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zeitgeist -- (German)
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  • Upon whose shoulders rests the blame for this gratuitous torture—mine, Leslie’s, the Zeitgeist’s?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Is it purely a matter of zeitgeist, or is there some sensible explanation?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Summing up generational Zeitgeist, after all, is something Bernadine has always done.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Plain it is to us that what the world seeks through desert and wild we have within our threshold,—a stalwart laboring force, suited to the semi-tropics; if, deaf to the voice of the Zeitgeist, we refuse to use and develop these men, we risk poverty and loss.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk

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  • Power, omniscience, implacable malice, attributes of what they’d thought to be a historical principle, a Zeitgeist, are carried over to the now human enemy.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • No, the orgasmic blockage was a simple matter of being swindled both by fright and by that suffocating quality of the Zeitgeist that made sex in midcentury America such a nightmarish Sargasso Sea of guilts and apprehensions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Consciously or unconsciously, he has been caught up by the Zeitgeist, and with his black brothers of Africa and his brown and yellow brothers of Asia, South America and the Caribbean, the United States Negro is moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
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