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a philistine who cares only about making money
  a person who is uninterested in artistic and intellectual pursuits and values
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  • a philistine who cares only about making money
  • Babbitt is a philistine with a sense that something is missing in life.

  • "You want to be a hero, like Joshua at Jericho, like Samson against the Philistines."
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • She was completely unaware that with one twist of the tongue she could plunge Jean Louise into a moral turmoil by making her niece doubt her own motives and best intentions, by tweaking the protestant, philistine strings of Jean Louise’s conscience until they vibrated like a spectral zither.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • The Jews were in the middle of a war back then, too, fighting against their most feared enemy, the Philistines.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944
  • Little philistines, all four of them.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They had a decidedly anti-middle class approach to life and could refer to the police or their landladies as philistines, for example, or simply as the enemy.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • ’I’m surrounded by philistines!’ cried the young man.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • McKisco’s contacts with the princely classes in America had impressed upon him their uncertain and fumbling snobbery, their delight in ignorance and their deliberate rudeness, all lifted from the English with no regard paid to factors that make English philistinism and rudeness purposeful, and applied in a land where a little knowledge and civility buy more than they do anywhere else—an attitude which reached its apogee in the "Harvard manner" of about 1900.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night

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  • Don’t be a philistine.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I was very much shocked then to see how it was built-over and altered; and the other day we heard that the philistines were going to landscape-garden it.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Space, like time, gives birth to forgetfulness, but does so by removing an individual from all relationships and placing him in a free and pristine state—indeed, in but a moment it can turn a pedant and philistine into something like a vagabond.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Their personal philistinism simply adds brutality and double-darkness to policies they would be forced to support anyhow by the pressure of all their other policies — even were they, personally, devotees of avant-garde culture.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • By some odd fling in her birth, she had escaped all taint of Duckworth philistinism ; she had none of their shrewd middle-class complacency.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • She’s like a Philistine on a Sunday, the way she won’t take but so many steps a day.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Such notions did the fear of danger suggest to me; and I looked I thought like the unfortunate king Saul, when not only oppressed by the Philistines, but also forsaken by God himself.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • ’He mashed hundreds of cakes of GI soap into the sweet potatoes just to show that people have the taste of Philistines and don’t know the difference between good and bad.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Informed of what had passed by the presence of the cardinal and the alteration in the king’s countenance, M. de Treville felt himself something like Samson before the Philistines.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Without removing the safeguards form his ears, the master of song complied, and together they pursued their way toward what David was sometimes wont to call the "tents of the Philistines."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The preacher also had a total disliking for Philistines.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • ) whether he should fight against the Philistines at Keilah; and (verse 10.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Oh, Basil is the best of fellows, but he seems to me to be just a bit of a Philistine.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • If you mention any giant in your book contrive that it shall be the giant Goliath, and with this alone, which will cost you almost nothing, you have a grand note, for you can put—The giant Golias or Goliath was a Philistine whom the shepherd David slew by a mighty stone-cast in the Terebinth valley, as is related in the Book of Kings—in the chapter where you find it written.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Are you so afraid lest peering from this high Pisgah, between Philistine and Amalekite, we sight the Promised Land?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • "The Philistines be upon us," said Liddy, making her nose white against the glass.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • —Nevertheless, it is a good youth—See, Rebecca! see, he is again about to go up to battle against the Philistine—Pray, child—pray for the safety of the good youth,—and of the speedy horse, and the rich armour.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • David offered himself to Saul to fight with Goliath, the Philistine champion, and, to give him courage, Saul armed him with his own weapons; which David rejected as soon as he had them on his back, saying he could make no use of them, and that he wished to meet the enemy with his sling and his knife.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Into Jesse’s mind came the conviction that all of the Ohio farmers who owned land in the valley of Wine Creek were Philistines and enemies of God.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • All of the "good" father-mother content is saved for home, while the "bad" is flung abroad and about: "for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • I believe he seriously thinks me an awful Philistine; he says I don’t understand my time.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • In a good-natured way he had almost decided that Princeton was one part deadly Philistines and one part deadly grinds, and to find a person who could mention Keats without stammering, yet evidently washed his hands, was rather a treat.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • At school she had used to side with the Philistines in several battles, and had wondered if Pontius Pilate were as handsome as he was frank and fair.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Anyone who refused to partake of it, saying: "No, thank you, I have finished; I am not hungry," would at once have been lowered to the level of the Philistines who, when an artist makes them a present of one of his works, examine its weight and material, whereas what is of value is the creator’s intention and his signature.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • When Faust, in a line immortalized among schoolmasters and greeted with a shudder of astonishment by the Philistine, says: "Two souls, alas, do dwell within my breast!" he has forgotten Mephisto and a whole crowd of other souls that he has in his breast likewise.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • A philosopher fallen to betting is hardly distinguishable from a Philistine under the same circumstances: the difference will chiefly be found in his subsequent reflections, and Lydgate chewed a very disagreeable cud in that way.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The holsters were oiled too deeply for even this Philistine sun to crack.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Joseph told the story of the Philistines surprised in their camp there by David.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Romance and Asceticism, Amorism and Puritanism are equally unreal in the great Philistine world.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I believe he seriously thinks me an awful Philistine; he says I don’t understand my time.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • In the broadest possible terms, what was the death of a few Philistines to save a nation of Israelites?
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Viv is a little Philistine.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Watson talked all the time of things he did not care about, and while he looked upon Watson as a Philistine he could not help admiring him.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • 21:34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • Jackson, in his way, was the archetype of the new American—ignorant, pushful, impatient of restraint and precedent, an iconoclast, a Philistine, an Anglophobe in every fibre.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Where now are the Philistines, who so often held the children of Israel in bondage? or that city of Babylon, which rioted in luxury and vice, and who styled herself the Queen of Nations in the drunkenness of her pride?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • 83:5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: 83:6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; 83:7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; 83:8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
    The Bible  --  Exodus
  • In fact, placed before the strict and piercing truth, this whole story will fare like that fish, flesh, and fowl idol of the Philistines, Dagon by name; who being planted before the ark of Israel, his horse’s head and both the palms of his hands fell off from him, and only the stump or fishy part of him remained.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Mrs. Brant smiled triumphantly, turned to the unhappy desk clerk, and said loudly: "Thank God there is one employee of this hotel who hasn’t become an utter Philistine!
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
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