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Definition idyllically calm and peaceful
  • Those were the salad days, the halcyon years!
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Theirs are the halcyon calms succeeding the storm which our argosy had so stoutly weathered," Jefferson reminded his old friend in Massachusetts.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • That is what a man wants in a wife, the halcyon.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I am owed and savor the halcyon times.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • All the wide placidness of his halcyon days was gone; he saw himself driven back to Pickerbaughism.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • These halcyons[471] may be looked for with a little more assurance in that pure October weather, which we distinguish by the name of Indian Summer.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • This is a little exhibition we used to tour around the Continent back in the halcyon days.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • I wish I could be a seabird who with halcyons skims the surf-flowers of the sea.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Then again, maybe I'm just imagining some sort of halcyon days that exist more in my memory than they ever did in real life.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • The halcyon days at the Tijuana track came to a spectacular end.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • In fact, those will be halcyon days.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • I know I should probably hate that about interstates and yearn for the halcyon days of yore, back when you could be drenched in local color at every turn—but whatever.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • It was a halcyon day, and as they neared the shore and the salt breezes scurried by, he began to picture the ocean and long, level stretches of sand and red roofs over blue sea.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • In the view of a certain stratum of society, Carrie was comfortably established-in eyes of the traveling, beaten by every wind and gusty sheet of rain, she was safe in a halcyon harbor.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Also, in connection with Clyde's story of the wind blowing his hat off, Mason had said he could prove by witnesses, as well as the U. S. Government reports, that there was not a breath of air stirring on that most halcyon day.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The kitchen, the butler's pantry, the servants' hall, the entrance hall, were equally alive; and the saloons were only left void and still when the blue sky and halcyon sunshine of the genial spring weather called their occupants out into the grounds.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Then too: I hoped that the escalating social roar which I'd been riding like a boat in a hurricane would slow, post-wedding, since all I really wanted was to get back to the halcyon days of summer when I'd had Kitsey all to myself: dinners alone, watching movies in bed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • My heart is like a singing bird Whose nest is in a water'd shoot; My heart is like an apple tree Whose. houghs are bent with thick-set fruit, My heart is like a rainbow shell That paddles in a halcyon sea; My heart is gladder than all these Because my love is come to me.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • It was used for more things than family reunions, however: Negroes played basketball there, the Klan met there in its halcyon days, and a great tournament was held in Atticus's time in which the gentlemen of the county jousted for the honor of carrying their ladies into Maycomb for a great banquet.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Somewhere in the halcyon future, I think I must have reasoned, I would meet a cuddlesome, jolly girl who would simply gather me into her with frenzied whoopees, unhindered by that embargo placed upon their flesh by the nasty little Protestants who had so tortured me in the back seats of a score of cars.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice

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