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mores
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In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.
Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  (sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group
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  • In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Jean Louise’s gleanings of adult morals and mores to date were few, but enough: it was possible to have a baby without being married, she knew that.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I head for the bathrooms, but as I get close, two sophomores (Lindsay calls them s’mores because they’re always stuck together and more than two will get you sick) come bursting out of the door, giggling, arm-in-arm.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • For tonight, hamburgers, baked beans, s’mores.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • I was laughing hysterically as we stumbled out of the forest, straight toward the campfire where a dozen teenagers sat making s’mores.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • In my eyes she was the unflinching, strong-armed proponent of white values, mores, and attitudes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "The s’mores fight at the campfire."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • There are campfires and s’mores and long walks through the woods.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • They would need to learn English and how to fill out job applications, and they would have to acclimate themselves to the mores and expectations of the American workplace.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • From all accounts there are no more puritanical mores in the world than those enforced by the Communists in Russia, where women’s fashions, for instance, are as prudent and all-covering as any American Baptist would desire.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • Besides, there will be s’mores at the campfire tonight, and I simply adore chocolate.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Lieutenant Scheisskopf was so elated by his unexpected achievement that he gave his wife a sharp crack over the head with the pole when she tried to drag him into bed to celebrate by showing their contempt for the sexual mores of the lower middle classes in Western civilization.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She could remember seeing spider crabs scuttling before beams from the flashlights that she and Drake and Grandpa were holding; her mom’s face illuminated by the glow of the small bonfire her dad had started; the sight of Nana’s marshmallow catching fire as they toasted them for s’mores.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • And yet, it was a matter of manners and mores.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • After him I love More than I love these eyes, more than my life, More, by all mores, than e’er I shall love wife; If I do feign, you witnesses above Punish my life for tainting of my love!
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Pots, pans, knives, sisors, lawn mores, Fixed.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Chrysanthemums
  • Note to self: Look up the words progenitive, omnipotent, and mores distributive law 5x + 5y - 5 5(x + y - 1) Distribute WHAT???
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Fine art, poetry, that kind of thing, elevates a nation—emollit mores—you understand a little Latin now.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Kettle com and cotton candy, s’mores.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • In particular, the pattern of sexual mores-insofar as there had ever been a single pattern—had altered radically.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Those Garveyites I knew could never understand why I liked them but would never follow them, and I pitied them too much to tell them that they could never achieve their goal, that Africa was owned by the imperial powers of Europe, that their lives were alien to the mores of the natives of Africa, that they were people of the West and would forever be so until they either merged with the West or perished.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • In keeping with the therapeutic mores of the age, he decided to do his convalescing in Europe, where the scenery also would provide an opportunity for him to enrich his visual vocabulary.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • If the kids don’t get their s’mores, I’ll never hear the end of it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • America unceasingly reinvents itself, and it must create language to express that reinvention—in our social mores, in science and technology, in religion, in politics, in the arts—and also to reflect our power and influence in the world.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • She was the youngest mother I had ever known and the only one who ever would have let us eat all the s’mores we wanted.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • I never appreciated what a high art the fan dance can be until the first time I watched a French girl get out of her clothes and into her bikini in plain sight of citizens, tourists, gendarmes, dogs—and me—all without quite violating the lenient French mores concerning "indecent exposure."
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • I here used the word manners with the meaning which the ancients attached to the word mores, for I apply it not only to manners in their proper sense of what constitutes the character of social intercourse, but I extend it to the various notions and opinions current among men, and to the mass of those ideas which constitute their character of mind.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In a moment, I promise we’ll get to the s’mores, but first—".
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • S’mores," I cooed, mashing a graham cracker on top of the chocolate-and-marshmallow sandwich I had balanced on my knee.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • " ’Castigat ridendo mores,’* Monsieur Bournisien!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • They refuse to be repressed by society’s mores or laws."
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • ROPER My family may not be at the palace, sir, but in the City MORE The Ropers were advocates when the Mores were selling pewter; there’s nothing wrong with your family.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • We sang camp songs about the gods and ate s’mores and joked around, and the funny thing was, I didn’t feel that anyone was staring at me anymore.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • And mores the pity!
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • My mom says that’s because at the time she rejected the bourgeois mores of a society that didn’t even accept women as equals to men and refused to recognize her rights as an individual.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • The coals weren’t quite ready and Alex used the time to rinse the boogie boards and shake sand from the towels before pulling out what he needed for the s’mores.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • When they wondered aloud about the s’mores they were supposed to have later—marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers, warmed until melting—it was clear that Alex had created special, fun traditions for his kids.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • She wasn’t talking about Kennedy that day, but Buddy Holly, his record playing in the background while she layered marshmal-lows and Hershey bars and then let us sit in front of the oven waiting for s’mores as if it were an open campfire.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • CROMWELL I have a fellow outside who can; he was Mores steward at that time.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • (Lighting changes so that the set looks drab and chilly) Sir Thomas Mores again.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • I would carry us back to that rainy day at Misty’s house when we cooked s’mores, when Mo was there, able to pick up the phone and call Gene Files, Look Gene, this isn’t right.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • It is a restless, innovative society, its social patterns and mores, its lifestyles, evolving as swiftly as its genius in scientific and technological creativity; it is endlessly inventive in finding new pathways for the pursuit of happiness and marketing them to an American population approaching three hundred million.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Finally, many Americans today have a firm conviction that our language is in serious decline, because of falling standards in education, including a neglect of formal instruction in grammar and a more permissive "do your own thing" attitude toward language as toward everything else in the popular culture—dress, eating habits, sexual mores.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • We’ll never see another like Her, mores the pity!
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • It was only later, after we’d had dinner and s’mores and washed our dishes in the moonlit river and I’d played some guitar around the campfire as Mia sipped tea and chowed through a pack of Starburst, that I finally understood Mia’s issue with camping.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • The log benches around the campfire were still a little damp, but we threw our jackets over them and hung out by the fire, toasting s’mores and eating the best roasted hot dogs I have ever, ever tasted.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • As Apollo’s cabin led the sing-along and passed out s’mores, I was surrounded by my old Hermes cabinmates, Annabeth’s friends from Athena, and Grover’s satyr buddies, who were admiring the brand-new searcher’s license he’d received from the Council of Cloven Elders.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • After life skills, I stop in the bathroom, and spend the three minutes before bell primping in front of the mirror, ignoring the s’mores chattering on either side of me, and trying hard not to focus on the fact that I’ll come face-to-face with Mr. Daimler in less than five minutes.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • "After we eat the s’mores, I was thinking about calling it a day.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • After finishing the s’mores, we walked down the beach one last time, then got in the car and drove home."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
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