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  • The Pilgrims who we remember on Thanksgiving were Puritans.
  • In Puritan England, about 300 years ago, it was against the law to wear the color red.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • At length she paused before the portrait of the stern old Puritan, her ancestor, and the founder of the house.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • ...these stern and black-browed Puritans would have thought it quite a sufficient retribution for his sins that...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • All those red-state puritans coming by the boatload, never once suspecting that Old Libs hasn’t got panties on.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • You are not a Puritan then?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • But the forties were really far worse, a particularly ghastly period for Eros, shakily bridging as they did the time between the puritanism of our forefathers and the arrival of public pornography.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Cozily, he slipped one arm through hers, and with the other reached over and patted her on the hand: a little Puritan-looking devil of a man, thin, amiable, spry.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • An indignant mem sahib in Majorca recounted the tale of the Puritan Emily Brent and her wretched servant girl.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "What a Puritan you are!" said he; "that happens every day."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • I am—essentially—such an earnest, single-toned Puritan that I must allow myself another color occasionally—to relieve the monotony.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Massachusetts tried to kill off the Puritans, but they combined; they set up a communal society which, in the beginning, was little more than an armed camp with an autocratic and very devoted leadership.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He was a child of the Puritan work ethic.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Enjolras, as the reader knows, had something of the Spartan and of the Puritan in his composition.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He’s such a rigid Puritan.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The school had been largely rebuilt with a massive bequest from an oil family some years before in a peculiar style of Puritan grandeur, as though Versailles had been modified for the needs of a Sunday school.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • To look at the tawny brawn of his lithe snaky limbs, you would almost have credited the superstitions of some of the earlier Puritans, and half-believed this wild Indian to be a son of the Prince of the Powers of the Air.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Athos was a gentleman, punctilious in points of honor; and there were in the plan which our lover had devised for Milady, he was sure, certain things that would not obtain the assent of this Puritan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I have been as well acquainted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans; and that’s no trifle to say.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • Ah, well, doubtless you had Puritan ancestors.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • Marry, sir, sometimes he is a kind of Puritan.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Goddam Puritans, … Bill said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • All that, your patient would probably classify as "Puritanism"—and may I remark in passing that the value we have given to that word is one of the really solid triumphs of the last hundred years?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • John Donne was an Anglican minister, Jonathan Swift the dean of the Church of Ireland, Edward Taylor and Anne Bradstreet American Puritans (Taylor a minister).
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The airwaves would be filled with the voices of anti-Masonic groups, fundamentalists, and conspiracy theorists spewing hatred and fear, launching a Puritan witch hunt all over again.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She still had her high moral sense, inherited from generations of Puritans.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • (If you read my first book, The Tipping Point, you’ll remember that the discussion of Paul Revere was drawn from Fischer’s Paul Revere’s Ride.) In Albion’s Seed, Fischer argues that there were four distinct British migrations to America in its first 150 years: first the Puritans, in the 1630s, who came from East Anglia to Massachusetts; then the Cavaliers and indentured in America rest of the country.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • In at least some cases, the menfolk’s notions of propriety were markedly more European than the surrounding Yankee Puritan norm.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • These are not merely the sentiments of a courageous Senator, they are also the words of a Puritan statesman.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Amory had rather a Puritan conscience.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • As for the lives of one’s neighbours, if one wishes to be a prig or a Puritan, one can flaunt one’s moral views about them, but they are not one’s concern.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Remember to what a point your Puritanism in England has brought you.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • He riveted them to the pews with images of the mythological ordeal; for though the Puritan prohibited the graven image, yet he allowed himself the verbal.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Raveloe lay low among the bushy trees and the rutted lanes, aloof from the currents of industrial energy and Puritan earnestness: the rich ate and drank freely, accepting gout and apoplexy as things that ran mysteriously in respectable families, and the poor thought that the rich were entirely in the right of it to lead a jolly life; besides, their feasting caused a multiplication of orts, which were the heirlooms of the poor.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • The lewd Puritan touch, obviously, and it grows more marked as we go on.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • He pointed his finger once more, and a tall man, soberly clad in Puritan garb, with the burning gaze of the fanatic, stalked into the room and took his judge’s place.
    Stephen Vincent Benét  --  The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • But the town knew worse troubles even than the floods,—troubles of the civil wars, when it was a continual fighting-place, where first Puritans thanked God for the blood of the Loyalists, and then Loyalists thanked God for the blood of the Puritans.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She was not a daughter of the Puritans, but for all that she believed in such a thing as chastity and even as decency.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The effect of these two inventions upon human society could only be described as devastating, and they had swept away the last remnants of the Puritan aberration.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • The churches have always done it, and the political orators—and I suppose I do it when I call Mrs. Bogart a ’Puritan’ and Mr. Stowbody a ’capitalist.’
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • For reasons he cannot explain or necessarily understand, these ancient Puritan spirits, these very first immigrants to America, these bearers of unthinkable, obsolete names, have spoken to him, so much so that in spite of his mother’s disgust he refuses to throw the rubbings away.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Maggie America was founded on religious freedom, on the separation of church and state, and yet I will be the first to tell you that we’re not much better off than those Puritans were in the 1770s over in England.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Lydgate was no Puritan, but he did not care for play, and winning money at it had always seemed a meanness to him; besides, he had an ideal of life which made this subservience of conduct to the gaining of small sums thoroughly hateful to him.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Here, in the quiet of Boldwood’s parlour, where everything that was not grave was extraneous, and where the atmosphere was that of a Puritan Sunday lasting all the week, the letter and its dictum changed their tenor from the thoughtlessness of their origin to a deep solemnity, imbibed from their accessories now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Yet to remain here after this was all but impossible, too, for the attitude of Grace as well as the Newtons—particularly Mrs. Newton, Grace’s sister—was that of the early Puritans or Friends who had caught a "brother" or "sister" in a great sin.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I am a modern, a member of a church far removed from Puritanism, yet I have accepted this resolution.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Something of the spirit of the old Puritan diarists took hold.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Puritans," grumbled Lucia, returning both her robes and facial hair back to normal.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • She’s only a few years older than your brother but acts like a Puritan schoolmarm.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • The Puritans were putting /rocks/ into the foundations of their meeting-houses so early as 1712.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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