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  • To remain a preeminent military power, a nation must be a preeminent economic power
  • made a fortune as a preeminent computer game designer
  • the preeminent cardiologist in New York
  • For all men praise the dead, and, however preeminent your virtue may be, I do not say even to approach them, and avoid living their rivals and detractors, but when a man is out of the way, the honor and goodwill which he receives is unalloyed.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration

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  • Despite America’s preeminent status among developed nations, we have always struggled with high rates of infant mortality—much higher than in most developed countries.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Dick started to cite its preeminence in the Revolutionary War, but this quickly led to a staggering amount of new material.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Her housemate, for example, was the first in her family to go to college, and there she was at one of the preeminent private colleges in the United States.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Above this floor was a large atelier, which had been increased in size by pulling down the partitions—a pandemonium, in which the artist and the dandy strove for preeminence.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • One stop brought us into the family sitting-room, without any introductory lobby or passage: they call it here ’the house’ preeminently.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I and my year—not "my generation" for destiny now cut too finely for that old phrase—I and those of my year were preeminently eligible for that.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • Even Josie Pye attained a certain preeminence as the sharpest-tongued young lady in attendance at Queen’s.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He was preeminently cunning, and could bide his time with a patience that was nothing less than primitive.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Away with those who assert that letters have the preeminence over arms; I will tell them, whosoever they may be, that they know not what they say.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Lowe-arguably the world’s preeminent all-around climber-was hired to be Sandy’s personal guide, a job for which he was paid a substantial sum.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • My reasoning, if one can call it that, was inflamed by the scattershot passions of youth and a literary diet overly rich in the works of Nietzsche, Ker-ouac, and John Menlove Edwards, the latter a deeply troubled writer and psychiatrist who, before putting an end to his life with a cyanide capsule in 1958, had been one of the preeminent British rock climbers of the day.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But this battle called for the preeminent amphibious warriors in the world.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • There was in the two ways in which "Master Jacques" was pronounced on the one hand, and the "master" by preeminence on the other, the difference between monseigneur and monsieur, between ~domine~ and ~domne~.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The third circle with which Anna had ties was preeminently the fashionable world—the world of balls, of dinners, of sumptuous dresses, the world that hung on to the court with one hand, so as to avoid sinking to the level of the demi-monde.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The combination of a certain adroitness with deep-seated earnestness, of tact with consummate ability, gave him his preeminence, and helps him maintain it.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Grantland Rice, the preeminent sportswriter in the country, accused him of gross overconfidence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Though in many natural objects, whiteness refiningly enhances beauty, as if imparting some special virtue of its own, as in marbles, japonicas, and pearls; and though various nations have in some way recognised a certain royal preeminence in this hue; even the barbaric, grand old kings of Pegu placing the title "Lord of the White Elephants" above all their other magniloquent ascriptions of dominion; and the modern kings of Siam unfurling the same snow-white quadruped in the royal…
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • My one regret at this time is that I have not given Him the preeminence in my life while I had the opportunity to work for Him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But very long ago, owing to the advance in gunnery making hand-to-hand encounters less frequent and giving to nitre and sulphur the preeminence over steel, that function ceased; the Master-at-arms of a great war-ship becoming a sort of Chief of Police, charged among other matters with the duty of preserving order on the populous lower gun decks.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The power and influence of chieftaincy pervadedevery aspect of our lives in Mqhekezweni and was the preeminent means through which one could achieve influence and status.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Will not you engage to attend with your eyes steadily fixed on him the whole time—as I shall do—not to lose a word; or only looking off just to note down any sentence preeminently beautiful?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • We had come to a place where a twenty-year-old boy roared out his own divinity, and the Bible was put to the sword and the torch to illustrate the preeminence of discipline.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It may often happen on the stage, that an actor, by possessing in a preeminent degree the external qualities necessary to give effect to comedy, may be deprived of the right to aspire to tragic excellence; and in painting or literary composition, an artist or poet may be master exclusively of modes of thought, and powers of expression, which confine him to a single course of subjects.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • More than this (for it had not been Isabel’s ill-fortune to go through life without meeting in her own sex several persons of whom no less could fairly be said), she was rare, superior and preeminent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …her godly power of creation, but it was only at this moment of return that the loss became evident; part of a daydream’s enticement was the illusion that she was helpless before its logic: forced by international rivalry to compete at the highest level among the world’s finest and to accept the challenges that came with preeminence in her field—her field of nettle slashing—driven to push beyond her limits to assuage the roaring crowd, and to be the best, and, most importantly, unique.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • No one quicker than Rosamond to see causes and effects which lay within the track of her own tastes and interests: she had seen clearly Lydgate’s preeminence in Middlemarch society, and could go on imaginatively tracing still more agreeable social effects when his talent should have advanced him; but for her, his professional and scientific ambition had no other relation to these desirable effects than if they had been the fortunate discovery of an ill-smelling oil.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Rémy’s association with Sir Leigh Teabing—the preeminent Grail historian on earth—was going to bring Rémy everything he had ever dreamed of in life.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • To these men bred on the desert keen sight was preeminently the chief of gifts.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • I suspect that AIDS might not be Nature’s preeminent display of power.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Ford’s may be the city’s preeminent stage, but business has been extremely slow this week.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Aunt Bertha, Nathan, the rabbi, the cellar, Leo, the beads-all swooped upon him, warred for preeminence in his brain.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Scrubbing clothes on a washboard until her knuckles bled—that was the preeminent memory of Erma’s childhood.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • It was not titles that gave men preeminence in America, she had lectured the "haughty Scotchman" on her voyage to England and to the solid approval of her shipmates.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • You attempted a while ago to help us understand a Christian individualism founded in the dualism between God and the world, and tried to prove its preeminence over all politically determined morality.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • More than this (for it had not been Isabel’s ill-fortune to go through life without meeting in her own sex several persons of whom no less could fairly be said), she was rare, superior and preeminent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Nor is it to be imagined, if this obstacle could be surmounted, that the neighboring powers would suffer a revolution to take place which would give to the empire the force and preeminence to which it is entitled.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I am far from supposing that the American laws are preeminently good in themselves; I do not hold them to be applicable to all democratic peoples; and several of them seem to be dangerous, even in the United States.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In my imagination these blinding halos of terror and beauty rung him, or maybe they were the same, as though he were limited somehow by his own unbearable preeminence and in that way given over to a doom in his life.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • 3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
    The Bible  --  Ecclesiastes
  • …origin; whereas it is more than probable, that could we take off the dark covering of antiquities, and trace them to their first rise, that we should find the first of them nothing better than the principal ruffian of some restless gang, whose savage manners or preeminence in subtlety obtained the title of chief among plunderers; and who by increasing in power, and extending his depredations, overawed the quiet and defenseless to purchase their safety by frequent contributions.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • No, replied the Little Giant, but "he is preeminently a man of the atmosphere that surrounds him."
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • William Morse," a "friend of my dad’s" and a "preeminent scholar of deviant sexuality in adolescents," be the junior class’s speaker.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • …undeserved honor is the fact that it seems to me that what Congress needs is more forward-looking scientists to plan and more genu-ine trained business men to execute the improvements demanded by our evolving commonwealth, and also the possibility of persuading the Boys there at Washington of the preeminent and crying need of a Secretary of Health who shall completely control—’ " But no matter what Martin thought about it, the Republicans really did nominate Pickerbaugh for Congress.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I see no distinct grounds for classical studies being given a preeminence over scientific studies.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It was preeminently the smell of the human body after it had been used to the limit, such a smell as has meaning and poignance for any athlete, just as it has for any lover.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • To him, the spirit lodged within Billy, and looking out from his welkin eyes as from windows, that ineffability it was which made the dimple in his dyed cheek, suppled his joints, and dancing in his yellow curls made him preeminently the Handsome Sailor.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
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