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  • With one finger, he prodded her shoulder, and then leaned over and peered into the nightstand drawer where I was rapidly sorting through a bewilderment of junk: change, chips, lip gloss, coasters, false eyelashes, nail polish remover, tattered paperbacks (Your Erroneous Zones), perfume samples, old cassette tapes, ten years’ expired insurance cards, and a bunch of giveaway matchbooks from a Reno legal office that said REPRESENTING DWI AND ALL DRUG OFFENSES.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • My dear Peter, people go by so many erroneous assumptions.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I am afraid, my dear Watson, that most of your conclusions were erroneous.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles

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  • The impression which I had received respecting the character and condition of the people of the north, I found to be singularly erroneous.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This is one of the many examples of the men missing in action erroneously reported and later being established as a lie.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was evident to us, however, that this popular idea was erroneous.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • It took me a minute to understand the erroneous conclusion he’d drawn.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "No, I considered it erroneous and did not follow it," said Pierre, so softly that the Rhetor did not hear him and asked him what he was saying.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • Anita Vanger, daughter of Harald Vanger, was erroneously listed as Harriet’s "first cousin."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Only if you are afraid of looking foolish, and I would have looked far more foolish if I persisted with an erroneous belief.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The picture which she had then drawn of the privations of the approaching winter, had proved erroneous; no friends had deserted them, no pleasures had been lost.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • ’What you say is rather profound, and probably erroneous,’ he said, with a laugh.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Many researchers have adopted the erroneous belief that where there has been one incident, there must be others.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • When I was looking at this film over and over again, I had an erroneous view of the universe that communication takes place between people.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • At first we believed erroneously that the Germans would finally lose now; later we felt despair and ever-increasing doubt about the fate of mankind and ourselves as Hitler’s troops advanced further into Russia.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Failure to do so may lead to totally erroneous and dangerous assumptions.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • However in another pocket he came across what he surmised in the dark were pennies, erroneously however, as it turned out.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Although many people erroneously interpreted apocalypse as a cataclysmic end of the world, the word literally signified an "unveiling," predicted by the ancients to be that of great wisdom.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • There was so much erroneous information in this statement that it honestly took me a second to decide, outline style, what to address first.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • For between true Science, and erroneous Doctrines, Ignorance is in the middle.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Aristotle’s erroneous view of the sexes was doubly harmful because it was his—rather than Plato’s—view that held sway throughout the Middle Ages.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • In the second place, since his ideas about her soul will be very crude and often erroneous, he will, in some degree, be praying for an imaginary person, and it will be your task to make that imaginary person daily less and less like the real mother—the sharp-tongued old lady at the breakfast table.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Yet, as to myself, I must confess, having never been designed for a courtier, either by my birth or education, I was so ill a judge of things, that I could not discover the lenity and favour of this sentence, but conceived it (perhaps erroneously) rather to be rigorous than gentle.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He was in this state when a medic had spotted him and ordered the erroneous telegram notifying Jean Ryan that her husband was dead.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • She was back on Everest in 1994 after raising more than a quarter of a million dollars from corporate sponsors to secure the talents of Several magazines and newspapers have erroneously reported that I was a correspondent for Outside Online.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He had had no love affair since that which culminated in his marriage, and since then time and the world had taught him how raw and erroneous was his original judgment.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He argued erroneously when he said to himself that her heart was not indexed in the honest freshness of her face; but Tess had no advocate to set him right.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "Mesmer posited a magnetic fluid encircling the body, which was certainly erroneous," says Dr. DuPont.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Like the pyramids and the ruins of Maya, they will commemorate an erroneous development of human genius.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • His writing and printing from time to time gave great advantage to his enemies; unguarded expressions, and even erroneous opinions, delivered in preaching, might have been afterwards explain’d or qualifi’d by supposing others that might have accompani’d them, or they might have been deny’d; but litera scripta monet.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • To this the Roman legate answered: "As for that which has been said, that it is better and more advantageous for your state not to interfere in our war, nothing can be more erroneous; because by not interfering you will be left, without favour or consideration, the guerdon of the conqueror."
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Through the medium of the scout, who served for years afterward as a link between them and civilized life, they learned, in answer to their inquiries, that the "Gray Head" was speedily gathered to his fathers—borne down, as was erroneously believed, by his military misfortunes; and that the "Open Hand" had conveyed his surviving daughter far into the settlements of the pale faces, where her tears had at last ceased to flow, and had been succeeded by the bright smiles which were better…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It was an individual operating on erroneous information.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Rebecca, however erroneously taught to interpret the promises of Scripture to the chosen people of Heaven, did not err in supposing the present to be their hour of trial, or in trusting that the children of Zion would be one day called in with the fulness of the Gentiles.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • It was not hard to imagine various appointments by the scores that were best left to erroneous registrations.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • By a superior being our reasonings may take the same tone-though erroneous they may be fine-This is the very thing in which consists poetry.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The constructive or combining power, by which ingenuity is usually manifested, and to which the phrenologists (I believe erroneously) have assigned a separate organ, supposing it a primitive faculty, has been so frequently seen in those whose intellect bordered otherwise upon idiocy, as to have attracted general observation among writers on morals.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • It is a forcing of the truth to suit a plausible, but erroneous, explanation of that contradiction which this man discovers in himself and which appears to himself to be the source of his by no means negligible sufferings.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Of the group the mother alone stood out as having that force and determination which, however blind or erroneous, makes for self-preservation, if not success in life.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • By getting Sue back and remarrying her on the respectable plea of having entertained erroneous views of her, and gained his divorce wrongfully, he might acquire some comfort, resume his old courses, perhaps return to the Shaston school, if not even to the Church as a licentiate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He, in the meantime, festering with indignation at some erroneous intelligence of Farfrae’s opposition to the scheme for installing him in the little seed-shop, was greeted with the news of the municipal election (which, by reason of Farfrae’s comparative youth and his Scottish nativity—a thing unprecedented in the case—had an interest far beyond the ordinary).
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I am deeply chagrined that any editor would accept a story without verification in which such obviously erroneous information is contained…… If the man who wrote that story had any sense, he would know you couldn’t ’boat’ a race run in that fast time.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I crawled into the ring, keeping a cold eye on Otto, grabbed Tradd by the collar, and jerked him beneath the ropes before Otto could make the terribly erroneous conclusion that I entertained any thoughts of violence towardhim.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • To say truth, nothing is more erroneous than the common observation, that men who are ill-natured and quarrelsome when they are drunk, are very worthy persons when they are sober: for drink, in reality, doth not reverse nature, or create passions in men which did not exist in them before.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Want of breath prevented a continuance of the song; and the breakdown attracted the attention of a firm-standing man of middle age, who kept each corner of his crescent-shaped mouth rigorously drawn back into his cheek, as if to do away with any suspicion of mirthfulness which might erroneously have attached to him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • It had come across his mind that if he were hard upon his sister, it might somehow tend to make Tom hard upon Maggie at some distant day, when her father was no longer there to take her part; for simple people, like our friend Mr. Tulliver, are apt to clothe unimpeachable feelings in erroneous ideas, and this was his confused way of explaining to himself that his love and anxiety for "the little wench" had given him a new sensibility toward his sister.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …curtain-rod, which I had mistaken for daylight—traced across the darkness, as with a stroke of chalk across a blackboard, its first white correcting ray, when the window, with its curtains, would leave the frame of the doorway, in which I had erroneously placed it, while, to make room for it, the writing-table, which my memory had clumsily fixed where the window ought to be, would hurry off at full speed, thrusting before it the mantelpiece, and sweeping aside the wall of the passage;…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • …a teacher of the divine art of medicine," said Professor Pietro Baglioni, in answer to a question of Giovanni, "to withhold due and well-considered praise of a physician so eminently skilled as Rappaccini; but, on the other hand, I should answer it but scantily to my conscience were I to permit a worthy youth like yourself, Signor Giovanni, the son of an ancient friend, to imbibe erroneous ideas respecting a man who might hereafter chance to hold your life and death in his hands.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
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