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  • She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
  • People have an innate capacity for evil as well as for good.
  • Her father had a way of undermining his sister’s lectures on the innate superiority of any given Finch:
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • ...the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • I have not known the man to whose innate kindliness I would more confidently make an appeal.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But we also have an innate power of reason.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • So he is under no illusions as to the innate refinement of women; but all the more reason to safeguard the purity of those still pure.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • What I saw that morning persuaded me that the scrivener was the victim of an innate and incurable disorder.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • How much of my delight in all beautiful things is innate, and how much is due to her influence, I can never tell.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • I was restrained and hampered by my innate sense of justice.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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  • Once, words had rendered Liesel useless, but now, when she sat on the floor, with the mayor’s wife at her husband’s desk, she felt an innate sense of power.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • And what better time to explore what’s natural and innate and waiting to emerge than in springtime, the season so suited to adolescence.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • ...full of innate sympathy...quickness to perceive good in of the brotherhood of man.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • This unsophisticated girl did it by an innate perceptiveness that was almost genius.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I believe in our innate potential for brutality.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • By feeling that one has some innate superiority—it may be wealth, or rank, a straight nose, or...
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • He’d never attended high school, but he had an innate understanding of mechanics and building concepts.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • ...or perhaps it was some innate sense of delicacy and fitness...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • innate fondness for people.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • He is grateful that his mind has retained these images of her, pleased with himself, as if he has just discovered an innate talent for a sport or a game he’s never played.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • They innately understand what we do.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Guys fight because of some primal, innate gene that makes them prove themselves physically.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • ...but his innate courtesy won and he...
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • This innate conservatism of DNA emboldened Wu to use whatever DNA he wished.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Vittoria’s innate intellect and curiosity...
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The whole fabric of honey bee society depends on communication—on an innate ability to send and receive messages, to encode and decode information.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Such is the innate politeness of the Olinka that they rushed about preparing food for them, though precious little is left, since many of the gardens that flourish at this time of the year have been destroyed.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • To learn anything, he had to attain it by stealth or through an innate sense of things around him.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • Brom took a deep breath and said, "To work with magic, you must have a certain innate power, which is very rare among people nowadays."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • There was something innately strange about it, as though there had always been an inner core to the gym which I had never perceived before, quite different from its generally accepted appearance.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • seemed keener, more gentle, more innately sympathetic
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I’d never seen Carlisle’s innate calm so shaken.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • he is a man that does not believe in innate ideas
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • While never losing the innate ability to fly, he chooses moment-by-moment to remain grounded.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Although the Doctor’s daughter had known nothing of the country of her birth, she appeared to have innately derived from it that ability to make much of little means, which is one of its most useful and most agreeable characteristics.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • To the best of their knowledge the American forest was the last place on earth that was not paying homage to God. For these reasons, among others, they carried about an air of innate resistance, even of persecution. Their fathers had, of course, been persecuted in England. So now they and their church found it necessary to deny any other sect its freedom, lest...
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • When they are gone you must fall back upon your own innate strength, upon your own capacity for faithfulness.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • There was an innate refinement, a languid queenly hauteur about Gerty...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • We suspect, as I wrote previously, that one of the reasons some experimenters never smoke again and some turn into lifelong addicts is that human beings may have very different innate tolerances for nicotine.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • All that stuff they always had trouble treating they now treat  chemically. Take two Lithium and don’t call me in the morning because there’s nothing to say, it’s innate.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • his innate goodness saw to it that he cared for her and lavished on her the paternal love that had never had a true outlet before,
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • he then tests you for innate ability and preparation.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • intellectual convictions which you, in your unexampled honesty of soul, accept unquestionably as also innate and natural and true.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • my innate curiosity and fascination with the other-worldly quality of these apparently disconnected events.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • She had a quality about innate frankness glossed with sophistication...that he found intriguing enough to hold his interest.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • The things I am supposed to be embarrassed about now—not being able to walk ... waking up some mornings wanting to cry—there is nothing innately embarrassing or shaming about them.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • They were purveyors of an innately flawed kind of democracy, where only the wealthy were elected, where their voices were heard loudest, where they passed their seats in Congress to whatever similarly entitled person they deemed appropriate.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They were natural storytellers and beautiful singers; innately charming people who treated us like long-lost cousins.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Corporal Endo had no such physical problems, save his acne, and so I began to consider the possibility that his expressions were of a besieged mind, one perhaps innately tenuous and fragile and now—under duress—grown sickly and ornate.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Her expression softened, her innate kindness perhaps overweighing her concern.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
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