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  • Darwin’s seminal work on evolution
  • She made seminal contributions in the field mathematics before she was thirty.
  • the band’s seminal music
  • It was a seminal event in American History.

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  • In 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois included in his seminal work, The Souls of Black Folk, a brilliant but haunting short story.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Almost total exhaustion and worry over Sophie’s condition had dampened the cruder urgencies of the desire I had continually felt for her, but the fragrance and slope of the bed—seminal, erotic, sagging with ten thousand fornications—and her simple touch and proximity made me stir, squirm, fidget, unable to sleep.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Okay, but presumably you know Afasi och Filthy’s seminal album Fldcken.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • We think Velvet Underground is seminal.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • That was the trip that led to the most seminal moment in my life—when I met Jai.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • It would have to be removed surgically and he would no longer be able to produce seminal fluid.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars

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  • Since I have undertaken to manhandle this Leviathan, it behooves me to approve myself omnisciently exhaustive in the enterprise; not overlooking the minutest seminal germs of his blood, and spinning him out to the uttermost coil of his bowels.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He had just emptied his seminal vesicles into Valencia, had contributed his share of the Green Beret According to the Tralfamadorians, of course, the Green Beret would have seven parents in all.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The artist himself was at that time busy upon two great designs; the first, to sow land with chaff, wherein he affirmed the true seminal virtue to be contained, as he demonstrated by several experiments, which I was not skilful enough to comprehend.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • It’s 7:30 on Friday night, and a seminal moment of Brown’s right-minded indoctrination is about to commence: the all-important diversity orientation session.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I brush ed my teeth with my finger at Woodstock, Altamont, Monterey, about a dozen other seminal events.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • To withhold the seminal waters would be to annihilate; yet to give them forth is to create this world that we know.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • …terrestrial hemispheres, in all habitable lands and islands explored or unexplored (the land of the midnight sun, the islands of the blessed, the isles of Greece, the land of promise), of adipose anterior and posterior female hemispheres, redolent of milk and honey and of excretory sanguine and seminal warmth, reminiscent of secular families of curves of amplitude, insusceptible of moods of impression or of contrarieties of expression, expressive of mute immutable mature animality.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Creating grandiose romantic fantasies around the mundane exchange of seminal fluids?
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • The contraction of the vas and the seminal vesicles mixing with prostatic secretions—
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But the Oakland Coliseum, on December 28, 1975, was, in retrospect, a seminal moment.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • "Oh, it was great!" the normally articulate Robert exclaims, unable to find a more expressive way to describe being present at one of the seminal moments in American history.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Simon regarded the publication of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary in 1961 as a "resounding victory" for descriptive linguistics and "seminally sinister" for its permissiveness.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • In the morning, he breathed the seminal odor of her fresh bathed body as she passed him, gazed desperately into the tender sensuality of her face and, with a sense of unreality, wondered what change darkness wrought in this untelling face.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • It’s considered the seminal work of the Northern European Renaissance."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • But then Mason, Wilson, and John Adams, no less than Jefferson, were, as they all appreciated, drawing on long familiarity with the seminal works of the English and Scottish writers John Locke, David Hume, Francis Hutcheson, and Henry St. John Bolingbroke, or such English poets as Defoe ("When kings the sword of justice first lay down, / They are no kings, though they possess the crown.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Sex contains all, bodies, souls, Meanings, proofs, purities, delicacies, results, promulgations, Songs, commands, health, pride, the maternal mystery, the seminal milk, All hopes, benefactions, bestowals, all the passions, loves, beauties, delights of the earth, All the governments, judges, gods, follow’d persons of the earth, These are contain’d in sex as parts of itself and justifications of itself.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Years later Ghosh showed me the correspondence he had with the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, who was about to publish Ghosh’s seminal series of cases of relapsing fever.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In his mercy, in his love for the forms of time, this demiurgic man of men yields countenance to the sea of pangs; but in his full awareness of what he is doing, the seminal waters of the life that he gives are the tears of his eyes.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The police had collected seminal fluid and blood, but the state chose not to present it in court and then destroyed it before it could be tested by the defense.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • …earth, water, animals, trees, Built of the common stock, having room for far and near, Used to dispense with other lands, incarnating this land, Attracting it body and soul to himself, hanging on its neck with incomparable love, Plunging his seminal muscle into its merits and demerits, Making its cities, beginnings, events, diversities, wars, vocal in him, Making its rivers, lakes, bays, embouchure in him, Mississippi with yearly freshets and changing chutes, Columbia, Niagara, Hudson,…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another
  • She had it stacked in front of her, the proofs of what she hoped was a seminal State of the Nation piece, commissioned at huge expense from a great and grizzled pain-in-the-ass novelist.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
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