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Definition of Quintessence

Quintessence

  1. The fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment.
  2. Hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence.
  3. To distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence.

Quintessence Quotations

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
Mahatma Gandhi

Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.
Paracelsus

The universal medicine for the Soul is the Supreme Reason and Absolute Justice; for the mind, mathematical and practical Truth; for the body, the Quintessence, a combination of light and gold.
Albert Pike

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
Amy Lowell

The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.
Hannah Arendt
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Quintessence Translations

quintessence in French is quintessence
quintessence in German is Quintessenz, Kern
quintessence in Spanish is quintaesencia