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  • "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen," Oscar said.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • …she could not afford a phonograph, but no matter; on the inexpensive little portable radio she bought there was splendid music emanating from these stations with weird initials she could never get straight—WQXR, WNYC, WEVD—and men with silken voices announcing the enchanted names of all the musical potentates and princes whose harmonies she had been deprived of so long; even a shopworn composition like Schubert’s Unfinished or Eine kleine Nachtmusik touched her with fresh rapture.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Without taking overmuch upon myself my good word will go far towards gaining any strange gentleman a fair reception from yonder potentate you wot of.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Legree, like some potentates we read of in history, governed his plantation by a sort of resolution of forces.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • His bosom was loaded with medals, some in massive silver, and one or two even in gold, the gifts of various Christian potentates during the long period of his life.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures;—he called the carpenter.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Parts of what I am about to reveal were common knowledge among the elves, Riders, and learned humans, but much of it was known only to the leader of the Riders, a mere handful of elves, the humans’ current potentate, and, of course, the dragons.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • And of the potentates he had met, he trusted Islanzadi the least.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He watched the process one evening, and discovered that the captive potentate had taken on himself the responsibility, which he had with his own intelligence observed.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • These potentates had two principal anxieties: the one, that no foreigner should enter Italy under arms; the other, that none of themselves should seize more territory.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince

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  • I would not have it imagined, however, that he was one of those cruel potentates of the school who joy in the smart of their subjects; on the contrary, he administered justice with discrimination rather than severity; taking the burden off the backs of the weak, and laying it on those of the strong.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Listed below the divorce of a TV actress and above the death of a Midwestern steel potentate was this item: REPORTED MISSING: Paul Sheldon, 42, novelist best known for his series of romances about sexy, bubbleheaded, unsinkable Misery Chastain; by his agent, Bryce Bell.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • I come down here, for instance, and I find a mighty potentate exacting homage.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He had met many peculiar potentates in his time; he took a detached interest in them, and was shrewd as a rule in his assessments.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • She was now one of a group of oriental beauties who, in the second act of the comic opera, were paraded by the vizier before the new potentate as the treasures of his harem.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Well, sir, this gentleman is come to me With commendation from great potentates, And here he means to spend his time awhile.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • …and rode away; the mail was waylaid by seven robbers, and the guard shot three dead, and then got shot dead himself by the other four, "in consequence of the failure of his ammunition:" after which the mail was robbed in peace; that magnificent potentate, the Lord Mayor of London, was made to stand and deliver on Turnham Green, by one highwayman, who despoiled the illustrious creature in sight of all his retinue; prisoners in London gaols fought battles with their turnkeys, and the…
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Now, Phoebe’s presence made a home about her,—that very sphere which the outcast, the prisoner, the potentate,—the wretch beneath mankind, the wretch aside from it, or the wretch above it,—instinctively pines after,—a home!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • As time passed, I realized that Moody was not the all-powerful potentate whom he fantasized himself to be.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • This dispute, much to the credit as well of the illustrious potentate above mentioned as of the worthy and enlightened directors of the railroad, has been pacifically arranged on the principle of mutual compromise.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • They drove about the chain of garden-circled lakes, and viewed the houses of the millers and lumbermen and real estate peers—the potentates of the expanding city.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It was here, in the kitchen, in the passage, In the mews in the barn in the byre in the market place In our veins our bowels our skulls as well As well as in the plottings of potentates As well as in the consultations of powers.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • The delegation partook of luncheon at the conclusion of which the dusky potentate, in the course of a happy speech, freely translated by the British chaplain, the reverend Ananias Praisegod Barebones, tendered his best thanks to Massa Walkup and emphasised the cordial relations existing between Abeakuta and the British empire, stating that he treasured as one of his dearest possessions an illuminated bible, the volume of the word of God and the secret of England’s greatness, graciously…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I could look down from my office window on the great bolls and tufts and swollen globes of green which were the trees of the Capitol grounds seen from the height of my window, and think of the deep inner maze of green in one of the big trees and of the hollow shadowy chambers near the trunk, where maybe a big cantankerous jay would be perched for a moment like a barbarous potentate staring with black, glittering, beady eyes into the green tangle.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Dost thou infamonize me among potentates?
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • He has been a little potentate too long.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Yet each of these potentates saw well the reason of his exclusion.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • Perhaps because they were so used to listening to conversations between potentates, the ambassadors felt reflexively that Alessandro was speaking on behalf of Italy.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Mr Dorrit’s speech had had more hesitation in it than usual, as he approached the ticklish topic, for he was not perfectly clear how so exalted a potentate might take it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Reliance on a single legislature was a certain road to disaster, for the same reason reliance on a single executive—king, potentate, president—was bound to bring ruin and despotism.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The factors in our favor are that he is a minor potentate from a distant kingdom, he has only been in town for a short period of time, has spent most of that time with his kinsmen and he has not yet presented himself for judgment.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Among other pertinent things, it was remarked that the palace was kept in perpetual readiness for use; and when a consul, general of the army, king, or visiting potentate of any kind arrived at Antioch, quarters were at once assigned him on the island.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Some of them had been delivered down from the time of the Saxon princes; others were purchased with vast revenues, or perchance ravished from the dead brows of the native potentates of Hindustan; and the whole now blazed with a dazzling lustre, as if a star had fallen in that spot and been shattered into fragments.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • The men of whom this multitude was composed were distinguished by numerous differences; but they had thus much in common, that they all obeyed the same laws, and that every subject was so weak and insignificant in relation to the imperial potentate, that all appeared equal when their condition was contrasted with his.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Edward knows as well as you or I that the potentates in Saint Petersburg have to make good their losses in Manchuria and desperately need to distract their own revolutionaries.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He has been seated on a throne surrounded with minions and mistresses, giving audience to the envoys of foreign potentates, in all the supercilious pomp of majesty.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is true, that God is the Soveraign of all Soveraigns; and therefore, when he speaks to any Subject, he ought to be obeyed, whatsoever any earthly Potentate command to the contrary.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • She might have had pearls melted into her champagne if she liked—another Cleopatra—and the potentate of Peterwaradin would have given half the brilliants off his jacket for a kind glance from those dazzling eyes.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …ere night, Now ere dim night had disincumbered Heaven, The great hierarchal standard was to move; Tells the suggested cause, and casts between Ambiguous words and jealousies, to sound Or taint integrity: But all obeyed The wonted signal, and superiour voice Of their great Potentate; for great indeed His name, and high was his degree in Heaven; His countenance, as the morning-star that guides The starry flock, allured them, and with lies Drew after him the third part of Heaven’s host.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Babbitt’s party politely edged through them and into the whitewashed room, at the front of which was a dais with a red-plush throne and a pine altar painted watery blue, as used nightly by the Grand Masters and Supreme Potentates of innumerable lodges.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I say ’Mighty potentate, here IS my homage!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Mighty potentate replies in effect, ’This is a sensible fellow.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I should say, ’My esteemed Boythorn’—to make you the personification of our imaginary friend—’my esteemed Boythorn, you object to the mighty potentate?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I went not into the forest to seek a potentate, neither do I, at any future time, design a visit thither, with a view to gaining the favour of such personage.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • If Luther had lived in an age of equality, and had not had princes and potentates for his audience, he would perhaps have found it more difficult to change the aspect of Europe.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • It was a trivial thing to say, and yet something in the way she did it caught the audience, which laughed heartily at the mock fierce potentate towering before the young woman.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Histories; myths; legends; poems; songs; religious tracts; the writings of Riders, magicians, wanderers, madmen, obscure potentates, various generals, anyone who might have knowledge of a hidden door or a secret mechanism or something of that ilk that we might turn to our advantage.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • There are festivals and entertainments going continually on, and the Duke has his chamberlains and equerries, and the Duchess her mistress of the wardrobe and ladies of honour, just like any other and more potent potentates.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • They watched as a rousing tale of love and murder in the court of an Oriental potentate unrolled silently before them; scene after opulent scene sped past, full of naked bodies, despotic lust, and abject servility blind in its zeal, full of cruelty, prurience, and fatal desire—and then suddenly the film slowed to linger revealingly on the muscular arm of an executioner.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • His principal weight and influence in the republic are derived from this independent title; from his great patrimonial estates; from his family connections with some of the chief potentates of Europe; and, more than all, perhaps, from his being stadtholder in the several provinces, as well as for the union; in which provincial quality he has the appointment of town magistrates under certain regulations, executes provincial decrees, presides when he pleases in the provincial tribunals,…
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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