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  • Often it’s one of our engineers or designers or visionaries, and sometimes it’s just me.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Spearheaded by visionary architects such as William Le Baron Jenney, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson, Daniel Burnham, and John Root, the new architecture stripped away incidental ornamentation.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • It was a central point of pride for Yousef, the fact that his father, as much as he battled him, was strong enough, powerful or wealthy or visionary enough to level a mountain.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • …far less taxing circumstances; the urge shook me grandly and unpredictably, a poisonous whisper that never wholly left me, that on some days lingered just on the threshold of my hearing but on others roared up uncontrollably into a sort of lurid visionary frenzy, why I wasn’t sure, sometimes even a bad movie or a gruesome dinner party could trigger it, short term boredom and long term pain, temporary panic and permanent desperation striking all at once and flaring up in such an ashen…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • EB: He was a visionary, then.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • A firebrand, a visionary, a man of great personal charm and conviction.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • They no longer had their sharp good humor, but had become clouded and visionary.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • But as in an hour, this river of dreams and wild romance has emerged to a reality scarcely less visionary and splendid.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He was more of a visionary than a nuts-and-bolts kind of guy.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Excess of unhappiness had, as we have remarked, made him in some sort a visionary.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • They waited, breathless, hoping for another of his visionary speeches.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • You might be a loner or a visionary or a pessimist.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • He looked at me for a moment, and his gaze was distant, visionary; it was the face of someone else.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • I have no patience with visionaries who see a holy crusade in architecture for architecture’s sake.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The cold air punished my lungs and sinuses to a visionary clearness.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Gey was a reckless visionary—spontaneous, quick to start dozens of projects at once, filling the lab and his basement at home with half-built machines, partial discoveries, and piles of junkyard scraps only he could imagine using in a lab.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Here I have a garden laid out in such a way as to afford the fullest scope for the imagination, and furnished with thickly grown trees, beneath whose leafy screen a visionary like myself may conjure up phantoms at will.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Despite the visionary’s genius, he was a flamboyant homosexual and worshipper of Nature’s divine order, both of which placed him in a perpetual state of sin against God.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Her sight was disturbed, so that she saw objects multiplied, and grasped at visionary teacups and wineglasses instead of the realities; her hearing was greatly impaired; her memory also; and her speech was unintelligible.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • But the visionary little maid on her part, beckoned likewise, as if to say—"This is a better place; come thou into the pool."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The longer she lived, the more experience and observation she had of life, the greater was her wonder at the short-sightedness of men who seek enjoyment and happiness here on earth: toiling, suffering, struggling, and harming one another, to obtain that impossible, visionary, sinful happiness.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The first two groups — the Innovators and Early Adopters — are visionaries.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I also learned about ubuntu—the Xhosa word for humanity—and the power of authentic leadership as exhibited by giants like Nelson Mandela and a thousand other self-sacrificing visionaries who had managed the unforeseen transition from apartheid to democracy without a bloodbath.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • There was a young Akhaian named Eukhenor, ; noble and rich, having his house at Korinth, a son of the visionary, Polyidos.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • It is remarkable that the visionary propensity I have mentioned is not confined to the native inhabitants of the valley, but is unconsciously imbibed by every one who resides there for a time.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • They were branded, however, as theorists, visionary idealists, purists, talkers of academic nonsense, weepers of crocodile tears.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • So powerful were these visionary considerations in my boyish mind, that I seem, according to my present way of thinking, to have left school without natural regret.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I made that wild escape into something visionary, and have slowly found out how wild it was.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Then he discovered the writings of Aleister Crowley—a visionary mystic from the early 1900s—whom the church had deemed "the most evil man who ever lived."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • It was in vain that he attempted to dazzle her with the prospect of a visionary throne.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "Senor Florismarte here?" said the curate; "then by my faith he must take up his quarters in the yard, in spite of his marvellous birth and visionary adventures, for the stiffness and dryness of his style deserve nothing else; into the yard with him and the other, mistress housekeeper."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Forget visionary woe, and think only of real happiness!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • On January 12, 1997, the long and controversial life of the visionary who helped found the semiconductor industry, and the Central Asia Institute, came to an end.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • It is an undoubted fact, that although our senses of touch and sight be for the time dead, yet our sleeping thoughts, and the visionary scenes that pass before us, will be influenced and materially influenced, by the mere silent presence of some external object; which may not have been near us when we closed our eyes: and of whose vicinity we have had no waking consciousness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE And so it was I entered the broken world To trace the visionary company of love, its voice An instant in the wind [I know not whither hurled] But not for long to hold each desperate choice.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • He seemed to think we were a visionary group, open to special forms of consciousness.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The magistrate took him for a visionary.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • She was no longer the milkmaid, but a visionary essence of woman—a whole sex condensed into one typical form.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Getting to the top of any given mountain was considered much less important than how one got there: prestige was earned by tackling the most unforgiving routes with minimal equipment, admired more than so-called free soloists: visionaries who ascended in the boldest style imaginable.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • To see this woman, so beautiful, fair as the brightest vision, to see her by turns overcome with grief and threatening; to resist at once the ascendancy of grief and beauty—it was too much for a visionary; it was too much for a brain weakened by the ardent dreams of an ecstatic faith; it was too much for a heart furrowed by the love of heaven that burns, by the hatred of men that devours.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Conrad’s visionaries, Lawrence’s searchers, Hemingway’s hunters, Kerouac’s hipsters, Paul Bowles’s down-and-outers and seekers, Forster’s tourists, Durrell’s libertines—all head south, in more senses than one.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The mystic, the visionary, walking the beach on a fine night, stirring a puddle, looking at a stone, asking themselves "What am I,"
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • But, however, I shall so far do justice to this part of the Academy, as to acknowledge that all of them were not so visionary.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • You will now, without fear and with unfeigned pleasure, enter our visionary world.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He had got back, through Lisais, Hellias le Grose, Nacien the Hermit—from whom Lancelot probably inherited his visionary tendency—and Nappus, to a second Nacien, who, if he existed, would quite upset the King’s theory that Lancelot was but the eighth degree from Our Lord.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • These three visionary characters possessed a mutual knowledge of the missing document.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Such a visionary, and so…dead.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • They were of the brotherhood of visionaries who likewise predicted the building of ships that would cross the Atlantic in five days, the invention of a flying machine, lighting by electricity, telephonic communication without wires, and other Arabian Night marvels.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Peking looks upon him as a visionary, a great patriot who works slavishly for Mother China, you might say a saint.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Chapter XVI "I hear thee babbling to the vale Of sunshine and of flowers, But unto me thou bring’st a tale Of visionary hours."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
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