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Actually my grades have been pretty good in them this year, but it isn’t because I’ve had a sudden epiphany about proton-electron interaction.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  a sudden realization — especially one of importance
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epiphany epiphanies epiphanic
James Joyce coined common use of the term from Christianity where it refers to the moment when the infant Jesus reveals his divinity to the Magi. When capitalized, "Epiphany" references that holy day twelve days after Christmas — January 6th.

The term was widely used by James Joyce in his critical writings, and the stories in Joyce’s Dubliners are commonly called "epiphanies."
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  • Actually my grades have been pretty good in them this year, but it isn’t because I’ve had a sudden epiphany about proton-electron interaction.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Having an epiphany.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • We looked at each other and just laughed; everything was hysterically funny, even the playground slide was smiling at us, and at some point, deep in the night, when we were climbing on the jungle gym and showers of sparks were flying out of our mouths, I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Our eyes locked in one of those shining moments of epiphany.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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  • The feeling—the epiphany—was a strange, one, foreign and familiar at the same time.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • But one day I had an epiphany.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He knew not from where the epiphany came.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It was an epiphany: scientists had been trying for decades to grow immortal cell lines using normal cells instead of malignant ones, but it had never worked.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • But this epiphany occurred only after the intervention of time and misfortune, when my fathers self-satisfied existence had begun to crumble beneath him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Sometimes, his lips part, and he makes a husky, exhaling sound—Aaaah!—with enough of an upturn at the tail end to make it sound like surprise, or like what I said has triggered a minor epiphany in him.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • I had my laptop with me in that waiting room, and fueled by this epiphany, I quickly tapped out an email to the lecture organizers.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • "Well, your grades obviously aren’t bad because you can’t pick this stuff up or because you are stupid, you are just not working hard enough," my mother said, her voice rising into the epiphany.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • There are no scenes, no breakdowns, no epiphanies.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Later a minor epiphany was ours when we discovered that she had a dog tooth—a charming one to be sure—but a dog tooth nonetheless.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Edward refused to let me go for a second, dragging me along with him as he hunted up Jasper and then Carlisle to tell them of my epiphany.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • For a moment, Langdon was back in Westminster Abbey, standing at Newton’s pyramidical tomb, where he had experienced a similar epiphany.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • O yes, W. Remember your epiphanies written on green oval leaves, deeply deep, copies to be sent if you died to all the great libraries of the world, including Alexandria?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A slow awakening as opposed to an epiphany.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • It was in Philadelphia in the mid-1980s that I had an epiphany.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Pythagoras’ equation (x2 + y2 = z2), formulated five centuries before Christ, was an epiphany.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • It was the letter I had tried but failed to write in the past, the kind that Noah had once suggested, and though I’d once found the very idea impossible, the epiphanies of the past year, and particularly the past week, lent my words an uncharacteristic grace.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • Becoming more politically active, he wrote: "1 had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steadyaccumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments, produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people."
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • That rattling, airborne tin can always seemed an improbable place for her epiphany.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Like an epiphany, it revealed the strange power of fast food in the new world order.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • A place riddled with epiphanies, that’s what it was.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I think I’m having an epiphany here.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • A kind of epiphany filled her.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Find someone else to endure your frivolous poppycock and threadbare ’epiphanies.’
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • That was the epiphany.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • "Well, so, from day one, we’ve had the funds to try to keep track of all promising research in every discipline, worldwide, that could conceivably lead to the epiphany we expect."
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • He was still exhausting them, albeit from another continent, wandering around Europe and sending only the occasional e-mail detailing yet another epiphany concerning what he should do with his life, followed by a request for more money to put it into action.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Seeing this woman at the commissary, he finally went through a belated, dim-witted epiphany, not a brilliant light shining down from heaven, more like the brown glimmer of a half-dead flashlight from the top of a stepladder: Juanita hadn’t really changed much at all since those days, just grown into herself.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • It was a grand farewell dinner, as he and Denisov were leaving to join their regiment after Epiphany.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • CHAPTER 9 Monday, January 6–Wednesday, January 8 Blomkvist kept reading until the small hours and did not get up until late on Epiphany Day.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • This wonderful story is centered around a dinner party on the Feast of the Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • What put the "whole population of Paris in commotion," as Jehan de Troyes expresses it, on the sixth of January, was the double solemnity, united from time immemorial, of the Epiphany and the Feast of Fools.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She was saving it up for my Epiphany present, but she saw me so upset at Papa’s funeral, she thought it would help me most now.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • But then, one Epiphany, boxes of crayons and tablets of paper were distributed among the children, and it was discovered that some small, anonymous hand was capable of capturing likenesses, dotting vision into eyes and curling hair upon a head so you ached to touch it.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Phil Ward, leaping out of the amtrac that also contained my father, had a similar epiphany: "We’d had live ammo training in Hawaii, so I was used to the sound of bullets, but suddenly I realized why this was different.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It was the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, and the collect began with the words: O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of Eternal life.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The epiphany was lost in low-key, exasperated anger.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Now, it seemed she would only have a few seconds, and in that realization came her epiphany.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Repossessing it, he said that perhaps there had been an epiphany after all.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • These were the ceremonial clothes he wore only on Timkat, the day of the Epiphany.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I had an epiphany.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Subsequent to this epiphany, Stephen begins to ruminate on his namesake, the crafter of wings for escape from a different island, whom he comes to think of as "hawklike."
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Stephen has an epiphany, a Joycean religio-aesthetic word for an awakening, of a wading girl, in which moment he experiences the sensation of beauty and harmony and radiance that convinces him he must be an artist.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "Your epiphany?" he asked, his voice uneven and strained.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The conviction of my epiphany was still strong.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • That was an epiphany for me.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
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