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  • he was host to a large gathering of luminaries
  • a luminary in Harvard’s History department
  • Nobel Prize winning scientists and other luminaries
  • We usually honored a luminary in public service and a client.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • Had the apprentice been reading the complete works of Goethe or any other such luminary, that was what would have sat in front of them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The glimmer of this luminary suggested the above conceits to Mr. Dimmesdale, who smiled—nay, almost laughed at them—and then wondered if he was going mad.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I will make them media luminaries.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Who was this novice in war with the effrontery of a luminary?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Even a cursory glance through Da Vinci’s journals revealed why the luminary was as notorious for his lack of follow-through as he was famous for his brilliance.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They are well enough acquainted with the motions of those two luminaries, and understand the nature of eclipses; and this is the utmost progress of their astronomy.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels

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  • For five, perhaps ten minutes, the two luminaries confronted each other across the level land, resting on opposite edges of the world.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Give me tidings of her, oh luminary of the three faces!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The sun, the great luminary of the universe, had become as sackcloth of hair.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Now that a new light shone upon the horizon, this older luminary paled in the west.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • There were a few tallow dips lighted on the tables; but the real luminary of this tavern, that which played the part in this dram-shop of the chandelier of an opera house, was the fire.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "Friend," replied the low voice of Chingachgook; who, pointing upward at the luminary which was shedding its mild light through the opening in the trees, directly in their bivouac, immediately added, in his rude English: "Moon comes and white man’s fort far—far off; time to move, when sleep shuts both eyes of the Frenchman!"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Admittedly, history’s list of famous Rosicrucians was a who’s who of European Renaissance luminaries: Paracelsus, Bacon, Fludd, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Newton, Leibniz.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • And here was Philosophy Hall, an official National Historic Landmark, where John Dewey, among other luminaries, once kept an office.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He would sit for any length of time, with the utmost enjoyment, bathing his temples in the light of any order of luminary.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The luminary was a golden-haired, beaming, mild-eyed, God-like creature, gazing down in the vigour and intentness of youth upon an earth that was brimming with interest for him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The three luminaries are the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • But four luminaries stood out even in this distinguished company-climbers who demonstrated such astonishing prowess above 26,000 feet that they were in a league of their own: Ed Viesturs, the American who was starring in the IMAX film; Anatoli Boukreev, a guide from Kazakhstan working for Fischer; Ang Babu Sherpa, who was employed by the South African expedition; and Lopsang.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He turned first to the shiny goddess, who seemed to look so softly and critically at his doings, then to the disappearing luminary on the other hand, as he began: "Phoebe silvarumque potens Diana!"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • A few rays of light, a wan, sinister light, that seemed to have been stolen from an expiring luminary, fell through some opening or other upon an old tower that raised its pasteboard battlements on the stage; everything, in this deceptive light, adopted a fantastic shape.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • He returned this challenge a moment, consciously, resisting an inclination to frown as one frowns in the presence of larger luminaries.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The sun was set, and the rays of the retiring luminary had ceased to gild the edges of the few clouds that had sufficient openings to admit the passage of its fading light.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Partridge making no ready answer to his question, he proceeded to comment on the beauty of the moon, and repeated some passages from Milton, who hath certainly excelled all other poets in his description of the heavenly luminaries.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Yet not to Earth are those bright luminaries Officious; but to thee, Earth’s habitant.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …concerning her relations with the other lucky mortal (he having had the pair watched), inflicted fatal injuries on his adored one as a result of an alternative postnuptial liaison by plunging his knife into her, until it just struck him that Fitz, nicknamed Skin-the-Goat, merely drove the car for the actual perpetrators of the outrage and so was not, if he was reliably informed, actually party to the ambush which, in point of fact, was the plea some legal luminary saved his skin on.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I kept it between us, whilst I wrote, making it serve the double purpose of luminary and shield.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He returned this challenge a moment, consciously, resisting an inclination to frown as one frowns in the presence of larger luminaries.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • As the stars began to peek from the evening sky, everyone gathered on the quad, which was ringed by the tall white statues of past luminaries.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The outline of each dark pine was delineated far in the depths of the forest, and the rocks, too smooth and too perpendicular to retain the snow that had fallen, brightened, as if smiling at the leave-taking of the luminary.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Assuredly I do not content that the democratic nations of our time are destined to witness the extinction of the transcendent luminaries of man’s intelligence, nor even that no new lights will ever start into existence.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But in all unbalanced minds, the classification is idolized, passes for the end, and not for a speedily exhaustible means, so that the walls of the system blend to their eye in the remote horizon with the walls of the universe; the luminaries of heaven seem to them hung on the arch their master built.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • This strange condition was held in balance for almost a quarter of an hour before it tipped in favor of night and the moon, and all the while Hans Castorp’s dazzled and bewildered eyes moved in serene amazement between one landscape and luminary and the other, from day to night and out of night back into day.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • We are quite definitely here as representatives of the Amalgamated Union of Philosophers, Sages, Luminaries and Other Thinking Persons, and we want this machine off, and we want it off now!
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The deuce!) And that he did care for her (yes, he did), although now—basking in the direct rays of this newer luminary—he could scarcely see Roberta any longer, so strong were the actinic rays of this other.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …over civill Soveraignes (besides those of Bellarmine;) as that the two Swords that Christ and his Apostles had amongst them, were the Spirituall and the Temporall Sword, which they say St. Peter had given him by Christ: And, that of the two Luminaries, the greater signifies the Pope, and the lesser the King; One might as well inferre out of the first verse of the Bible, that by Heaven is meant the Pope, and by Earth the King: Which is not arguing from Scripture, but a wanton insulting…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I will make your cardinals media luminaries, Langdon thought, recalling the killer’s words.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Eclipse it is called, friend, not cris, the darkening of those two luminaries," said Don Quixote; but Pedro, not troubling himself with trifles, went on with his story, saying, "Also he foretold when the year was going to be one of abundance or estility."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • That luminary gazed earnestly at some papers before him, as if they were of the greatest concern.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I will make your cardinals media luminaries.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Looking over the damp sod in the direction of the sun, a glistening ripple of gossamer webs was visible to their eyes under the luminary, like the track of moonlight on the sea.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • But ere the sun had shown himself over the eastern hills these too were up and afoot, even the tardy in that region seldom remaining on their pallets after the appearance of the great luminary.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Although the material was well documented and had been covered by others, Faukman had no intention of printing Advance Reading Copies of Langdon’s book without at least a few endorsements from serious historians and art luminaries.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The trapper, by exercising that species of influence, over his companions, which experience and decision usually assert, in cases of emergency, had effectually succeeded in concealing them in the grass, and by the aid of the feeble rays of the luminary, he was enabled to scan the disorderly party which was riding, like so many madmen, directly upon them.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • "And it wasn’t just the European luminaries," Peter continued, descending faster now.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Even the sides of the mountains where the rays of the sun could not yet fall, were decorated with a glassy coat, that presented every gradation of brilliancy, from the first touch of the luminary to the dark foliage of the hemlock, glistening through its coat of crystal.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Both Chingachgook and his betrothed looked up at the luminary, with an air that betokened sudden wonder, and then they gazed at each other, as if to seek the solution of the difficulty.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
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