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  • Lev stands there, impotent, unable to move, unable to process this.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • …in my mad dash for Sam—and I went airborne, landing with a jaw-popping force on the thin carpeting, jumped up, glanced back, and saw Ben Parish lying lifelessly there, arms outstretched, dark wet blotch of blood seeping through that ridiculous yellow hoodie, and then Sam screamed and I’m not too late, not too late, and here I come, you sonofabitch, here I come, and in the room a tall shadow loomed over the tiny figure whose tiny finger yanked impotently at the trigger of the empty gun.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • I knew the process for making four different aphrodisiacs, three concoctions for contraception, nine for impotence, and two philtres referred to simply as "maiden’s helper."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I was too pragmatic and impatient to let such thoughts flog me into impotence, yet I sincerely needed a working philosophy on which to hang my hat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Many letters tell of soldiers hiding fugitives in camp and laughing at the impotent rage of owners who went home empty-handed.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • He was sixteen at the time of the invasion and shared with other Dutch teenagers the restless energy of anger and impotence.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Feeble, impotent though inwardly raging, I struggled for words that would not come.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Because of the poor circulation and the degeneration of connective tissue, victims were invariably sterile, and often impotent as well.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But the multicolored bruises flowering under her green skin only remind me how impotent I am.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • But isn’t that because we all feel so impotent and have no idea what to do?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire

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  • I shouted, hearing Isaac’s impotent wailing echoing from the night of the broken trophies.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • It held a sleeping threat, a sense that it had been born out of her rage and guilt and impotent anger.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • But here, even more strongly than at home, I feel my impotence.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Laila would have to tail him home, helpless, trembling with resentment and impotent rage.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She had liked facing them in the streets, she had liked the impotence of their hatred, because she offered them nothing to be hurt.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • When he speaks he moves our men to impotence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • He was jerked out of the way, into a room with the convicted prisoners, where he sat and wept like a child in his impotent rage.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I felt impotent, and in the dark, and distrustful.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • O most lame and impotent conclusion!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • But then, they, too, fell into impotent postures, hands on their hips, waiting for the ambulances.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • He might have said something, some offering of impotent outrage, if this had been the work of the Taliban, or al-Qaeda, or some megalomaniacal Mujahideen commander.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and the impotent, are my masters?
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • I was wandering, mad with rage, naked, impotent.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • He was overcome with a humiliating feeling of impotence and was ready to weep in self-pity.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • That the doctor was impotent.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The young man fled while she was still threatening him with an impotent gesture.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • This promise of an impotent old man was so strange that, instead of being the result of the power of his will, it might emanate from enfeebled organs.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The severest pointed harpoon, the sharpest lance darted by the strongest human arm, impotently rebounds from it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But this was a luxury of sensation that could not endure; I became fatigued with excess of bodily exertion and sank on the damp grass in the sick impotence of despair.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Terror that hid in the roses is impotent—flung on the dung-hill and dead!
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • "Me petition the Empewo’!" exclaimed Denisov, in a voice to which he tried hard to give the old energy and fire, but which sounded like an expression of irritable impotence.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was an odd impotence, neither of his mind nor of his body.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In that same instant, the Council of Elders flashed from triumphant gloating to enraged impotence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He hit him again and again, giving in to the rage, unleashing his fury at the impotence he’d felt ever since the fire.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • It is a curious thing that I felt angry with my wife; I cannot account for it, but my impotent desire to reach Leatherhead worried me excessively.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Why do we stand here impotently in the face of such an outrageous crime, covered by such a ridiculous deception?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Scarlett kicked the coverlet in impotent rage, trying to think of something bad enough to say.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Mental excess could produce, for its own purposes, the voluntary blindness and deafness of deliberate solitude, the artificial impotence of asceticism.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "Nothing, indeed," thought I, as I struggled to repress a sob, and hastily wiped away some tears, the impotent evidences of my anguish.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Not in impotence but later, when the hatred could find sweet expression.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • I felt stupid and utterly impotent when confronted by their tears.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • An army is a strange masterpiece of combination where force results from an enormous sum of impotence.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Confined as he was by the M’Naghten Rule ("the usual definitions"), a formula quite color-blind to any gradations between black and white, Dr. Jones was impotent to answer otherwise.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "Little idiot moron sisters!" Buck added, after a moment of concentration, "You sisters couldn’t blow your noses without your mamas!" Roy Lee, Sherman, and O’Dell bowed their heads in impotent rage.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • It was followed by the swift flashes of the rifles, which sent their leaden messengers across the rock in volleys, as though the assailants would pour out their impotent fury on the insensible scene of the fatal contest.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Then he struggled to get up, would have run away, but someone always prevented him by force, and he sank back into impotence and forgetfulness.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • But not without sundry twinges of impotent rebellion against the mild effrontery of this unaccountable scrivener.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • It will make you impotent!
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South, as it left his descendants stripped of everything but their land, yet the tradition of living on the land remained unbroken until well into the twentieth century, when my father, Atticus Finch, went to Montgomery to read law, and his younger brother went to Boston to study medicine.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • She remained on her feet staring at them, as they sat impotent as idols in their beds, weighted by their trays.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
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