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  • "Oh, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ," I kept hearing myself mutter, half aware of the questioning look on the face of the old man, who as a member of the Second Baptist Church of Washington was doubtless unprepared for such impiety from a preacher.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • …mountains have been set in motion, when the pregnant camels have been ignored, when the savage beasts have been assembled together, when the seas have been caused to overflow, when the souls have been mated, when the buried infant girl has been asked for what impiety she was slain, when the scrolls have been unfolded, when the heaven has been stripped off, when hellfire has been caused to burn fiercely, when the Garden has been brought close, every soul shall know to what it is prone.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Almost impious to feel that way.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I perceive its utter impossibility; and I consider it impious to attempt that which the Almighty evidently does not approve.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • I think I see his impious end; but feel that I must help him to it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A Hindu upbringing and a Baptist education had precisely cancelled each other out as far as religion was concerned and had left her serenely impious.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Anna Pavlovna waited for him to go on, but as he seemed quite decided to say no more she began to tell of how at Potsdam the impious Bonaparte had stolen the sword of Frederick the Great.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And, even with this terror in his heart, he could hardly avoid laughing, to imagine how the sanctified old patriarchal deacon would have been petrified by his minister’s impiety.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Infamous task! impious task!" cried Milady, with the exultation of a victim who provokes his judge.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The little divine knowledge I had, I received from my father’s instructions, and that was worn out by an uninterrupted series of sea-faring impiety for eight years space.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe

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  • Good cannot have an impious servitor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And yet, Vittoria knew, for all its impiety and inevitable horror, the task at hand was inescapable.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Presumption, impious and reckless: a folly of greed.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The supporters of the maiden raised their ready tomahawks with the impious joy that fiends are thought to take in mischief, but Magua stayed the uplifted arms.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Don’t fancy it, impious scoundrel, for that beyond a doubt thou art, since thou hast set thy tongue going against the peerless Dulcinea.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The imaginary student pursued by the misshapen creature he had impiously made, was not more wretched than I, pursued by the creature who had made me, and recoiling from him with a stronger repulsion, the more he admired me and the fonder he was of me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The four blazing pines threw up a loftier flame, and obscurely discovered shapes and visages of horror on the smoke wreaths above the impious assembly.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • What recklessness in Herakles, champion though he was at labors, to shrug at impious acts and bend his bow for the discomfiture of Olympians!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Sparsit again dejected by the impiety of the people.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • By him first Men also, and by his suggestion taught, Ransacked the centre, and with impious hands Rifled the bowels of their mother Earth For treasures better hid.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • But fare thee well, most foul, most fair! farewell, Thou pure impiety, and impious purity!
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • But it were impious to trace any farther the picture of the blasphemer and parricide’s deathbed.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Mr. Macey, though he joined in the defence of Marner against all suspicions of deceit, also pooh-poohed the tinder-box; indeed, repudiated it as a rather impious suggestion, tending to imply that everything must be done by human hands, and that there was no power which could make away with the guineas without moving the bricks.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It is impiety even to place hindrances in their ways.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Tired of preaching in the open, Father Nicanor decided to undertake the building of a church, the largest in the world, with life-size saints and stained-glass windows on the sides, so that people would come from Rome to honor God in the center of impiety.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I have thought that we have been selfish, careless, even impious, in our courses, you and I. Our life has been a vain attempt at self-delight.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • CHAPTER III RELATES HOW OLIVER TWIST WAS VERY NEAR GETTING A PLACE WHICH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SINECURE For a week after the commission of the impious and profane offence of asking for more, Oliver remained a close prisoner in the dark and solitary room to which he had been consigned by the wisdom and mercy of the board.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Nay, not, as one would say, healthy; but so sound as things that are hollow: thy bones are hollow: impiety has made a feast of thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • And that Swearing unnecessarily by God, is but prophaning of his name: and Swearing by other things, as men do in common discourse, is not Swearing, but an impious Custome, gotten by too much vehemence of talking.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I have understood that it was, to the last, her proudest boast, that she never had been on the water in her life, except upon a bridge; and that over her tea (to which she was extremely partial) she, to the last, expressed her indignation at the impiety of mariners and others, who had the presumption to go ’meandering’ about the world.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He looked at the paper again and a little mild impious joke stared up at him in faded pencil - something about ’of one substance’.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Both uncles and aunts saw that the ruin of Bessy and her family was as complete as they had ever foreboded it, and there was a general family sense that a judgment had fallen on Mr. Tulliver, which it would be an impiety to counteract by too much kindness.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …duties to your father; But, you must know, your father lost a father; That father lost, lost his; and the survivor bound, In filial obligation, for some term To do obsequious sorrow: but to persevere In obstinate condolement is a course Of impious stubbornness; ’tis unmanly grief; It shows a will most incorrect to heaven; A heart unfortified, a mind impatient; An understanding simple and unschool’d; For what we know must be, and is as common As any the most vulgar thing to sense, Why…
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • ’To be sure,’ sobbed Miss La Creevy; ’it’s very true, and I’m an ungrateful, impious, wicked little fool, I know.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Even the invisible powers, he thought, were likely to be soothed by a bland parenthesis here and there—coming from a man of property, who might have been as impious as others.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The event of the birth had been read by Nimrod in the stars, for this impious king was a cunning astrologer, and it was manifest to him that a man would be born in his day who would rise up against him and triumphantly give the lie to his religion.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • What circumstances brought them to this point, beneath this tent, to be cheapened by the impiety and violence of boys’ eyes, to be cheapened by Will McLean’s eyes?
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • In these last hours, and touched by her love and goodness, the old man forgot all his grief against her, and wrongs which he and his wife had many a long night debated: how she had given up everything for her boy; how she was careless of her parents in their old age and misfortune, and only thought of the child; how absurdly and foolishly, impiously indeed, she took on when George was removed from her.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Also, I believed that the world was not flat, and hadn’t pillars under it to support it, nor a canopy over it to turn off a universe of water that occupied all space above; but as I was the only person in the kingdom afflicted with such impious and criminal opinions, I recognized that it would be good wisdom to keep quiet about this matter, too, if I did not wish to be suddenly shunned and forsaken by everybody as a madman.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • On a sudden, having uttered a most impious oath, he cried, ’I am resolved to bear it no longer,’ and directly threw himself into the water.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • When we were at supper he brought the poor fellow in to make acknowledgment, which he would have done with as much mean humility as his offence was with insulting haughtiness and pride, in which he was an instance of a complete baseness of spirit, impious, cruel, and relentless when uppermost and in prosperity, abject and low-spirited when down in affliction.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • With obvious reference to such enemies, Houston told the Legislature in his first general message in 1860: notwithstanding the ravings of deluded zealots, or the impious threats of fanatical disunionists, the love of our common country still burns with the fire of the olden time …. in the hearts of the conservative people of Texas…… Texas will maintain the Constitution and stand by the Union.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Certainly my mother’s beautiful features seemed to shine again with youth that evening, as she sat gently holding my hands and trying to check my tears; but, just for that reason, it seemed to me that this should not have happened; her anger would have been less difficult to endure than this new kindness which my childhood had not known; I felt that I had with an impious and secret finger traced a first wrinkle upon her soul and made the first white hair shew upon her head.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Thus all little discontents in families are removed, that they may offer up their devotions with a pure and serene mind; for they hold it a great impiety to enter upon them with disturbed thoughts, or with a consciousness of their bearing hatred or anger in their hearts to any person whatsoever; and think that they should become liable to severe punishments if they presumed to offer sacrifices without cleansing their hearts, and reconciling all their differences.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • At this shocking impiety, the tumult died away.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • To Adams, nonetheless, he was a profane and impious fool.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Rather impious of mortal man to do the gods two better, but there you are.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • In his view, nevertheless, it was not an impiety to look for the beautiful in the Grove of Daphne.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The old man had challenged the Lord of Light and been struck down for his impiety, or so the gossips told each other.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
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