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  • Both sides have demonstrated a lack of constraint in the discussions.
  • We want constraints on her power to spend taxpayer funds.
  • I will devote my full energy to the project, without constraint.
  • Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.
    Alexander Hamilton  --  Federalist Papers

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  • Bedeviled as they may have been at times by the dilemma of surplus population, the traditional slaveholders of the Western world were under Christian constraint to avoid anything resembling a "final solution" to solve the problem of excess labor; one could not shoot an expensively unproductive slave;
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "I might add that she’s one of my relatives for whom I have the highest regard."
    "Does that mean that you don’t suspect her?"
    "I wouldn’t say that. I want you to ponder the matter without any constraints, regardless of what I think or believe."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • An indescribable constraint, weariness, and humiliation were perceptible beneath this hardihood.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Free from all social constraint, young people gave way openly to instinct, taking advantage of the darkness to flirt in our midst, without caring about anyone else, as though they were alone in the world.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • We were looked after by the older brother, who must have been warned to restrain himself, for he never touched us. The younger one was under no such constraints.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Why should we have a government? Because the passions of men won’t conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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  • She insisted on her unequivocal determination for them to remain together only so long as they were friends, without constraints or promises for the future, just like Sartre and Beauvoir.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • There’s no physics to worry about, no constraints on acceleration, no air resistance.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • They understood, with an admirable delicacy of instinct, that certain cares may be put under constraint.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But I want us to be in agreement about the constraints of the job.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • What made me finally recognize the indifferent cruelty of my own past wasn’t the constraints put on me by the U.S. government, nor the debt I had amassed for legal fees, nor the fact that I could not be with the man I loved.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I painfully explained the constraints on resources and time, telling them how frantic we were just trying to get the new office up and running.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • As though to prove that the constraint between them was broken, in the next wait for the rowboat Nat strolled over to join her where she stood watching.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Constraint.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • We fitted well together, and most of our original constraint was gone, lost in shared excitement and the novelty of exploring each other.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Andy’s mother, with her understated jewelry and her not-quite-interested smile—the kind of woman who could get on the phone with the mayor if she needed a favor — seemed to operate somehow above the constraints of New York City bureaucracy.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But to Louie, training felt like one more constraint.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He might have noticed that a curious constraint came over the other members of the party.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • There is in each of us a feeling of constraint.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • But I could not help seeing that there was some constraint with him.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Yes?" said the Doctor, with evident constraint.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • After a moment Mattie seemed to be affected by the same sense of constraint.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • By contrast, the working-class and poor children were characterized by "an emerging sense of distance, distrust, and constraint."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I have done nothing actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door locked you lay yourself open to an action for assault and illegal constraint.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Boris did not appear to notice the constraint the newcomer produced and, with the same pleasant composure and the same veiled look in his eyes with which he had met Rostov, tried to enliven the conversation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Notwithstanding all this, when the hurry of the first half-hour was over, the same silence and constraint prevailed that had marked their journey down.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • My feet rang on the flagged stones, echoing to the ceiling, and I felt guilty at the sound, as one does in church, self-conscious, aware of the same constraint.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Mr. and Mrs. Shelby both felt annoyed and degraded by the familiar impudence of the trader, and yet both saw the absolute necessity of putting a constraint on their feelings.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • All are full of accursed spirits; but, in order that hereafter sight only may suffice thee, hear how and wherefore they are in constraint.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Msimangu’s face lights up, but he talks humbly, there is no pride or false constraint.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Even the constraint which had been between them since the day of Melanie’s ill-starred surprise party did not worry her, for she knew it would pass.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In strange contrast to the hardly tolerable constraint and nameless invisible domineerings of the captain’s table, was the entire care-free license and ease, the almost frantic democracy of those inferior fellows the harpooneers.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I answered with a constraint I made no attempt to disguise, that I had seen Mr. Jaggers in Miss Havisham’s house on the very day of our combat, but never at any other time, and that I believed he had no recollection of having ever seen me there.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • There was a certain constraint in all this conversation, and in the silence, and in the reconciliation, and in the forgiveness, and all were feeling it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He shook his constraint from him nervously.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They greeted each other with constraint "I am glad you have come to Camelot," he said.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • All constraint with the master had disappeared long ago.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • For madam, said Sir Launcelot, I love not to be constrained to love; for love must arise of the heart, and not by no constraint.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • I have a father who knows you and loves me dearly, who without putting any constraint on my inclination will grant what will be reasonable for you to have, if it be that you value me as you say and as I believe you do.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Before another woman’s loom in Argos it may be you will pass, or at Messeis or Hypereie fountain, carrying water, against your will—iron constraint upon you.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But I, embracing Hatred, she lends,—forbidding, stiffly fluted, The ruff’s starched folds that hold the head so rigid; Each enemy—another fold—a gopher, Who adds constraint, and adds a ray of glory; For Hatred, like the ruff worn by the Spanish, Grips like a vice, but frames you like a halo!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The best academic summary is probably: R. I. M. Dunbar, "Neocortex size as a constraint on group size in primates," Journal of Human Evolution (1992), vol.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I am sure this—what should I say, constraint, reticence in you will vanish at last.’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • And they are not to found otherwise, because men will always prove untrue to you unless they are kept honest by constraint.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • His whole air was expressive of constraint and weariness, which our lieutenants of the garrison would to-day translate admirably as, "What a beastly bore!"
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • We kept jumping hurdles, kept breaking from the constraints, kept evading the border guards of every new trek.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
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