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  • John Wilkes Booth epitomizes the evil that can harm us, even as President Abraham Lincoln represents the good that can make us stronger.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • The Red Guards of yesterday were the epitome of the communist spirit.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • Hurt Village had long since come to epitomize the despair of inner-city life, but it didn't occur for a minute to Michael to leave.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • In its beginnings, purest piety, the epitome of judicious concern—there should be no thought of contesting that.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The day is an epitome of the year.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • "Count," said Morrel, "you are the epitome of all human knowledge, and you seem like a being descended from a wiser and more advanced world than ours."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He was the epitome of a perfect soldier.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He held the tiny conversation in his hand, and felt it epitomized his problem.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • I wanted to see George Wallace, the epitome of all that was wrong with the South.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • That, now, is what old Bowditch in his Epitome calls the zodiac, and what my almanac below calls ditto.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Maxon Schreave is the epitome of all things good.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • The nature of evil may be epitomized, therefore, in two simple but horrible and holy propositions: 'Things fade' and 'Alternatives exclude.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • She looked the epitome of an innocent teenager with top grades.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Our time on the island had been the epitome of my human life.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He's not a coward, he's the epitome of all the cowardice in the world walking on two legs.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Jill seemed to live the epitome of the fast, successful life.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The crowd of predominantly women conferred at that point, knowing that Himmel Street was not exactly the epitome of idyllic Molching living.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • And must I find her body, there reclining, Of all the heavens the bright epitome?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • It is as if a fragment of England floated forward to greet the foreigner—chalk of our chalk, turf of our turf, epitome of what will follow.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Those two epitomize 'get a room.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels

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