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  • It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
  • Feed the nobility—not the depravity—within you.
  • And yet his crime was committed more in thoughtlessness than deliberate depravity.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • "It is when my umbrella turns inside out that I am convinced of the total depravity of inanimate things," she said gaily.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island

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  • She at first lacked the depravity indispensable to shutting me up in mental darkness.
    Douglass, Frederick  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave
  • He had called it obscene and depraved in assembly; what would he say to the town?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • You’re dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Why are you constantly escorting me places?" I say. "Isn’t there a depraved activity you’re supposed to be taking part in? Kicking puppies or spying on girls while they change, or something?"
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • And yet his crime was committed more in thoughtlessness than deliberate depravity.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • To me, religion is about our dignity, not our depravity.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • Now the planners are asking their people not to blame the government, but to blame the depravity of the rich,
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Was there no end to their depravity?
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • not one drop of real depravity had penetrated to her heart;
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Underpinning all of it ... lay a bedrock of depravity and violence
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • His own explorations have suggested to him that prostitutes are motivated less by depravity than by poverty,
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • I have prayed-to both sides-for release from this depravity of thought,
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Luther had proclaimed that mankind was totally depraved after the Fall from Grace.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Despite the depravity I see in Dauntless, though, I could not leave it.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • he relied upon his own depravity to shield and sustain him in his savage barbarity;
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Without question, she is equally in the dark as to her soul, its present depravity, and future destiny!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • To what level of depravity has a society descended when it condemns a man simply because he is strong and great?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • for depravity, or poverty, or an habitual acquaintance with both, had left a taint on all the animate matter,
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But, Cousin, consider that, if you destroy delicacy and a sense of shame in a young girl, you deprave her very fast.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • it is very melancholy to consider, what numbers of people there are furnished with the powers of reason and gifts of nature, and yet abandoned to the grossest ignorance and depravity.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • "Then why don’t you do it?"
    "Natural depravity, I suppose."
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Thereafter, family politics consisted of assassination, betrayal, and other depravities, reducing Palancar’s house to a shadow of its former grandeur.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Wilfully and wantonly to have thrown off the companion of my youth, the acknowledged favourite of my father, a young man who had scarcely any other dependence than on our patronage, and who had been brought up to expect its exertion, would be a depravity,
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Deprave my little children?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • They carried the conversation into the depths of depravity.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • O, the depravity of your hearts!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Even a half-remembrance of this episode, along with myriad other humiliations, defeats, and emasculations, could stir him into flights of depravity that surprised himself—but only himself.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • God knows what depravity we might get up to here without your guidance.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • In her earnest meditations on the contents of the letter, on the depravity of that mind which could dictate it,
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • That lie and cog and flout, deprave and slander,
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • The enormity of the crime and the extreme depravity of the criminal, appear the greater in view of the character of the victim,
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • His depravity with women was not simply what it used to be, but even more revolting.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • the eternal question presented itself whether all this was simple stupidity and human frailty, a common depravity, or...
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • surely it is unfair to argue such universal depravity from a few vicious individuals; nor was this, I believe, ever done by a man, who, upon searching his own mind, found one certain exception to the general rule.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Both utterly heartless, both men upon town, both thoroughly initiated in its worst vices, both deeply in debt, both fallen from some higher estate, both addicted to every depravity for which society can find some genteel name
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • her alternations between heavenly goodness and hellish depravity
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • And what was the repentance that was extorted from the hardness of her heart and the blackness of her depravity?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He was hard alike on the lazy, the depraved, and the weak, and tried to get them expelled from the commune.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I had turned loose into the world a depraved wretch, whose delight was in carnage and misery;
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good,
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • Hey, I’m depraved on account I’m deprived!
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • a nature the most gross, impure, depraved I ever saw, was associated with mine,
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • So he was becoming depraved.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She owns a whorehouse, the most vicious and depraved in this whole end of the country.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But our depraved age does not deserve to enjoy such a blessing as those ages enjoyed when knights-errant took upon their shoulders the defence of...
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • They are a depraved, worthless set.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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