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  • The Panama canal was built across the Isthmus of Panama.
  • I live on an isthmus on an island.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the stoic’s pride, He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest; In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer; Born but to die, and reasoning but to err; Alike in ignorance, his reason such, Whether he thinks too little, or too much: Chaos of thought and passion, all confused; Still by himself abused, or…
    Alexander Pope  --  Epistle II of An Essay On Man
  • But unless the Nautilus navigates on dry land and crosses over the isthmus
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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  • Impossible to a railway, it can best be reached on foot, next best by light vehicles; and it is hardly accessible to these but by a sort of isthmus on the north-east, that connects it with the high chalk table-land on that side.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • What was the meaning of that South-Sea Exploring Expedition, with all its parade and expense, but an indirect recognition of the fact that there are continents and seas in the moral world to which every man is an isthmus or an inlet, yet unexplored by him, but that it is easier to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, in a government ship, with five hundred men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of…
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • At the very top of the slit a narrow isthmus, the Sinai, thwarted God’s intention and kept Egypt and Israel connected.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Downcountry a storm had passed over the isthmus and leveled the dead black trees from east to west like weeds in the floor of a stream.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • So that when I shall hereafter detail to you all the specialities and concentrations of potency everywhere lurking in this expansive monster; when I shall show you some of his more inconsiderable braining feats; I trust you will have renounced all ignorant incredulity, and be ready to abide by this; that though the Sperm Whale stove a passage through the Isthmus of Darien, and mixed the Atlantic with the Pacific, you would not elevate one hair of your eye-brow.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Only a modest train ride separated the Burnhams, but the mounting demands of the fair made that distance as difficult to span as the Isthmus of Panama.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City

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  • See revolving the globe, The ancestor-continents away group’d together, The present and future continents north and south, with the isthmus between.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • [54] American itself, in the Philippines, and to a lesser extent in Porto Rico and on the Isthmus, has undergone similar changes under the influence of Spanish and the native dialects.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • "But isn’t that isthmus only composed of quicksand?"
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In less than twenty minutes, swept along by the torrent, the Nautilus had just cleared the Isthmus of Suez.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Yes, last night, in a matter of minutes, we cleared that insuperable isthmus.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "But with all due respect to Master," Conseil ventured to observe, "it’s like an actual isthmus connecting Europe to Africa."
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • If Master will allow me to finish, I mean that if this phenomenon occurs, it might prove distressing to Mr. de Lesseps, who has gone to such pains to cut through his isthmus!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • On February 6 the Nautilus cruised in sight of the city of Aden, perched on a promontory connected to the continent by a narrow isthmus, a sort of inaccessible Gibraltar whose fortifications the English rebuilt after capturing it in 1839.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In the days of the Ptolemies and the Roman emperors, it was a great commercial artery for the world, and when its isthmus has been cut through, it will completely regain that bygone importance that the Suez railways have already brought back in part.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "And for the sake of archaeology, let’s hope that sooner or later such excavations do take place, once new towns are settled on the isthmus after the Suez Canal has been cut through—a canal, by the way, of little use to a ship such as the Nautilus!"
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • These waters witness the reproduction and growth of soft, delicate bath sponges whose prices run as high as ₣150 apiece: the yellow sponge from Syria, the horn sponge from Barbary, etc. But since I had no hope of studying these zoophytes in the seaports of the Levant, from which we were separated by the insuperable Isthmus of Suez, I had to be content with observing them in the waters of the Red Sea.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "I don’t have to tell you, sir," Ned Land replied, "that the Red Sea is just as landlocked as the gulf, since the Isthmus of Suez hasn’t been cut all the way through yet; and even if it was, a boat as secretive as ours wouldn’t risk a canal intersected with locks.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • …age and your unheal’d wounds you mounted the scaffold;) I would sing in my copious song your census returns of the States, The tables of population and products, I would sing of your ships and their cargoes, The proud black ships of Manhattan arriving, some fill’d with immigrants, some from the isthmus with cargoes of gold, Songs thereof would I sing, to all that hitherward comes would welcome give, And you would I sing, fair stripling! welcome to you from me, young prince of England!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
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