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  • jewels of inestimable value
  • a right inestimable to them
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • It possessed a shiny, glistening white commode, a treasure of inestimable value and an invention that overshadows the wheel as necessary for man’s comfort and convenience.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • On the Fourth of July the same year, a Kentuckian who had cast his lot with the Confederacy reflected in his diary on George Washington, "who set us an example in bursting the bonds of tyranny" to fight for "those inestimable and priceless rights …. obtained by our forefathers and bequeathed to us."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • That lady has achieved true immortality, both in the test-tube and in the hearts and minds of scientists the world over, since the value of HeLa cells in research, diagnosis, etc., is inestimable.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • John Galt was a millionaire, a man of inestimable wealth.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Just so with the head; but with this difference: about the head this envelope, though not so thick, is of a boneless toughness, inestimable by any man who has not handled it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Madam, you may: she shall be placed in that nursery of chosen plants, and I trust she will show herself grateful for the inestimable privilege of her election.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She is the product of an Alchemy of such virtue that he who is able to practise it, will turn her into pure gold of inestimable worth.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • This revelation seemed to me inestimably precious.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia

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  • And his suggestions on the question of dress—which too often assumes the nature of a problem—were of inestimable value to his father-in-law.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • And he also put into the hat certain schoolboy treasures of almost inestimable value—among them a lump of chalk, an India-rubber ball, three fishhooks, and one of that kind of marbles known as a "sure ’nough crystal."
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I give it her, and say: ’I ask an inestimable price for it, Miss Larkins.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I was cut to the quick at the idea of having lost the inestimable privilege of listening to the gifted Kurtz.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • And that some members of this conspiracy, notably the boy named Bonito de Madrid, commonly called Bonzo, are quite likely to exhibit no self-restraint when this punishment takes place, so that Ender Wiggin, an inestimably important international resource, will be placed in serious danger of having his brains pasted on the walls of your simple orbiting schoolhouse.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It is a privilege to serve her who pities my oppressed people, and who has bestowed the inestimable boon of freedom on me and my children.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • But supposing all these conjectures to be false, you cannot contest the inestimable benefit which I shall confer on all mankind, to the last generation, by discovering a passage near the pole to those countries, to reach which at present so many months are requisite; or by ascertaining the secret of the magnet, which, if at all possible, can only be effected by an undertaking such as mine.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • His brightest diamonds were the merest pebbles, and felt to be so by himself, in comparison with the inestimable gems which lay hidden beyond his reach.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • A diamond necklace, with pendants of inestimable value, were by this means also made more conspicuous.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The young ladies, too, lost much of the inestimable benefit of their governess’s instruction, So affectionate a nurse was Miss Sharp, that Miss Crawley would take her medicines from no other hand.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The value of a man like Henry, on such an occasion, is what you can have no conception of; so you must take it upon my word to be inestimable.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • He filled three champagne glasses and a little wineglass, proposed the health of ’our inestimable guests,’ and at once tossed off his glass in military fashion; while he made Arina Vlasyevna drink her wineglass to the last drop.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • …was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish surgeon, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhat more than probable that these memoirs would never have appeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within a couple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimable merit of being the most concise and faithful specimen of biography, extant in the literature of any age or country.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Jo’s ideas of a criminal trial, or a judge, or a bishop, or a government, or that inestimable jewel to him (if he only knew it) the Constitution, should be strange!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I now read over the works of Aristotle and Plato, with the rest of those inestimable treasures which antient Greece had bequeathed to the world.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Once his desperation left him — with my inestimable help and a surgeon’s knife — his sense of authority came back to him, as well as his arrogance, his ugliness.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • This served as a theme for Mr. Smooth-it-away, Mr. Livefor-the-world, Mr. Hide-sin-in-the-heart, Mr. Scaly-conscience, and a knot of gentlemen from the town of Shun-repentance, to descant upon the inestimable advantages resulting from the safety of our baggage.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • …to see the nuptial couch defrauded of its dearest pledges: and to reflect upon so many agreeable females with rich jointures, a prey to the vilest bonzes, who hide their flambeau under a bushel in an uncongenial cloister or lose their womanly bloom in the embraces of some unaccountable muskin when they might multiply the inlets of happiness, sacrificing the inestimable jewel of their sex when a hundred pretty fellows were at hand to caress, this, he assured them, made his heart weep.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • You might have heard a pin fall—a pin! a feather—as he described the cruelties inflicted on muffin boys by their masters, which he very wisely urged were in themselves a sufficient reason for the establishment of that inestimable company.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • As he stood naked before me looking for his gym shoes, I saw how painfully underdeveloped his body was and realized that the strenuous physical exertion of these first days was taking an inestimable toll on the Clearwater boy from Memphis.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And he went back into the cities of men where he moved among the citizens of the world, bestowing the inestimable boon of the knowledge of the Way.38 The Old Testament records a comparable deed in its legend of Moses, who, in the third month of the departure of Israel out of the land of Egypt, came with his people into the wilderness of Sinai; and there Israel pitched their tents over against the mountain.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • …musical evenings, games, suppers in fancy dress, excursions to the country, theatre parties, even the infrequent ’big evenings’ when they entertained ’bores,’ there were the presence of Odette, the sight of Odette, conversation with Odette, an inestimable boon which the Verdurins, by inviting him to their house, bestowed on Swann, he was happier in the little ’nucleus’ than anywhere else, and tried to find some genuine merit in each of its members, imagining that his tastes would lead…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight!
    Patrick Henry  --  Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
  • The splendor of the ruined monarchy had no reflection save in those inestimable precious stones.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • And the inestimable Casto?
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • "An inestimable advantage have you then enjoyed, venerable venator!" observed the attentive naturalist.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Is it Bodger’s fault that this inestimable gift is deplorably abused by less than one per cent of the poor?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • There may exist certain critical and tempestuous conjunctures of the State, in which a poll tax may become an inestimable resource.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It was the chance of a lifetime for him, an experience of inestimable value, Abigail recognized, her "thousand fears" notwithstanding.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In this question, therefore, there is no medium between servitude and extreme license; in order to enjoy the inestimable benefits which the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils which it engenders.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • "You, yes, you," replied one of the two who were assistant professors restricted mainly to words of one syllable, even if they had inestimable quantities of polysyllabic magma beneath their tender crusts, waiting for the chance to erupt into professorhood.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Far more than mere pride of property—more than anxiety for the result of the race—in his view it was within the possible for the patriarch, according to his habits of thought and his ideas of the inestimable, to love such animals with a tenderness akin to the most sensitive passion.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • VOLP: Lady, I kiss your bounty; and for this timely grace you have done your poor Scoto of Mantua, I will return you, over and above my oil, a secret of that high and inestimable nature, shall make you for ever enamour’d on that minute, wherein your eye first descended on so mean, yet not altogether to be despised, an object.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • …parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations; and, what is of inestimable value, they must derive from union an exemption from those broils and wars between themselves, which so frequently afflict neighboring countries not tied together by the same governments, which their own rival ships alone would be…
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • "You yourself have wisely said," answered Arsheesh, "that the boy’s labour has been to me of inestimable value.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • "In the name of Heaven," cried Hepzibah, provoked only to intenser indignation by this outgush of the inestimable tenderness of a stern nature,—"in God’s name, whom you insult, and whose power I could almost question, since he hears you utter so many false words without palsying your tongue,—give over, I beseech you, this loathsome pretence of affection for your victim!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Inestimable Dog.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Methoughts I saw a thousand fearful wrecks; A thousand men that fishes gnaw’d upon; Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl, Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels, All scatt’red in the bottom of the sea: Some lay in dead men’s skulls; and in the holes Where eyes did once inhabit there were crept,— As ’twere in scorn of eyes,—reflecting gems, That woo’d the slimy bottom of the deep, And mock’d the dead bones that lay scatter’d by.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Could my weak warrant add security to the inestimable pledge of this holy pilgrim, I would pledge name and fame that Ivanhoe gives this proud knight the meeting he desires.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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