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  • This objection would be insuperable if Homer had been an Ithakan.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I came to the conclusion that difficulties, well-nigh insuperable, lay between me and the safe possession of the beautiful little vessel.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The part of mother presented to her no insuperable difficulties and for twenty-five years she had kept house shrewdly for her husband.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • If I meet with no insuperable difficulties therefore, consider that point as settled.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma

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  • The difficulty, nevertheless, was but trivial; although, in the disorder of my fancy, it seemed at first insuperable.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • We have an aviation that is insuperable.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • I left the house, the horrid scene of the last night’s contention, and walked on the beach of the sea, which I almost regarded as an insuperable barrier between me and my fellow creatures; nay, a wish that such should prove the fact stole across me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • In this manner, rocks, precipices and difficulties were surmounted in an incredibly short space, that at another time, and under other circumstances, would have been deemed almost insuperable.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Yes, last night, in a matter of minutes, we cleared that insuperable isthmus.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Apart from this insuperable antipathy to her, Princess Mary was agitated just then because on the Rostovs’ being announced, the old prince had shouted that he did not wish to see them, that Princess Mary might do so if she chose, but they were not to be admitted to him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • It is a chance that is just insuperable.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Power, government, war, law, punishment, and a thousand other things, had no terms wherein that language could express them, which made the difficulty almost insuperable, to give my master any conception of what I meant.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The servants of Don Vicente carried away his body, and Roque returned to his comrades, and so ended the love of Claudia Jeronima; but what wonder, when it was the insuperable and cruel might of jealousy that wove the web of her sad story?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Neglect it — go on as heretofore, craving, whining, and idling — and suffer the results of your idiocy, however bad and insuperable they may be.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The fact that he had made her an offer, and she had refused him, had placed an insuperable barrier between her and him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "The problem certainly seems insuperable," said Poirot thoughtfully.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • She liked to feel she was serving him across an insuperable distance.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • This now looked like the insuperable problem.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I do not think that even he could now hope to succeed with one of her stamp, and therefore I hope we may find no insuperable difficulty.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Yes, it seems an insuperable difficulty.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • They exposed her powerlessness, which in turn led to vertigo, the insuperable longing to fall.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I have questioned him on the subject, and I confess I see no insuperable objection to his being a clergyman, as things go.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Probably not insuperable.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • This instant at which I speak to you shows me again exactly how, to my great misfortune, you just insuperably charm me.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He was learning the sheep-keeping business, so as to follow on at the flock when the other should die, but had got no further than the rudiments as yet—still finding an insuperable difficulty in distinguishing between doing a thing well enough and doing it too well.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Mr. Welland’s sensitive domesticity shrank from the discomforts of the slovenly southern hotel, and at immense expense, and in face of almost insuperable difficulties, Mrs. Welland was obliged, year after year, to improvise an establishment partly made up of discontented New York servants and partly drawn from the local African supply.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • I knew a young lady of the last "romantic" generation who after some years of an enigmatic passion for a gentleman, whom she might quite easily have married at any moment, invented insuperable obstacles to their union, and ended by throwing herself one stormy night into a rather deep and rapid river from a high bank, almost a precipice, and so perished, entirely to satisfy her own caprice, and to be like Shakespeare’s Ophelia.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • …meanwhile, it is certain that our friend William Dobbin, who was personally of so complying a disposition that if his parents had pressed him much, it is probable he would have stepped down into the kitchen and married the cook, and who, to further his own interests, would have found the most insuperable difficulty in walking across the street, found himself as busy and eager in the conduct of George Osborne’s affairs, as the most selfish tactician could be in the pursuit of his own.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …wornout cannon which realises that it can deliver just one more fierce shot and crumble to dust in its own furious blast and recoil, who looked about upon the scene which was still within his scope and compass and saw son gone, vanished, more insuperable to him now than if the son were dead since now (if the son still lived) his name would be different and those to call him by it strangers and whatever dragon’s outcropping of Sutpen blood the son might sow on the body of whatever…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Once, when engaged in this system of training, and stooping to remove bits of stick, fern-stalks, and other such fragments from the child’s path, that the journey might not be brought to an untimely end by some insuperable barrier a quarter of an inch high, she was alarmed by discovering that a man on horseback was almost close beside her, the soft natural carpet having muffled the horse’s tread.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • What it did mean was that an incoming ship was not an insuperable hazard.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • If we measure our individual forces against hers, we may easily feel as if we were the sport of an insuperable destiny.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • This instant at which I speak to you shows me again exactly how, to my great misfortune, you just insuperably charm me.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The inconsistent little lady of the Avenue d’Iena had an insuperable need of changing her place, intellectually.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The truth was that Kells saw the insuperable barrier between them, and in the bitterness of his love he lied to himself, and hated himself for the lie.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • To the descend ant of a line of soldiers, commerce, even in that indirect manner, seemed a degrading pursuit; but an insuperable obstacle to the disclosure existed in the prejudices of his father We have already said that Major Effingham had served as a soldier with reputation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • ] Your Christian names are still an insuperable barrier.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • So on he fares, and to the border comes Of Eden, where delicious Paradise, Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green, As with a rural mound, the champaign head Of a steep wilderness, whose hairy sides With thicket overgrown, grotesque and wild, Access denied; and overhead upgrew Insuperable height of loftiest shade, Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene, and, as the ranks ascend, Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • ] Bloody religion—it’s our only real problem in this house, but it’s insuperable; I don’t mind admitting it.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • She was in the grip of an insuperable longing to fall.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • There would, in fact, be an insuperable difficulty in ascertaining when force could with propriety be employed.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • A heady, insuperable longing to fall.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • However, there appears to be no insuperable obstacle to the Lunar colonists, if they show political maturity, enjoying a degree of autonomy.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Not a hint, however, did she drop about sending me to school: still I felt an instinctive certainty that she would not long endure me under the same roof with her; for her glance, now more than ever, when turned on me, expressed an insuperable and rooted aversion.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Am I severed from you by insuperable obstacles?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • A patriot in a State that does not import or export, discerns insuperable objections against the power of direct taxation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I am in a condition to prove my allegation: an insuperable impediment to this marriage exists.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I have called it insuperable, and I speak advisedly.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But there appear to be insuperable objections against the proposed recurrence to the people, as a provision in all cases for keeping the several departments of power within their constitutional limits.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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