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Definition a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  • George L. Kclling and Catherine M. Coles, fixing Broken Windows (New York: Touchstone.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Almost ironically, the person of Martin Luther King in life and in death became the touchstone for a whole new evaluation among black thinkers.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • "I'm not a good touchstone to use for judging your sanity."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehood, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • You appear to me to be the very touchstone of responsibility.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • For I had thought that this last touchstone of the past, at least, would be where I'd left it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Gold can be only known by the application of the touchstone.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He never had any confidence in Shakespeare's humor—his Touchstones were not only windy fools, but dull ones.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • 52 Humor is the touchstone of the truly mythological as distinct from the more literal-minded and sentimental theological mood.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • This converted Baptist church is Booth's touchstone.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Ay, be so, good Touchstone.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • The real touchstone was Mrs. Renling, who couldn't be denied leadership.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • They were the codes and touchstones of the world, capable of translation and possession.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Desolation had fused into a touchstone, a crystalline, bitter, burred reagent that would never be blunted, never dissolved.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Family mottoes, touchstones, prayers of sorts, they boasted of honor and glory, promised loyalty and truth, swore faith and courage.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • The touchstone of fraternity was my feeling toward white people, how much hostility I held toward them, what degrees of value and honor I assigned to race.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • For instance, TV news anchor Diane Sawyer interviewed me, and when the cameras were off, helped me think more clearly about the touchstones I'll be leaving for my kids.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • She appeared to have in her experience a touchstone for everything, and somewhere in the capacious pocket of her genial memory she would find the key to Henrietta's value.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Built upon ten thousand years in which men had been taught that charity and self-sacrifice are an absolute not to be questioned, the touchstone of virtue, the ultimate ideal.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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