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  • No one is getting what they want out of the caste dissolution, and they think we don’t care."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • There seemed a purpose to its dissolution, as if it were directing them somehow….
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • But this time she was prepared for the sudden and complete dissolution of her body.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Almost half of all marriages ended in dissolution ….
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium

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  • We are "fighting for the maintenance of law and order," they wrote, "to assert the strength and dignity of the government" against the threat of "dissolution, anarchy, and ruin."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • It was only during the last five months of her imprisonment, when the Russian forces approached from the east and the camp underwent a gradual dissolution, that Sophie endured the worst of her physical sufferings.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My cry mingled with his, and we lost ourselves finally in each other in that last moment of dissolution and completion.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Sometimes, when he went down to put the kettle on, and didn’t return, I found them arguing happily in the kitchen like a pair of actors in a stage production, about the dissolution of the Soviet Union or whatever.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • In the Rostovs’ staid old-fashioned house the dissolution of former conditions of life was but little noticeable.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • Ten years, twenty, before dissolution begins to claim him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • The old woman’s voice was so lacking in command and reproof, so full of crumbling dissolution,—that Janie half believed that Nanny had not seen her.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • I shall be glad as long as I live that even in that moment of final dissolution, there was in the face a look of peace, such as I never could have imagined might have rested there.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • When the green light of a signal appeared by the track, it gave them a point to reach and pass, but-incongruous in the midst of the floating dissolution-it brought them no sense of relief.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Carter paused to let them imagine the dissolution of The Vigils.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • I know how soon youth would fade and bloom perish, if, in the cup of bliss offered, but one dreg of shame, or one flavour of remorse were detected; and I do not want sacrifice, sorrow, dissolution — such is not my taste.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And for young, fatherless men, some of whom had been co-opted into violence themselves as child soldiers, or who certainly had brothers or friends who had fought, a gang—with its promise of power and authority amid economic and social dissolution—must’ve seemed an intensely familiar analog to the bands of fighters who roamed Liberia during the war.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Could I even have thought of annihilation, or a total dissolution of soul as well as body, the gloomy thoughts of having no further being, no knowledge of what we hoped for, but an eternal quietus, without life or sense: even that, I say, would have been enough to strike me with horror and confusion!
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I shall only make one more examination of myself; when I have done that, I shall know pretty certainly when it will be that the horrors of dissolution will begin.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • She grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • Thou hast been my evil angel, and I will be thine—I will dog thee till the very instant of dissolution!
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Then, leaving infinitesimal sections of Wurtemburgers, Prussian Guards, Chasseurs Alpins, Manchester mill hands and old Etonians to pursue their eternal dissolution under the warm rain, they took the train for Paris.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • After Empedocles’ clarification of nature’s transformations as the combination and dissolution of the four "roots," something still remained to be explained.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • With pain that was like the bitterness of dissolution she murmured the words of her indispensable and sworn answer as an honourable woman.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He admitted, however, although with hesitation, that much of the peculiar gloom which thus afflicted him could be traced to a more natural and far more palpable origin—to the severe and long-continued illness—indeed to the evidently approaching dissolution—of a tenderly beloved sister—his sole companion for long years—his last and only relative on earth.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • While all the proceedings relative to the dissolution of the marriage-contract were being carried on at the house of M. de Villefort, Monte Cristo had paid his visit to the Count of Morcerf, who, in order to lose no time in responding to M. Danglars’ wishes, and at the same time to pay all due deference to his position in society, donned his uniform of lieutenant-general, which he ornamented with all his crosses, and thus attired, ordered his finest horses and drove to the Rue de la…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In the dark he could cry for all the dreams that Rocky had as he stared out of his graduation picture; he could cry for Josiah and the spotted cattle, all scattered now, all lost, sucked away in the dissolution that had taken everything from him.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • A world of incomparable refinements still lingered tremulously in porcelain and varnish, yielding an instant of emotion before its dissolution into purest thought.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Rich men are, frequently, in these days, saved from this dissolution of their fortune by their ability to hire younger brains.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • In New England, Garrison was publicly proclaiming, "I am an Abolitionist and, therefore, for the dissolution of the Union."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • From the associations of the Friends of the People, which was at the same time public and secret, sprang the Society of the Rights of Man, which also dated from one of the orders of the day: Pluviose, Year 40 of the republican era, which was destined to survive even the mandate of the Court of Assizes which pronounced its dissolution, and which did not hesitate to bestow on its sections significant names like the following:— Pikes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • When Brahma, or the God of Gods, saith the Shaster, resolved to recreate the world after one of its periodical dissolutions, he gave birth to Vishnoo, to preside over the work; but the Vedas, or mystical books, whose perusal would seem to have been indispensable to Vishnoo before beginning the creation, and which therefore must have contained something in the shape of practical hints to young architects, these Vedas were lying at the bottom of the waters; so Vishnoo became incarnate in…
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She sent messages to the dwarves and Urgals, ordered the bladesmiths to increase their production of spearheads, threatened the Council of Elders with dissolution-as she did most every week-and otherwise attended to the Varden’s business.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • A New York Communist writer summed up the history of the clubs and made a motion for their dissolution.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • And if another should allege the pledge which the king had given to the Pope that he would assist him in the enterprise, in exchange for the dissolution of his marriage(*) and for the cap to Rouen,(+) to that I reply what I shall write later on concerning the faith of princes, and how it ought to be kept.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I lingered but a moment at the mirror: the second and conclusive experiment had yet to be attempted; it yet remained to be seen if I had lost my identity beyond redemption and must flee before daylight from a house that was no longer mine; and hurrying back to my cabinet, I once more prepared and drank the cup, once more suffered the pangs of dissolution, and came to myself once more with the character, the stature, and the face of Henry Jekyll.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The return into the All, the dissolution of painful individuation, the reunion with God means the expansion of the soul until it is able once more to embrace the All.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • One night he tossed into consciousness in the ghastly, sickly feeling of dissolution, when all the cells in the body seem in intense irritability to be breaking down, and consciousness makes a last flare of struggle, like madness.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Sitting alone in his office, Edgar Quisenberry was aware of none of these facts, nor could his imagination anticipate the dollar’s fall, any more than he could have imagined the dissolution of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System in the space of a single hour.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • His eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep, his breath short; the man responsible for the dissolution of Treadstone was exhausted.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The waters of Charleston gleamed like a newly struck medallion on the last exhausted dissolution of light over water.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • None, but that there is so great a fever on goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it: novelty is only in request; and as it is as dangerous to be aged in any kind of course as it is virtuous to be constant in any undertaking.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Let us say that you might have become a telepathic cancer, a malignant mentality which in its inevitable dissolution would have poisoned other and greater minds.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • The way she worked it was this: She continued to tell the girl that she must belong to Edward; she was going to get a divorce; she was going to get a dissolution of marriage from Rome.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • It would have been highly inconvenient to him to part with Ladislaw at that time, when a dissolution might happen any day, and electors were to be convinced of the course by which the interests of the country would be best served.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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