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  • I tried to divert her attention.
  • A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.
    African Proverb
  • Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
    Albert Einstein
  • What if another Griever got Alby after I diverted the one chasing me?
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner

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  • This diverted the pain from deep inside his brain, where he couldn’t reach it, to a pain outside that he had control over.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Juan Tomas went out among the neighbours to divert their suspicions,
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Montag had only a glimpse, before Faber, seeing Montag’s attention diverted, turned quickly and shut the bedroom door and stood holding the knob with a trembling hand.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • It was the reward of two hours of walking aimlessly around a hardware store to divert suspicion.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • It was only a tiny disturbance anyway—not strong enough to divert her from the ambition welling in her now:
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • He diverted the waterfall straight into the giant’s face.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune

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  • But I endeavoured to divert him from this design, by many arguments drawn from the topics of policy as well as justice;
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I have explained that you can weaken his prayers by diverting his attention from...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • and wishing, though it were only for a second, to divert the vision’s stony gaze from himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • We merely want to divert the bus from its course for a few minutes.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • But may I not venture to suggest that you will find my idea of sport more diverting than Ivan’s?
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • "Second," he said loudly, ignoring me, "try to divert them by mentioning anything about your therapist."
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Both street and air traffic had been diverted from the usually choked avenue, and the media was thronged like a busy parade across the wide street.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • If neither one gets through, we have shots farther back which can be diverted—for example easy to shift targets among Delaware-Bay-Chesapeake-Bay group.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • I divert my gaze out the driver’s-side window and press the automatic unlock button, focusing on the injured garden gnome, who is staring back at me with his smug little grin.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • "Yes, and I’m the smoke-and-mirror act diverting their attention while he comes up with a plan."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • People later said that some of this money had been diverted to finance a plot to bomb planes traveling from Britain to the US.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I said rather mildly that most of the women were really bored and perhaps not so well educated and that they did indeed divert themselves with foolish things.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Allison’s attention was diverted to the kids, and she rushed toward Josie, who’d fallen and was already beginning to cry.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Nevertheless I did occasionally try to divert him by offering demonstrations of some of my scientific equipment.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I remembered something and dug into my pocket, glad for an excuse to divert the conversation.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She would quickly divert them into the entrance of the frightening maze in the Nuwara Eliya Park and leave them there, lost, while she went off to steal flowers.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The casus is diverting.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Mark James stands at the front of the crowd, unable to divert his gaze away from it.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • The android’s light dimmed as its power source was diverted.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • But that evening, with Will’s words still echoing around my head, I found myself diverting into the library.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Traffic will be diverted.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "You see," Mr. Benedict began again, "although most people care about the truth, they can nonetheless — under certain circumstances, and given proper persuasion — be diverted from it.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Before she could ask what he meant, she was diverted by the sight of Nat Eaton swinging along the deck in their direction.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • It became a habit, using Dorothy to divert attention from himself and his house.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • Sir Stephan galloped off and Uaaxee hurried away, diverted by new guests.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • The boys I find not nearly so diverting.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • She had set off the fireworks in the elevator to divert suspicion from the real bomber.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Their train had been diverted to Auschwitz.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He took advantage of Miss Borrows’s willingness to be diverted from the subjects of Grammar and Composition to the subject of anything else at all to ask her about money—how exactly it worked, how one used it to get things one wanted.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Puller thought about this. lie had a short time to divert a possible catastrophe.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Etienne diverts himself with fantasies of escape.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Tie picks up his cup and diverts his eyes from mine.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Before I can fully absorb the humiliation of that thought, she diverts my attention.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Sensing that Mrs. Brown was preparing to launch a verbal grenade but not knowing exactly how to divert the attack, I simply shrugged my shoulders and prepared for the worst.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • We made the illegal trip at night and without headlights: the food had been diverted from a shipment headed for Germany.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Nathan went on and on divertingly about such matters.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I said, diverted.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Resources are diverted.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Our attention was diverted by the swoosh of a long black limousine turning into the resort’s pebbly driveway.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I’m grateful for his attempt to divert everyone’s attention from me, but it doesn’t work.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
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