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The town is a microcosm of the country.
  a small environment that demonstrates characteristics of a larger environment
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Strongly Associated with:   macrocosm
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  • The town is a microcosm of the country.
  • consciously made our home a microcosm of beauty
  • I STEPPED INTO the lobby, our brave new world in microcosm.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • On other floors, Travis knew that mothers were giving birth and the elderly were passing away, a microcosm of the world.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • My original strategy was pathetically derivative, lacking logic and design and substituting for both an amorphous hunger to do for a small Southern city what James Joyce had done in his miraculous microcosm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The town became a microcosm of the world itself, or at least of the parts plagued with society-shattering violence.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • It was a nice microcosm.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Here, in a microcosm, we can observe the evil that has crushed our poor planet from the day of its birth in cosmic ooze.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • In the beginning he had wanted to use his play as a microcosm to say something about the abuse of power.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He tried to think of other microcosms of the universe that might be battlegrounds: alien invasions, Wild West shootouts, spy missions.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • How they got there was a portrait of American victory in microcosm.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • On that mystery and not on the madonna which the cunning Italian intellect flung to the mob of Europe the church is founded and founded irremovably because founded, like the world, macro and microcosm, upon the void.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And he knew, too, that his mind dwelt in a world of its own, Shangri-La in microcosm, and that this world also was in peril.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • We regarded the struggle in prison as a microcosm of the struggle as a whole.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • In a way, he’s a functioning microcosm of us all.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Typically, the hero of the fairy tale achieves a domestic, microcosmic triumph, and the hero of myth a world-historical, macrocosmic triumph.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Being a microcosm himself, he discovers—and it is a true discovery, and he is the man to make it—that the world has been eating green apples; to his eyes, in fact, the globe itself is a great green apple, which there is danger awful to think of that the children of men will nibble before it is ripe; and straightway his drastic philanthropy seeks out the Esquimau and the Patagonian, and embraces the populous Indian and Chinese villages; and thus, by a few years of philanthropic…
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I looked upon the Corps as a captive microcosm of the entire human race and thought if I could study them properly and learn all the secret rites and neuroses of the cadets, then in some profoundly inclusive way I could discover the most illuminating sanctities, dilemmas, and mysteries of the human spirit.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Instead, it was a microcosm of the most lethal equipment of modern weaponry.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Rather, such experiences in the natural world taught me about the diversity of life that could be found in any microcosm.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • But she didn’t think she could maintain another minute wondering what microcosmic parasites were crawling over her skin.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Nobody else I ever knew was so close to the author, to the microcosm of that play as it must have surrounded Wharfinger’s living mind.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • I’d like, myself, such a one to see: Sir Microcosm his name should be.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • The first step, detachment or withdrawal, consists in a radical transfer of emphasis from the external to the internal world, macro— to microcosm, a retreat from the desperations of the waste land to the peace of the everlasting realm that is within.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • If Man, that microcosmic fool, can see Himself a whole so frequently, Part of the Part am I, once All, in primal Night,— Part of the Darkness which brought forth the Light, The haughty Light, which now disputes the space, And claims of Mother Night her ancient place.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Part 2 Chapter 4 Subsection 1 — End of the Microcosm.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He is a reflection of the World Axis from which the concentric circles spread—the World Mountain, the World Tree—he is the perfect microcosmic mirror of the macrocosm.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • My life is like the single dewy star That trembles on the horizon’s primrose-bar,— A microcosm where all things living are.
    Pater, Walter Horatio  --  The Guardian
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