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  • Viruses tend to be resistant to vaccines that worked against their progenitors.
  • Blues music was the progenitor of early rock.
  • It was the progenitor of a many more sophisticated computer viruses.
  • For this reason, the Jews in France considered Magdalene sacred royalty and revered her as the progenitor of the royal line of kings.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • The historians of culture are quite consistent in regard to their progenitors, the writers of universal histories, for if historical events may be explained by the fact that certain persons treated one another in such and such ways, why not explain them by the fact that such and such people wrote such and such books?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This was an historical pageant, representing the King’s immediate progenitors.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • They make shift to live merely by conformity, practically as their fathers did, and are in no sense the progenitors of a noble race of men.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • To whom our great progenitor.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Thou art, I vow, the remarkablest progenitor barring none in this chaffering allincluding most farraginous chronicle.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Yet the taste of the age, demanding whatever was elaborate in compositions of this kind, did not fail to extend its influence over our stern progenitors, who had cast behind them so many fashions which it might seem harder to dispense with.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • He sent me here to Troy commanding me to act always with valor, always to be most noble, never to shame the line of my progenitors, great men first in Ephyra, then in Lykia.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The reader probably knows, if enough has not already been gleaned form this narrative, that the Delaware, or Lenape, claimed to be the progenitors of that numerous people, who once were masters of most of the eastern and northern states of America, of whom the community of the Mohicans was an ancient and highly honored member.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • For though their progenitors, the builders of Babel, must doubtless, by their tower, have intended to rear the loftiest mast-head in all Asia, or Africa either; yet (ere the final truck was put to it) as that great stone mast of theirs may be said to have gone by the board, in the dread gale of God’s wrath; therefore, we cannot give these Babel builders priority over the Egyptians.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Notre-Dame de Paris has not, like the Abbey of Tournus, the grave and massive frame, the large and round vault, the glacial bareness, the majestic simplicity of the edifices which have the rounded arch for their progenitor.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Fancy might have regarded the act as the recrudescence of a trick in which her armed progenitors were not unpractised.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • His blood boiled with honest British exultation, as he saw the name of Osborne ennobled in the person of his son, and thought that he might be the progenitor of a glorious line of baronets.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • You’d better hurry up and cut the umbilical cord to your mortal progenitor.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • For a very long period after the witchcraft delusion, however, the Maules had continued to inhabit the town where their progenitor had suffered so unjust a death.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The enduring substratum of the individual and of the progenitor of the universe are one and the same, according to these mythologies; that is why the demiurge in this myth is called the Self.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Even philosophers have their preferences, and it must be admitted that of his progenitors his father ministered most to his sense of the sweetness of filial dependence.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Yes, fatality and curse on the South and on our family as though because some ancestor of ours had elected to establish his descent in a land primed for fatality and already cursed with it, even if it had not rather been our family, our father’s progenitors, who had incurred the curse long years before and had been coerced by Heaven into establishing itself in the land and the time already cursed.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It is evident that on this point the Americans are very superior to their progenitors the English.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • You are sure that your English progenitor was great, Dickon, whatever his profession might have been?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • When my progenitor was an old man, along came one of these missionary priests from New Spain, begging.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • There was no religiosity in his reverence for the supreme powers of heaven and earth, which he worshipped as his progenitors.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • This awful monster, confined by good fortune to the interior of the earth, was the progenitor of the hideous monster of Africa.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • And he remembered with a start the agony of toil and peril Venters had endured bringing the progenitors of this stock into the valley.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Which was fine with me, because after all who did I think I was, showing up in a limousine, picking a lock, and then claiming to be the progenitor of a famous writer?
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Even philosophers have their preferences, and it must be admitted that of his progenitors his father ministered most to his sense of the sweetness of filial dependence.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Do you care to pursue further? if so, take the Torah, and search the Book of Numbers, and of the seventy-two generations after Adam, you can find the very progenitor of your house.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Though the youngest of their number could not much have passed the period, that, in the nicer judgment of the law, is called the age of discretion, he had proved himself so far worthy of his progenitors as to have reared already his aspiring person to the standard height of his race.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • She understood then why she would have wanted to surrender herself to a man made manly by toil; she understood how a woman instinctively leaned toward the protection of a man who had used his hands—who had strength and red blood and virility who could fight like the progenitors of the race.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Relying on its kindness in this as in other things, and actuated by that fervent love towards it, which is so natural to a man who views in it the native soil of himself and his progenitors for several generations, I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and…
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • 1) My lot be still to lead The life of innocence and fly Irreverence in word or deed, To follow still those laws ordained on high Whose birthplace is the bright ethereal sky No mortal birth they own, Olympus their progenitor alone: Ne’er shall they slumber in oblivion cold, The god in them is strong and grows not old.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • …the stone of Israel:) 49:25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: 49:26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • The chicken, hereupon, though almost as venerable in appearance as its mother—possessing, indeed, the whole antiquity of its progenitors in miniature,—mustered vivacity enough to flutter upward and alight on Phoebe’s shoulder.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • To the thoughtful mind there will be no tinge of superstition in what we figuratively express, by affirming that the ghost of a dead progenitor—perhaps as a portion of his own punishment—is often doomed to become the Evil Genius of his family.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • BLOOM: When my progenitor of sainted memory wore the uniform of the Austrian despot in a dank prison where was yours?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • We have not to seek to make ourselves like our progenitors, but to strive to work out that species of greatness and happiness which is our own.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • I seem to have a stronger claim to a residence here on account of this grave, bearded, sable-cloaked, and steeple-crowned progenitor—who came so early, with his Bible and his sword, and trode the unworn street with such a stately port, and made so large a figure, as a man of war and peace—a stronger claim than for myself, whose name is seldom heard and my face hardly known.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The fantasy would not quit her, that the original Puritan, of whom she had heard so many sombre traditions,—the progenitor of the whole race of New England Pyncheons, the founder of the House of the Seven Gables, and who had died so strangely in it,—had now stept into the shop.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • In 1871 Darwin published The Descent of Man, in which he drew attention to the great similarities between humans and animals, advancing the theory that men and anthropoid apes must at one time have evolved from the same progenitor.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • They probably embodied the traditionary peculiarities of their whole line of progenitors, derived through an unbroken succession of eggs; or else this individual Chanticleer and his two wives had grown to be humorists, and a little crack-brained withal, on account of their solitary way of life, and out of sympathy for Hepzibah, their lady-patroness.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I did not demand; I accepted them at their own valuation while insisting on my own part upon explaining fully about myself and my progenitors: yet they deliberately withheld from me the one fact which I have reason to know they were aware would have caused me to decline the entire matter, otherwise they would not have withheld it from me—a fact which I did not learn until after my son was born.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • …letters in both languages: their antiquity, both having been taught on the plain of Shinar 242 years after the deluge in the seminary instituted by Fenius Farsaigh, descendant of Noah, progenitor of Israel, and ascendant of Heber and Heremon, progenitors of Ireland: their archaeological, genealogical, hagiographical, exegetical, homiletic, toponomastic, historical and religious literatures comprising the works of rabbis and culdees, Torah, Talmud (Mischna and Ghemara), Massor,…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …all the Earth; Not this rock only; his Omnipresence fills Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, Fomented by his virtual power and warmed: All the earth he gave thee to possess and rule, No despicable gift; surmise not then His presence to these narrow bounds confined Of Paradise, or Eden: this had been Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread All generations; and had hither come From all the ends of the earth, to celebrate And reverence thee, their great progenitor.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …guttural sounds, diacritic aspirations, epenthetic and servile letters in both languages: their antiquity, both having been taught on the plain of Shinar 242 years after the deluge in the seminary instituted by Fenius Farsaigh, descendant of Noah, progenitor of Israel, and ascendant of Heber and Heremon, progenitors of Ireland: their archaeological, genealogical, hagiographical, exegetical, homiletic, toponomastic, historical and religious literatures comprising the works of rabbis and…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …I had only to lock the house and take my place in the buggy and traverse those twelve miles which I had not done since Ellen died, beside that brute who until Ellen died was not even permitted to approach the house from the front—that brute progenitor of brutes whose granddaughter was to supplant me, if not in my sister’s house at least in my sister’s bed to which (so they will tell you) I aspired—that brute who (brute instrument of that justice which presides over human events which,…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • But Nalasu had been famous as a great fighter, as well as having been the progenitor of three such warlike sons.
    London, Jack  --  Jerry of the Islands
  • …future would be a succession of cut-down and patched and made-over garments bought on exorbitant credit because they were white people, from stores where niggers were given the garments free, with for sole heritage that expression on the balloon face bursting with laughter which had looked out at some unremembered and nameless progenitor who had knocked at a door when he was a little boy and had been told by a nigger to go around to the back.): But I can shoot him: and the other: No.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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