It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
Negotiations between the opposing parties are increasingly looking futile.
Resistance is futile.
futile years after her artistic peak
He had worked very hard, it would be too cruel if all that industry were futile.
Maugham, W. Somerset -- Of Human Bondage
In a moment, he will realize it’s futile, she can’t be saved.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
I have hope that Mr. Boutwell will be reasonable enough to see the futility of massive resistance to desegregation.
Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Letter from a Birmingham Jail
I knew a phone call would be useless, a futile gesture.
Robert Cormier -- After the First Death
Think of them, ready to do battle, riding out to glory, only to find that none of it matters. That their gesture is futile.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Glass
He was an elderly man now, and it would be futile and impudent to correct him.
E.M. Forster -- Howards End
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All my efforts for mere survival seemed futile.
Dave Pelzer -- A Child Called It
I don’t let myself question the futility of it.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
...sickened by the bombing and the burning and the futility of it all.
Mitch Albom -- The Five People You Meet in Heaven
When feeling love exists in us, ennobling, Each well-weighed word is futile and soul-saddening!
Edmond Rostand -- Cyrano de Bergerac
But her quest had remained futile.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
my tongue will not utter the bitter, futile words that rise to my lips, and they fall back into my heart like unshed tears.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
He made a futile rush at White Fang, clipping the empty air with an outraged snap.
Jack London -- White Fang
Unless we win, all other things are futile.
Ernest Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls
Perhaps they both knew the futility of trying to restrain Kali.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
They say they need only sit inside their defenses while you wear yourselves out in futile attack.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
All this talk seemed to me so futile.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
at last accept the futility of struggling for what cannot be had, ’searching for the wind’ as Siduri had said.
Unknown -- The Epic of Gilgamesh
It seemed to sound a warning that no one could hide from it; that action to escape was futile; that soon the men with guns and gas would come and penetrate where the siren sound had penetrated.
Richard Wright -- Native Son
you will very soon come to realise yourself, if you have not done so already, the futility of your idea.
Franz Kafka -- The Trial
Halfway there, the ocean reached his neck and the futility of the situation finally hit him.
Nicholas Sparks -- Message in a Bottle
caught in the treadmill of their own maladies and eccentricities, their futile endeavours to escape serve only to actuate its mechanism,
Marcel Proust -- Swann’s Way
What he was doing—indeed, his whole life—now seemed to him completely futile.
Larry McMurtry -- Lonesome Dove
It was coming to him that perhaps all life as he knew it and vigorously practised it was futile;
Sinclair Lewis -- Babbitt
It seemed futile to spend a lifetime searching for secrets that the Overlords had probably uncovered ages before.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
Should Rowan continue this futile resistance, all it holds dear will perish in agony.
Henry H. Neff -- The Second Siege
Given the final futility of our struggle, is the fleeting jolt of meaning that art gives us valuable?
John Green -- The Fault in Our Stars
His search was thorough and they could see at once that it was futile.
Agatha Christie -- And Then There Were None
the futile hopes that they’d lose their way or change their minds.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
I take one futile step in her direction when I hear the cannon blast, know her heart has stopped, that she is dead.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
he futility of what we’d just done
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
Enrique knows that is futile; the last time he tried running from the police in the cemetery, he was caught and deported.
Sonia Nazario -- Enrique’s Journey
One Saturday night he did not come home, and thereafter all their efforts to get trace of him were futile.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
The dread of futility has been my lifelong plague.
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I feel ridiculous asking the question because I know it’s futile.
Robert Cormier -- I Am the Cheese
There were days when, all of my men wondered at the futility of that particular exercise, even if they didn’t question it openly.
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
Francois swore strange barbarous oaths, and stamped the snow in futile rage, and tore his hair.
Jack London -- The Call of the Wild
His name was Clifton, Tod Clifton, he was unarmed and his death was as senseless as his life was futile.
Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
...sounded as natural as someone from Chicago commenting on the endless futility of the Cubs during the pennant race.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Last Song
The cord has been cut at the other end already; it will only be a futile entanglement if you do not cut it at your end, too.
John Wyndham -- The Chrysalids
Because he had no church into which to lure converts, if there should be any, Kiyoshi Tanimoto soon realized, the futility of this evangelism.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
... the bright lights made her think only of all the futile efforts that hospitals contained to keep people awake for more bad news—the weak coffee, the hard chairs, the elevators that stopped on every floor...
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
She would have seen destroying the manuscript was futile.
Stephen King -- Misery
But Zeus the stormking sent me misery, plunging me into futile brawls and feuds.
Homer -- The Iliad
He suddenly saw how futile, how ridiculous the situation was.
Robert Cormier -- The Chocolate War
Robert had pursued a system of lessons almost daily; and he was nearly at the point of discouragement in realizing the futility of his efforts.