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  • They supplied the ingredients that became us, the primordial elements.†   (source)
  • I recalled his light shining on the primordial land of Egypt, bringing life to the Nile Valley.†   (source)
  • Other philosophers before him had tried to show that the primordial substance had to be either water, air, or fire.†   (source)
  • To quote Kramer and Maier again, '[They believed in] the existence from time primordial of a fundamental, unalterable, comprehensive assortment of powers and duties, norms and standards, rules and regulations, known as me, relating to the cosmos and its components, to gods and humans, to cities and countries, and to the varied aspects of civilized life.'†   (source)
  • As I dig through the primordial ooze for my Government book, a hand touches my shoulder.†   (source)
  • They're quite primordial, you know.†   (source)
  • A few days later, Ruth saw a movie in gym class that showed how eggs floated in a female body, traveling along primordial paths, before falling out in a stream of blood.†   (source)
  • We had flown the little spacecraft beyond its physical capabilities, zipped past jagged mountains and over the gouges and tears of primordial bombardment, admired all the moon's craters, its mares, and its mountains.†   (source)
  • The earth's primordial ocean, which came into existence not long after the earth was formed, about four and a half billion years ago, may well have contained microscopic life forms based on RNA.†   (source)
  • As they hack away, using all their strength, grunting, the place suddenly feels different, primordial.†   (source)
  • Rising toward the star that shines in the ice-encrusted vault, a protogod ascending from the primordial deep, fully human, wholly alien, and I understand now; I know the answer to the impossible riddle of Evan Walker.†   (source)
  • Cheating is a primordial economic act: getting more for less.†   (source)
  • Maybe there was some primordial force at work.†   (source)
  • He was seemingly adrift in a sea of trees—gargantuan trees that appeared as though they'd been planted during a forgotten, primordial age.†   (source)
  • He was dead, smashed against boulders by the primordial strength of the Braldu, minutes after he hit the water.†   (source)
  • And there was light, crashing in on him like a hammer, a great and primordial light.†   (source)
  • Her generous lips were parted, stretched over her white teeth in a false, tense smile; her wide eyes were two dark orbs, reflecting primordial fear, her tear-stained skin taut and pale, marred by the reddish splotches where he had hit her.†   (source)
  • It's as if there were some primordial expectation of empathy and cooperation that helps the species survive.†   (source)
  • In the presence of that monument to human morality, which is a factory, a highway or a bridge-you kept damning this country as immoral and its progress as 'material greed,' you kept offering apologies for this country's greatness to the idol of primordial starvation, to decaying Europe's idol of a leprous, mystic bum.†   (source)
  • Maybe she thought certain clues would arise from the primordial pool to make sense of our eventual difficulties.†   (source)
  • She appeared to find it extraordinarily beautiful to listen to, rather as if it were the best possible substitute for the primordial silence itself.†   (source)
  • And there was something about the question itself, something ancient and primordial, something that disturbed the hidden and oft lost mythology of my own youth; I felt something stir as I thought about the wet witch, and knew that a feeling in my subconscious was rising like an air bubble to the surface.†   (source)
  • The archetype that is formed in every child for life and seems for ever after to be his inward face, his personality, awoke in him in its full primordial strength, and compelled nature, the forest, the afterglow, and everything else visible to be transfigured into a similarly primordial and all-embracing likeness of a girl.†   (source)
  • Rufus experienced an intuition as of great force and possible danger on his right, and glancing quickly into the East Room, saw that every window shade was drawn except one and that against the cold light which came through that window the room was filled with dark figures which crouched disconsolately at the edge of chairs, heavy and primordial as bears in a pit; and even as he looked he heard the rising of a great, low groan, which was joined by a higher groan, which was surmounted by a low wailing and by a higher wailing, and he could see that a woman stood up suddenly and with a wailing and bellowing sob caught the hair at her temples and pulled, then flung her hands upward an†   (source)
  • Primordial basic desires and so forth.†   (source)
  • It smelled of grass and dirt and the earth itself, almost primordial.   (source)
    primordial = relating to ancient characteristics that preceded civilization
  • All Hail the Dominant Primordial Beast!   (source)
    primordial = relating to the early and essential aspects of something (from before civilization)
  • London's fervent condemnation of capitalist society, his glorification of the primordial world, his championing of the great unwashed, all of it mirrored McCandless's passions.   (source)
  • The sound that Calloway Reece made was primordial; but then maybe that was always the case when a grown man with no heart started to cry.   (source)
    primordial = relating to ancient characteristics that preceded civilization
  • Chapter III:  The Dominant Primordial Beast   (source)
  • Buck stood and looked on, the successful champion, the dominant primordial beast who had made his kill and found it good.   (source)
  • Guided by that instinct which came from the old hunting days of the primordial world, Buck proceeded to cut the bull out from the herd.   (source)
    primordial = ancient (in the earliest days)
  • Mercy did not exist in the primordial life. It was misunderstood for fear, and such misunderstandings made for death.   (source)
    primordial = relating to ancient characteristics that preceded civilization
  • The dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck, and under the fierce conditions of trail life it grew and grew.   (source)
  • I would've rather tangled with Tartarus or Ouranos or Primordial Chaos itself.†   (source)
  • A primordial god has been defeated once before.†   (source)
  • Or you might simply dissolve into the primordial void—Ginnungagap.†   (source)
  • I thought about Ginnungagap, the primordial mist between ice and fire.†   (source)
  • A primordial god has been defeated once before, Kymopoleia had told Jason.†   (source)
  • Eventually-maybe weeks, months, or years from now-Kelli would re-form out of the primordial nastiness seething in the Underworld.†   (source)
  • My dizziness made me feel as if I were flying too close to the fumes of primordial Chaos, but I refused to be humbled.†   (source)
  • And this candle represents the formative primordial fire and the awakening of man from his ignorant slumber—transformation through illumination.†   (source)
  • Fittingly, these lower realms contain the twelve ancient astrological signs, which represent the primordial religion of those first human souls who looked to the heavens and saw the hand of God in the movement of the stars and planets.†   (source)
  • I will unknit your bones, dissolve your soul, and send you back to the primordial ooze you came from.†   (source)
  • The old primordial gods like Gaea and Tartarus ...How could you leave home and ever be independent of your parents, when they literally encompassed the entire world?†   (source)
  • Even now it smelled of brine, of timelessness, of the primordial scent of life itself, It was medium sized, perfectly formed, and without cracks, something nearly impossible to find in the rough surf of the Outer Banks after a storm.†   (source)
  • If she left the valley, the screen would close for her as tightly, Atlantis would descend under a vault of rays more impregnable than the bottom of the ocean, and she, too, would be left to struggle for the things she had not known how to see, she, too, would be left to fight a mirage of primordial savagery, while the reality of all that she desired would never come again within her reach, But the pull of the outer world, the pull that drew her to follow the plane, was not the image of Hank Rearden-she knew that she could not return to him, even if she returned to the world-the pull was the vision of Hank Rearden's courage and the courage of all those still fighting to stay alive.†   (source)
  • She was the oldest and most primordial of the Olympians, born from the blood of Ouranos churning in the sea.†   (source)
  • You, who dare to regard us as the moral inferiors of any mystic who claims supernatural visions-you, who scramble like vultures for plundered pennies, yet honor a fortune-teller above a fortune maker-you, who scorn a businessman as ignoble, but esteem any posturing artist as exalted-the root of your standards is that mystic miasma which comes from primordial swamps, that cult of death, which pronounces a businessman immoral by reason of the fact that he keeps you alive.†   (source)
  • The tree had to be rooted somewhere, but I felt woozy and unbalanced—as if Yggdrasil and everything it contained, including my world, was free-floating in primordial mist—the Ginnungagap.†   (source)
  • The Athena Parthenos had been protecting the demigods, holding back the wrath of the earth, but even Athena's might could only last so long against a primordial goddess.†   (source)
  • But when the place that had once been the source of the tide-New York City-rose in the distance before them, it was still extending its lights to the sky, still defying the primordial darkness, almost as if, in an ultimate effort, in a final appeal for help, it were now stretching its arms to the plane that was crossing its sky.†   (source)
  • Part 2 Chapter 3 Subsection 1 — The Primordial Hero and the Human.†   (source)
  • without grace or restraint or decorum as He has had to, to contemplate at last, even though the instances are not one in a thousand thousand, the principles of honor, decorum and gentleness applied to perfectly normal human instinct which you Anglo-Saxons insist upon calling lust and in whose service you revert in sabbaticals to the primordial caverns, the fall from what you call grace fogged and clouded by Heaven-defying words of extenuation and explanation, the return to grace heralded by Heaven-placating cries of satiated abasement and flagellation, in neither of which—the defiance or the placation—can Heaven find interest or even, after the first two or three times, diversion.†   (source)
  • I have compared hundreds of manuscripts, I have corrected the errors that the negligence of the copyists has introduced, I have guessed the plan of this chaos, I have re-established—I believe I have re-established—the primordial organization, I have translated the entire work: it is clear to me that not once does he employ the word 'time.'†   (source)
  • Now the far land that they were approaching was the residence of Utnapishtim, the hero of the primordial deluge, here abiding with his wife in immortal peace.†   (source)
  • Her womb, remaining fallow as the primordial abyss, summons to itself by its very readiness the original power that fertilized the void.†   (source)
  • and thereby reduced to the primordial state of the original, timeless ocean, to remain for a period equal to that of the whole length of the four ages.†   (source)
  • But as the cosmogonic round proceeded and the growing moment passed from its primordial to its human-historical forms, the mistresses of the cosmic births Zimbabwe means roughly "the royal court."†   (source)
  • * Now each of these five ancients set in motion the primordial spirit from which he had proceeded, so that water and earth sank downward; the heavens soared aloft and the earth became fast in the depths.†   (source)
  • The sophistication of the humor of the infantile imagery, when inflected in a skillful mythological rendition of metaphysical doctrine, emerges magnificently in one of the best known of the great myths of the Oriental world: the Hindu account of the primordial battle between the titans and the gods for the liquor of immortality.†   (source)
  • "13 Amaterasu, ancestress of the Royal House, is the chief divinity of the numerous folk pantheon, yet herself only the highest manifestation of the unseen, transcendent yet immanent, Universal God: "The Eight Hundred Myriads of Gods are but differing manifestations of one unique Deity, Kunitokotachi-no-Kami, The Eternally Standing Divine Being of the Earth, The Great Unity of All Things in the Universe, 1 he Primordial Being of Heaven and Earth, eternally existing from the beginning to the end of the world.†   (source)
  • And I was alone, floating, apparently, in the midst of a grey primordial vastness.†   (source)
  • A stranger could not hear this note, and to such a stranger the growling of White Fang was an exhibition of primordial savagery, nerve-racking and blood-curdling.†   (source)
  • Indeed the center or mentating section of his brain at this time might well have been compared to a sealed and silent hall in which alone and undisturbed, and that in spite of himself, he now sat thinking on the mystic or evil and terrifying desires or advice of some darker or primordial and unregenerate nature of his own, and without the power to drive the same forth or himself to decamp, and yet also without the courage to act upon anything.†   (source)
  • Newman continued to look at the nurses and babies; they imparted to the scene a kind of primordial, pastoral simplicity.†   (source)
  • In the first he put those who did not take an active part in the affairs of the lodges or in human affairs, but were exclusively occupied with the mystical science of the order: with questions of the threefold designation of God, the three primordial elements—sulphur, mercury, and salt—or the meaning of the square and all the various figures of the temple of Solomon.†   (source)
  • The soil was almost entirely madreporic, but certain dry stream beds were strewn with granite rubble, proving that this island was of primordial origin.†   (source)
  • In it you can view these primordial rocks that have never seen the light of day, this nether granite that forms the powerful foundation of our globe, the deep caves cut into the stony mass, the outlines of incomparable distinctness whose far edges stand out in black as if from the brush of certain Flemish painters.†   (source)
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