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  • But, exhausted by his cogitation, he’d have energy left for only one word, the name of the flower.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • The average squirrel cogitation goes something like this: I wonder what there is to eat.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • He was not listening, but was cogitating a project.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Then he tossed the marble away pettishly, and stood cogitating.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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  • He pushed his helmet back on his head, a cogitative move.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "Well," said Joe, with the same appearance of profound cogitation, "he is not—no, not to deceive you, he is not—my nevvy."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • My cogitation right now is Sweet Home.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • It was the Colonel who finally solved the problem, which had cost him much perplexed cogitation.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Peace lay on Devon like a blessing, the summer’s peace, the reprieve, New Hampshire’s response to all the cogitation and deadness of winter.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • After much cogitation Matthew resolved to go to Samuel Lawson’s store instead of William Blair’s.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables

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  • Hence the cogitation and abstraction you found me in, and reason enough, what you have heard from me.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • When thus perplexed—and cogitating, among other hypotheses, whether the letter might not have been one of those decorations which the white men used to contrive in order to take the eyes of Indians—I happened to place it on my breast.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Having thus given his parent God speed, young Jerry seated himself on the stool, entered on his reversionary interest in the straw his father had been chewing, and cogitated.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • CHAPTER 16 Sunday, June 1–Tuesday, June 10 After six months of fruitless cogitation, the case of Harriet Vanger cracked open.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • And the progress of the third act, which he had been turning over in his mind when the wasp put an end to cogitation, was coming clearer all the time.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I was cogitating what the mystery might be, and determined Catherine should never suffer to benefit him or any one else, by my good will; when, hearing a rustle among the ling, I looked up and saw Mr. Heathcliff almost close upon us, descending the Heights.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • She stopt to blush and laugh at her own relapse, and then resumed a more serious, more dispiriting cogitation upon what had been, and might be, and must be.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It chanced one morning, while Oliver’s affairs were in this auspicious and comfortable state, that Mr. Gamfield, chimney-sweep, went his way down the High Street, deeply cogitating in his mind his ways and means of paying certain arrears of rent, for which his landlord had become rather pressing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • On this, however, he faced to the window again and presently reached it with his vague, restless, cogitating step.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Oh, you make me knit the brows of my very soul and cogitate.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I moved away, cogitating, and at the same time keeping an eye out for any chance passenger in his right mind that might come along and give me some light.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • This flapper is likewise employed diligently to attend his master in his walks, and upon occasion to give him a soft flap on his eyes; because he is always so wrapped up in cogitation, that he is in manifest danger of falling down every precipice, and bouncing his head against every post; and in the streets, of justling others, or being justled himself into the kennel.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • But be warned, Because Arabella almost learned too late, That before we love, we must cogitate!
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Yet he had felt a considerable interest in her, and after some cogitation he decided that it would be as well to enact no Romeo part just then—for the young girl’s sake no less than his own.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • "Well, sir," replied George, after a little cogitation, "I am equally obliged to you, but tobacco being against the rules, I can’t say that there is."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Speciall uses of Speech are these; First, to Register, what by cogitation, wee find to be the cause of any thing, present or past; and what we find things present or past may produce, or effect: which in summe, is acquiring of Arts.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Also, how the Doctor’s cogitating manner was attributable to his being always engaged in looking out for Greek roots; which, in my innocence and ignorance, I supposed to be a botanical furor on the Doctor’s part, especially as he always looked at the ground when he walked about, until I understood that they were roots of words, with a view to a new Dictionary which he had in contemplation.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Have not you seen, Camillo,— But that’s past doubt: you have, or your eye-glass Is thicker than a cuckold’s horn,—or heard,— For, to a vision so apparent, rumour Cannot be mute,—or thought,—for cogitation Resides not in that man that does not think it,— My wife is slippery?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • And he was still cogitating while Mason was exclaiming: "Then you admit that you knew her?"
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …no way round Shadow from body opaque can fall; and the air, No where so clear, sharpened his visual ray To objects distant far, whereby he soon Saw within ken a glorious Angel stand, The same whom John saw also in the sun: His back was turned, but not his brightness hid; Of beaming sunny rays a golden tiar Circled his head, nor less his locks behind Illustrious on his shoulders fledge with wings Lay waving round; on some great charge employed He seemed, or fixed in cogitation deep.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …set: but to this no less of what drugs there is need and surgical implements which are pertaining to her case not omitting aspect of all very distracting spectacles in various latitudes by our terrestrial orb offered together with images, divine and human, the cogitation of which by sejunct females is to tumescence conducive or eases issue in the high sunbright wellbuilt fair home of mothers when, ostensibly far gone and reproductitive, it is come by her thereto to lie in, her term up.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • ’Let me see,’ said the manager cogitating after dinner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Nevertheless, Jeremiah scraped out of his cogitating face a lively conviction that Mr Blandois would keep his word on this occasion, and would be seen again.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Meanwhile Dick, who had been sitting with knit brows, cogitating, spoke at last, and said gently and rather sadly: "How strange to think that there have been men like ourselves, and living in this beautiful and happy country, who I suppose had feelings and affections like ourselves, who could yet do such dreadful things."
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • "Ol’ Villan had a dog once that run away with the wolves," Bill cogitates aloud.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "You smile," he went on, "you blink and turn your head back and forth, endeavoring, it appears, to cogitate, but to no avail.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Then they separated, cogitating.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He was not much to look at, either in point of size or in point of dress; being merely a short, square, practical looking man, whose hair had turned grey, and in whose face and forehead there were deep lines of cogitation, which looked as though they were carved in hard wood.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • And as Miss La Creevy walked along, revolving in her mind various genteel forms and elegant turns of expression, with a view to the selection of the very best in which to couch her communication, she cogitated a good deal upon the probable causes of her young friend’s indisposition.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • After some cogitation, accompanied with an intent look at his patron, Mr. Cruncher conceived the luminous idea of replying, "Agicultooral character."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Newman readily availed himself of the permission, and, shutting himself up in his little office, remained there, in very serious cogitation, all day.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Cogitation, as she called it, clouded things and prevented action.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • After sufficient cogitation he broke silence, and it certainly could not be objected that he used any needless circumlocution, or failed to speak directly to the purpose.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • And in the meantime Clyde was left to cogitate on and make the best of a world that at its best was a kind of inferno of mental ills—above which—as above Dante’s might have been written—"abandon hope—ye who enter here."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • And Suppose Them Incorporeall And for the matter, or substance of the Invisible Agents, so fancyed; they could not by naturall cogitation, fall upon any other conceipt, but that it was the same with that of the Soule of man; and that the Soule of man, was of the same substance, with that which appeareth in a Dream, to one that sleepeth; or in a Looking-glasse, to one that is awake; which, men not knowing that such apparitions are nothing else but creatures of the Fancy, think to be…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • While Mrs Sliderskew, influenced possibly by some lingering feelings of disappointment and personal slight, occasioned by her old master’s preference for another, was giving loose to these grumblings below stairs, Arthur Gride was cogitating in the parlour upon what had taken place last night.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Newman, still cogitating deeply, turned away; but the man followed him, and pressed him with such a tale of misery that Newman (who might have been considered a hopeless person to beg from, and who had little enough to give) looked into his hat for some halfpence which he usually kept screwed up, when he had any, in a corner of his pocket-handkerchief.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Remembering on further cogitation, however, that under any circumstances he must have paid, or handsomely compounded for, Ralph’s debt, and being by no means confident that he would have succeeded had he undertaken his enterprise alone, he regained his equanimity, and chattered and mowed over more satisfactory items, until the entrance of Peg Sliderskew interrupted him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Certain possible inventions of which he had cogitated when reclining in a state of supine repletion to aid digestion, stimulated by his appreciation of the importance of inventions now common but once revolutionary, for example, the aeronautic parachute, the reflecting telescope, the spiral corkscrew, the safety pin, the mineral water siphon, the canal lock with winch and sluice, the suction pump.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "You know," he cogitated, his brow furrowing, "there should be a better system.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
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