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It was a transcendent event in my life.
  surpassing usual limits of excellence

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beyond the ordinary range of human experience or understanding
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  • It was a transcendent event in my life.
  • She is a transcendent figure from daytime television.
  • philosophers...often explicitly reject the notion of any transcendent reality beyond thought...and claim to be concerned only with thought itself...
  • From this ever-changing world arose the Empire of the Scholars, strongest among men, dedicated to their creed: Through knowledge, transcendence.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • Dissonance and harmonic tension slowly resolved into warm chords—the sound was transcendent.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He had seen something in K, I wanted to believe, he had discovered a curiosity in her, a uniqueness scientific or medical or otherwise, that attracted beyond her physical beauty, which was by any standard transcendent, somehow divine.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Compared to the Yamacraw children, everyone I brought to the island was a compendium of ideas and experience, and the one transcendent problem of all who came to the classroom was the intelligent condensation and control of the material they wished to present.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • As impossible to reproduce as the exact quality of a passage of music, Nathan’s rollicking, dirty performance—and its power, which I can only barely suggest—had its origins in some transcendent desperation, although I was only beginning to be aware of that.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And as an ongoing prospect, after Amsterdam, which was really my Damascus, the way station and apogee of my Conversion as I guess you’d call it, I continue to be immensely moved by the impermanence of hotels: not in any mundane Travel-and-Leisure way but with a fervor bordering on the transcendent.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It was an experience of transcendence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • And then he invented a new life for himself, taking up residence at the ragged margin of our society, wandering across North America in search of raw, transcendent experience.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • And there is often a sense of transcendent claustrophobia, of a shortening horizon, and always a sense of struggle against the tyranny of circumstance—often depicted as a never named sinister male figure who looms.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • When I run over the frightful catalogue of my sins, I cannot believe that I am the same creature whose thoughts were once filled with sublime and transcendent visions of the beauty and the majesty of goodness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Witness the white bear of the poles, and the white shark of the tropics; what but their smooth, flaky whiteness makes them the transcendent horrors they are?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A vision—a transcendently seductive vision of a Mexican girl arose before her.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • She moved like one of those bright beings pictured in the sunny walks of fancy’s Eden by the romantic and young, a queen of beauty unadorned save by her own transcendent loveliness.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Rejected by the middle class, which he loathed, he had shot up at once into the highest circles by his wit, his dustmanship (which he carried like a banner), and his Nietzschean transcendence of good and evil.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He was an universal favourite, and his ingenuity in little things was transcendent.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He’d thought, for a while, that she was writing in code-something he needed to know, something transcendent and inspirational-but then he started to realize that she was just writing to fill up space.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • It can be symbolic, thematic, biblical, Shakespearean, Romantic, allegorical, transcendent.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Something had happened to my playing in that audition; I had broken through some invisible barrier and could finally play the pieces like I heard them being played in my head, and the result had been something transcendent: the mental and physical, the technical and emotional sides of my abilities all finally blending.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • They possess a quite dazzling and transcendent beauty which separates them by a wide interval from the cadaverous cod and haddock whose fame is trumpeted in our streets.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He loved Siddhartha’s eye and sweet voice, he loved his walk and the perfect decency of his movements, he loved everything Siddhartha did and said and what he loved most was his spirit, his transcendent, fiery thoughts, his ardent will, his high calling.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • The inspiration—I can call it by no other name—was that I felt how voluntarily, how transcendently, I MIGHT.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • I felt myself rising, light-headed with transcendence, an overflowing fountain.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Not for the power or for vindication, but because we, with the given circumstance of our origin, could only thus find transcendence?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Death in battle was portrayed as an honor to the family and a transcendent act on the part of the individual.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Wilderness photographer Galen Rowell spent years, before his 2002 death in a plane crash, trying to capture the transcendent beauty of these mountains that escort the Baltoro down to lower ground.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Whatever its source, the utterance struck me with the impact of a moment of splendid transcendence.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • It represents a transcendence from something I think a lot of others may be trying to transcend.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But another one knew about Heaven and the attributes of the blessed, of which the least is transcendent beauty.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • I had gone to the Louvre that night to lay down my soul, to find some transcendent pleasure that would obliterate pain and make me utterly forget ever!
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • For the jockey, the saddle was a place of unparalleled exhilaration, of transcendence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Through all, the transcendent force is then perceived which lives in all, in all is wonderful, and is worthy, in all, of our profound obeisance.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And this sailor-way of taking clerical discourse is not wholly unlike the way in which the pioneer of Christianity full of transcendent miracles was received long ago on tropic isles by any superior savage so called—a Tahitian say of Captain Cook’s time or shortly after that time.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I give unto you the most important and transcendent star, the Morning Star, for you are a proud and powerful people.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Whatever can have induced that transcendent woman to marry that effigy and figure-head of a baronet is one of the most impenetrable mysteries that ever baffled human inquiry.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • A transcendent delight seemed to sparkle in every pool of water, for the moon had risen and the storm had scurried away into western Maryland.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • It was as if some transcendent musician should draw a soul-thrilling sweetness out of a cracked instrument, which makes its physical imperfection heard in the midst of ethereal harmony,—so deep was the sensibility that found an organ in Hepzibah’s voice!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • —As ’twere, in the peerless panorama of Ireland’s portfolio, unmatched, despite their wellpraised prototypes in other vaunted prize regions, for very beauty, of bosky grove and undulating plain and luscious pastureland of vernal green, steeped in the transcendent translucent glow of our mild mysterious Irish twilight….
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • As pure and transcendent as any Idea which ever cast a shadow into Plato’s dark cave of our perceptions.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • A transcendent feeling of superhuman, perfect solidarity with my friends overwhelmed me at that moment.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • In the afternoon several young girls of Marlott, former schoolfellows and acquaintances of Tess, called to see her, arriving dressed in their best starched and ironed, as became visitors to a person who had made a transcendent conquest (as they supposed), and sat round the room looking at her with great curiosity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Mary meanwhile rocked quietly backward and forward, and from side to side, groaning, quietly, from the depths of her body, not like a human creature but a fatally hurt animal; sounds low, almost crooned, not strident, but shapeless and orderless, the sisters, except in their quietude, to those transcendent, idiot, bellowing screams which deliver children.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • At the same time, you’ll also discover the transcendent account of a poet/artist who, with the help of a small, socially engaged core of community leaders and teachers, overcame his own deeply held pathologies to take on the great challenges of an oppressive and exploitative reality—and finding his own particular destiny with words, dedicated himself to making positive contributions in transforming that reality.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • The music also of the challengers breathed from time to time wild bursts expressive of triumph or defiance, while the clowns grudged a holiday which seemed to pass away in inactivity; and old knights and nobles lamented in whispers the decay of martial spirit, spoke of the triumphs of their younger days, but agreed that the land did not now supply dames of such transcendent beauty as had animated the jousts of former times.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • She blushed and looked at him as the garden flowers look at us when we walk forth happily among them in the transcendent evening light: is there not a soul beyond utterance, half nymph, half child, in those delicate petals which glow and breathe about the centres of deep color?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • His last words were not a command, they constituted a kind of appeal; and, though she felt that any expression of respect on his part could only be a refinement of egotism, they represented something transcendent and absolute, like the sign of the cross or the flag of one’s country.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …he never changed his voice from the gentle flowing key to which he tuned his initial sentence, he never betrayed the slightest suspicion of enthusiasm; but all through the interminable narrative there ran a vein of impressive earnestness and sincerity, which showed me plainly that, so far from his imagining that there was anything ridiculous or funny about his story, he regarded it as a really important matter, and admired its two heroes as men of transcendent genius in ’finesse.’
    Mark Twain  --  The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
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