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  • Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries was the largest legally enforced transfer of property in English history since the Norman Conquest.
  • What’s the routine on joining a monastery?
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • We were standing in front of the old chapel of the monastery.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • One paper had even stated that he had gone into a monastery and become a monk, in horror at his brother’s crime.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov

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  • Chinese explorers wrote stories of how there were 1,400 Buddhist monasteries along the banks of the River Swat, and the magical sound of temple bells would ring out across the valley.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Her uncle seems almost a child, monastic in the modesty of his needs and wholly independent of any sort of temporal obligations.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Four months in a monastery must have had some effect.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It’s monastic, which is a relief.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • You can see from the ruins outside the monastery that the quarters and such fell.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • If you wanted to be merciful, you should have gone to a monastery.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • There is a monastery two miles off, And there we will abide.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Find a monastery somewhere.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Toward the end of the afternoon, they came upon a Coptic monastery.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • It was also one of the revered Buddhist religious sites, dating back to the second century and once home to hundreds of monks and many monasteries.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It originated in the mid-1920s as an Augustine monastery for the People of Faith.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • "O, most people give some donation to the monastery when they leave." said Mary Jane.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Here an ancient monastery, whence the solemn chanting of the monks came down to them.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The monastic orders gladly accept this heavy peasant earthenware, which is easily fashioned into a Capuchin or an Ursuline.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • When Carlo recovered, the bishop arranged for him to live in a small monastery attached to the cathedral over which the bishop presided.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It had an austere, almost monastic appearance.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • When d’Artagnan arrived in sight of the bare spot of ground which extended along the foot of the monastery, Athos had been waiting about five minutes, and twelve o’clock was striking.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • A hundred thousand good deeds could be done and helped, on that old woman’s money which will be buried in a monastery!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Here I am, he thought once, the world’s only monastic druggie.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Late that afternoon I arrived at Tengboche,* the largest, most important Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • As far as she knew, the monks had worked at desks with sloping tops in the scriptoria of their monasteries, but she kept this information to herself.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • As quiet as a monastery, and almost as roomy.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • How Sir Percivale came into a monastery, where he found King Evelake, which was an old man.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Look at the beautiful gargoyles of the church, and of the monastery which it belongs to.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The same thing has happened in Trappist monasteries throughout the centuries.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Although his income was small, he had no taste for luxury—his experience in the monastery had solidified his natural asceticism while it developed his preference for solitude.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • I can see now that I have been living a life of monastic simplicity compared to Tina.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Do you remember that in the sacristy of San Martin there is a portrait by Velasquez of the Viceroy who founded the monastery and of his wife and brat?
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Although his familiarity with art did not include woodworking or inlaid furniture, he had just recalled the famous tiled ceiling of the Spanish monastery outside of Madrid, where, three centuries after its construction, the ceiling tiles began to fall out, revealing sacred texts scrawled by monks on the plaster beneath.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He made the voyage around the Horn to California and turned Catholic; he lived for a year in a monastery.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • When I’m finished delivering the telegrams there’s enough time to go to the ancient monastery graveyard where my mother’s relations are buried, the Guilfoyles and the Sheehans, where my mother wants to be buried.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • A pretty maid in an apron might be even more agreeable, perhaps; but for your severe monastic style it does very well.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The locomotive, guided by an English engineer and fed with English coal, threw out its smoke upon cotton, coffee, nutmeg, clove, and pepper plantations, while the steam curled in spirals around groups of palm-trees, in the midst of which were seen picturesque bungalows, viharis (sort of abandoned monasteries), and marvellous temples enriched by the exhaustless ornamentation of Indian architecture.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • [9] [9] In the Middle Ages, Franklin, if such a phenomenon as Franklin were possible in the Middle Ages, would probably have been the founder of a monastic order.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The first thing either of them noticed was a new sound that broke into the clear air, louder than they had ever heard it before—the bell of the monastery of their own village, ringing for early prayers.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Something of monastic rigidity dignified her face.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Not with more of self-abnegation will the latter keep his vows of monastic obedience than the former his vows of allegiance to martial duty.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • It had once been the site of Buddhism’s third-largest monastery and a base for spreading the Buddha’s teachings north into the mountains.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • When he told the lady on the till upstairs, they said it was called Tuck and he was a ghost of a Franciscan friar who used to live in the monastery which was on the same site hundreds of years ago, which was why the shopping center was called Greyfriars Shopping Center, and they were used to him and not frightened at all.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • found in Lestat a brilliant pupil and begged to take him to a monastery for an education.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • He had spent three years of monastic rigor at Valhalla, Gilbert’s house, under the tuition of a Mr. Lawson and of Gilbert himself.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Zacharie had presided over the school for two more years, then had retreated to a monastery in France.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • "Please," she said, though the word was by no means submissive, "will you tell us about the monastery?"
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It is true I have preached a few bad sermons that have brought me in a little money, of which the prior stole half, while the rest serves to maintain my girls; but when I return at night to the monastery, I am ready to dash my head against the walls of the dormitory; and all my fellows are in the same case.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • There, plunged more deeply than ever in his dear books, which he quitted only to run for an hour to the fief of Moulin, this mixture of learning and austerity, so rare at his age, had promptly acquired for him the respect and admiration of the monastery.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • We reached the monastery before dark, and there the males were given lodging, but the women were sent over to the nunnery.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
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