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  • I found nirvana when I went away to college.
  • It also has Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, which Sam and Patrick love.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Within a matter of months, our half-forgotten Oregon band was on the cover of Time magazine being touted as "The Millennials’ Nirvana."
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • (And he’d expected her to feel like heaven, plus nirvana, plus that scene in Willy Wonka where Charlie starts to fly.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park

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  • The 1991 top ten included Pavement, N.W.A., Naughty by Nature, Teenage Fanclub, Blur, Metallica, Nirvana, and LL Cool J. Those songs made me think of Larry and of the trouble-seeking girl I had been when they were first released.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Magnetic Fields, Mazzy Star, Nico, Nirvana, Oscar Peterson.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But we will not reach the nirvana, he won’t and we won’t.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • And two delicate slippers with the softest leather soles and two giant pearls on each toe, to light her way to nirvana.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • It’s like adolescent nirvana.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • The Jade Emperor stepped out and announced that the entire Wang family could transcend this world for nirvana, which they did.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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  • Professor Toynbee arrives at his misconstruction by way of a trite and incorrect interpretation of the Oriental ideas of nirvana, Buddha, and Bodhisattva; then contrasting these ideals.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • What’s next? A convicted drug dealer asking that his sentence be overturned because heroin helps him reach nirvana? A murderer insisting that his cell door face Mecca?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • It was a reporter’s nirvana, a place where smash-and-grab robbers stalked tourists with chunks of concrete, where whole skyscrapers stood on foundations of drug money, where the Ton-tons Macoute of Haiti reached across the Florida Straits to kill political enemies, and old men with hatred infusing every cell of their bodies played soldier in the Glades, dreaming of the day they could kill Castro.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Tim Long, the former NFL lineman long accustomed to the idea that offensive linemen were built to be ignored, experienced football nirvana.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • After being corrected and printed, the one thousand five hundred pages reduced themselves to six hundred, yielding a voluminous treatise on the ninetynine names of God and formulas for attaining nirvana through respiratory exercise.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • As he combed the grounds in search of squatting nirvana, I stood outside, sometimes in the rain, sometimes in the snow, sometimes in the dark of night, often barefoot, occasionally just in my boxer shorts, knowing from experience that I didn’t dare leave him unsupervised lest he decide to meander up the hill to visit the dogs on the next street.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • She took me home with her and dragged out a CD of Nirvana MTV Unplugged and played me "Something in the Way."
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Universal Harmony’—’Eternal Spirit’—’Divine Purpose’—’Nirvana’—’Paradise’—’Racial Supremacy’—’The Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I know a few Nirvana tunes that can split rocks.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Meditation gurus achieved similar states of thoughtlessness without sex and often described Nirvana as a neverending spiritual orgasm.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • This was the nature and the method of the rebellion against existence and of the undefined quest for an unnamed Nirvana.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • "Nirvana," Fang said, pawing through food that was still good but not sellable.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • And then her eyes fell on The Nirvana Wide Web: Connections to a Higher Consciousness.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Kennicott smoked a pipe while she leaned back in the buggy and let her tired spirit be absorbed in the Nirvana of the incomparable sky.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Isn’t there any Nirvana pervaded by the faint thrilling of instruments that have fallen into the dust of wormwood but that yet had frail, tremulous, and everlasting souls?
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Both drives have the identical purpose… to win Nirvana.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Who knew what Nirvana or Alice In Chains might do to a brain so bruised?
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • She had on ripped black tights and a wrinkled Nirvana T-shirt.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Prayer should not trouble one who has gone on to Nirvana, no matter what the circumstances of his going.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • He’s wearing a black T-shirt with NIRVANA printed across the front in splattery red lettering.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Ultimately it is the Christian attitude which is self-interested and hedonistic, since the aim is always to get away from the painful struggle of earthly life and find eternal peace in some kind of Heaven or Nirvana.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • …the Druids held their followers; Odin and Freya maintained their godships in Gaul and Germany and among the Hyperboreans; Egypt was satisfied with her crocodiles and Anubis; the Persians were yet devoted to Ormuzd and Ahriman, holding them in equal honor; in hope of the Nirvana, the Hindoos moved on patient as ever in the rayless paths of Brahm; the beautiful Greek mind, in pauses of philosophy, still sang the heroic gods of Homer; while in Rome nothing was so common and cheap as gods.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Surely somewhere there must be a special prep course for Nirvana and points East designed strictly for actors, and I think S. would have found it.) The paragraph should close, but I can’t stop muttering.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The Life Instinct fights for Nirvana by smashing all opposition.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Out of Nirvana and into the lotus, he comes.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • She spent some time alone in her room, playing Nirvana loudly to reassure them she was alright.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Oh Govinda, I believe out of all the Samanas out there, perhaps not a single one, not a single one, will reach the nirvana.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • The Death Instinct attempts to win Nirvana by destroying itself.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • You were judged worthy of Nirvana.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • If he chooses instead the way of the Tantras, combining Samsara and Nirvana, comprehending the world and continuing to live in it, this one is mighty among dreamers.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • He possessed, so the believers said, the highest enlightenment, he remembered his previous lives, he had reached the nirvana and never returned into the cycle, was never again submerged in the murky river of physical forms.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • I read an article about Nirvana on one visit, and it didn’t have any references to honey mustard dressing or lettuce.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Everything she’d mentioned except the Nirvana had actually been my mom’s, and even some of that was hers.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Briefly, nirvana means "the Extinguishing of the Threefold Fire of Desire, Hostility, and Delusion."
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • With the final "extirpation of delusion, desire, and hostility" (nirvana) the mind knows that it is not what it thought: thought goes.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • This our worldly life is an activity of nirvana itself, not the slightest distinction exists between them.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Together, they taught of the Way of the Eightfold Path, the glory of Nirvana, the illusion of the world and the chains that the world lays upon a man.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Brahma held forth upon the Eightfold Path and the glory that is Nirvana.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Those who are not born again among men have now gone on to Nirvana.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Her name is Lori Goldston and I bet when she was younger, she practiced two hours a day like some other girl I know because if you want to play with the philharmonic, or with Nirvana, that’s what you have to do.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
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