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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
  capital and largest city of Syria; widely regarded as the world’s oldest city
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Many Christians first hear of Damascus from the story in the New Testament in which the Apostle Paul (then known as Saul) underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus.
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  • 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
  • In between Manaar and the application are the two weeks I spent in Damascus, of which I have virtually no memory other than the grinning faces of two women with heavily lined eyes and a gold tooth each.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Milo was not only the Vice-Shah of Oran, as it turned out, but also the Caliph of Baghdad, the Imam of Damascus, and the Sheik of Araby.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Brown—who soon moved to Damascus, and later to Israel with her husband and family—lost touch over the years with her star player, but she kept Luma’s glove from one move to the next, as a memento of the mysteriously self-possessed young woman she had once coached.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • And what’s his name, who was put down in his drawers, asleep, at the Gate of Damascus; don’t you see him!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • ’These pines, now, come from France, Spain, and Italy; the olives from Armenia and Palestine; the figs originally from the island of Chios; the preaches and apricots from Persia; plums from Damascus in Syria, and the pears of all sorts from Greece.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Him followed Rimmon, whose delightful seat Was fair Damascus, on the fertile banks Of Abbana and Pharphar, lucid streams.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Symbolically she lay across his saddle-bow as surely as if he had wolfed her away from Damascus and they had come out upon the Mongolian plain.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The vat of Trophonius contains nothing that is not in Mesmer’s tub; Ergaphilas lives again in Cagliostro; the Brahmin Vasaphanta become incarnate in the Comte de Saint-Germain; the cemetery of Saint-Medard works quite as good miracles as the Mosque of Oumoumie at Damascus.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The wise man told him that Death had probably come to Damascus to fetch him away next morning.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • At the same time Damascus charges that Turkish troops are mobilizing……
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • —Adam and Eve were then created by God and placed in Eden, in the plain of Damascus, that lovely garden resplendent with sunlight and colour, teeming with luxuriant vegetation.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • On the contrary, he must attack and fall upon them with a gallant bearing and a fearless heart, and, if possible, vanquish and destroy them, even though they have for armour the shells of a certain fish, that they say are harder than diamonds, and in place of swords wield trenchant blades of Damascus steel, or clubs studded with spikes also of steel, such as I have more than once seen.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Then a foot was stuck slyly out (o yes that comes next 0 yes) and she fell over on her hands and knees and began to crawl, to crawl along the floor with her blood-clotted hair hanging in her face, crawling like St. Paul on the Damascus Road, whose eyes had been blinded by the light.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • He would pay the men and boys, and would then sell the fish all over western Syria—Lattakia, Baniyas, Damascus.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • And forthwith sent old wise knights unto these countries following: first to Ambage and Arrage, to Alexandria, to India, to Armenia, whereas the river of Euphrates runneth into Asia, to Africa, and Europe the Large, to Ertayne and Elamye, to Araby, Egypt, and to Damascus, to Damietta and Cayer, to Cappadocia, to Tarsus, Turkey, Pontus and Pamphylia, to Syria and Galatia.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • And forthwith sent old wise knights unto these countries following: first to Ambage and Arrage, to Alexandria, to India, to Armenia, whereas the river of Euphrates runneth into Asia, to Africa, and Europe the Large, to Ertayne and Elamye, to Araby, Egypt, and to Damascus, to Damietta and Cayer, to Cappadocia, to Tarsus, Turkey, Pontus and Pamphylia, to Syria and Galatia.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • If the scenery of the south be less romantic and sublime than that of the northern mountains, it must be allowed to possess in the same proportion superior softness and beauty; and upon the whole, we feel ourselves entitled to exclaim with the patriotic Syrian—"Are not Pharphar and Abana, rivers of Damascus, better than all the rivers of Israel?"
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • There was such a Schoole at Damascus, whereinto Paul entred, to persecute.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • My best tour was to Damascus, but compared to Paris it was nothing.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • The only way out of this storm was to push ahead to the border town of Damascus.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Damascus steel and spider’s silk and many holy relics are bound within it.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Malayali Christians traced their faith back to St. Thomas’s arrival in India from Damascus in A.D. 52.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Sometimes I think of the far East, and keep rolling the names of Eastern cities under my tongue: Damascus and Bagdad, Medina and Mecca.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Through the gardens and orchards that enamel the banks of the Orontes, I journeyed to Emesa, Damascus, Bostra, and Philadelphia; thence hither.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • By the close of her senior year, Mary had mastered fifteen Arab dialects and won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Damascus in Syria.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • 14:15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • 7:4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.
    The Bible  --  Song of Solomon
  • The carving on the steel had the pearly gleam of a Damascus blade, while the stock flowed into lock and lock into barrels as though they had grown that way from a magic planted seed.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • For him, it was not the name of a university—it was rich magic, wealth, elegance, joy, proud loneliness, rich books and golden browsing; it was an enchanted name like Cairo and Damascus.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • At first glance, it appeared a gleaming black—like jet or obsidian—but there were other positions when it suddenly shone like silver and still others in which the coppery waves of the lymrill’s quills were revealed like the patterns in Damascus steel.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Ceylon (with spicegardens supplying tea to Thomas Kernan, agent for Pulbrook, Robertson and Co, 2 Mincing Lane, London, E. C., 5 Dame street, Dublin), Jerusalem, the holy city (with mosque of Omar and gate of Damascus, goal of aspiration), the straits of Gibraltar (the unique birthplace of Marion Tweedy), the Parthenon (containing statues of nude Grecian divinities), the Wall street money market (which controlled international finance), the Plaza de Toros at La Linea, Spain (where…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • You olive-grower tending your fruit on fields of Nazareth, Damascus, or lake Tiberias!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • 15:2 And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • Newman gave up Damascus and Bagdad and returned to Paris before the autumn was over.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • And yesterday the caravan passing from Damascus to Arabia and Lower Egypt arrived.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • I hoped that following this road would bring us into Damascus but I wasn’t sure.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • The approach to Jerusalem from the north is across a plain which dips southward, leaving the Damascus Gate in a vale or hollow.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • At eleven P.M., Omaha time, while the Damascus broadcast was being repeated around the world, Mark was in the children’s rooms, feeling like an intruder.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • As a teenager Mahmoud began crewing on shipping routes between Lebanon and Syria, on large sail-powered cargo boats, bringing timber to Damascus and other cities along the coast.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • They came, at length, to a tower of great height and strength, overlooking the gate which, at that time, answered to the present Damascus Gate, and marked the meeting-place of the three roads from Shechem, Jericho, and Gibeon.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Are going for a song in Damascus.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He bought Mohammed a bus ticket to Damascus to train and compete with the best swimmers in the region.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Why,’ exclaimed the terrified man, ’I thought I met you in Damascus yesterday!
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In the East, perhaps in the same place which that Rabbi Jachanan came from, there was a certain man who was walking in the market of Damascus when he came face to face with Death.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I could not understand, but followed them to the Damascus Gate; and of every person they met on the way—of the guard at the Gate, even—they asked the question.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Snow in Damascus!
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The amount saved, being sums I drew from Rome, Alexandria, Damascus, Carthage, Valentia, and elsewhere within the circle of trade, was one hundred and twenty talents Jewish money.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Three years ago the Parthians rode across the road from Bozra to Damascus, and fell upon a caravan laden, among other things, with the incoming tax-returns of a district over that way.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "I give you the blessing of the thirsty," she replied; "and offer you in return a bit of bread from the city ovens, dipped in fresh butter from the dewy meadows of Damascus."
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
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