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  • When she saw me, she shot over in her tight quick steps, holding the BlackBerry in front of her like a talisman.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • When doubt and shame or worse crept in, the letters and books and visits from my friends and lover and family were powerful proof that I was okay, more effective than charms or talismans or pills to fight those terrible feelings.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Whether my mother placed the eggs here as a protective talisman for us, or whether she is playing out the type of fantasy the old media would have headlined, "The Devil Made Me Do It," I’ll never know.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "You will need help," she told them, "but all I am allowed to give you is a little talisman.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time

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  • Talisman.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • It had become a kind of talisman for me, a safeguard against the terrors of prison.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "Aye, well, the horse is her talisman, but she’s near sleeping on his back."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • He began carrying two talismans.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • More than anything, though, the stockings were a talisman for him.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried

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  • Meanwhile, hidden from the teachers, a roaring trade in talismans, amulets, and other protective devices was sweeping the school.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I kept fingering the Popsicle-stick good-luck talisman Teddy had presented me with before we left.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • In Len’s mind he saw the charm as a talisman that might speed my father’s recovery.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Though by no means less liable than their fellow-men to age and infirmity, they had evidently some talisman or other that kept death at bay.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "As the Mortal Cup has been to the Shadowhunters, both a talisman and a means of transformation, so shall this Infernal Cup be to you," she said in her charred, windblown voice.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Dress was the one unfailing talisman and charm used for keeping all things in their places.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • And his limp body, to which Thomas still clung, seemed a cold talisman—that not only would those dreams of a hopeful future never come to pass, but that life had never been that way in the first place.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • It wore Bast’s collar, but as I watched, the talisman of the goddess crumbled to dust.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • My glowing eyes were a talisman.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Sadie stared the talisman glittering in her palm.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Here is a talisman will remove all difficulties;’ and she held out a pretty gold ring.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • They attach talismanic importance to a special blanket, or a teddy bear, or a stuffed tiger.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I pressed her close to my motionless heart, holding her like a talisman against rash behavior.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It’s a talisman of sorts, one that carries with it all my memories of my dad; every now and then, I remove it from my pocket and stare at it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Its mystic imagery are so many talismans and gems inscribed with unknown hieroglyphics; she folds them in her bosom, and expects to read them when she passes beyond the veil.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • For it was set apart and sanctified to one awe-striking end; and however wanton in their sailor ways, one and all, the mariners revered it as the white whale’s talisman.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The fact of his own survival burned inside him, a talisman against them, as though his father’s stag kept guardian in his heart.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "Trust me," he says; which in itself has never been a talisman, carries no guarantee.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The jabberwock tooth he’d given her…I’ll wear it around my neck to show that I’ve not forgotten and I still care for him, a talisman against his darker urges.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • and smiling put the talisman in her breast.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • It is not only a valuable diamond, but it is an enchanted talisman.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The ambiguous phrase by means of which Montparnasse had warned Gavroche of the presence of the policeman, contained no other talisman than the assonance dig repeated five or six times in different forms.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She sighed with satisfaction, holding the paper tightly between her jewelled fingers; that talisman which perhaps would save her brother Armand’s life.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Say the following talisman three times with hands folded: —Se el yilo nebrakada femininum!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Whose talisman is the bowl he can’t put them in?
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Traditionally, talismans were used for bringing luck, warding off evil spirits, or aiding in ancient rituals.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Probably Gawaine or his men would be skulking at his heels, in case for a moment he should lay the talisman aside.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "There is another that applies to here," Joaquan said, bringing them out as though they were talismans, "Pasionaria says it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • After many inquiries and almost as many refusals, and perpetually using the words ’PALL MALL GAZETTE’ as a sort of talisman, I managed to find the keeper of the section of the Zoological Gardens in which the wolf department is included.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Oh, indeed!" said Annie with a funny look, as Meg slipped the note into her pocket as a sort of talisman against envy, vanity, and false pride, for the few loving words had done her good, and the flowers cheered her up by their beauty.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Well, now I’m grown up, the talisman’s lost its power.’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • I who bear with me your memory as a talisman!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He had begun to think that this bag, in which he kept his valuables, had a talismanic quality, because of the way he had found it after the explosion, standing handle-side up in the doorway of his room, while the desk under which he had previously hidden it was in splinters all over the floor.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • He called out his own name before him like a talisman against harm.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • But no, he did not touch his talisman, and what is the reason he gives for it?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • — CHAPTER NINETEEN — The Lion and the Serpent Harry felt as though he were carrying some kind of talisman inside his chest over the following two weeks, a glowing secret that supported him through Umbridge’s classes and even made it possible for him to smile blandly as he looked into her horrible bulging eyes.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He looked up at the new talismans flanking the exit to his hall—the mounted bull’s head and the oil painting of the Old Duke Atreides, the late Duke Leto’s father.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The least of the jewels with which he was covered was worth more than all the clothes and weapons of the Narnian lords put together: but he was so fat and such a mass of frills and pleats and bobbles and buttons and tassels and talismans that Aravis couldn’t help thinking the Narnian fashions (at any rate for men) looked nicer.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • "That face of Ann’s must be a talisman against all men," Elizabeth whispers just loudly enough to be heard.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It was a statue carved out of wood like the kind I saw years later in the anthro textbooks I used to pore over, as if staring at those little talismanic wooden carvings would somehow be my madeleine, bringing back my past to me like they say tasting that cookie did for Proust.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
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