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  • Heracles is the Greek mythological equivalent of the Roman Hercules.
  • "That’s Hercules," I said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • We lent to Alexander the strength of Hercules, The wisdom of our foreheads, the cunning of our knees; We bowed our necks to service:
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • I was pretty sure Hercules had fought this thing once, but I couldn’t remember how he’d beaten it.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse

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  • Great Hercules is presented
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Do you know the legend of Hercules and Antaeus, the giant wrestler, whose strength was incredible so long as he stood firmly on the earth.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • The task is herculean, but once we have a critical mass, and with facial recognition advances, we can, we hope, identify pretty much everyone in every photo and every video.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • This is a Herculean task," he added.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • And then, through some Herculean effort of will, I made myself climb.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It took three attempts to sit up in bed, and after staggering to the bathroom, she’d found that brushing her teeth without screaming took a herculean amount of self-control.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • He reached over and pulled the letters out of Hercules’s hand and pressed them against his own chest.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • He remembered what Hercules had said to him at the Straits of Gibraltar: It’s not easy being a son of Zeus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • But it was the ancient Greek stories written centuries before that Marcus loved most, especially the tales of the great heroes like Odysseus and Hercules.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • Done it before, haven’t you, Hercules?
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Awaiting us was the huge C-130 Hercules, a giant turbo-prop freighter.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • E’en fortunate Napoleon Knows by experience, now, Bagration, And dare not Herculean Russians trouble….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We’ll none of that: that have I told my love, In glory of my kinsman Hercules.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • But the rock was too heavy, and too firmly wedged, to be moved by any one man, were he Hercules himself.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Or they’ll wear a bolt of it draped over one shoulder in the style of Hercules.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • A positive labour of Hercules, I assure you!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I have the wives of Hercules, etc., etc., down pat.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six inches in height, with the chest and limbs of a Hercules.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Because of that little spat I had with Hercules?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The guard, the father and one or two small children began the herculean job of waking Dad.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He was a mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going, foolish, dear fellow,—a sort of Hercules in strength, and also in weakness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Annabeth had told me about a monster crab—something about Hercules crushing it under his foot?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Piper pointed out the constellations she’d been reading about—Hercules, Apollo’s lyre, Sagittarius the centaur.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Aunt Mary lived on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx and ran a factory that made leather trimmings for fur coats, jackets, muffs, hats, and other wearables (Hercules Skivving or Trimming Company).
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Hercules!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Trainer of Hercules and all that?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Another time, Hercules wrestled him to the ground.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Great Washington, too, stands high aloft on his towering main-mast in Baltimore, and like one of Hercules’ pillars, his column marks that point of human grandeur beyond which few mortals will go.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At the middle point of this hemisphere stood Jerusalem, equidistant from the Pillars of Hercules on the West, and the Ganges on the East.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • If Hercules and Lichas play at dice Which is the better man, the greater throw May turn by fortune from the weaker hand: So is Alcides beaten by his page; And so may I, blind Fortune leading me, Miss that which one unworthier may attain, And die with grieving.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules, And let it be more than Alcides’ twelve.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • I took two fusees on my shoulder, and gave Friday three muskets; besides my formidable goat-skin coat and monstrous cap made me look as fierce and terrible as Hercules of old, especially when two pistols were stuck in my belt, and my naked sword hanging by my side.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • She found her house a stable of filth and abomination and she set to cleaning it with the violence and disgust of a Hercules at labor.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He thought more of Bernardo del Carpio because at Roncesvalles he slew Roland in spite of enchantments, availing himself of the artifice of Hercules when he strangled Antaeus the son of Terra in his arms.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Conseil and I were soon dressed in these diving suits, as were Captain Nemo and one of his companions—a herculean type who must have been prodigiously strong.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Langdon had once agreed to take care of Solomon’s hundred-fifty-pound mastiff, Hercules, during Solomon’s travels.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Dad said he was a greater hero than Hercules or Achilles that the Greeks were always bragging about and he could take on King Arthur and all his knights in a fair fight which, of course, you could never get with an Englishman anyway.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • But one of these balls, launched by Porthos’ herculean hand, passed so close to d’Artagnan’s face that he thought that if, instead of passing near, it had hit him, his audience would have been probably lost, as it would have been impossible for him to present himself before the king.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It was during a misunderstanding conducted with crowbars with a fellow we used to call Hercules.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Now, Hercules be thy speed, young man!
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • "He has promised to be very good today, and he can be perfectly elegant if he likes," returned Amy, and gliding away to warn Hercules to beware of the dragon, which warning caused him to haunt the old lady with a devotion that nearly distracted her.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Well-there you are-Hercules the strong.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Bloom was pointing out all the stars and the comets in the heavens to Chris Callinan and the jarvey: the great bear and Hercules and the dragon, and the whole jingbang lot.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The twelve labors of Hercules were trifling in comparison with those which my neighbors have undertaken; for they were only twelve, and had an end; but I could never see that these men slew or captured any monster or finished any labor.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • A pack of beggars who have become my good friends, have taught me twenty sorts of herculean feats, and now I give to my teeth every evening the bread which they have earned during the day by the sweat of my brow.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But the task was more nearly like the labors of Hercules, a succession of varied obstacles.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
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