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The Fountainhead
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  • He was there like a piece of furniture, as useful, as impersonal and as silent.
  • It was something cold and impersonal that left her empty, her will surrendered and no human will holding hers, but a nameless thing in which she was being swallowed.
  • The word was flat, impersonal, with no sound of invitation.
  • There were moments when he could be precise, impersonal, and stop to give instructions as if this were not his house but only a mathematical problem; when he felt the existence of pipes and rivets, while his own person vanished.
  • This was revulsion, so great that it became impersonal, it could not offend him, it seemed to include more than his person.
  • She looked impersonal, untouched by the words she pronounced, chaste like a young boy.
  • She liked the polite, impersonal "Miss Francon" pronounced by his voice.
  • His life was crowded, public and impersonal as a city square.
  • He had an unyielding, impersonal confidence; he faced Roark as an equal.
  • He looked impersonal and calm.
  • Her beauty was startling but too impersonal, as if it did not belong to her; it seemed present in the room as a separate entity.
  • He kept his hand tight on her elbow, not a caress, but an impersonal hold of control over both of them.
  • There was suddenly no antagonism between them, but a quiet, hopeless feeling of comradeship, as if they were victims of the same impersonal disaster, who had to help each other.
  • But Wynand spoke of his crusade, impersonally, almost as if it did not concern Roark at all.
  • There was no such person as Mrs. Wayne Wilmot; there was only a shell containing the opinions of her friends, the picture post cards she had seen, the novels of country squires she had read; it was this that he had to address, this immateriality which could not hear him or answer, deaf and impersonal like a wad of cotton.
  • The background she had wished was set so perfectly that it became its own caricature, not a specific society wedding, but an impersonal prototype of lavish, exquisite vulgarity.
  • Here she was free to resist, to see her resistance welcomed by an adversary too strong to fear a contest, strong enough to need it; she found a will granting her the recognition of her own entity, untouched and not to be touched except in clean battle, to win or to be defeated, but to be preserved in victory or defeat, not ground into the meaningless pulp of the impersonal.
  • "If you want to marry me," she went on in the same precise, impersonal voice, "you must do it right now.
  • …pavement—it was right under my nostrils—I can still see it—there were veins in the stone and white spots—I had to make sure that that pavement moved—I couldn’t feel whether I was moving or not—but I could tell by the pavement—I had to see that those veins and spots changed—I had to reach the next pattern or the crack six inches away—it took a long time—and I knew it was blood under my stomach…" His voice had no tone of self-pity; it was simple, impersonal, with a faint sound of wonder.

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  • Reverend Moorehead, instead of asking an impersonal blessing, seized the opportunity to advise the Lord of Jem’s and her misdeeds.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • No one saves an e-mail, because it’s so inherently impersonal.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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