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Fountainhead   Listen

An abundant source.  Synonyms: well, wellspring.
The source of water from which a stream arises.  Synonyms: head, headspring.

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"Fountainhead" Quotes from Famous Books

... Elizabethans were ingenious, that is, they were imaginative and resourceful. Impelled by the mighty forces of the Reformation and the Revival of Learning which the England of Elizabeth alone felt at one and the same time, the Elizabethans craved and obtained variety of experience, which kept the fountainhead of ingenuity filled. It is instructive to follow the lives of Elizabethans as different as Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain John Smith, and John Winthrop, and to note the varied ...
— History of American Literature • Reuben Post Halleck

... has said: "To trace an error to its fountainhead is to refute it." Now, my young pupils, I take it for granted that you are interested in the preservation of error; you do not wish it, therefore, to be traced to its fountain head. Whenever, then, you see a sharp fellow tracking ...
— Paul Clifford, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... fountainhead; and here Doctor Holmes may fairly be said to have avenged himself on the Nation's ...
— Cambridge Sketches • Frank Preston Stearns

... chapel with its grand tower, and lastly the buildings for the students. As one stands in the quaint little Mob Quad (the origin of which name has apparently been lost) it is good to realize that this is the first collegiate quadrangle known. How far the thought takes us back! How near to the fountainhead of much that has grown familiar—so familiar that few people, and no undergraduates, trouble their heads about it! It is just there: like the river, and the trees, and the sky it exists, but why or how it came into existence matters nothing to them. Take for example the office of Dean. In ...
— Oxford • Frederick Douglas How

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