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  • But she counted and counted till she got that addled she’d start to count in the basket for a spoon sometimes; and so, three times they come out right, and three times they come out wrong.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Although her relations with Atticus and Jem had reached their lowest ebb ("You’re downright addled these days, Jean Louise," her father had said.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • My head must be addled from the wound.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Who judges what will get men off yet not be too degrading to all the women outside the cum-room, the nurses and doctors and hopeful, hormone-addled wives?
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • Mae thought on that for a second, but her brain, addled with Riesling, was slow-moving, sticky.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "Before we discuss the possibility that you’ve addled your wits with that crack to the head, tell me, how is the road to Tinue?"
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The men in the maze had given Constance quite a shock (an actual shock, delivered by way of wires that flicked like snakes’ tongues from their watches, she’d said), and she remained somewhat addled.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The words I’d spoken seemed to sink slowly into her addled brain.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • …that he had cashed the one she had asked him to cash and he was already fixing the problem and Mrs. Roethke said she wasn’t going to be lied about by the likes of him and she had heard what soldiers did in Vietnam and he was probably so drug-addled that he couldn’t take proper directions from anyone and how was someone like that to be trusted in a bank and it wasn’t a bank’s business to take up hard-luck cases like him, at least, not a bank that she would care to put her money into.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • The pain is making me addled.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan

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  • Escalante’s mother didn’t approve of the drug-addled soldier, but the young lady was smitten and eloped.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I was greedy for it, desperate for whatever words he had left to give me, even if they were delivered through a drug-addled haze.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • It seemed to my flu-addled brain that Peter was giving me the most ferocious frown I had ever seen.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The truth was, he was harebrained but clever—made into such a reliable turnip by the medical experiments which had addled his thought processes.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The trick with addled old folks was to be agreeable.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Still a bit addled, I actually replied "Nine stone," before thinking to ask "Why?"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Had the battle, the bruisings, the flaming addled her brain?
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • There are moments in your life when you imagine things happening in slow motion, when your movie-addled mind won’t let you experience things the way they’re actually going down, but instead replaces it with fictional special effects.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • I needed to keep his addled attention on my questions.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Grasping at an addled resolution, he began to stir.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • By the entrance to the compound a few rabbits hopped aimlessly, too addled by their sudden freedom to make a break for it.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Harry is as sane as you or I. That scar upon his forehead has not addled his brains.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat; and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarrelling.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Sadie says my brain was just addled.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • "You know he has nothing to recommend him but money and a ridiculous roll of addle-headed predecessors; now, don’t you?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • To a greater and greater degree his life revolved around a selfadministered pharmacopoeia of steroids, amphetamines, mood elevators, and painkillers, and the drugs addled his once-formidable mind.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Petrol fumes were addling her brain.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • You took the addle-brain’s route.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Anyway, I’m not really addled.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • ’He’s completely addled, you know — still thinks he’s a teapot.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • My mind is not addled.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • It was his addled understanding of the rules of warfare that the marksman should be given a second chance.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Dodge picked up his pace when they passed Heart Palace-now fallen into disrepair and occupied by stimulant-addled squatters-on their way to the Five Spires of Redd construction site.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • But she’s too addled now to keep up.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Cows grazed, stinking of sweet dung and addled by summer blackflies.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • I haven’t a bit o’ patience with you—sitting on an addled egg for ever, as if there was never a fresh un in the world.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • They sat him down, addled, among themselves, and took charge of the double-handled cup.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • In the heat-addled air, Paul couldn’t be sure.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • To my thinking that drunken commissariat clerk is a great deal cleverer, anyway one can see that he has addled his brains with drink, but you know, these foreigners are always so well behaved and serious….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • It’s addled his brains, but he could still be dangerous.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Bit addled now.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The moon has addled your brain.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • No doubt he feared that threats of the guillotine, and various other persuasive methods of that type, might addle the old man’s brains, and that he would be more likely to be useful through greed of gain, than through terror of death.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He was gittin’ age on him, and when he liquored up would ofttimes git addled in the head and wander off.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • "I know nothing about that," said Sancho; "all I know is it will be my bad luck that through not finding this head my county will melt away like salt in water;"—for Sancho awake was worse than his master asleep, so much had his master’s promises addled his wits.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was a feathered riddle; a mystery hatched out of an egg, and just as mysterious as if the egg had been addle!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • When the car turned up the hill toward Tarmes, he sat up suddenly, prompted by the tilt of the vehicle and delivered a peroration: "A charming representative of the—" he stumbled momentarily, "—a firm of—bring me Brains addled a l’Anglaise."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He wished them no particular harm—concentrating his indignation upon the leaders who had seduced their addled pates—but he knew that they would have to be allowed their fight He hoped that it would be a victorious one so far as his own troops were concerned.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He was touched in the cavity where his heart should have been — in that nest of addled eggs, where the birds of heaven would have lived if they had not been whistled away — by the fervour of this reproach.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He felt dreary as an empty house; and tender memories mingling with the sad thoughts in his brain, addled by the fumes of the feast, he felt inclined for a moment to take a turn towards the church.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
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