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  • Instead of helping, her remarks were frivolous.
  • a frivolous young man
  • a frivolous novel
  • A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.
    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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  • Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.
    Marcus Valerius Martialis
  • she asked with the same frivolous irony.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • I pondered upon all this frivolity until my teeth were on edge.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • the elaborate frivolity of chess
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • [ROS marches up behind her, puts his hands over her eyes and says with a desperate frivolity.]

    ROS: Guess who?!
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • A girl’s girl, all the way, all pink and fluff and frivolity.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride

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  • He will watch as the frivolity of my mood directs the depletion of his funds in whatever unnecessary and trivial manner I can and do imagine.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Second, much of the research is thoughtless or frivolous.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • she spent no time in indulging the frivolous.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • —I come to crave your pardon.  (Ay, ’tis time
    To sue for pardon, now that death may come!)
    For the insult done to you when, frivolous,
    At first I loved you only for your face!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • His gifts were never frivolous or the result of Saturday morning cartoon advertising, but thoughtful and delightful.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • To leave frivolous circumstances, I pray you tell...
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • The home theater had been his idea, something he had always wanted. But now it embarrasses him. ...his kids’ $160 high-tops, the chenille bedspreads in his room, the energy with which he and Nahil have pursued these things. The fruits of his ambitions strike him as frivolous now. They remind him only of the brutal disparity between his life and what he’d found in Kabul.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I know that you have always flashed around a lot of money and spent it frivolously.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • Sunday was the only day the men did not get up before dawn, and therefore Saturday night was the only night anyone of the island would consider spending in a frivolous manner.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • I’ve never met such frivolous people as you before, or anybody so unbusinesslike
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • They think you’re too frivolous.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • so I pondered until all such frivolous thoughts were ended by an avalanche of books sliding down on to the desk in front of me.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • A frivolous woman.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • After nine hours of listening to the vagaries of Old Sarum’s inhabitants, Judge Taylor threw the case out of court on grounds of frivolous pleading and declared he hoped to God the litigants were satisfied by each having had his public say.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Sometimes I look at myself and I think: No wonder Nick finds me ridiculous, frivolous, spoiled, compared to his mom.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • And as frivolous as it was when I considered everything else going on, I couldn’t stop thinking about this French girl.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • The arts that were viewed so highly in Imre were seen as frivolous by those at the University.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And trust you not to spend it all on your frivolous toys?
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Hate me and my court for our frivolity and mindlessness when so many horrible things are going on outside of this city.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • It was the first time I had ever seen kids use their abilities so . frivolously.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I was still also so maddeningly and helplessly priapic—my first such fit since the doomed night with Leslie Lapidus—that the image I entertained of self-castration was, for a fleeting moment, not absolutely frivolous.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "You do not help your case by adopting this frivolous attitude, Madam," he interrupted, narrowing his eyes.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Television, music, sports, and cinema were banned, judged by the Taliban leaders to be frivolities.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It showed Atticus barefooted and in short pants, chained to a desk: he was diligently writing on a slate while some frivolous-looking girls yelled, "Yoo-hoo!" at him.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He didn’t care for my ’frivolous’ attitude toward magic.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • They DO live more in earnest, more in themselves, and less in surface, change, and frivolous external things.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was an act of impulsive frivolity and rebellion for which he knew afterward he would be punished severely.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This was no time for frivolity.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • In fact, Cofield had served years in various prisons for fraud, much of it involving bad checks, and he’d spent his jail time taking law courses and launching what one judge called "frivolous" lawsuits.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The mother looked young, and the daughter looked old; the mother’s complexion was pink, and the daughter’s was yellow; the mother set up for frivolity, and the daughter for theology.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • They began to talk; their conversation eased me completely: frivolous, mercenary, heartless, and senseless, it was rather calculated to weary than enrage a listener.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • From the moment when he was inside the Ministry of Love — and yes, even during those minutes when he and Julia had stood helpless while the iron voice from the telescreen told them what to do — he had grasped the frivolity, the shallowness of his attempt to set himself up against the power of the Party.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The stranger thus presenting himself was probably a person who, like Franz, preferred the enjoyment of solitude and his own thoughts to the frivolous gabble of the guides.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Each one of us arrived with some extra responsibility biting into us under our garments: a claw hammer, a Baptist hymnal, each object of value replacing the weight freed up by some frivolous thing we’d found the strength to leave behind.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Selfish and grandiose though Beck’s obsession may have been, it F i wasn’t frivolous.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Bernstein’s answer had struck him as frivolous and cruel and incomprehensible: Most of them had pianos.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Aunt woke up and, being more good-natured after her nap, told me to read a bit and show what frivolous work I preferred to the worthy and instructive Belsham.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • You seem to be offended, sister, at my making only such a frivolous criticism on the letter, and to think that I speak of such trifling matters on purpose to annoy you.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • To have one’s life’s work dismissed in such a frivolous manner by people who have never yet studied it was a severe insult.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
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