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  • 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

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  • 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.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
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