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  • This may sound like an excuse, and perhaps even a little sad, but it’s hard for others to know how consuming one’s arrival in a new land can be, how it will take up every last resource of spirit, which too often can lead to the detriment of most everything else.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • What’s more, they are detrimental to the revolution, so we must oppose them resolutely."
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • After it’s completely off, I wrap my legs around his waist and lock him against me, because there could be nothing more detrimental than if he were to pull away right now.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • At times I, to my detriment, can be an impressionable man.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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  • This passion is detrimental to me, for you do not reflect that YOU are the cause of its excess.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It’s his only detriment.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Some ladies, with faces betraying complete forgetfulness of all the rules of decorum, pushed forward to the detriment of their toilets.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Their talents lie in scheming and plotting for power-to everyone else’s detriment.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Nor did she know that the cure for tuberculosis in 1903 was precisely the one most detrimental to the patients.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I wondered how many other clerks there were up-stairs, and whether they all claimed to have the same detrimental mastery of their fellow-creatures.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • It is, I suppose, the reaction from the haunting fear which I have had, that this terrible affair and the reopening of his old wound might act detrimentally on Jonathan.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Sir," said he, "do you suppose for a moment that a man can sustain a physical shock, such as M. Noirtier has received, without any detriment to his mental faculties?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Most persons, owing to causes which I may not have space to hint at, suffer moral detriment from this peculiar mode of life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But that name turned out to be a detriment rather than an asset to me.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • As a college professor, I’ve seen this as one lesson so many kids ignore, always to their detriment: You’ve got to get the fundamentals down, because otherwise the fancy stuff is not going to work.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • I am sorry that this must be censored [by the prison authorities], & I sincerely hope this letter is not detrimental towards your eventual release but I feel you should know & realize what terrible hurt you have done.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "I grant and accord it," said Don Quixote, "provided without detriment or prejudice to my king, my country, or her who holds the key of my heart and freedom, it may be complied with."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Take heed lest it prove as detrimental to you.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • "It’s a love of a bonnet, but I prefer the face inside, for it looks young and happy again," and John kissed the smiling face, to the great detriment of the rosebud under the chin.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • So very great is the improvement Time has brought about in such habits, that a moderate statement of the quantity of wine and punch which one man would swallow in the course of a night, without any detriment to his reputation as a perfect gentleman, would seem, in these days, a ridiculous exaggeration.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It suggested that he must have made — or had been planning to make — more Horcruxes, so that the loss of his first would not be so detrimental.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • I constructed a couple of hen-coops too, for the hens and their little chicks which we had brought from Woodlands, for I knew that if I left them unprotected, the inquisitive dispositions of Knips and Fangs might induce them to make anatomical experiments which would be detrimental to the welfare of the youngsters.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Thus there was little evidence of the invasion’s impact, a detriment to morale.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • To meet the objections of some inveterate cavillers, I may as well state, that if I dined out occasionally, as I always had done, and I trust shall have opportunities to do again, it was frequently to the detriment of my domestic arrangements.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • "I believe you will accept the post I offer you," said he, "and hold it for a while: not permanently, though: any more than I could permanently keep the narrow and narrowing — the tranquil, hidden office of English country incumbent; for in your nature is an alloy as detrimental to repose as that in mine, though of a different kind."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • To my detriment, at times.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • I felt the greatest admiration for the virtues of this young lady; and, honestly with the view of doing my best to prevent the good-nature of Traddles from being imposed upon, to the detriment of their joint prospects in life, inquired how Mr. Micawber was?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • You won’t make any use of it to my detriment at Kenge and Carboy’s or elsewhere.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Society, civilised society at least, is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He instituted comparisons between the elementary and clerical schools to the detriment of the latter; called to mind the massacre of St. Bartholomew a propos of a grant of one hundred francs to the church, and denounced abuses, aired new views.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He had never thought of them in an unfavorable light before, but now he could see that they were detrimental.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Onlee—onlee—you see, Mister O’Hara, I am unfortunately Asiatic, which is serious detriment in some respects.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • A star system was in place, as he saw it, and it worked to the detriment of a majority of students.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • We’ll straighten it out in no time, it was an act of illegal insurrection, their state government had no right to impose local taxes detrimental to national taxes, we’ll negotiate an equitable arrangement immediatelybut in the meantime, if you have been disturbed by any unpatriotic rumors about the California oil companies, I just wanted to tell you that Rearden Steel has been placed in the top category of essential need, with first claim upon any oil available anywhere in the nation,…
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • "Ay, to be sure, there should be a little devil in a woman," said Mr. Chichely, whose study of the fair sex seemed to have been detrimental to his theology.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Despite her rough honesty she did not intend to disclose that to him, either by mail or in person, nor did she have it in her heart to tell him how false the sentimentalities of his letters sounded after the miraculous consolation of his written meditations, how his lyrical lies cheapened him, how detrimental his maniacal insistence on recapturing the past was to his cause.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I was sent over here to track down a story originating in Taiwan, a story so detrimental to all our interests that a hint of its contents could start a chain of events that terrifies everyone.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • If you will accept some frank but well-intentioned advice from an old woman, permit me to observe, that in permanent unions between the sexes, discrepancies in age and fortune must always be detrimental; but how much more so, are discrepancies in moral outlook.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • …to possess her realms Though wide, and this high temple to frequent With ministeries due, and solemn rites: But, lest his heart exalt him in the harm Already done, to have dispeopled Heaven, My damage fondly deemed, I can repair That detriment, if such it be to lose Self-lost; and in a moment will create Another world, out of one man a race Of men innumerable, there to dwell, Not here; till, by degrees of merit raised, They open to themselves at length the way Up hither, under…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …that the poverty of Russia arises not merely from the anomalous distribution of landed property and misdirected reforms, but that what had contributed of late years to this result was the civilization from without abnormally grafted upon Russia, especially facilities of communication, as railways, leading to centralization in towns, the development of luxury, and the consequent development of manufactures, credit and its accompaniment of speculation—all to the detriment of agriculture.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • There had been at one time malicious rumors which had even reached the Archbishop (not only regarding our monastery, but in others where the institution of elders existed) that too much respect was paid to the elders, even to the detriment of the authority of the Superior, that the elders abused the sacrament of confession and so on and so on—absurd charges which had died away of themselves everywhere.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He has been known to treat some of these non-commissioned gentlemen to a glass of porter, and, indeed, in their first Sunday walks was disposed to spoil little Georgy, sadly gorging the boy with apples and parliament, to the detriment of his health—until Amelia declared that George should never go out with his grandpapa unless the latter promised solemnly, and on his honour, not to give the child any cakes, lollipops, or stall produce whatever.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • What did I do, in detriment to Clifford, which it was possible to leave undone?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Indeed, this may be thought too detrimental a scheme to the French interest, since they would thus lose the advantage they have over other nations in the superiority of their engineers; but when I consider the gallantry and generosity of that people, I am persuaded they would never decline putting themselves upon a par with their adversary; or, as the phrase is, making themselves his match.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Since the death of his wife, Thomas has been a detriment to us all.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • The net result is always to the detriment of true culture in any case.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • You’ll know us, to your detriment.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • If you were to assume that many experts use their information to your detriment, you’d be right.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • If I do not, I fear that I shall carry this with me to my detriment, for I experience such relief when applying my pen to your pages.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • It is scarcely necessary to say that in this curiously shaped fissure the Hansbach had become a cascade to the detriment of its size.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
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