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  • It is difficult to decide because both sides offer cogent arguments.
  • He makes a cogent argument, but the premises are flawed.
  • He has dealt profoundly with the disaster that has overwhelmed our native tribal society, and has argued cogently the case of our own complicity in this disaster.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Or does my friend think that by aspersing a witness for the prosecution he will shake the evidence, the abundant and cogent evidence, against his client?
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger

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  • I’m out of anything that passes for a cogent argument, so I come back with the first thing that pops into my head.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Mr. Barbour’s boating stories, never particularly cogent, or focused, or informative about the actual sport, had always vibrated with a majestic urgency all their own, an appealing tingle of disaster.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But listening to her cogently mapping out what we needed to indict, a tantalizing thought took hold of me.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • McMullen came out of Japan racked by nightmares and so nervous that he was barely able to speak cogently.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Caesar gave way before such cogent reasoning, and the cardinals were consequently invited to dinner.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But the last term of the definition is still more cogent, as coupled with the first.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Pray write instantly, and let me understand it—unless it is, for very cogent reasons, to remain in the secrecy which Lydia seems to think necessary; and then I must endeavour to be satisfied with ignorance.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • For which cogent reason I kept Biddy at a distance during supper, and when I went up to my own old little room, took as stately a leave of her as I could, in my murmuring soul, deem reconcilable with the churchyard and the event of the day.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Mr. Gradgrind did not seem favourably impressed by these cogent remarks.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I grasped how others came to the matter at hand directly, and who made a set of arguments succinctly and cogently.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • She looked at Clyde so tensely, so urgently, that he felt quite shaken by the force of the cogency of the request.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • There was a certain cogency in Trilling’s attack, at least with regard to Anderson’s inferior work, most of which he wrote after Winesburg, Ohio.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • …set off by the dark-blue cotton gown, laughing merrily as the kitten held on with her four claws to one shoulder, like a design for a jug-handle, while Snap on the right hand and Puss on the other put up their paws towards a morsel which she held out of the reach of both—Snap occasionally desisting in order to remonstrate with the cat by a cogent worrying growl on the greediness and futility of her conduct; till Eppie relented, caressed them both, and divided the morsel between them.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He had a mind that worked in cogent and predictable ways but he brought to his argument a profound integrity, a total commitment to his belief in Pig’s guilt.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The gloomy corner into which accident as much as indiscretion had brought this woman might have led even a moderate partisan to feel that she had cogent reasons for asking the Supreme Power by what right a being of such exquisite finish had been placed in circumstances calculated to make of her charms a curse rather than a blessing.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • What you say sounds good, and it would be difficult to And any truly cogent objection.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Were the ends of nature so great and cogent, as to exact this immense sacrifice of men?
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The more dilapidated the buildings and the filthier the streets, the more cogent were the directions.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • But from the time that a judge has refused to apply any given law in a case, that law loses a portion of its moral cogency.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • As a defiant statement of poetry’s gift for telling truth but telling it slant, this is both cogent and corrective.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • There are yet other and more cogent reasons which prevent any great change from being easily effected in the principles of a democratic people.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Among other illustrations of its truth which might be cited, Scotland will furnish a cogent example.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I also believe, instinctively, if not very cogently, in the American political experiment, which I take to be, at bottom, a matter of trusting the citizens to know their own minds and best interests.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • During the first part of the day on which the prohibition to leave the town came into force the Prefect’s office was besieged by a crowd of applicants advancing pleas of equal cogency but equally impossible to take into consideration.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • …and runnels of light, circling about some phosphorescent plant within a cold and sea-deep pit; the Spiral Nebula, suddenly collapsing upon its center; a storm, each drop of which becomes a feather, songbird or jewel; and (and perhaps most cogent) a Temple full of terrible and highly decorated statues, suddenly animated and singing, suddenly rushing forth across the world, bright banners playing in the wind, shaking palaces and toppling towers, to meet at the center of everything, to…
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Nature, we may rest assured, has her own good and cogent reasons for whatever she does and in all probability such deaths are due to some law of anticipation by which organisms in which morbous germs have taken up their residence (modern science has conclusively shown that only the plasmic substance can be said to be immortal) tend to disappear at an increasingly earlier stage of development, an arrangement which, though productive of pain to some of our feelings (notably the…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Hence I sign this salute over the sea, And I do not deny that terrible red birth and baptism, But remember the little voice that I heard wailing, and wait with perfect trust, no matter how long, And from to-day sad and cogent I maintain the bequeath’d cause, as for all lands, And I send these words to Paris with my love, And I guess some chansonniers there will understand them, For I guess there is latent music yet in France, floods of it, O I hear already the bustle of instruments,…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • The more attentively I consider and investigate the reasons which appear to have given birth to this opinion, the more I become convinced that they are cogent and conclusive.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Moreover, although it is censured, it is not abolished; its moral force may be diminished, but its cogency is by no means suspended, and its final destruction can only be accomplished by the reiterated attacks of judicial functionaries.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • There can be no more cogent argument than that.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The true sanction of political laws is to be found in penal legislation, and if that sanction be wanting the law will sooner or later lose its cogency.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • True, one could always refuse to face this disagreeable fact, shut one’s eyes to it, or thrust it out of mind, but there is a terrible cogency in the self-evident; ultimately it breaks down all defenses.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Hans Castorp’s impulse for altruistic enterprise was stronger than his cousin’s reluctance—manifest primarily in Joachim’s silence and lowered gaze—because, barring an admission of a lack of Christian charity, he had no cogent explanation to offer.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And by the soundest commentators this has ever been held a cogent argument in such matters.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This is a cogent vice thou hast here, carpenter; let me feel its grip once.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The anatomical fact of this labyrinth is indisputable; and that the supposition founded upon it is reasonable and true, seems the more cogent to me, when I consider the otherwise inexplicable obstinacy of that leviathan in HAVING HIS SPOUTINGS OUT, as the fishermen phrase it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But there is yet another motive which is more cogent than all the others: the South might indeed, rigorously speaking, abolish slavery; but how should it rid its territory of the black population?
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Yet I could but recognize that, from the moment the verdict was given, its effects became as cogent, as tangible, as, for example, this wall against which I was lying, pressing my back to it.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • While this ought to remove all apprehensions on the subject, it affords, at the same time, a cogent argument for constituting the Senate a court for the trial of impeachments.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • In consequence he gave up that place, and a third, a fourth, and a fifth, for varying and yet equally cogent reasons—customers inside, a girl and a boy at a soda fountain in front, an owner posed near the door and surveying Clyde as he looked in and thus disconcerting him before he had time to consider whether he should enter or not.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • There are cases in which the pernicious tendency of such a power may be far more decisive, without any motive equally cogent with that which must have regulated the conduct of the convention in respect to the formation of the Senate, to recommend their admission into the system.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • A more practical or less scrupulous man would have worked this skill to calculated ends and made a fortune with it (or, in Grisha’s cogent phrase, "fucked it harder than a five-grand prostitute").
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
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