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  • It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, "And this, too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!
    Abraham Lincoln
  • "Chastened," Tanner interrupted.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "Oh," I say, chastened, confused.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I returned to the classroom a chastened man.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Slightly chastened by this episode, I accepted without argument the men’s judgment that even the lighter smallsword was too heavy for me to wield efficiently.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • His son’s disappearance scared and chastened him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • His wild and enthusiastic imagination was chastened by the sensibility of his heart.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • ’I don’t grieve for myself,’ he says, ’God, it seems, has chastened me.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In school Kantorek used to chasten Mittelstaedt with exactly the same expression—"Inadequate, Mittelstaedt, quite inadequate."
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • No one was there to warn or hold them; their parents, chastened and grieving, were far away.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon

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  • It happened over one of those dinners that chasten all women sometimes.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • "And Koorshid pointed out one who had more than any contributed to the death of my father," said Haidee, in a tone of chastened anger.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • That sounds ill-natured: but she was so proud it became really impossible to pity her distresses, till she should be chastened into more humility.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He paused, chastened.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • And, as her love for Scarlett and her pride in her were enormous, the chastening process was practically continuous.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She was more softened, more gentle; and, though equally assiduous in every duty, it was with a chastened and quiet air, as one who communed with her own heart not in vain.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Carlisle chastened.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The imagery of the Indian, both in his poetry and in his oratory, is oriental; chastened, and perhaps improved, by the limited range of his practical knowledge.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • When she mentioned the first husband, I noticed that, for the first time since I had met her, a shadow had settled on her face, a momentary intimation of something dark and chastening, wounding, at odds with the energetic laughs and the teasing and the loose pumpkin floral dress she was wearing.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • And it wasn’t just our team that was chastened and doubtful.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Sacred moments, when heart talked to heart in the silence of the night, turning affliction to a blessing, which chastened grief and strengthned love.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • As I look out on the night, my tears fall fast, and my undisciplined heart is chastened heavily — heavily.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Perhaps it was that she seemed chastened now; awake, anyway.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • In her chastened mood she no longer despised the Emersons.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • I had fallen sick with this disease, and it was to the priest I said the words, for he was come to chide me for lack of due humility under the chastening hand of God.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Ascend, I follow thee, safe Guide, the path Thou leadest me; and to the hand of Heaven submit, However chastening; to the evil turn My obvious breast; arming to overcome By suffering, and earn rest from labour won, If so I may attain.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Miss Temple had always something of serenity in her air, of state in her mien, of refined propriety in her language, which precluded deviation into the ardent, the excited, the eager: something which chastened the pleasure of those who looked on her and listened to her, by a controlling sense of awe; and such was my feeling now: but as to Helen Burns, I was struck with wonder.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It is right that I should be chastened in some penalty.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • In other parts of Gramarye, of course, there did exist wicked and despotic masters—feudal gangsters whom it was to be King Arthur’s destiny to chasten—but the evil was in the bad people who abused it, not in the feudal system.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • —It was the speech, mark you, the professor said, of a finished orator, full of courteous haughtiness and pouring in chastened diction I will not say the vials of his wrath but pouring the proud man’s contumely upon the new movement.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It created in him at the same time a sympathy with Phillotson as an obviously much chastened and disappointed man.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • A chastened Diamond slumped in the front seat andlet Jeb idly lick dirt and worm juice from his fingers.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Inwardly Badenhorst must have been fuming, but outwardly he seemed chastened.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Even the most rude and brawling are chastened by the ceremonies of a funeral.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • But for a long time I was chastened whenever I remembered that my mother had come close to killing me.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • It was what he had expected, but Newt still felt chastened as he turned back to the drags.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • In some way chastened and purified by the mood they had been in, they became, not man and woman, not boy and girl, but excited little animals.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • She did not divine the ample explanation of his manner, without personal vanity, that was afforded by the fact of Donald being the depositary of Henchard’s confidence in respect of his past treatment of the pale, chastened mother who walked by her side.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But, perhaps, because of the continual business of birth and of begetting which goes on upon every farm, Miriam was the more hypersensitive to the matter, and her blood was chastened almost to disgust of the faintest suggestion of such intercourse.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He immediately began to talk to Pansy—on whom it was certainly mystifying to see that he dropped a smile of chastened devotion.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • ’I remember,’ said the gentleman, striking his nose with the knuckle of his forefinger as a chastening for his forgetfulness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Rays of male vision seem to have a tickling effect upon virgin faces in rural districts; she brushed hers with her hand, as if Gabriel had been irritating its pink surface by actual touch, and the free air of her previous movements was reduced at the same time to a chastened phase of itself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The time seems near, if it has not actually arrived, when the chastened sublimity of a moor, a sea, or a mountain will be all of nature that is absolutely in keeping with the moods of the more thinking among mankind.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • …faded gray, the hat with its broken plume cocked a little yet not quite so much as the beaver of the old days, as if (Grandfather said) even with his martial rank and prerogatives he did not quite swagger like he used to do, not because he was chastened by misfortune or spent or even war-wearied but as though even while riding he was still bemused in that state in which he struggled to hold clear and free above a maelstrom of unpredictable and unreasoning human beings, not his head for…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • I look up at his face, still crinkled in laughter … and suddenly feel very chastened.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Once the chastened secretary closed the door, Madam Petra turned to her daughter.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Even the deaths of three friends had not served to chasten him, it would seem.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Three of my men were butchered before my eyes, because Jaime Lannister wished to chasten me.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Slowly Lena shrank into herself, shocked and chastened by Claudie’s words.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
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