“Innocence is the quintessence of the snapshot,” Lisette Model would write.
That, America, is the quintessence of naturally occurring British-cute.
The actor is the quintessence of smooth, first as Remington Steele, then James Bond.
Yes, Holmes was the quintessence of the Victorian rationalism, “the most perfect and reasoning machine that the world had seen.”
In recent years, Stoner entered a category of which it soon became the quintessence.
That faculty is the quintessence of statesmanship, as it is of wisdom, and one we never see displayed by a radical government!
To the man of the world they are the quintessence of his own reflections upon life.
A quintessence and distillation of peace and comradeship seemed to inhabit the soft gloam of its chancel.
The law of compensation itself is the quintessence of horse sense.
The good sense of Cephalas placed it among the epitaphs; for, in truth, it is the quintessence of the despair of the grave.
early 15c., in ancient and medieval philosophy, "pure essence, substance of which the heavenly bodies are composed," literally "fifth essence," from Middle French quinte essence (14c.), from Medieval Latin quinta essentia, from Latin quinta, fem. of quintus "fifth" (see quinque-) + essentia (see Parousia).
A loan-translation of Greek pempte ousia, the "ether" added by Aristotle to the four known elements (water, earth, fire, air) and said to permeate all things. Its extraction was one of the chief goals of alchemy. Sense of "purest essence" (of a situation, character, etc.) is first recorded 1580s.