Definitions for: Quintessential

[adj] representing the perfect example of a class or quality

Webster (1913) Definition: Quin`tes*sen"tial, a.
Of the nature of a quintessence; purest. ``Quintessential
extract of mediocrity.'' --G. Eliot.

Famous Quotes Containing Quintessential:

My personal assessment is that Dr. King is the greatest American we have ever produced. I can argue for Lincoln, I can argue for FDR, but for my money, King is the greatest American we have ever produced. His only weapon was love. He transforms a nation, transforms the world with one weapon and that of course being again the weapon of love. So that for me, King is the quintessential example of everything that I could ever want to be in my lifetime.

-- Tavis Smiley (American Author)

Emigration, forced or chosen, across national frontiers or from village to metropolis, is the quintessential experience of our time.

-- John Berger (English Artist)

War is not the quintessential emergency in which man has to prove himself, as my generation learned at its school desks in the days of the Kaiser; rather, peace is the emergency in which we all have to prove ourselves.

-- Gustav Heinemann (German Politician)

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