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  • She was slow to decide what to do, but once she did nothing could deter her from her chosen course of action.
  • The goal is to catch and punish enough tax cheaters to deter others from trying to cheat on their taxes.
  • Tax uncertainty deters investment.
  • ...we hold it to be the first task of statesmanship to develop the strength that will deter the forces of aggression and promote the conditions of peace.
    Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th US President)

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  • The risks posed by this dangerous relationship cannot be contained or deterred by traditional means.
    2004 Republican Party Platform  --  http://www.gop.com/media/2004platform.pdf(retrieved 06/28/06)
  • Obviously the child was about to be shot as a punishment for his offence and to deter others.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • We cannot be deterred from our goal.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I’m not worried about anyone who would be deterred by a locked door,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I was heartbroken, but I was not deterred. I would find a way around this brick wall.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • ...no matter what she said to him, it didn’t seem to deter his overtures.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One

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  • Twice the dog turned around and growled, but Sophie was not to be deterred.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The fact that it was three A.M. and raining buckets didn’t deter them.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Three months of hitting blank walls in researching Hunter Brown didn’t deter her.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • The Italian side replied with a counter-barrage that failed to deter the Austrians from further shots,
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I shot him a look, but, as usual, he did not seem deterred.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • And now submarines are armed with mass murder, our silly, only way of deterring mass murder.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • But he’s not sure he has the energy anymore to put up a deterring facade, to spot potential threats and fend off attacks.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And most likely it was not the prospect of mere imprisonment that deterred these unhappy people, but the common belief that a sentence of imprisonment was tantamount to a death sentence, owing to the very high mortality prevailing in the town jail.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • The mayor’s wife was not deterred.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • fear of greater misfortunes might have deterred me from it.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I began to believe that no number of border guards will deter children like Enrique, who are willing to endure so much to reach the United States.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Three times my mom tries to contact me. First on my cell, although turning it off didn’t deter her because she called Sierra’s house twice.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • [referring to the physical beating they had to give to the soldier with claustrophobia]  We do it quickly and mercilessly, and at last he sits down quietly. The others have turned pale; let’s hope it deters them.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • let us hear none of the conventional objections that deter weak minds from preparing for the future.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He disbelieved the story which even some of the most faithful confirmed, the story of really evil children who were not deterred by mutilation, but came back with all the scars.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • ...she’s not about to be deterred:
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Finally, I threatened to turn the lot of them into toads, excuse me, frogs, but when that didn’t deter them, I sneaked up here in the middle of the night.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "I don’t want to go."
    ...
    Mama pulled Thalia up from the seat by the hands, leaned in, and fixed her with a gaze I knew well. Not a thing on this earth could deter her now.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • no bodily fear could have deterred him; but he was mastered by another sort of fear,
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • White Fang had never seen such a dog (it was a mastiff); but the size and fierce aspect of the intruder did not deter him.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The people of Carvahall might take an age and a half to reach a decision, but once they did, nothing could deter them from their course.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • There were three policemen too, one of whom was mounted, doing their best, under instructions from Stent, to keep the people back and deter them from approaching the cylinder.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • humans ... can be deterred from seeking marriage
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He had been living on Hedeby Island for a month, but he had never taken a walk inland; the freezing temperatures and regular snowstorms had deterred him.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • He sat down to wait, choosing a bench on which, an arm’s length away, a woman’s purse rested-tempting him to snake his hand around inside it. But the appearance of its owner ... deterred him.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • They passed over the pond ... seemingly deterred from settling by my light,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • our gallant dogs, surrounded by a dozen or more large jackals, were fighting bravely, four of their opponents lay dead, but the others were in no way deterred by the fate of their comrades.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Deterred not from achieving what might lead
    To happier life, knowledge of good and evil;
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Often she was tempted to tell Martha that the child must be kept at home, but somehow the memory of his foolish, happy face deterred her.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • He thought of trying to get out of bed, but the thought of the thump and the drop and the accompanying escalation of pain constantly deterred him.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • I demand this so that others may be deterred from similar crimes, so that peaceful and industrious people may be safe.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • In order to try and see the water as solid, and not be deterred by its motion, he looked up at the far shore and held the lunch bags high just in case.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • And, probably, had such a step been suggested to him, he would have been deterred from taking it by the...
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • one should not be deterred from improving his possessions for fear lest they be taken away from him or another from opening up trade for fear of taxes;
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • ...had I not been deterred by the very chance that such an injury might prove greater than the injury to be averted,
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • He knew where the oars were—hidden to deter the visitors from going out
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • LeMay says the only way a general can win a modern war is not fight one. ... When you don’t deter them any longer, you lose.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The knowledge of this should perhaps deter me from relating what I am convinced will so much affect you.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Horrible as the raids were, we found that life continued anyway, and the threat of the Iraqi Air Force could not deter Iran from its celebration.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • ’I have considered others,’ rejoined Nicholas; ’but as honesty and honour are both at issue, nothing shall deter me.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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