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  • The Orpheus Theatre is named for the mythological musician.
  • And Orpheus—he tried to bring his wife back.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Orpheus and the Bacchantes!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Orpheus wasn’t supposed to look behind him when he was leading his wife back to the world, but of course he did.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian

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  • The image of her in his mind receded, vanishing imploringly into the darkness, as Eurydice had vanished when Orpheus had turned to look at her one last time.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Then there’re Theseus, Oedipus, Peleus, Orpheus, Jason and Hercules all waiting to be untangled, since their various deeds are running crisscross through my mind like mul— ticolored threads in a dress.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Orpheus came close… .
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • There are many ways into the Underworld—the River Styx, the Door of Orpheus—plus smaller escape routes that open up from time to time.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • You take Orpheus for Hermes.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "These composers," Captain Nemo answered me, "are the contemporaries of Orpheus, because in the annals of the dead, all chronological differences fade; and I’m dead, professor, quite as dead as those friends of yours sleeping six feet under!"
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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  • "With mankind," he would say, "forms, measured forms are everything; and that is the import couched in the story of Orpheus with his lyre spell-binding the wild denizens of the wood."
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • …and unhandled colts, Fetching mad bounds, bellowing and neighing loud, Which is the hot condition of their blood; If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound, Or any air of music touch their ears, You shall perceive them make a mutual stand, Their savage eyes turn’d to a modest gaze By the sweet power of music: therefore the poet Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods; Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage, But music for the time doth change his nature.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • The scientific celebrities, forgetting their mollusks and glacial periods, gossiped about art, while devoting themselves to oysters and ices with characteristic energy; the young musician, who was charming the city like a second Orpheus, talked horses; and the specimen of the British nobility present happened to be the most ordinary man of the party.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Here I saw both Socrates and Plato, who before the others stand nearest to him; Democritus, who ascribes the world to chance; Diogenes, Anaxagoras, and Thales, Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Zeno; and I saw the good collector of the qualities, Dioscorides, I mean; and I saw Orpheus, Tully, and Linus, and moral Seneca, Euclid the geometer, and Ptolemy, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen, and Averrhoes, who made the great comment.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • For the most part I escaped wonderfully from these dangers, either by proceeding at once boldly and without deliberation to the goal, as is recommended to those who run the gauntlet, or by keeping my thoughts on high things, like Orpheus, who, "loudly singing the praises of the gods to his lyre, drowned the voices of the Sirens, and kept out of danger."
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • And, above all, there is this difference between resisting this and a purely brute or natural force, that I can resist this with some effect; but I cannot expect, like Orpheus, to change the nature of the rocks and trees and beasts.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • SONG Orpheus with his lute made trees And the mountain tops that freeze Bow themselves when he did sing.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • However, he had better fortune than what attended poor Orpheus, for he brought his companion, or rather follower, safe into the famous town of Upton.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The fear squeezed and milked the strength out of my arms and legs, but I tried to fight, hearing grunts and Orpheus pulls of string from the deep bottom, and then all the consciousness there was to me seemed a hairlash in the crushing water universe.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and hundreds of analogous tales throughout the world, suggest, as does this ancient legend of the farthest East, that in spite of the failure recorded, a possibility exists of a return of the lover with his lost love from beyond the terrible threshold.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Write till your ink be dry, and with your tears Moist it again, and frame some feeling line That may discover such integrity: For Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews, Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones, Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • What would not a man give if he might converse with Orpheus and Musaeus and Hesiod and Homer?
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • One evening Cottard and Tarrou went to the Municipal Opera House, where Gluck’s Orpheus was being given.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Orpheus and Eurydice.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • GOOD FELLOW The rabble by such hate are held, To maim and slay delights them: As Orpheus’ lyre the brutes compelled, The bagpipe here unites them.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • The warships Roebuck and Phoenix, and the frigates Orpheus and Carysfort— four ships mounting 148 cannon—proceeded up the East River with six troop transports, to anchor in Bushwick Creek.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Thou and I … What worth to us were treasures heaped high In rich kings’ rooms ; what worth a voice of gold More sweet than ever rang from Orpheus old, Unless our deeds have glory ?
    Euripides  --  Medea
  • Yet in it there was a representation of a roosted bird and an entranced beast and a self-enrapturing man, except that this time the man was Orpheus and the rapture came from music rather than prayer.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • If Orpheus, arm’d with his enchanting lyre, The ruthless king with pity could inspire, And from the shades below redeem his wife; If Pollux, off’ring his alternate life, Could free his brother, and can daily go By turns aloft, by turns descend belowWhy name I Theseus, or his greater friend, Who trod the downward path, and upward could ascend?
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • *delicate Before them stood such instruments of soun’, That Orpheus, nor of Thebes Amphioun, Ne made never such a melody.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • ORPHEUS charmed her to-night.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The Door of Orpheus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • So this is the Door of Orpheus?’
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • You liked that Orpheus fellow too.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Orpheus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Gluck’s ORPHEUS made a strong appeal to the more intellectual portions of the house, whilst the fashionable women, the gaily-dressed and brilliant throng, spoke to the eye of those who cared but little for this "latest importation from Germany."
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Daedalus is the base; Orpheus is the wall; Hermes is the edifice,—that is all.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Thus for several months our theater had been resounding every Friday evening with the melodious laments of Orpheus and Eurydice’s vain appeals.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Gutenberg’s letters of lead are about to supersede Orpheus’s letters of stone.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He, in his turn now, appeared to be absorbed in the sour-stirring melodies of ORPHEUS, and was beating time to the music with his sharp, ferret-like head.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • But what Lord Grenville thought of this matter, or to what reflections this comely tirade of Lady Portarles led the Comtesse de Tournay, remained unspoken, for the curtain had just risen on the third act of ORPHEUS, and admonishments to silence came from every part of the house.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Lord Grenville himself had listened to the two first acts of ORPHEUS, before preparing to receive his guests.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Throughout the first act Orpheus lamented suavely his lost Eurydice, with women in Grecian tunics singing melodious comments on his plight, and love was hymned in alternating strophes.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Not until the big duet between Orpheus and Eurydice in the third act-at the precise moment when Eurydice was slipping from her lover-did a flutter of surprise run through the house.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Only a few people noticed that in his song of the second act Orpheus introduced some tremolos not in the score and voiced an almost exaggerated emotion when begging the lord of the Underworld to be moved by his tears.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Orpheus and Amphion went a little farther, and by the charms of music enchanted things merely inanimate.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Few mortals have ever done this and survived: Orpheus, who had great music skill; Hercules, who had great strength; Houdini, who could escape even the depths of Tartarus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Thus our heroe and the redeemed lady walked in the same manner as Orpheus and Eurydice marched heretofore; but though I cannot believe that Jones was designedly tempted by his fair one to look behind him, yet as she frequently wanted his assistance to help her over stiles, and had besides many trips and other accidents, he was often obliged to turn about.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • While Daedalus, who is force, measured; while Orpheus, who is intelligence, sang;—the pillar, which is a letter; the arcade, which is a syllable; the pyramid, which is a word,—all set in movement at once by a law of geometry and by a law of poetry, grouped themselves, combined, amalgamated, descended, ascended, placed themselves side by side on the soil, ranged themselves in stories in the sky, until they had written under the dictation of the general idea of an epoch, those marvellous…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The image moved me because of its antiquity and durability, but the description on the card moved me also because it gave a name and credence to that which I see myself as having been engaged upon for the past three decades: "Votive panel", the identification card said, "possibly set up to Orpheus by local poet.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
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