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  • It was a congenital heart defect.
  • It was true what I’d heard, that his heart was congenitally diseased, and he was now in urgent need of a transplant.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Congenital cataracts.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • A good cause might turn the scale with me, for may not I too be of an exceptional brain, congenitally?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • No truant officers could keep their numerous offspring in school; no public health officer could free them from congenital defects, various worms, and the diseases indigenous to filthy surroundings.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • It was as if he had spent his life believing that he carried a congenital disease, and suddenly the words of the greatest specialist on earth had pronounced him healthy.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Both Kristoforas and his brother, Juozapas, were cripples, the latter having lost one leg by having it run over, and Kristoforas having congenital dislocation of the hip, which made it impossible for him ever to walk.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • She had a congenital heart defect.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • While Sanaubar’s brilliant green eyes and impish face had, rumor has it, tempted countless men into sin, Ali had a congenital paralysis of his lower facial muscles, a condition that rendered him unable to smile and left him perpetually grimfaced.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • And I-I’m playing with cobblestones and shingling a roof, while a transcontinental railroad system is collapsing in the hands of congenital ward heelers.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • Homer extends great sympathy to Priam, though he also recounts stories about the Trojans that make them out to be congenital deceivers.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • A truce to threnes and trentals and jeremies and all such congenital defunctive music!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • According to Lopsang, during the fifeen or twenty minutes Fischer spent on the summit, he complained repeatedly that he wasn’t feeling well-something the congenitally stoic guide almost never did.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The subjects were also shown control segments of the three newscasters, as they talked about unequivocally happy or sad subjects (the funeral of Indira Gandhi; a breakthrough in treating a congenital disease).
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He declared that she was congenitally incapable of forming a single letter worthy of the least of Milton’s words; but she persisted; and again he suddenly threw himself into the task of teaching her with a combination of stormy intensity, concentrated patience, and occasional bursts of interesting disquisition on the beauty and nobility, the august mission and destiny, of human handwriting.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He had congenital high blood pressure and mild asthma, which developed after he’d recovered from a possible case of tuberculosis.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Observers have described Charlestonians as vainglorious, obstinate, mercurial, verbose, xenophobic, and congenitally gracious.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He had been trained at the police academy, but just before he was due to take his final exams he learned that he had a congenital heart defect.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • A boy born with a deficient power of apprehending signs and abstractions must suffer the penalty of his congenital deficiency, just as if he had been born with one leg shorter than the other.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He looks like an enlarged, elderly, bald edition of the village fat boy—a sly fat boy, congenitally indolent, a practical joker, a born grafter and con merchant.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Florentino Ariza had stripped her of the virginity of a conventional marriage, more pernicious than congenital virginity or the abstinence of widowhood.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • One had only to look at him, from the slant of his bald forehead and the curve of his beautiful fair moustache to the long patent-leather feet at the other end of his lean and elegant person, to feel that the knowledge of "form" must be congenital in any one who knew how to wear such good clothes so carelessly and carry such height with so much lounging grace.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • …another one more definite and pressing, which was the instinct to kill cockroaches, and if the latter had succeeded in escaping human ferocity it was because they had taken refuge in the shadows, where they became invulnerable because of man’s congenital fear of the dark, but on the other hand they became susceptible to the glow of noon, so that by the Middle Ages already, and in present times, andper omnia secula seculorum , the only effective method for killing cockroaches was the…
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He could not explore the idea further, for a sudden access of that mental lethargy which was, with him, congenital, intermittent and providential, happened, at that moment, to extinguish every particle of light in his brain, as instantaneously as, at a later period, when electric lighting had been everywhere installed, it became possible, merely by fingering a switch, to cut off all the supply of light from a house.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Was there anything congenital or hereditary?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It was congenital, he apologized, eyes wryly aglint behind his gold-rim specs.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Maybe it’s a character flaw, but for me it is a congenital one.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • This would suggest that a parent who does so is either unenlightened or—more interestingly—congenitally honest.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • And her diminutive stature, at four and a half feet tall, is accentuated by a congenital cleft foot that causes her to limp.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He suffers from a disease called congenital analgesia, which means the transmitter substance in his nerve synapses doesn’t function.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • And one would have to show how both these influences told upon a nature that was congenitally unaware of music, of art, and puritannically brought up.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Other than congenital syphilis where the mother infected the unborn child, he believed that all syphilis was sexually acquired.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Elizabeth Paxton had told a woman named Briggs that all the Hodges were crazy, something congenital, and the Briggs woman had told half the people in the Presbyterian church.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • A crowd of eager claimants arose, who cared nothing about any last scion of a noble race undergoing treatment in Switzerland, at the expense of the deceased, as a congenital idiot.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Pooning a bimbo box takes more skill than a ped would ever imagine, because of their very roadunworthiness, their congenital lack of steel or other ferrous matter for the MagnaPoon to bite down on.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Burnham happened to be standing in the entrance to the house, considering the work, when a young man with a mildly haughty air and an odd strut—not ego, here, but a congenital fault—walked up to him and introduced himself as Louis Sullivan.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The same and similar elements greatly reinforce the congenital tendencies of the dialect—toward the facile manufacture of compounds, toward a disregard of the distinctions between parts of speech, and, above all, toward the throwing off of all etymological restraints.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • @kins was one of the burning lights of the Guild long-range education plan, and leader of the Environment Clique which believed that telepathic ability was not a congenital characteristic, but rather a latent quality of every living organism which could be developed by suitable training.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Congenital fissure,’ he said.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "Congenital, or transfer effect?" asked Kubera.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • But the consequences of such tolerance were evident to her: tubal and ovarian abscesses, infertility from gonorrhea, stillbirths, and babies with congenital syphilis.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But the looters-by their own stated theory-are in desperate, permanent, congenital need and at the blind mercy of matter.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • An anatomist—even a mere physiognomist— would have seen that the deformity of Philip’s spine was not a congenital hump, but the result of an accident in infancy; but you do not expect from Tom any acquaintance with such distinctions; to him, Philip was simply a humpback.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • First, he patiently but firmly explained that the man who had committed the murders in Stockholm was Ronald Niedermann, who was built like a heavily armoured robot and suffered from a disease called congenital analgesia, and who at that moment was sitting in a ditch on the road to Nossebro tied to a traffic sign.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • It turned out that he suffers from a very rare condition called congenital analgesia.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • He had a rare congenital heart defect, which a team of surgeons fixed, waiving their fees.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Catherine, it turned out, had a congenital lung defect.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Most people with congenital analgesia die relatively young, between twenty and twenty-five.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • He was tormented by the hallucinating screams of the madwomen in the Divine Shepherdess Asylum next door, the harsh dripping from the water jar into the washbasin which resonated throughout the house, the long-legged steps of the curlew wandering in his bedroom, his congenital fear of the dark, and the invisible presence of his dead father in the vast, sleeping mansion.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He’d been spared congenital syphilis.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
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