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  • "I’m not a good touchstone to use for judging your sanity."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I considered Yamacraw a touchstone: if the Yamacraw children knew about it, then the chances were excellent that the vast majority of American children had been reached.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • For I had thought that this last touchstone of the past, at least, would be where I’d left it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Built upon ten thousand years in which men had been taught that charity and self-sacrifice are an absolute not to be questioned, the touchstone of virtue, the ultimate ideal.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • For instance, TV news anchor Diane Sawyer interviewed me, and when the cameras were off, helped me think more clearly about the touchstones I’ll be leaving for my kids.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • They were the codes and touchstones of the world, capable of translation and possession.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Should not a magistrate be not merely the best administrator of the law, but the most crafty expounder of the chicanery of his profession, a steel probe to search hearts, a touchstone to try the gold which in each soul is mingled with more or less of alloy?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Almost ironically, the person of Martin Luther King in life and in death became the touchstone for a whole new evaluation among black thinkers.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Gold can be only known by the application of the touchstone.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe

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  • As a sort of touchstone, however, she began to speak of his kindness in conveying the aunt and niece; and though his answer was in the spirit of cutting the matter short, she believed it to indicate only his disinclination to dwell on any kindness of his own.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • You appear to me to be the very touchstone of responsibility.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehood, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The real touchstone was Mrs. Renling, who couldn’t be denied leadership.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • 52 Humor is the touchstone of the truly mythological as distinct from the more literal-minded and sentimental theological mood.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • …thee, for he was the most humble-minded and courteous knight of his time, and moreover a great protector of damsels; but some there are that might have heard thee, and it would not have been well for thee in that case; for they are not all courteous or mannerly; some are ill-conditioned scoundrels; nor is it everyone that calls himself a gentleman, that is so in all respects; some are gold, others pinchbeck, and all look like gentlemen, but not all can stand the touchstone of truth.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The touchstone of fraternity was my feeling toward white people, how much hostility I held toward them, what degrees of value and honor I assigned to race.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Whether his religion was real, or consisted only in appearance, I shall not presume to say, as I am not possessed of any touchstone which can distinguish the true from the false.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She appeared to have in her experience a touchstone for everything, and somewhere in the capacious pocket of her genial memory she would find the key to Henrietta’s value.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Atlanta must not lead the South to dream of material prosperity as the touchstone of all success; already the fatal might of this idea is beginning to spread; it is replacing the finer type of Southerner with vulgar money-getters; it is burying the sweeter beauties of Southern life beneath pretence and ostentation.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • …his clothing and manner and (to the extent which they were able) his very manner of living, looked upon Bon as though he were a hero out of some adolescent Arabian Nights who had stumbled upon (or rather, had thrust upon him) a talisman or touchstone not to invest him with wisdom or power or wealth, but with the ability and opportunity to pass from the scene of one scarce imaginable delight to the next one without interval or pause or satiety; and the very fact that, lounging before…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • His chief disadvantage lay in athletics, but as soon as he discovered that it was the touchstone of power and popularity at school, he began to make furious, persistent efforts to excel in the winter sports, and with his ankles aching and bending in spite of his efforts, he skated valiantly around the Lorelie rink every afternoon, wondering how soon he would be able to carry a hockey-stick without getting it inexplicably tangled in his skates.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • This converted Baptist church is Booth’s touchstone.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Desolation had fused into a touchstone, a crystalline, bitter, burred reagent that would never be blunted, never dissolved.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Family mottoes, touchstones, prayers of sorts, they boasted of honor and glory, promised loyalty and truth, swore faith and courage.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • I told myself that the book was my touchstone to Sister Mary Joseph Praise: I saw her hand in the line drawings and I carried the bookmark with her handwriting in my wallet.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She appeared to have in her experience a touchstone for everything, and somewhere in the capacious pocket of her genial memory she would find the key to Henrietta’s value.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • But examine the passions and feelings of mankind, Bring the doctrine of reconciliation to the touchstone of nature, and then tell me, whether you can hereafter love, honor, and faithfully serve the power that hath carried fire and sword into your land?
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • Ay, be so, good Touchstone.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • I also have to thank Alexander Taylor, Judith Doyle and the board and staff at Curbstone Press, who first published Always Running and continue to support my work—as well as the publishers and editors of Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster, who have kept the paperback version of Always Running in print (more than thirty-five printings as of this writing).
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • He never had any confidence in Shakespeare’s humor—his Touchstones were not only windy fools, but dull ones.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • George L. Kclling and Catherine M. Coles, fixing Broken Windows (New York: Touchstone.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
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    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
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