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The patriarch of Constantinople died in exile for criticizing the imperial court in his homilies.
History of Christianity - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
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  • The patriarch of Constantinople died in exile for criticizing the imperial court in his homilies.
    History of Christianity - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • Bennington delivered a homily based on this scene.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • These words at a certain level have the quality of a strapping homily.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The chaplain moved up the ramp, and as the coffins moved forward, he began his homily.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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  • From General Peckem’s office on the mainland came prolix bulletins each day headed by such cheery homilies as ’Procrastination is the Thief of Time’ and ’Cleanliness is Next to Godliness.’
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Bessie supplied the hiatus by a homily of an hour’s length, in which she proved beyond a doubt that I was the most wicked and abandoned child ever reared under a roof.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • After favoring them with some heads of that discourse, he remarked that he considered the subject of the day’s homily, ill chosen; which was the less excusable, he added, when there were so many subjects "going about."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • No company, a walk, a family dinner of four, and an evening of looking over books and pictures; Miss Murdstone with a homily before her, and her eye upon us, keeping guard vigilantly.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • After this homily which he delivered with much warmth of asseveration Mr Mulligan in a trice put off from his hat a kerchief with which he had shielded it.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I have composed many a homily on her back, to the edification of my brethren of the convent, and many poor Christian souls.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe

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  • It shows itself in acts rather than in words, and has more influence than homilies or protestations.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He poises his pen over a blank sheet of notebook paper and searches for inspiration, running over old sayings and homilies, memories of awards he’s won and names of memorable teachers.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • —What tedious homily of love have you wearied your parishioners withal, and never cried ’Have patience, good people!’
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • …we could not go to church, so Joseph must needs get up a congregation in the garret; and, while Hindley and his wife basked downstairs before a comfortable fire — doing anything but reading their Bibles, I’ll answer for it — Heathcliff, myself, and the unhappy ploughboy were commanded to take our prayer-books, and mount: we were ranged in a row, on a sack of corn, groaning and shivering, and hoping that Joseph would shiver too, so that he might give us a short homily for his own sake.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The bishop who had confirmed P.J. back in Brooksville had delivered a homily mainly about the perils of premarital sex.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The author had recast the principles of physics into basic homilies to remind people of self-defeating behavioral patterns.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Sick-bed homilies and pious reflections are, to be sure, out of place in mere story-books, and we are not going (after the fashion of some novelists of the present day) to cajole the public into a sermon, when it is only a comedy that the reader pays his money to witness.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Today, I was supposed to be writing a homily—if I could get it down to seven minutes, I knew the older members of the congregation wouldn’t fall asleep—but instead, my mind kept straying to one of our youngest members.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Alessandro s homily was a success, and Nicolo was beginning to get fiery himself.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • She ended with a short homily on the dignity of work, which is a doctrine bred into the bones of every white South African.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • It isn’t done with subscription files, I got a homily from the woman in Special Registry about it—Bream—no discussion, no questions.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Haphazard among the sermons and homilies, the travels, the lives of the Saints, the Fathers, the histories of the church, were oldfashioned novels; and these Philip at last discovered.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • But we had warmed it first, so that you wouldn’t be frightened and start crying, and you didn’t, either, quite the contrary, you had been bawling beforehand, making it difficult for Bugenhagen to give his homily, but then came the water, and you fell silent, and that was out of respect for the holy sacrament, let us hope.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was only one splendid breath they had, in spite of their brave mockery at the winter outside the glass; and it was a losing game in the end, it seemed, this revolt against the homilies by which the world is run.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul’s Case
  • Faulkner, somewhat belated in his animosity, seized the opportunity to read a homily upon the vulgarity and extravagance of the American language, and argued that the introduction of its coinages through the moving-picture theatre (/Anglais, cinema/) "cannot be regarded without serious [Pg015] misgivings, if only because it generates and encourages mental indiscipline so far as the choice of expressions is concerned."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Such was the homily with which he improved and pointed the occasion to the company in the Lodge before turning into the sallow yard again, and going with his own poor shabby dignity past the Collegian in the dressing-gown who had no coat, and past the Collegian in the sea-side slippers who had no shoes, and past the stout greengrocer Collegian in the corduroy knee-breeches who had no cares, and past the lean clerk Collegian in buttonless black who had no hopes, up his own poor shabby…
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Put me in mind, Louisa, to lend him the homily ’against peril of idolatry,’ at his next visit."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • She then delivered a rather ferocious homily about the handling of colored children by a teacher so obviously white.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He ended the letter with a little homily.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • This private homily, which Herr Settembrini had delivered surreptitiously, almost in a whisper, behind the backs of the other guests, had been too businesslike, too unsocial, too little like conversation, for him to have expressed approval in any tactful way.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Jo must have fallen asleep (as I dare say my reader has during this little homily), for suddenly Laurie’s ghost seemed to stand before her, a substantial, lifelike ghost, leaning over her with the very look he used to wear when he felt a good deal and didn’t like to show it.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • A virgin audience like Colonel Scheisskopf was grist for General Peckem’s mill, a stimulating opportunity to throw open his whole dazzling erudite treasure house of puns, wisecracks, slanders, homilies, anecdotes, proverbs, epigrams, apophthegms, bon mots and other pungent sayings.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • So, feeling clumsy and outsized, like some sort of black Gulliver, he clomps forward, noting the exposed pipes running along the twenty-foot ceilings, the bulletin board with homilies to build self-esteem, and the rough mix of students, more than half of them either black or Latino.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • In the itch to let his instructors know how heartily he despised them and their homilies, and how thoroughly he was appreciated elsewhere, he mentioned once or twice that he had no time to fool with theorems; adding—with a twitch of the eyebrows and a touch of that nervous bravado which so perplexed them—that he was helping the people down at the stock company; they were old friends of his.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul’s Case
  • "Ho! ho! my kingdom and my subjects?" answered Richard, impatiently; "I tell thee, Sir Wilfred, the best of them are most willing to repay my follies in kind—For example, my very faithful servant, Wilfred of Ivanhoe, will not obey my positive commands, and yet reads his king a homily, because he does not walk exactly by his advice.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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