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  • It was very cathartic for a lot of people, myself included.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I hope for some sort of cathartic release, but there isn’t one.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • It was cathartic and constructive and destructive and perfect.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Although I can no longer remember for certain, it must have been the same sort of catharsis I was trying to attain in this last section on Leslie—following my meditation on Gide—which I include here.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The experience, she said, was cathartic.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • A catharsis.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Zendagi migzara, Afghans like to say: Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end, kamyab, nah-kam, crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Her catharsis is absolutely tremendous-ha, ha!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The catharsis ended the moment Alex handed the cashier her credit card and heard Logan Rourke’s voice in her mind.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Partly catharsis, partly communication, it was a way of grabbing people by the shirt and explaining exactly what had happened to me, how I’d allowed myself to get dragged into a wrong war, all the mistakes I’d made, all the terrible things I had seen and done.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried

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  • Moreover, I agree that readers are often poorly served when an author writes as an act of catharsis, as I have done here.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • This ending has been described as ’Jeering, unsatisfying, without tragedy or sense of catharsis.’
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • While initially, I’d been surprised, then worried when he hadn’t shown up, the entire experience had been so overwhelming-although cathartic— that I’d kind of forgotten about it once I got up on the stand.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • He might have experienced passion and catharsis in the works of Tchaikovsky or felt a sense of accomplishment when he’d written sonatas of his own, but he now knew that burying himself in music had less to do with God than a selfish desire to escape.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • The idea of suicide worked on me like a purgative or a cathartic.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Writing about my violent gang life, the drug addictions, the rages and fears proved to he risky and extremely difficult, but deeply cathartic.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • After a time, I came to think that visiting memorials was in part a willed catharsis.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • …been a different kind of rain, if it had been a light sweet rain, falling out of a high sky, the kind that barely whispers with a silky sound on the surface of the water you are swimming in, or if it had been a driven, needle-pointed, cold, cathartic rain to make you want to run along the beach and yell before you took refuge in the sea, or even if it had been a torrent, the kind you get on the Gulf that is like nothing so much as what happens when the bottom finally bursts out of a…
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • means cubic centimeter and those to whom it means compound cathartic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Inevitable catharsis by the threads of chaos.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The "cathartic" was drastic, as Loyalist Peter Oliver observed.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • We need books of this tart cathartic virtue, more than books of political science, or of private economy.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Then, there in the middle of the communal catharsis, I found it: a public apology from the young driver, Jamie Bardol.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • To free itself totally, to revenge itself, to work its ultimate catharsis, it resolves to seek them out and destroy them.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • After years of watching women quietly accept abuse, it is cathartic to see someone like Usha lead a countercharge—even if we’re uncomfortable with the bloody denouement and cannot condone murder.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Cathartic.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Or to give myself some kind of sadistic catharsis.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Recording Collateral Damage was cathartic.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • It was an incredible outpouring, and what a catharsis it was for me.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • After a while we tried the Sermon on the Mount, but somehow it didn’t work for me; the grand old Hebrew woe seemed more cathartic, so we went back to Job.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I won’t dwell on this passage here, except to note my admiration therein not only for the terrible humiliations Gide had been able to absorb, but the brave honesty with which he seemed always determined to record them: the more catastrophic the humiliation or the disappointment, I noted, the more cleansing and luminous became Gide’s account in his Journals—a catharsis in which the reader, too, could participate.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I realize now how intensely discontented, rebellious and troubled I was at that age, but also how my writing had kept serious emotional distress safely at bay, in the sense that the novel I was working on served as a cathartic instrument through which I was able to discharge on paper many of my more vexing tensions and miseries.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She was still in what appeared to be a raw condition of shock over Nathan’s desertion of her (she said, not without a touch of grisly humor, that she had contemplated several times hurling herself from the window of the ratty Upper West Side hotel where she had languished those three days), but if grief over his parting had obviously eroded her spirit, it was this same grief, I sensed, that allowed her to open even wider the gates of her memory in a mighty cathartic cataract.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • …focus, she was aware that Emmi had stood up and was regarding her with an expression resembling benignness, or at least a certain tolerant curiosity, as if there had been expelled from her mind her fury at Sophie for being both a Polack and a thief; the nursing seizure appeared to have been cathartic, allowing her enough in the way of an exercise of authority to satisfy the most frustrated SS dwarfing, after which she now assumed once again the plump round outlines of a little girl.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It must have been cathartic," she said, reaching over to squeeze my hand.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • ""A catharsis," I said.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
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