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  • Overuse of the word "disaster" has cost that word its puissance.
  • the puissance of the labor vote
  • Here and there might have been discerned a frown at these revelations concerning a most puissant noble of the English Crown, but the overriding reaction was an untrammeled delight in the scandal.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • How comes all this, if there be not something puissant in whaling?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • It means you could potentially be the most puissant High Priestess the vampyres have ever known.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • The camerlegno, as if in some sort of post-traumatic trance, seemed suddenly puissant, possessed by demons.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • * * * * * When we consider the puissant force of Nature and, what mighty influence it has many times over the temper of the mind, it will be no such great wonder to think, that my powerful reason should be overcome by a much stronger inclination.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • "Mais, assez puissant!" said the other porter sagely.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • My fatherland, city of Thebes divine, Ye gods of Thebes whence sprang my line, Look, puissant lords of Thebes, on me; The last of all your royal house ye see.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar, Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat An humble heart.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar

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  • You feel in the atmosphere the same tonic, puissant quality that is in the tilth, the same strength and resoluteness.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • O’Nolan, clad in shining armour, low bending made obeisance to the puissant and high and mighty chief of all Erin and did him to wit of that which had befallen, how that the grave elders of the most obedient city, second of the realm, had met them in the tholsel, and there, after due prayers to the gods who dwell in ether supernal, had taken solemn counsel whereby they might, if so be it might be, bring once more into honour among mortal men the winged speech of the seadivided Gael.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • For who can yet believe, though after loss, That all these puissant legions, whose exile Hath emptied Heaven, shall fail to re-ascend, Self-raised, and repossess their native seat?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Then answered a knight that hight Naram, Sir, I know the king well; he is a passing good man of his body, as few be living, and a passing proud man, and Sir, doubt ye not he will make war on you with a mighty puissance.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Because he was high and puissant, and you wished to have renown and glory and to be lifted far above the mean things that crawl on the earth.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Let us return to the facade of Notre-Dame, as it still appears to us, when we go piously to admire the grave and puissant cathedral, which inspires terror, so its chronicles assert: ~quoe mole sua terrorem incutit spectantibus~.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Then answered a knight that hight Naram, Sir, I know the king well; he is a passing good man of his body, as few be living, and a passing proud man, and Sir, doubt ye not he will make war on you with a mighty puissance.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • It shook her so violently, that when Mr. H. G. Wells lifted her on the point of his puissant pen, and placed her at the angle of view from which the life she was leading and the society to which she clung appeared in its true relation to real human needs and worthy social structure, he effected a conversion and a conviction of sin comparable to the most sensational feats of General Booth or Gypsy Smith.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The emperor concluded me to be drowned, and that the enemy’s fleet was approaching in a hostile manner: but he was soon eased of his fears; for the channel growing shallower every step I made, I came in a short time within hearing, and holding up the end of the cable, by which the fleet was fastened, I cried in a loud voice, "Long live the most puissant king of Lilliput!"
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Wherefore the most reverend Father and puissant Lord, Lucas Marquis of Beaumanoir, did allow of the said challenge, and of the said ’essoine’ of the appellant’s body, and assigned the third day for the said combat, the place being the enclosure called the lists of Saint George, near to the Preceptory of Templestowe.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Their presence was an articulate tribute to the force and puissance of men united by indivisible will, by absolute conviction.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a man Who, having seen me in my worst estate, Shunn’d my abhorr’d society; but then, finding Who ’twas that so endur’d, with his strong arms He fastened on my neck, and bellow’d out As he’d burst heaven; threw him on my father; Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him That ever ear receiv’d: which in recounting His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life Began to crack: twice then the trumpets sounded, And there I left him tranc’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • "Your Grace," said Whitebeard, "the Prince of Dragonstone was a most puissant warrior, but …."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • A most puissant warrior is our Robert, and such a manly man has little love for sneaks and spies and eunuchs.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • They thus directed, we will follow In the main battle; whose puissance on either side Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • His black sorcerer was more puissant than all of Euron’s three, even if you threw them in a pot and boiled them down to one.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Sweet Petyr, surely you do not mean to suggest that these puissant lords and noble knights could be bought like so many chickens in the market.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • And I shall not fail you, said Sir Dinadan, unto my puissance, upon my life.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • Thus grows up Fashion, an equivocal semblance, the most puissant, the most fantastic and frivolous, the most feared and followed, and which morals and violence assault in vain.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • That he should draw his several strengths together And come against us in full puissance, Need not be dreaded.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Hassop was at ease, relaxed, just a little beglamoured by the idea of intimacy with his puissant chief, just a little intoxicated by the knowledge that his film cannister contained Ben Reich’s fate.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It was announced in the Winnemac Daily News that Dr. Geake had been called from the chair of otolaryngology to the vice-presidency of the puissant New Idea Medical Instrument and Furniture Company of Jersey City.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Most Puissant One.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • She had thought Qyburn must be japing when he had told her that her mooncalf cousin had forsaken castle, lands, and wife and wandered back to the city to join the Noble and Puissant Order of the Warrior’s Sons, yet there he stood with the other pious fools.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • That were pity, said Sir Tristram, that so good a knight as he is should be slain so cowardly; and therefore I warn you I will succour him with all my puissance.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • O, fly to Scotland, Till that the nobles and the armed commons Have of their puissance made a little taste.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • I well allow the occasion of our arms; But gladly would be better satisfied How in our means we should advance ourselves To look with forehead bold and big enough Upon the power and puissance of the king.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Lord Caron and Ser Guyard of King Renly’s Rainbow Guard …. and the puissant Lord Alester Florent of Brightwater, to be sure.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • I felt the puissance and evil of their thoughtless, callow maggotry.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And I shall not fail you, said Sir Dinadan, unto my puissance, upon my life.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • That were pity, said Sir Tristram, that so good a knight as he is should be slain so cowardly; and therefore I warn you I will succour him with all my puissance.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Our puissance is our own; our own right hand Shall teach us highest deeds, by proof to try Who is our equal: Then thou shalt behold Whether by supplication we intend Address, and to begirt the almighty throne Beseeching or besieging.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Guillaume Rym considered it incumbent on him to intervene,— "Master Coppenole, you are speaking to a puissant king."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "Even the most puissant High Priestess needs her circle:’ "Well, I hadn’t really thought about casting a circle.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Sire, you are an august and, very puissant monarch; have pity on a poor man who is honest, and who would find it more difficult to stir up a revolt than a cake of ice would to give out a spark!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Puissant?
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • His puissance, trusting in the Almighty’s aid, I mean to try, whose reason I have tried Unsound and false; nor is it aught but just, That he, who in debate of truth hath won, Should win in arms, in both disputes alike Victor; though brutish that contest and foul, When reason hath to deal with force, yet so Most reason is that reason overcome.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Most mighty sovereign, on the western coast Rideth a puissant navy; to the shore Throng many doubtful hollow-hearted friends, Unarm’d, and unresolv’d to beat them back: ’tis thought that Richmond is their admiral; And there they hull, expecting but the aid Of Buckingham to welcome them ashore.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Go then, Thou Mightiest, in thy Father’s might; Ascend my chariot, guide the rapid wheels That shake Heaven’s basis, bring forth all my war, My bow and thunder, my almighty arms Gird on, and sword upon thy puissant thigh; Pursue these sons of darkness, drive them out From all Heaven’s bounds into the utter deep: There let them learn, as likes them, to despise God, and Messiah his anointed King.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • No question but her name is puissant who aventried the dear corse of our Agenbuyer, Healer and Herd, our mighty mother and mother most venerable and Bernardus saith aptly that She hath an omnipotentiam deiparae supplicem, that is to wit, an almightiness of petition because she is the second Eve and she won us, saith Augustine too, whereas that other, our grandam, which we are linked up with by successive anastomosis of navelcords sold us all, seed, breed and generation, for a penny…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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