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  • Putting more people on the project at this late date would be more a hindrance than a help.
  • It would have been faster, but Denna’s mania was growing stronger, and all her extra energy was more of a hindrance than a help.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She had learned not to argue with Mrs. Whitshank, who was a force of nature when it came to cooking and would only find Abby a hindrance.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • "The beasts ha’ such a thick coat, the cold’s no hindrance to them," he explained, sharpening a spearpoint with enthusiasm against a foot-driven grindstone, "and they feel safe wi’ the mist so heavy all round them—canna see the men coming toward them, ye ken."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • "Youth is no hindrance to courage," muttered Sukhtelen in a failing voice.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The King may do what he will without hindrance from one whom he has cruelly wronged.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • "Actually, I think it could be a hindrance," Langan replied.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Perhaps he will be young, strong, and enduring, like yourself, and will aid you in your escape, while I have been but a hindrance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • We both did what we had to do without any hindrance, and when we met again at one o’clock reported it done.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Or until it is found in your despite, and the Ruler has time to turn to lighter matters: to devise, say, a fitting reward for the hindrance and insolence of Gandalf the Grey.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • As the minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed, I resolved, contrary to my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature, that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Physical courage and the love of battle, for instance, are no great help—may even be hindrances—to a civilized man.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • He says he is so busy that everything is a hindrance, and yet he lies in bed doing nothing.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • A gentle Lady[3] is in heaven who hath pity for this hindrance whereto I send thee, so that stern judgment there above she breaketh.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I won’t be a hindrance to you.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I own that my heart began to fail me when the time for action came so close, but I did not say anything, for I had a greater fear that if I appeared as a drag or a hindrance to their work, they might even leave me out of their counsels altogether.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Without hindrance I inserted my key, opened it, and entered.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • The cam allows the jumar to slide upward without hindrance, but it pinches the rope securely when the device is weighted.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • However, he and Hermione worked out where most of the poles and pegs should go, and though Mr. Weasley was more of a hindrance than a help, because he got thoroughly overexcited when it came to using the mallet, they finally managed to erect a pair of shabby two-man tents.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Thanks to Heaven’s mercy, he had made the voyage successfully, and had reached home without hindrance.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • It is doubtful if the outcome of Andres’s mission would have been any different if he and Gomez had been allowed to proceed without Andre Marty’s hindrance.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • It seemed to her that such principles could only be a hindrance in farm management.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • ’Doen’t fear me being any hindrance to you, I have no more to say, ma’am,’ he remarked, as he moved towards the door.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Jarvis picked it up and restored it to him, but the old man put it down as a hindrance, and he put down his hat also, and tried to lift himself up by pressing his hands on the steps.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Everyone was too busy with their own affairs to help her, and the little girls were only hindrances, for the dears fussed and chattered like so many magpies, making a great deal of confusion in their artless efforts to preserve the most perfect order.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • It seemed a monstrous, unnatural, unwarranted condition which had suddenly descended upon him without his let or hindrance.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Nay verily, it is only because of the hindrance my presence offers to the execution of her base designs.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • And then there was such comfort in the very easy distance of Randalls from Hartfield, so convenient for even solitary female walking, and in Mr. Weston’s disposition and circumstances, which would make the approaching season no hindrance to their spending half the evenings in the week together.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He continued to stare at M. Riviere perplexedly, wondering how to tell him that his very superiorities and advantages would be the surest hindrance to success.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Magnanimity Contempt of little helps, and hindrances, MAGNANIMITY.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I told him I was very glad, as indeed I was, to have been no hindrance to him, and that I hoped I should be none now.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It is impiety even to place hindrances in their ways.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Everything happened without hindrance, he climbed over the hurdle almost in the same spot as the day before, and stole into the summer-house unseen.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Among the many hindrances to such a pleading not the least was this, that he did not sufficiently value himself to lessen his sufferings by strenuous appeal or elaborate argument.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • All the things I thought I’d learnt are just a hindrance, they’re not knowledge at all.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He did this quietly at first and without any fear of hindrance, for he held the minds of the barons of Castile occupied in thinking of the war and not anticipating any innovations; thus they did not perceive that by these means he was acquiring power and authority over them.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Then it is just a familiar low oblong shape without any significance at all, low at the street end of the shallow lawn; it too might have grown up out of the tragic and inescapable earth along with the low spreading maples and the shrubs, without help or hindrance from him.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Only those four miles wouldn’t have been a hindrance if the right feelings were kindled.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The boon was granted, as your Majesty knoweth; and there hath been no time, these four hundred years, that that line has failed of an heir; and so, even unto this day, the head of that ancient house still weareth his hat or helm before the King’s Majesty, without let or hindrance, and this none other may do.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • I could not but smile to see how industriously they locked the door on my meditations, which followed them out again without let or hindrance, and they were really all that was dangerous.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • The long gap in their communications proved no hindrance at all.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • One day I found that I was striding long distances without hindrance, my bundle light.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Would it be a spot in which, without fear of farmers, or hindrance, or ridicule, he could watch and wait, and set himself to some mighty undertaking like the men of old of whom he had heard?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • ’Have I been such a hindrance till now?’ said Kim, with a boy’s giggle.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • "Oh, well, I can do that, then," said Tom, not with any epigrammatic intention, but with serious satisfaction at the idea that, as far as Latin was concerned, there was no hindrance to his resembling Sir John Crake.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Those whose eyes twenty-five and more years before had seen "the glory of the coming of the Lord," saw in every present hindrance or help a dark fatalism bound to bring all things right in His own good time.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • If that’s the way you feel, if I’m such a hindrance to you, I can’t stay under this roof another minute.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Unfortunately the erratic crumb did not improve his narrative powers, and a supplementary hindrance was that of a sneeze, jerking from his pocket his rather large watch, which dangled in front of the young man pendulum-wise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • ’An automobile is a hindrance in Hong Kong,’ said Wenzu, looking at the clock on the wall of his office in the headquarters of MI6, Special Branch.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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