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If the citadel falls, all is lost.
  a stronghold or fortress
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  • If the citadel falls, all is lost.
  • The New York Stock Exchange is a citadel of capitalism.
  • Every time she retired to her citadel of dreams she came forth radiant and refreshed, as one who has seen the evening star, or heard sweet music, or smelled the rose of joy.
    Kate Douglas Wiggin  --  Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm
  • A strong citadel it was indeed, and not to be taken by a host of enemies, if there were any within that could hold weapons; unless...
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King

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  • A pity for the Nephilim that they have no more favors they can ask of Heaven, and none of the puny instruments of war they forge in their Adamant Citadel can harm me now.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Not this last citadel at the edge of the continent, this final German strongpoint on the Breton coast.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • As soon as I graduated from The Citadel, I house-hunted in The Point area and there only.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • In the center of the complex rose a citadel larger than Grand Central Station, its walls encrusted with pearls, its domed golden roof cracked open like an egg.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • They give their greeting to the citadel: This likewise is a friend.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice

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  • At any rate, very few Indians were converted, and the Salem folk believed that the virgin forest was the Devil’s last preserve, his home base and the citadel of his final stand.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Galbatorix convinced Morzan to leave a gate unbolted in the citadel Ilirea, which is now called Uru’baen.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I had gazed upon the fortifications and impediments that seemed to keep human beings from entering the citadel of nature, and rashly and ignorantly I had repined.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Across a staggeringly expansive plaza, the imposing facade of the Louvre rose like a citadel against the Paris sky.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Nothing will give greater pleasure to all your old friends; and I know one down there behind the Saint Nicolas citadel who will not be sorry to hear it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Besides, Aeolus, the King of the Winds, has sent his most powerful minions to guard the citadel.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Incredibly, though, not even a citadel of this magnitude could dwarf the piazza before it.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He treated the strategy of the hostile general like a citadel, and made a breach in it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Herat was visible from here, spread below her like a child’s board game: the Women’s Garden to the north of the city, Char-suq Bazaar and the ruins of Alexander the Great’s old citadel to the south.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • A French officer, returning from the advanced detachment, rode up to Murat and reported that the gates of the citadel had been barricaded and that there was probably an ambuscade there.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It may be watched and guarded, so that the enemy shall not force his way again into the citadel, and might even in his subsequent assaults, select some other avenue, in preference to that where he had formerly succeeded.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Above the walls rose a citadel, and then a faceted lighthouse, which swept its hazy beam across the dark waters.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The Comte de Toiras retired into the citadel St. Martin with his garrison, and threw a hundred men into a little fort called the fort of La Pree.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The brain is at least twenty feet from his apparent forehead in life; it is hidden away behind its vast outworks, like the innermost citadel within the amplified fortifications of Quebec.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Just east of it was the Bala Hissar Fort—the ancient citadel that the warlord Dostum had occupied in 1992—on the Shirdarwaza mountain range, the same mountains from which Mujahedin forces had showered Kabul with rockets between 1992 and 1996, inflicting much of the damage I was witnessing now.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • What do you mean by alarming the citadel at this time of night consecrated to me?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • She too could boast a god for lover, having lain with Zeus and borne two sons to him: Amphion and Zethos, who founded Thebes, the upper city, and built the ancient citadel.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Thus master of the citadel, he uttered a shout of joy, and suddenly halted, petrified.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Others cut their way back towards the citadel.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • With that he blew out his candle, put on a great-coat, and set forth in the direction of Cavendish Square, that citadel of medicine, where his friend, the great Dr. Lanyon, had his house and received his crowding patients.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • There still reverberated in her mind the crashes of the two impregnable citadels of her life, thundering to dust about her ears.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Twenty-foot-high gates opened for them, and a road of polished purple stone led up to the main citadel—a white-columned rotunda, Greek style, like one of the monuments in Washington, D.C.—except for the cluster of satellite dishes and radio towers on the roof "That’s bizarre," Piper said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • All her powers, all the frontier guards of her spirit, were being called in and concentrated at the citadel of her heart.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • My father great Akhilleus killed when he besieged and plundered Thebe, our high town, citadel of Kilikians.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The word means ’citadel’—or more precisely, ’the city on the hill.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Frequent and violent temptations were a proof that the citadel of the soul had not fallen and that the devil raged to make it fall.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The darkness hid the scars and bruises of the city well; it looked peaceful under the night sky—if one didn’t look up at Gard Hill and the ruined outline of the citadel.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • The citadel not of Quality, the citadel of form and substance.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • And the king ordered his mamelukes to loose his elbow-bonds and imprison him in one of the bastions of the citadel.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • We may have no idea how to kill Galbatorix himself, but until we batter down the gates of his citadel in Uru’baen, or until he chooses to fly out on Shruikan and confront us on the field of battle, nothing shall stop us.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • There were the honeysuckle and the roses, and the glimpse of Corinthian columns against the stars; and outside the gate were dreamy streets, other mansions . it was a citadel of grace.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Poverty and misery for all, want and degradation for her parents, injustice to the boy—one by one the outworks of the little citadel were taken, in which the poor soul passionately guarded her only love and treasure.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The citadel of Jones was now taken by surprize.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Pour forth their populous youth about the hive In clusters; they among fresh dews and flowers Fly to and fro, or on the smoothed plank, The suburb of their straw-built citadel, New rubbed with balm, expatiate, and confer Their state-affairs: so thick the airy crowd Swarmed and were straitened; till, the signal given, Behold a wonder!
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • And here, in one of the most impoverished, diseased, eroded, and famished regions of Haiti, there was this lovely walled citadel, Zanmi Lasante.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Now, it appeared shabby and outmoded compared with the long, low, antiseptic citadels of glass, metal, and tinted block constructed by rich Northerners who for the past fifteen years had been "discovering" the Timucuan River.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • They were neither citadels nor churches, but frankly and beautifully office-buildings.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She lit another cigarette and looked out at the citadel next to Skeppsholmen.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • What little town by river or sea-shore, Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel, Is emptied of its folk, this pious morn?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Now she was eagerly curious to know what had decided the Beauforts to invite (for the first time) Mrs. Lemuel Struthers, the widow of Struthers’s Shoe-polish, who had returned the previous year from a long initiatory sojourn in Europe to lay siege to the tight little citadel of New York.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
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