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  • unable to stop the insensate violence
  • deaf to reason, and, for the most part, insensate to persuasion
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • it was the incarnation of blind and insensate Greed
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • In vain I expressed my sorrow; in vain I lingered for some symptom of contrition; she really ’didn’t care,’ and I left her alone, and in darkness, wondering most of all at this last proof of insensate stubbornness.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey

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  • But that is of another time and place, another Reich, and the boy is banished into the farthest shadows, the horror receding and fading with him as the doomed ex-Obersturmbannfuhrer scribbles indefatigably away, justifying his bestial deeds in the name of insensate authority, call of duty, blind obedience.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The same voice that had pulled me back to earth many times, from fractal glue-sniffing skies where I laid open-eyed and insensate on the bed, gazing at the impressive blue-white explosions on the ceiling.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The discredited rulers of the world can oppose no reasonable ideal to the insensate Napoleonic ideal of glory and grandeur.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Summer of 1918—Breath of hope that sweeps over the scorched fields, raging fever of impatience, of disappointment, of the most agonising terror of death, insensate question: Why?
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Seen nearer, the Thing was incredibly strange, for it was no mere insensate machine driving on its way.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Pain shot through Eragon’s back and he collapsed insensate by her tail.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • When Jurgis had made himself familiar with the Socialist literature, as he would very quickly, he would get glimpses of the Beef Trust from all sorts of aspects, and he would find it everywhere the same; it was the incarnation of blind and insensate Greed.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "The executioner of Lille, the executioner of Lille!" cried Milady, a prey to insensate terror, and clinging with her hands to the wall to avoid falling.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Seriously frostbitten, lying insensate in his tent, at least for the time being he was unable even to speak.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The squadron stood insensate, bereft of everything human but Doc Daneeka, who roosted dolorously like a shivering turkey buzzard beside the closed door of the medical tent, his stuffed nose jabbing away in thirsting futility at the hazy sunlight streaming down around him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She was not an insensate piece of property, to be taken up or laid down at his convenience.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Ah! unhappy that we are—insensate!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The stick with which the deed had been done, although it was of some rare and very tough and heavy wood, had broken in the middle under the stress of this insensate cruelty; and one splintered half had rolled in the neighbouring gutter—the other, without doubt, had been carried away by the murderer.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Finally, she laid her insensate grasp upon the bottle that had swift and certain death in it, and, before his eyes, pulled out the cork with her teeth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • They would sit silent, more bodeful of the direct antagonism of things than of their insensate and stolid obstructiveness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Your lighter boxes of family papers went up-stairs into a Barmecide room, that always had a great dining-table in it and never had a dinner, and where, even in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty, the first letters written to you by your old love, or by your little children, were but newly released from the horror of being ogled through the windows, by the heads exposed on Temple Bar with an insensate brutality and ferocity worthy of Abyssinia or Ashantee.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It grew deadly serious and assumed dimensions of insensate cruelty that broke the bounds of the plebe system as we had known it until that time.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And that condition is fulfilled so soon as—in the moment when she has failed to meet us—for the pleasure which we were on the point of enjoying in her charming company is abruptly substituted an anxious torturing desire, whose object is the creature herself, an irrational, absurd desire, which the laws of civilised society make it impossible to satisfy and difficult to assuage—the insensate, agonising desire to possess her.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • She crawls to an edge inside herself, longs to be insensate, a slab of brick.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Maester Frenken is not so determined to keep me insensate.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • The gunslinger laughed deprecatingly, and the insensate walls made the sound into a loon-like wheeze.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • "Anh!" That insensate snarl.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Theirs was the demented cruelty of egocentric children, and somehow this made their insensate beastliness much more heartbreaking.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • She knew there had been glory in it: insensate and cruel as he had often been, she remembered the enormous beating color of his life, and the lost and stricken thing in him which he would never find.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I have heard in my moment of appeasement, in my moment of obliterating satisfaction, the sigh, as it goes in, comes out, of the tide that draws beyond this circle of bright light, this drumming of insensate fury.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Insensate cruelty to those you can whip, and groveling submission to those you can’t.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • O, with what freshness, what solemnity and beauty, is each new day born; as if to say to insensate man, "Behold! thou hast one more chance!
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdured, And to rebellious fight rallied their Powers, Insensate, hope conceiving from despair.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Let him take care, or, brave as he is, we gods will turn against him, seeing him outrage the insensate earth!" Hera whose arms are white as ivory grew angry at Apollo.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But where has the universe hidden a word under its outer layer of biology, geometry, or insensate rock?) Even the traces of other intelligent life we have found-the blimps on Jove II, the Labyrinth Builders, the Seneschai empaths on Hebron, the Stick People of Durulis, the architects of the Time Tombs, the Shrike itself-have left us mysteries and obscure artifacts but no language.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Insensate folly and madness to entertain even a shadow of hope!
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Poet: My limbs, my veins dilate, my theme is clear at last, Banner so broad advancing out of the night, I sing you haughty and resolute, I burst through where I waited long, too long, deafen’d and blinded, My hearing and tongue are come to me, (a little child taught me,) I hear from above O pennant of war your ironical call and demand, Insensate! insensate!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • To an unromantic eye, the Institute had the look of a Spanish prison or a fortress beleaguered not by an invading force but by the more threatening anarchy of the twentieth century buzzing insensately outside the Gates of Legrand.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He saw plainly by this time that their poverty, the threat of the poorhouse, the lurid references to the pauper’s grave, belonged to the insensate mythology of hoarding; anger smouldered like a brand in him at their sorry greed.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The cruel insensate faces of dogs near mine, the stench of their breath, the movement of their tongues, the quickness of their lean, precipitate movements against me.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • As for the Professor—sucked like a mere larva into the burial mound of KL Sachsenhausen, dismal clone of the insensate leviathan of human affliction spawned years before at KL Dachau—his efforts to extricate himself were in vain.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At the field a heavy silence prevailed, overpowering motion like a ruthless, insensate spell holding in thrall the only beings who might break it.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I, however, took upon myself to interfere, and to impose some sort of check upon such insensate enthusiasm.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Pearce, delirious and insensate with terror, began screaming out of exhaustion and terror.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Poet: My limbs, my veins dilate, my theme is clear at last, Banner so broad advancing out of the night, I sing you haughty and resolute, I burst through where I waited long, too long, deafen’d and blinded, My hearing and tongue are come to me, (a little child taught me,) I hear from above O pennant of war your ironical call and demand, Insensate! insensate!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I do not suppose that, when a drunkard reasons with himself upon his vice, he is once out of five hundred times affected by the dangers that he runs through his brutish, physical insensibility; neither had I, long as I had considered my position, made enough allowance for the complete moral insensibility and insensate readiness to evil, which were the leading characters of Edward Hyde.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • E.D.), what insensate folly to pretend to penetrate into the interior of the mighty earth!
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Perhaps man was neither good nor bad, was only a machine in an insensate universe—his courage no more than a reflex to danger, like the automatic jump at the pin-prick.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
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