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  • The lot o’ them been lording the big secret over folk for half a year, smug as pontiffs."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • People aren’t ordinarily carried in chairs in New Hampshire, and as they raised him up he looked very strange to me, like some tragic and exalted personage, a stricken pontiff.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He already had been through this on numerous occasions with the new pontiff, who, to Aringarosa’s great dismay, had turned out to be a distressingly fervent voice for liberal change in the Church.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Come, tell me, hast thou not seen a play acted in which kings, emperors, pontiffs, knights, ladies, and divers other personages were introduced?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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  • His day began with an heroic offering of its every moment of thought or action for the intentions of the sovereign pontiff and with an early mass.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The man called Florentino was their maternal grandfather, so that the name had come down to the son of Transito Ariza after skipping over an entire generation of pontiffs.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • About that present time young Stephen filled all cups that stood empty so as there remained but little mo if the prudenter had not shadowed their approach from him that still plied it very busily who, praying for the intentions of the sovereign pontiff, he gave them for a pledge the vicar of Christ which also as he said is vicar of Bray.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …classic, is no longer spoken except by the official orators of magistracy, to whom it is suited on account of its grave sonorousness and its majestic stride; a tongue in which a husband is called a consort, and a woman a spouse; Paris, the centre of art and civilization; the king, the monarch; Monseigneur the Bishop, a sainted pontiff; the district-attorney, the eloquent interpreter of public prosecution; the arguments, the accents which we have just listened to; the age of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Mr. Monday, the distinguished evangelist, the best-known Protestant pontiff in America, had once been a prize-fighter.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Only can he be blamed for the election of Julius the Second, in whom he made a bad choice, because, as is said, not being able to elect a Pope to his own mind, he could have hindered any other from being elected Pope; and he ought never to have consented to the election of any cardinal whom he had injured or who had cause to fear him if they became pontiffs.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince

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  • I had leads from Mrs. Ruber, into hotels, where she claimed to be better known than she actually was (or managers would not acknowledge her till they knew my business); and, moreover, these were not easy people to lay hold of, in the backstairs and workshops of the cream, noble marble, footmanned, razmataz, furnished-for-pontiffs lakeside joints.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He removed the final /f/ from /bailiff/, /mastiff/, /plaintiff/ and /pontiff/, but left it in /distaff/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • I have seen him," Simonides replied, adding, after a pause during which he thoughtfully watched the haughty pontiff, "And now am I convinced.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Against the oak paneling of the walls were portraits of the pontiffs of science, in crimson robes, with a vast mural by Maxfield Parrish, and above all was an electrolier of a hundred globes.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The four favorites …. including Baggia …. the most likely successor as Supreme Pontiff …. how is it possible?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • They are simply the Romish army for the earthly sovereignty of the world in the future, with the Pontiff of Rome for Emperor …. that’s their ideal, but there’s no sort of mystery or lofty melancholy about it….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Ursula felt tormented by grave doubts concerning the effectiveness of the methods with which she had molded the spirit of the languid apprentice Supreme Pontiff, but she did not put the blame on her staggering old age or the dark clouds that barely permitted her to make out the shape of things, but on something that she herself could not really define and that she conceived confusedly as a progressive breakdown of time.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I’m a woman, the Pontiff is not; he’s merely medieval.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He believed the reforms of the new Pontiff impractical and dangerous, and had withdrawn from politics, confining his activities to work for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith—that organization which had been so fostered by Gregory.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • It was once in a lifetime, usually never, that a cardinal had the chance to be elected Supreme Pontiff, and by Vatican Law the cardinal had to be inside the Sistine Chapel when the vote took place.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I elect as Supreme Pontiff …. Then he announced the nominee’s name that had been written beneath it.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Towards the Temple," the pontiff replied.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The pontiff, with all his pride, was afraid.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • These closed together when the sun commenced to fade before their eyes, and the mountains and hills to recede; they drew together in a group around their pontiff, and debated what they saw.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Alexander the Sixth arose afterwards, who of all the pontiffs that have ever been showed how a pope with both money and arms was able to prevail; and through the instrumentality of the Duke Valentino, and by reason of the entry of the French, he brought about all those things which I have discussed above in the actions of the duke.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • To restrain the Venetians the union of all the others was necessary, as it was for the defence of Ferrara; and to keep down the Pope they made use of the barons of Rome, who, being divided into two factions, Orsini and Colonnesi, had always a pretext for disorder, and, standing with arms in their hands under the eyes of the Pontiff, kept the pontificate weak and powerless.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • The pontiff, with a clearer idea of the import of the inscription, protested against it, but in vain; so the titled King, looking from the knoll with dying eyes, must have had the city of his fathers at rest below him—she who had so ignominiously cast him out.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Therefore Julius with his impetuous action accomplished what no other pontiff with simple human wisdom could have done; for if he had waited in Rome until he could get away, with his plans arranged and everything fixed, as any other pontiff would have done, he would never have succeeded.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Therefore Julius with his impetuous action accomplished what no other pontiff with simple human wisdom could have done; for if he had waited in Rome until he could get away, with his plans arranged and everything fixed, as any other pontiff would have done, he would never have succeeded.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Messages of condolence and sympathy are being hourly received from all parts of the different continents and the sovereign pontiff has been graciously pleased to decree that a special missa pro defunctis shall be celebrated simultaneously by the ordinaries of each and every cathedral church of all the episcopal dioceses subject to the spiritual authority of the Holy See in suffrage of the souls of those faithful departed who have been so unexpectedly called away from our midst.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • ’Crooked Feet, two hundred dollars!’ He’ll pay me or I’ll eat his liver, that two-faced sonofabitch confidence man!" At midnight we had a pile of torn papers, like the ballots of the cardinals whose smoke announces a new pontiff.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "The crosses are ready," said the centurion to the pontiff, who received the report with a wave of the hand and the reply, "Let the blasphemer go first.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
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