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  • China does not recognize Taiwan’s claims to sovereignty.
  • Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people.
    Woodrow Wilson
  • The faeries have always had their own sovereignty, our own kings and queens.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen," Oscar said.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • Confederate soldiers’ letters and diaries continued in 1864 and even into 1865 to abound with such expressions as this "gigantic struggle for liberty," for "the great Democratic principles of States’ Rights and States’ Sovereignty," for "the dear rights of freemen" against "tyranny and oppression," a cause "made a thousand times dearer by the sacrifice it has cost and is costing us."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • It’s thirty million dollars, Anatole told me recently, that the U.S. has now spent trying to bring down Angola’s sovereignty.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • —Then ’tis most like, The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • HERMIA So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, Ere I will yield my virgin patent up Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke My soul consents not to give sovereignty.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • In their toilettes, in their gayety, in the noise which they made, there was sovereignty.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And now, after more than a decade of sacrificing everything, of leaving behind their families to live in mountains and fight for Afghanistan’s sovereignty, the Mujahideen were coming to Kabul, in flesh, blood, and battle-weary bone.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • I felt a bodily sovereignty that I can’t really describe except to say that when I was a kid I used to have a really heavy backpack that I carried everywhere with all my books in it, and if I walked around with the backpack for long enough, when I took it off I felt like I was floating.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • As Villefort observes, it is a great act of folly to have left such a man between Corsica, where he was born, and Naples, of which his brother-in-law is king, and face to face with Italy, the sovereignty of which he coveted for his son.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In fact, everybody in the room bore on his head this characteristic emblem of man’s sovereignty; whether it were felt hat, palm-leaf, greasy beaver, or fine new chapeau, there it reposed with true republican independence.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I would learn that; for, by the marks of sovereignty, Knowledge, and reason, I should be false persuaded I had daughters.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Now that his two sons perished in one day, Brother by brother murderously slain, By right of kinship to the Princes dead, I claim and hold the throne and sovereignty.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Especially in Poland, there can have been no need to rob a nation of sovereignty in its own self-contained area of settlement.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • She did not invoke God, we very well know, but she had faith in the genius of evil—that immense sovereignty which reigns in all the details of human life, and by which, as in the Arabian fable, a single pomegranate seed is sufficient to reconstruct a ruined world.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Do I exceed the bounds of my sovereignty?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • But he who reaches sovereignty by popular favour finds himself alone, and has none around him, or few, who are not prepared to obey him.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Their banter was not new to him and now it flattered his mild proud sovereignty.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • If the Clave will sign over all the powers of the Council to me and accept my unequivocal sovereignty and rule, I will stay my hand.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Cheer us and warm us with thy gracious rays, O flaming sun of sovereignty!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • It has its divine right of sovereignty.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Sure, they still believe in God, but He’s got competition now-a belief in the sovereignty of self—and the spell of absolute, unquestioning faith, upon which Long has built his cathedral, is broken.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • But I should ill become this throne, O Peers, And this imperial sovereignty, adorned With splendour, armed with power, if aught proposed And judged of public moment in the shape Of difficulty or danger, could deter Me from attempting.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • These reflections would sometimes lead me so far, as to invade the sovereignty of Providence, and, as it were, arraign the justice of such an arbitrary disposition of things, that should obscure that light from some, and reveal it to others, and yet expect a like duty from all.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • She’s always said that when sovereignty is vested in a single person whose right to rule is hereditary, the principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community are irrevocably lost.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Fie, fie, unreverend tongue, to call her bad, Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferr’d With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • O, give me pardon, That I, your vassal, have employ’d and pain’d Your unknown sovereignty.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o’er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason, And draw you into madness? think of it: The very place puts toys of desperation, Without more motive, into every brain That looks so many fadoms to the sea And hears it roar beneath.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • The magus, in spite of his dogged pursuit of world sovereignty for Sounis, was a reasonably honest man.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • I’ the commonwealth I would by contraries Execute all things; for no kind of traffic Would I admit; no name of magistrate; Letters should not be known; riches, poverty, And use of service, none; contract, succession, Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none; No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil; No occupation; all men idle, all: And women too, but innocent and pure; No sovereignty,— SEBASTIAN.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • He was a Kurd, and really did not recognize the sovereignty of the border we had crossed last night.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • 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
  • Sir, a Chartreux friar, His confessor; who fed him every minute With words of sovereignty.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • When Karellen had finished, the nations of Earth knew that their days of precarious sovereignty had ended.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • That knowledge is in itself a violation of your sovereignty.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Athelstane, it is true, was vain enough, and loved to have his ears tickled with tales of his high descent, and of his right by inheritance to homage and sovereignty.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • I recollected that about 20 years before, a clause in a bill brought into Parliament by the ministry had propos’d to make the king’s instructions laws in the colonies, but the clause was thrown out by the Commons, for which we adored them as our friends and friends of liberty, till by their conduct towards us in 1765 it seem’d that they had refus’d that point of sovereignty to the king only that they might reserve it for themselves.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • …the Common Weal for the Romans, and say ye to him, Of his demand and commandment I set nothing, and that I know of no truage nor tribute that I owe to him, nor to none earthly prince, Christian nor heathen; but I pretend to have and occupy the sovereignty of the empire, wherein I am entitled by the right of my predecessors, sometime kings of this land; and say to him that I am delibered and fully concluded, to go with mine army with strength and power unto Rome, by the grace of God, to…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • I know by that that there has never been any successful Burr, O Danforth, Danforth,’ he sighed out, ’how like a wretched night’s dream a boy’s idea of personal fame or of separate sovereignty seems, when one looks back on it after such a life as mine!
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • …the Common Weal for the Romans, and say ye to him, Of his demand and commandment I set nothing, and that I know of no truage nor tribute that I owe to him, nor to none earthly prince, Christian nor heathen; but I pretend to have and occupy the sovereignty of the empire, wherein I am entitled by the right of my predecessors, sometime kings of this land; and say to him that I am delibered and fully concluded, to go with mine army with strength and power unto Rome, by the grace of God, to…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • If yousay I must come down, I will obey without a murmur, for you cannot make me lie to you; but if you return me, I can only say that I will be true to love of country, truth, and God…… I have always thought that the first duty of a public man in a Republic founded upon the sovereignty of the people is a frank and sincere expression of his opinions to his constituents.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • I would I might please thee, sir, and it is to me dole and sorrow that I fail, albeit sith I am but a simple damsel and taught of none, being from the cradle unbaptized in those deep waters of learning that do anoint with a sovereignty him that partaketh of that most noble sacrament, investing him with reverend state to the mental eye of the humble mortal who, by bar and lack of that great consecration seeth in his own unlearned estate but a symbol of that other sort of lack and loss…
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • …an ’ornamental water’ had been constructed by Swann’s parents but, even in his most artificial creations, nature is the material upon which man has to work; certain spots will persist in remaining surrounded by the vassals of their own especial sovereignty, and will raise their immemorial standards among all the ’laid-out’ scenery of a park, just as they would have done far from any human interference, in a solitude which must everywhere return to engulf them, springing up out of the…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Those who have despised me shall acknowledge my sovereignty.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The sovereignty of Free Luna is not the abstract matter you seem to feel it is.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • "I will have my sovereignty," said Attolia thinly.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The first edict concerns Rowan’s lands, sovereignty, and safety.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • For he was preparing to take up the reins again as if her sovereignty had been nothing, nothing at all.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
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