We tend to think that history is written in stone, that it’s unchanging, immutable, fixed. But history isn’t a one-way conversation; it’s a continuing dialogue between the past and the present.
Richard Stengel -- A New Take on J.F.K., Time Magazine, 6/21/07
The most immutable barrier in nature is between one man’s thoughts and another’s.
It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.
Harold S. Geneen
To be accused was to be convicted, and to be convicted was to be punished; the one always following the other with immutable certainty.
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Everyone waited for the ground to shake.
That was still an immutable fact, but at least they were distracted now, by the girl with the book.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
His manner was immutable; it was the same in a drawing room, at a labor meeting, on a lecture platform, in the bathroom or during sexual intercourse:
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
This whole act’s immutably decreed.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
When I thought of the heavy rains and looked at the gaping roof I understood how strong and immutable must be the purpose which had kept him in that inhospitable abode.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
Here the dwarves had reworked the seemingly immutable Beors into a series of terraces.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
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Victor Lebrun objected; and his decrees were as immutable as those of Fate.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
assumptions of immutable inferiority originating in an outside gaze.
Toni Morrison -- The Bluest Eye
Nor did I deem that thou, a mortal man, Could’st by a breath annul and override The immutable unwritten laws of Heaven.
Sophocles -- Antigone
This day your death stands near, and your immutable end, at Prince Akhilleus’ hands.
Homer -- The Iliad
It was the urge to defy reality by the destruction of every living value, for the sake of proving to himself that he could exist in defiance of reality and would never have to be bound by any solid, immutable facts.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
Mountaineering, she understood, was an essential expression of some odd immutable aspect of my personality that I could no sooner alter than change the color of my eyes.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
A philosopher, as we have seen, tries to grasp something that is eternal and immutable.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
The general characteristics of all theocratic architecture are immutability, horror of progress, the preservation of traditional lines, the...
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
If you wanted a good laugh and a poke in the ribs, you went to Jenny’s and got your money’s worth; but if the sweet world-sadness close to tears crept out of your immutable loneliness, the Long Green was your place.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed must begin in blood, whatever may answer afterward.
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Out of death, life; an immutable truth.
Pat Frank -- Alas, Babylon
Carrie had been going to school with some of them since the first grade, and this had been building since that time, building slowly and immutably, in accordance with all the laws that govern human nature,
Stephen King -- Carrie
And the parts have relationships to one another and these relations are immutable.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
we are brought round full circle to face again the single immutable fact-that we, Rosencrantz and Guildenstem, bearing a letter from one king to another, are taking Hamlet to England.
Tom Stoppard -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
In the immutability of their surroundings the foreign shores, the foreign faces, the changing immensity of life, glide past, veiled not by a sense of mystery but by a slightly disdainful ignorance; for there is nothing mysterious to a seaman unless it be the sea itself, which is the mistress of his existence and as inscrutable as Destiny.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
Vellya Paapen climbed up the kitchen steps and offered her his mortgaged eye. He held it out in the palm of his hand. He said he didn’t deserve it and wanted her to have it back. His left eyelid drooped over his empty socket in an immutable, monstrous wink.
Arundhati Roy -- The God of Small Things
This is an immutable, true everywhere, throughout all time, for all men and all nations.
Robert A. Heinlein -- Starship Troopers
Several people began to object, but Bellagrog brushed the protests aside, citing Hag Law as though it were a spell, an immutable custom beyond all question or resistance.
Henry H. Neff -- The Fiend And The Forge
...to observe Immutably his sovran will,
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
It was the immutable tango between the Dumper and the Dumpee: the coming and the seeing and the conquering and the returning home.
John Green -- An Abundance of Katherines
We expected them to return within a week, tails between their legs, humbled by the immutable nature of nature.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
For while I’m certain this sort of sad diminishment befalls every aging gentleman and —woman, and even those who once held modest position in the town’s day, I am beginning to suspect, too, that in my case it’s not only the blur of time and modern life’s general expectation of senescence, but rather the enduring and immutable fact of what I am, if not who; the simple constancy of my face.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
Things that had been immutable were changing.
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
Insofar as it is immortal (and it is) I have a small, bright, immutable part in that immortality.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
He alone did not obey the law of immutability in the enchanted, sleeping castle.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
The permanent and the immutable are persistent.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
My friend would then turn to me, quiet and pale, and would say, ’No, sir; that is impossible: I cannot do it, because it is wrong;’ and would become immutable as a fixed star.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
IJAZ: prophecy that by its very nature cannot be denied; immutable prophecy.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
For a week now he has lurked and crept among its secret places, yet he remained a foreigner to the very immutable laws which earth must obey.
William Faulkner -- Light in August
The head, the hand, dwelt in completion, immutable, indestructible: motionless.
James Agee -- A Death in the Family
In comparison with cities, Weatherbury was immutable.
Thomas Hardy -- Far from the Madding Crowd
Buildings and featureless shapes flowed by him noiselessly as though borne past immutably on the surface of some rank and timeless tide.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
He was firm and determined and went blindly and obstinately for his object, if once he had been brought by any reasons (and they were often very illogical ones) to believe that it was immutably right.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
You are the immutable vulgar young female.
Sinclair Lewis -- Main Street
Then, she remembered, she had laid her head on Mrs. Ramsay’s lap and laughed and laughed and laughed, laughed almost hysterically at the thought of Mrs. Ramsay presiding with immutable calm over destinies which she completely failed to understand.
Virginia Woolf -- To the Lighthouse
From the standpoint of the Olympians, eon after eon of earthly history rolls by, revealing ever the harmonious form of the total round, so that where men see only change and death, the blessed behold immutable form, world without end.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Even the laughter of Irishmen was sad, they said, shrugging their shoulders as though they had invoked some immutable law of nature.
Pat Conroy -- The Lords of Discipline
She would never understand his craving for ease and luxury, for beauty, for love—his particular kind of love that went with show, pleasure, wealth, position, his eager and immutable aspirations and desires.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
…Stephen 54 their ages initially in the ratio of 16 to 0 would be as 17 1/2 to 13 1/2, the proportion increasing and the disparity diminishing according as arbitrary future years were added, for if the proportion existing in 1883 had continued immutable, conceiving that to be possible, till then 1904 when Stephen was 22 Bloom would be 374 and in 1920 when Stephen would be 38, as Bloom then was, Bloom would be 646 while in 1952 when Stephen would have attained the maximum postdiluvian…