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It was used for more things than family reunions, however: Negroes played basketball there, the Klan met there in its halcyon days, and a great tournament was held in Atticus’s time in which the gentlemen of the county jousted for the honor of carrying their ladies into Maycomb for a great banquet.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
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In Greek mythology, a halcyon is a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves.
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  • It was used for more things than family reunions, however: Negroes played basketball there, the Klan met there in its halcyon days, and a great tournament was held in Atticus’s time in which the gentlemen of the county jousted for the honor of carrying their ladies into Maycomb for a great banquet.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • This is a little exhibition we used to tour around the Continent back in the halcyon days.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Then again, maybe I’m just imagining some sort of halcyon days that exist more in my memory than they ever did in real life.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Somewhere in the halcyon future, I think I must have reasoned, I would meet a cuddlesome, jolly girl who would simply gather me into her with frenzied whoopees, unhindered by that embargo placed upon their flesh by the nasty little Protestants who had so tortured me in the back seats of a score of cars.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Then too: I hoped that the escalating social roar which I’d been riding like a boat in a hurricane would slow, post-wedding, since all I really wanted was to get back to the halcyon days of summer when I’d had Kitsey all to myself: dinners alone, watching movies in bed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Those were the salad days, the halcyon years!
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The kitchen, the butler’s pantry, the servants’ hall, the entrance hall, were equally alive; and the saloons were only left void and still when the blue sky and halcyon sunshine of the genial spring weather called their occupants out into the grounds.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • That was the most illogical Thanksgiving he could ever remember spending, and his thoughts returned wishfully to his halcyon fourteen-day quarantine in the hospital the year before; but even that idyll had ended on a tragic note; he was still in good health when the quarantine period was over, and they told him again that he had to get out and go to war.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • In the view of a certain stratum of society, Carrie was comfortably established-in eyes of the traveling, beaten by every wind and gusty sheet of rain, she was safe in a halcyon harbor.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Such smiling rogues as these, Like rats, oft bite the holy cords a-twain Which are too intrinse t’ unloose; smooth every passion That in the natures of their lords rebel; Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods; Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks With every gale and vary of their masters, Knowing naught, like dogs, but following.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear

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  • Halcyon days.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was a halcyon day, and as they neared the shore and the salt breezes scurried by, he began to picture the ocean and long, level stretches of sand and red roofs over blue sea.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Also, in connection with Clyde’s story of the wind blowing his hat off, Mason had said he could prove by witnesses, as well as the U. S. Government reports, that there was not a breath of air stirring on that most halcyon day.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It was not what Ellen told her: Ellen at the absolute halcyon of her butterfly’s summer and now with the added charm of gracious and graceful voluntary surrendering of youth to her blood’s and sex’s successor, that concurrent attitude and behavior with the engagement’s span with which mothers who want to can almost make themselves the brides of their daughters’ weddings.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • In fact, those will be halcyon days.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • That is what a man wants in a wife, the halcyon.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I am owed and savor the halcyon times.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • I wish I could be a seabird who with halcyons skims the surf-flowers of the sea.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "I thought I was working, sir!" All the wide placidness of his halcyon days was gone; he saw himself driven back to Pickerbaughism.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • These halcyons[471] may be looked for with a little more assurance in that pure October weather, which we distinguish by the name of Indian Summer.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • "Theirs are the halcyon calms succeeding the storm which our argosy had so stoutly weathered," Jefferson reminded his old friend in Massachusetts.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • houghs are bent with thick-set fruit, My heart is like a rainbow shell That paddles in a halcyon sea; My heart is gladder than all these Because my love is come to me.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • I know I should probably hate that about interstates and yearn for the halcyon days of yore, back when you could be drenched in local color at every turn—but whatever.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Reflections of this kind may have trifling weight with men who hope to see realized in America the halcyon scenes of the poetic or fabulous age; but to those who believe we are likely to experience a common portion of the vicissitudes and calamities which have fallen to the lot of other nations, they must appear entitled to serious attention.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I thought of mornings at Missing and how the mist had body and weight as if it were a third element after earth and sky, but then it vanished when the sun was high; I remembered Rosina’s songs, Gebrew’s chants, and Almaz’s magical teat; I recalled the sight of a younger Hema and Ghosh leaving for work, as we waved through the kitchen window; I could see those halcyon days, shiny like a new coin, glinting in sunlight.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • …an occasion in youth ere yet the judgment was mature when Arthur—confirmed habit—Mr Clennam—took me down into an unused kitchen eminent for mouldiness and proposed to secrete me there for life and feed me on what he could hide from his meals when he was not at home for the holidays and on dry bread in disgrace which at that halcyon period too frequently occurred, would it be inconvenient or asking too much to beg to be permitted to revive those scenes and walk through the house?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Isn’t it my first love?"The halcyon days at the Tijuana track came to a spectacular end.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The brooding and blissful halcyon days!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • /), /Bee/, /Bias/, /Big Chimney/, /Billie/, /Blue Jay/, /Bulltown/, /Caress/, /Cinderella/, /Cyclone/, /Czar/, /Cornstalk/, /Duck/, /Halcyon/, /Jingo/, /Left Hand/, /Ravens Eye/, /Six/, /Skull Run/, /Three Churches/, /Uneeda/, /Wide Mouth/, /War Eagle/ and /Stumptown/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Halcyon days, ones of peace and tranquillity; anciently, days of calm weather in mid-winter, when the halcyon, or kingfisher, was supposed to brood.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It was plain, from the voice of the sparrows, that all was halcyon outside.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • ] [Footnote 471: Halcyons.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Halcyon days, ones of peace and tranquillity; anciently, days of calm weather in mid-winter, when the halcyon, or kingfisher, was supposed to brood.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Carrie had no warning of this halcyon intention.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • My sojourn in the country logically should have been the heady, halcyon happening I so warmly looked forward to.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Though often disillusioned, she was still waiting for that halcyon day when she would be led forth among dreams become real.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • She often looked at them dreamily when she went there for a certain purpose and felt her own arms that were white and soft just like hers with the sleeves back and thought about those times because she had found out in Walker’s pronouncing dictionary that belonged to grandpapa Giltrap about the halcyon days what they meant.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The strong blast and the soft breeze; the rough and the halcyon day; the hours of sunrise and sunset; the moonlight and the clouded night, developed for me, in these regions, the same attraction as for them — wound round my faculties the same spell that entranced theirs.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was music that, among other things, spoke of a Europe of a halcyon time, bathed in the soft umber glow of serene twilights—of children in pigtails and pinafores bobbing along in dogcarts, of excursions in the glades of the Wiener Wald and strong Bavarian beer, of ladies from Grenoble with parasols strolling the glittering rims of glaciers in the high Alps, and balloon voyages, of gaiety, of vertiginous waltzes, of Moselle wine, of Johannes Brahms himself, with beard and black cigar,…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was Gerty who turned off the gas at the main every night and it was Gerty who tacked up on the wall of that place where she never forgot every fortnight the chlorate of lime Mr Tunney the grocer’s christmas almanac, the picture of halcyon days where a young gentleman in the costume they used to wear then with a threecornered hat was offering a bunch of flowers to his ladylove with oldtime chivalry through her lattice window.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Halcyon Days Not from successful love alone, Nor wealth, nor honor’d middle age, nor victories of politics or war; But as life wanes, and all the turbulent passions calm, As gorgeous, vapory, silent hues cover the evening sky, As softness, fulness, rest, suffuse the frame, like freshier, balmier air, As the days take on a mellower light, and the apple at last hangs really finish’d and indolent-ripe on the tree, Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • "D’you know the legend of the halcyon?’ said Athelny: Philip was growing used to his rapid leaping from one subject to another.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • ) THE HALCYON DAYS: Mackerel!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • (Halcyon days, high school boys in blue and white football jerseys and shorts, Master Donald Turnbull, Master Abraham Chatterton, Master Owen Goldberg, Master Jack Meredith, Master Percy Apjohn, stand in a clearing of the trees and shout to Master Leopold Bloom.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • a halcyon atmosphere
  • the halcyon days of the clipper trade
  • Anne spent a fortnight of halcyon days at Echo Lodge in the golden prime of August.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island
  • That is what a man wants in a wife, the halcyon.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Expect Saint Martin’s summer, halcyon days,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • In fact, those will be halcyon days.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Notes from the Underground
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