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  • And the Coast Guard, didn’t they routinely dissuade people from coming here?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • His teachers and friends tried to dissuade him, and his father was reluctant to write the speech for him.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I tried to dissuade these kind people from thinking they could do anything, but I gave them my card and told them they could call me.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I saw no reason to dissuade them.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • I don’t wish to dissuade her from this suspicion, as Renny himself, stopping in on his way home last night, all but admitted to me that he’s been driving by Liv’s office at odd hours, as well as her condominium, to check whether someone else’s car might regularly be there.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I consider running into town, trying to find him to dissuade him from any such truth, but I know that would only encourage suspicion.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Mr. Traynor’s family and friends had all expressed their opposition to his stated desire to end his life prematurely but given his medical history and previous attempt on his own life (detailed in his attached hospital records), his intellect and strength of character, they were apparently unable to dissuade him, even during an extended six-month period which was negotiated with him specifically for this purpose.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • No wonder Dana had tried to dissuade her from taking the non-scheduled flight to Tampa, then Miami.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Gramps insisted on being with her while she underwent tests, though an intern had tried to dissuade him.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • My parents never would have tried to dissuade them.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box

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  • Dunwoody had quickly learned that Mr. Barlowe was an enterprising gentleman who generated large streams of revenue and who required an attorney with a creative mind and a deft touch in order to dissuade curious institutional minds from examining his affairs too closely.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Junior had dissuaded her by pointing out the impracticality: any time the tiniest cobweb was spotted trailing from a prism, he would need to send a workman over with a sixteen-foot stepladder.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I felt I could not dissuade her, even though her speech already had a glutinous, slurred quality.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • No one could budge or dissuade her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • If she wants to believe in a government conspiracy, I don’t think I can dissuade her.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Henry wished to dissuade me, but seeing me bent on this plan, ceased to remonstrate.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • When I explained I was in town to write about the Fugees and the effects of refugee resettlement on Clarkston, he did his best to dissuade me.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • But I resisted all his solicitations and succeeded in dissuading him from his announced intention of walking home with me.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Some, too, will remember also that Saruman dissuaded us from open deeds against him, and for long we watched him only.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • You are not easily dissuaded.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • But Dick was not to be dissuaded.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Athos, according to his system, neither encouraged nor dissuaded him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I neither expressed surprise at this resolution nor attempted to dissuade her from it.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • My thoughts scrambled, searching for some way to dissuade him without triggering his stubbornness.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Once Nana made up her mind about something, there was no way to dissuade her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Great! I wasn’t about to try and dissuade the Powers-That-Be.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • The conduct of the son in seeking to avenge his father was so natural that Chateau-Renaud did not seek to dissuade him, and was content with renewing his assurances of devotion.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The bishop tried to dissuade him, but Carlo’s mind was made up.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He tried to dissuade her.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the dissuading arguments of my best friends.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • We’ve done our best to dissuade her,’ I evaded, inadequately.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • When Princess Mary heard from Nicholas that her brother was with the Rostovs at Yaroslavl she at once prepared to go there, in spite of her aunt’s efforts to dissuade her—and not merely to go herself but to take her nephew with her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And he’d tell him in spite of all Ashley could do to dissuade him.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • So she refused to let her mother dissuade her.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • "I need to go, too!" cried Fenoglio, perhaps intending to dissuade Meggie from carrying out her plan, but the guard closed the door in his face.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • She couldn’t see any way to draw Chencha out of her depression, to dissuade her from the belief that no one would marry her after the violent attack she had suffered at the hands of the bandits.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • We did our best to dissuade Jake.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The mention of the thing he thought he perceived was involuntary on Sam’s part at first, and his confused attempts to dissuade him he set down to a desperate lying on second thoughts, as being unwilling to implicate Liza.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I’ve seen him get like this before, when he’s writing a new song or is trying to convince me to do something I won’t want to do—like go camping with him—and nothing, not a meteorite crashing into the planet, not even a girlfriend in the ICU, can dissuade him.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • If Pecola had announced her intention to live the life they did, they would not have tried to dissuade her or voiced any alarm.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • "You are young," I attempted to dissuade him.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • I must dissuade you of that.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I did all I could to dissuade him from it, but he continued scribbling verses till Pope cured him.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • But the artilleryman dissuaded me: "It’s no kindness to the right sort of wife," he said, "to make her a widow"; and in the end I agreed to go with him, under cover of the woods, northward as far as Street Cobham before I parted with him.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • She entered heart and soul into the details of the enterprise, advised and dissuaded: and finally a contract was drawn up by which Kathleen was to receive eight guineas for her services as accompanist at the four grand concerts.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Ah, go down through the ranks of men-ait-arms; in your mild way dissuade them, one by one, from hauling out their graceful ships to sea!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He began to speak, trying to find words not to dissuade but simply to soothe her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But Monsieur Farival had assured him that his wife was only overcome with sleep and fatigue, that Tonie would bring her safely back later in the day; and he had thus been dissuaded from crossing the bay.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I kept my plans to myself; I knew that friends would try to dissuade me from them, and I would not wound their feelings by rejecting their advice.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Though he anxiously endeavoured to dissuade me, I saw that he was of my mind; and this, if I had required to be confirmed in my intention, would have had the effect.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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