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Philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote that had Cleopatra been less beautiful, the whole world would have changed.
  last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt; beautiful and charismatic queen; mistress of Julius Caesar and later of Mark Antony; killed herself to avoid capture by Octavian (69-30 BC)
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  • Philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote that had Cleopatra been less beautiful, the whole world would have changed.
  • There were three TV rooms without chairs, and one little rolling bookshelf filled with a bizarre assortment of volumes—Christian books, ancient copies of John D. MacDonald, Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, a handful of romances, and two Dorothy L. Sayers novels.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • We grow a fruit here called the Cleopatra tangerine, and we sell it to citrus packers and juice companies.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • She does her eyes with a heavy black line over the lid like Cleopatra, and black mascara and smoky dark-blue eye shadow, so her eyes are blue-rimmed, bruise-colored, as if someone’s punched her; and she uses white face powder and pale pink lipstick, which makes her look ill, or as if she’s been up very late every night for weeks.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra dramatic?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Here in Cleopatra Park there were plenty of those.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Cleopatra married her brother.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • They were Phryne, Cleopatra, Messalina, those three celebrated courtesans.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • CYRANO (shaking his head): Look I a Caesar to woo Cleopatra?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac

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  • She was draped out on the sofa in her green terry bathrobe and blue turban like Cleopatra cruising down the Nile, with Snowboots curled at her feet like some insane royal pet.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • When Sadie and I joined him on the sidewalk, he was staring up at Cleopatra’s Needle.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • A heartbeat later, I tumbled out at Cleopatra’s Needle on the bank of the River Thames.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Jesus Christ made a pun on St. Peter, Moses on Isaac, AEschylus on Polynices, Cleopatra on Octavius.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Next is Cleopatra, the luxurious.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The coal dust that collected in the moist skin around his eyes would remain—the miners of Coalwood walked around with their eyes lined like Cleopatra’s.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Like Mark Antony, for days and days along his green-turfed, flowery Nile, he indolently floats, openly toying with his red-cheeked Cleopatra, ripening his apricot thigh upon the sunny deck.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • —Now is he for the numbers that Petrarch flowed in: Laura, to his lady, was but a kitchen wench,—marry, she had a better love to be-rhyme her; Dido, a dowdy; Cleopatra, a gypsy; Helen and Hero, hildings and harlots; Thisbe, a gray eye or so, but not to the purpose,— [Enter Romeo.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • "Cleopatra," Conseil shot back.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Miss Gage was with me and the doctor put his arm around her and said she was more beautiful than Cleopatra.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • I am not quite clear whether these articles were carried penitentially or ostentatiously; but I rather think they were displayed as articles of property,—much as Cleopatra or any other sovereign lady on the Rampage might exhibit her wealth in a pageant or procession.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Historians start with Cleopatra and the pharaohs and comb through every year in human history every since, looking in every corner of the world for evidence of extraordinary wealth, and almost 20 percent of the names they end up with come from a single generation in a single country.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Sally, who taught you to paint your eyes like Cleopatra?
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • If, however, the expression does seem to be beyond the bounds of Greek thought, we should allow that great poets can on occasion reach past the limits of their culture: witness only Antony and Cleopatra, where, in Christian England, Shakespeare creates a world untouched by the religion.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Who Cleopatra, fleshpot of Egypt, and Cressid and Venus are we may guess.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In fact, you would have been a rainbow man to him, a beacon of flashing and radiating colours, which ran into one another and had rays all about You would have burned upon the water like Cleopatra in the poem.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • What does your Shakespeare say of Cleopatra?—’She makes hungry where she most satisfies.’
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • She lays close to the Endymion, between her and the Cleopatra, just to the eastward of the sheer hulk.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Felicity straightens like Cleopatra’s Needle.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Antony and Cleopatra WE FOUND Thea’s house ready.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She might have had pearls melted into her champagne if she liked—another Cleopatra—and the potentate of Peterwaradin would have given half the brilliants off his jacket for a kind glance from those dazzling eyes.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • There, I lusted after the unattainable Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra, and, years later, lusted after others, oh so attainable.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Therefore heaven nature charg’d That one body should be fill’d With all graces wide-enlarg’d: Nature presently distill’d Helen’s cheek, but not her heart; Cleopatra’s majesty; Atalanta’s better part; Sad Lucretia’s modesty.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Like — Cleopatra.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • You act like you were a combination of Queen Victoria and Cleopatra.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I had read about Egypt’s pyramids and Cleopatra and the great ancient library in Alexandria that was burned along with all its irreplaceable books.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Just get her here, in Cleopatra’s carpet, if you have to! I haven’t any time to waste — not a minute!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Ashley went as Cleopatra, Sumner as a mad scientist, and Laurel Adams as Marilyn Monroe in a peroxide wig and a dress that I could tell my mother thought was entirely too tight.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • The detractors asserted that the movie was an example of Western propaganda that sought toerase the fact that Cleopatra was an African woman.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It sounded corny when he said it, and she’d initially laughed and said no, but when he’d gently reached for her foot, slipped off her sandal, and begun his massage, she couldn’t help but give in, imagining that Cleopatra must have felt much the same way as she relaxed under the gently swaying palm fronds.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • The impulse to show herself in a splendid setting—she had thought for a moment of representing Tiepolo’s Cleopatra—had yielded to the truer instinct of trusting to her unassisted beauty, and she had purposely chosen a picture without distracting accessories of dress or surroundings.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • And Sondra, all gayety because of his presence, now jumping up, her bright scarf held aloft in one hand like a pennant, and exclaiming foolishly and gayly: "Cleopatra sailing to meet—to meet—who was it she was sailing to meet, anyhow?"
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But she became conscious of the two strangers who suddenly paused as if to contemplate the Cleopatra, and, without looking at them, immediately turned away to join a maid-servant and courier who were loitering along the hall at a little distance off.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He indicated with a forlornly waving hand the shelves of shoe-boxes, the seat of thin wood perforated in rosettes, the display of shoe-trees and tin boxes of blacking, the lithograph of a smirking young woman with cherry cheeks who proclaimed in the exalted poetry of advertising, "My tootsies never got hep to what pedal perfection was till I got a pair of clever classy Cleopatra Shoes."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Cleopatra matters, beyond bounds, to Antony, but his colleagues, his antagonists, the state of Rome and the impending battle also prodigiously matter; Portia matters to Antonio, and to Shylock, and to the Prince of Morocco, to the fifty aspiring princes, but for these gentry there are other lively concerns; for Antonio, notably, there are Shylock and Bassanio and his lost ventures and the extremity of his predicament.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Cleopatra was forty-eight when Antony threw away the world for her sake.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • You left out marrying Cleopatra.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Caesar and Cleopatra, Act II -George Bernard Shaw ======== Chapter 1.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • I should not be surprised to see Cleopatra walking among us.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Her bangs stood out from her forehead in a Cleopatra look.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
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