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  • Her parents worked hard, but were improvident.
  • But I also spoke to you of a certain extravagance in the female blood of this family. Something willful. Improvident.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • In his day he was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • It takes no spectacles to see that a great class of vicious, improvident, degraded people, among us, are an evil to us, as well as to themselves.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • She hired a little room and furnished on credit on the strength of her future work—a lingering trace of her improvident ways.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I suppose I ought to find some comfort in the thought that I am laying up treasures for future enjoyment, but I am improvident enough to prefer present joy to hoarding riches against a rainy day.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • But even if the rent is not mended, perhaps the worst vice betrayed is improvidence.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I do not deny that he is improvident.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • —I wonder he should be so improvident in a point of such common, such natural, concern!
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Here was another illustration of the childlike improvidence of this age and people.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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  • She kept them secret from her father, whose improvidence was the cause of much of her misery.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He was gone immediately; and Emma soon saw him standing before Miss Fairfax, and talking to her; but as to its effect on the young lady, as he had improvidently placed himself exactly between them, exactly in front of Miss Fairfax, she could absolutely distinguish nothing.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He scorned the improvident, and now the improvident would be just as good as the careful, the sound, the thrifty.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • And you know what their improvidence is, ma’am.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • An old ragged black man, honest, simple, and improvident, told us the tale.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • She found, to her dismay, that this was owing to their having eaten all the seed potatoes,—that last lapse of the improvident.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • …here in the middle of the kingdom of Aragon, and in the attire of a despised outcast duenna, I am from the Asturias of Oviedo, and of a family with which many of the best of the province are connected by blood; but my untoward fate and the improvidence of my parents, who, I know not how, were unseasonably reduced to poverty, brought me to the court of Madrid, where as a provision and to avoid greater misfortunes, my parents placed me as seamstress in the service of a lady of quality,…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Why should he feel more for that child, to whom he was bound by nothing but a single improvident night, than for any other?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The way thereto is lined with shows, stalls, and hawkers on foot, who make a market-place of the whole roadway to the show proper, and lead some of the improvident to lighten their pockets appreciably before they reach the gates of the exhibition they came expressly to see.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …his nephew, that this latter, though not drunk, began to be somewhat flustered; and now Mr Nightingale, taking the old gentleman with him upstairs into the apartment he had lately occupied, unbosomed himself as follows:— "As you have been always the best and kindest of uncles to me, and as you have shown such unparalleled goodness in forgiving this match, which to be sure may be thought a little improvident, I should never forgive myself if I attempted to deceive you in anything."
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • On his first appearance—when her improvident cousin, Jack Stepney, had obtained for him (in return for favours too easily guessed) a card to one of the vast impersonal Van Osburgh "crushes"—Rosedale, with that mixture of artistic sensibility and business astuteness which characterizes his race, had instantly gravitated toward Miss Bart.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Who says this is improvident jealousy?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Their improvidence is habitual and unconquerable.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The security of all would thus be subjected to the parsimony, improvidence, or inability of a part.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I thought you was poor, my improvident friend!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • This is a moment: An Englishman named Gilbert Gaunt, which he later changed to Gant (a concession probably to Yankee phonetics), having come to Baltimore from Bristol in 1837 on a sailing vessel, soon let the profits of a public house which he had purchased roll down his improvident gullet.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But I’m improvident: I live in the moment when I’m happy."
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • ] Blanche [picking up a large envelope containing more papers] There are thousands of papers, stretching back over hundreds of years, affecting Belle Reve as, piece by piece, our improvident grandfathers and father and uncles and brothers exchanged the land for their epic fornications — to put it plainly!
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Then you see, some people as was better off said, and a good many such people lived pretty close up to the mark themselves if not beyond it so he’d heerd, that they was ’improvident’ (that was the favourite word) down the Yard.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ’As to an individual, ma’am,’ said Bitzer, dropping his voice and drawing nearer, ’he is as improvident as any of the people in this town.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • ’Because they are improvident,’ said Mrs. Sparsit.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He scorned the improvident, and now the improvident would be just as good as the careful, the sound, the thrifty.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Not to confer in each case a degree of power commensurate to the end, would be to violate the most obvious rules of prudence and propriety, and improvidently to trust the great interests of the nation to hands which are disabled from managing them with vigor and success.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • These accidents did sometimes happen in the best regulated families of Coketown, but the bankrupts had no connexion whatever with the improvident classes.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • They are careless because they have not found that it pays to be careful; they are improvident because the improvident ones of their acquaintance get on about as well as the provident.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • They are careless because they have not found that it pays to be careful; they are improvident because the improvident ones of their acquaintance get on about as well as the provident.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Indolent and childish, unsystematic and improvident, it was not to be expected that servants trained under her care should not be so likewise; and she had very justly described to Miss Ophelia the state of confusion she would find in the family, though she had not ascribed it to the proper cause.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • …and yet it loves and hates, it toils and tires, it laughs and weeps its bitter tears, and looks in vague and awful longing at the grim horizon of its life,—all this, even as you and I. These black thousands are not in reality lazy; they are improvident and careless; they insist on breaking the monotony of toil with a glimpse at the great town-world on Saturday; they have their loafers and their rascals; but the great mass of them work continuously and faithfully for a return, and under…
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • What little we have got I’ve had to fight for; we wouldn’t have a roof over our heads; we’d spend the rest of our lives in a rented house"—which was to her the final ignominy of shiftless and improvident people.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • She found, to her dismay, that this was owing to their having eaten all the seed potatoes,——that last lapse of the improvident.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • Besides, if your father saved money, and the others were improvident, he deserved to make a fortune.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • I wonder he should be so improvident in a point of such common, such natural, concern
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • I do not deny that he is improvident.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • They had a large family, and they were very improvident and cheerful.
    Potter, Beatrix  --  The Original Peter Rabbit Books
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