in these matters a wholesome example.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The hand soon stopped in the midst of them; the light that had always been feeble and dim behind the weak transparency, went out; and even Mrs. Gradgrind, emerged from the shadow in which man walketh and disquieteth himself in vain, took upon her the dread solemnity of the sages and patriarchs.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • A reverent old patriarch man as you be—seventy if a day—to go hornpiping like that by yourself!
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Jacob was a patriarch who brought up his twelve sons to be patriarchs.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
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