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  • We are working to displace the patriarchy in our society.
  • I’m not going to get sucked into that patriarchal institutional oppression again.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • It was a patriarchal society, in which age was respected, even revered, especially when, as in my maternal grandfather’s case, age meant a lifetime of hard work, of caring for his family, and of devotion to his faith.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • It’s a very patriarchal society, and as modern as it is, women are still second-class citizens.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • Next to the house there was a patriarchal elm tree, against the trunk of which Finny leaned and shouted at me as I ran a large circle around him.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I used to watch and study this patriarchal personage with, I think, livelier curiosity than any other form of humanity there presented to my notice.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Very green and neat and precise was that yard, set about on one side with great patriarchal willows and the other with prim Lombardies.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Major — de Coverley was a splendid, awe-inspiring, grave old man with a massive leonine head and an angry shock of wild white hair that raged like a blizzard around his stern, patriarchal face.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • While all other preparations were going on, Simeon the elder stood in his shirt-sleeves before a little looking-glass in the corner, engaged in the anti-patriarchal operation of shaving.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • They have, in the country of Pontarlier, whither you are going, Monsieur Valjean, a truly patriarchal and truly charming industry, my sister.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • The patriarchal lives of my protectors caused these impressions to take a firm hold on my mind; perhaps, if my first introduction to humanity had been made by a young soldier, burning for glory and slaughter, I should have been imbued with different sensations.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The sheep were under Ernest’s care, and I brought up the rear of this patriarchal band, while the two dogs kept constantly running backwards and forwards in the character of aides-de-camp.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Both her cast of form and feature, her complexion and her general air, suggested the idea of some Israelitish princess of the patriarchal days; and such was doubtless the character she intended to represent.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The Priory believes that Constantine and his male successors successfully converted the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity by waging a campaign of propaganda that demonized the sacred feminine, obliterating the goddess from modern religion forever.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Svidrigailov had not been a week in Petersburg, but everything about him was already, so to speak, on a patriarchal footing; the waiter, Philip, was by now an old friend and very obsequious.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Tradition it holds sacred; it is a patriarchal people; it cannot live without faith .’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Because I was born out of wedlock, and my mom doesn’t believe in what she calls the cult of the patriarchy, she gave me her last name instead of my dad’s.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Levin, who had long been familiar with these patriarchal methods, exchanged glances with Sviazhsky and interrupted Mihail Petrovitch, turning again to the gentleman with the gray whiskers.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Only now he disguised it in the patriarchal style of an old man’s memories so that it would not be too obvious that it was really a document of love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He made remarks that were not witty, whilst his chief launched forth patriarchal admonitions against the colliers.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He assures people that he has been to the south, and seen slavery for himself; that it is a beautiful "patriarchal institution;" that the slaves don’t want their freedom; that they have hallelujah meetings and other religious privileges.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • If literature seems to be too comfortably patriarchal, a novelist like the late Angela Carter or a poet like the contemporary Eavan Boland will come along and upend things just to remind readers and writers of the falseness of our established assumptions.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It was not above sixty or seventy years, you observed, since the whole north of Scotland was under a state of government nearly as simple and as patriarchal as those of our good allies the Mohawks and Iroquois.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The signal for prayer was then promptly given by megaphone and in an instant all heads were bared, the commendatore’s patriarchal sombrero, which has been in the possession of his family since the revolution of Rienzi, being removed by his medical adviser in attendance, Dr Pippi.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There was a vein of dry humor, or what not, in the mast-man; and, whether in freak of patriarchal irony touching Billy’s youth and athletic frame, or for some other and more recondite reason, from the first in addressing him he always substituted Baby for Billy.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Some minds are wonderful for keeping their bloom in this way, as a patriarchal goldfish apparently retains to the last its youthful illusion that it can swim in a straight line beyond the encircling glass.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The simple, chilling fact was that Mahtob and I were totally subject to the laws of this fanatical patriarchy.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • To be sure, there might have been a purpose in his questions; for though he was thus sequestered, and like the other landed gentlemen of Scotland, stripped by the late Act of Parliament of legal powers, he still exercised a patriarchal justice in his clan.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • This lonely, unconsenting rebel battled against the patriarchal influences that had shaped my childhood: the American South and the Catholic Church.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Will he see his family physician, and obtain a medicine that shall preserve him, to be an honor and blessing to his race, until the utmost term of patriarchal longevity?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • This is a vast change from the situation in the past, when, through the close contact of master and house-servant in the patriarchal big house, one found the best of both races in close contact and sympathy, while at the same time the squalor and dull round of toil among the field-hands was removed from the sight and hearing of the family.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He particularly requested to see little Coavinses (meaning Charley) and told her, with a patriarchal air, that he had given her late father all the business in his power and that if one of her little brothers would make haste to get set up in the same profession, he hoped he should still be able to put a good deal of employment in his way.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He was a heavy man with a patriarchal white beard, and of imposing stature.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The patriarchal society of the Victorian age was in full swing in our drawing room.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • As a person of color, you shouldn’t have to fit into any white, patriarchal system.
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • And when I asked Alaska, she started yelling, ’You’re not going to impose the patriarchal paradigm on me.’
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • He was a stocky fleshy man in the middle fifties, with a ruddy face, a patriarchal beard, and the thick complacent features of his tribe.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He nearly touched an old catcher’s mitt set on a pedestal, the object gashed yellow, spike-gashed and sun-smoked and patriarchal, but he managed to hold back.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The most transient visitor to this planet, I thought, who picked up this paper could not fail to be aware, even from this scattered testimony, that England is under the rule of a patriarchy.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • That may be because an authoritarian and patriarchal home environment is mirrored in an authoritarian and patriarchal political system.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He neither courted their assistance, nor dreaded their enmity, and he now proceeded to the business of the hour with as much composure, as if the species of patriarchal power, he wielded, was universally recognised.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • What if it lured him away from the patriarchal faith?
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Accordingly, for the last three years—ever since he had superintended the building of the new barn—Adam had always been made welcome at the Hall Farm, especially of a winter evening, when the whole family, in patriarchal fashion, master and mistress, children and servants, were assembled in that glorious kitchen, at well-graduated distances from the blazing fire.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • The Patriarchs were not dressed in bottle-green broadcloth, and yet his clothes looked patriarchal.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • How will stabbing one another in the back help women to rise above patriarchal oppression?
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • You’re an advocate of patriarchal despotism.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Patriarchal The mention of Mr Casby again revived in Clennam’s memory the smouldering embers of curiosity and interest which Mrs Flintwinch had fanned on the night of his arrival.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • There was a fourth and most original figure in the Patriarchal tent, who also appeared before dinner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I doubt greatly—or, rather, I do not doubt at all—whether any public functionary of the United States, either in the civil or military line, has ever had such a patriarchal body of veterans under his orders as myself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
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