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Everyman   /ˈɛvrimən/   Listen
Everyman

noun
1.
The ordinary person.






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"Everyman" Quotes from Famous Books



... the writers this advantage, that they allowed some independence in the invention of the story; and how powerful they might be made in the hands of a really gifted author has been finely demonstrated in our own time by the stage-revival of the best of them, 'Everyman' (which is probably a translation from a Dutch original). In most cases, however, the spirit of medieval allegory proved fatal, the genuinely abstract characters are mostly shadowy and unreal, and the speeches of the Virtues ...
— A History of English Literature • Robert Huntington Fletcher

... Law's edition. Four volumes have been republished by John M. Watkins of London, as follows: The Threefold Life of Man, 1909; The Three Principles, 1910; The Forty Questions and The Clavis, 1911; and The Way to Christ, 1911. The Signatura rerum, in English, has been published in "Everyman's Library." A valuable volume of selections from "Jacob Behmen's Theosophic Philosophy" was made by Edward Taylor, London, 1691. Many volumes of selections have been published in recent years. The books on Boehme which I have found most suggestive and ...
— Spiritual Reformers in the 16th & 17th Centuries • Rufus M. Jones

... the present this leads you no whither; this chapter has ended; dismiss it and turn to those other things. You are not only Stephen Stratton who fell into adultery; in these silences he is a little thing and far away; here and with me you are Man—Everyman—in this round world in which your lot has fallen. But Mary, I urged, to forget Mary is a treason, an ingratitude, seeing that she loved me. But the stillness did not command me to forget her, but only to turn my face now to the great work that lies before mankind. And that work? That work, ...
— The Passionate Friends • Herbert George Wells

... all give your audience, And hear this matter with reverence, By figure a moral play. 'The summoning of Everyman' called it is, That of our lives and ending shows How transitory we be all day. This matter is wondrous precious, But the intent of it is more gracious And sweet to bear away. This story saith ...
— Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse • Various

... discover a very large respect for the mass. His code is a little new to us; and I feel justified in proceeding upon the theory that every man should help him, and that it is within his (Wilson's) proper function to throw Mr. Everyman down whenever public good requires it, and that his silence never estops him from interfering at any time. Perhaps you cannot make out just what this means. I am dictating, sitting in my room at home with a very bad cold, and perhaps I do not know precisely what I mean myself; ...
— The Letters of Franklin K. Lane • Franklin K. Lane

... internal faculties," for actions which we might admire or abhor "would lose much of their eclat either way, were the secret springs that give them motion, seen into with the eyes of philosophy and reflection." Natura, a sort of Everyman exposed to the variations of passion, is not the faultless hero of romance, but a mere ordinary mortal. Indeed, the writer declares that she is "an enemy to all romances, novels, and whatever carries the air ...
— The Life and Romances of Mrs. Eliza Haywood • George Frisbie Whicher

... broil a steak with one hand, powder her nose with the other, rock the cradle with her foot and accompany herself on the harp. (Signed) EVERYMAN. ...
— A Guide to Men - Being Encore Reflections of a Bachelor Girl • Helen Rowland



Words linked to "Everyman" :   common person, commoner, common man



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