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  • It has an intrinsic value separate from its sale price.
  • The intrinsic reward of a job well done.
  • If she were here, he would have her inexplicable conviction to cling to, her belief that he was intrinsically good, a belief that served as a fortress through which no doubt could travel.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Not that they were much different from those in the other towns, at least not intrinsically.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • Like writers I love and who have kept me company through my life, I paid them when I was a child who felt separate and apart; when I learned to see the place I was in as an observer and, as much as I hate to admit it, as one who was intrinsically wrapped up in the seasons on that farm, that heat and poverty, and that sad certainty that life would not be any other way.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • Since I saw nothing intrinsically humorous in my last name, I asked them what was so damn funny.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • For aside from its intrinsic loveliness, it was a work whose very identity she had sought for ten years.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And thus the intrinsic significance of our craft lies in the philosophical fact that we deal in nothing.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • … In a story such as this, the name of the individual is intrinsic.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • And he measured ten double handfuls of pearls, diamonds, and other gems, many of which, mounted by the most famous workmen, were valuable beyond their intrinsic worth.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • At that epoch of pristine simplicity, however, matters of even slighter public interest, and of far less intrinsic weight than the welfare of Hester and her child, were strangely mixed up with the deliberations of legislators and acts of state.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The elevation of level which they contribute to civilization is intrinsic with them; it proceeds from themselves and not from an accident.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The holiday it gave was perfect and, if the morning after was disagreeable, it was so, not intrinsically, but only by comparison with the joys of the holiday.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He feels strongly that those activities have intrinsic value in terms of connecting you to another person.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I’ve made a little study of them in my time here, and it seems to me that intrinsic to this intense family binding—that which makes them possible at all—is the peaceful character of this life of sacrifice.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • There were many, many fine reasons not to go, but attempting to climb Everest is an intrinsically irrational act-a triumph of desire over sensibility.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • More than you think it really and intrinsically worth.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • It was a kind of visual fatigue and it came, he knew, from the constant necessity of holding the prescient future as a kind of memory that was in itself a thing intrinsically of the past.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • If, on the other hand, he is an emotional, gullible man, feed him on minor poets and fifth-rate novelists of the old school until you have made him believe that "Love" is both irresistible and somehow intrinsically meritorious.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • It would not be wrong to say that the idea of the intrinsic value of childhood dates from the Enlightenment.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But in the case of Connectors, their ability to span many different worlds is a function of something intrinsic to their personality, some combination of curiosity, self-confidence, sociability, and energy.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Pain is simply our intrinsic medical adviser to warn us and stimulate us.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • If he succeeded, he was an alienated marginal man—alienated from the strength of his culture and from fellow black men, and never able, of course, to become that imitation white man because he bore the pigment that made the white man view him as intrinsically other.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • But not to speak of the intrinsic quality of histories of this kind (which may possibly even be of use to someone for something) the histories of culture, to which all general histories tend more and more to approximate, are significant from the fact that after seriously and minutely examining various religious, philosophic, and political doctrines as causes of events, as soon as they have to describe an actual historic event such as the campaign of 1812 for instance, they…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Indeed, they could stand as a textbook case against the notion that countries are shaped by the intrinsic qualities of their people.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • …satisfaction; which was, that he could sell it to good account; however, if I thought it convenient to give him liberty to offer it in my name to the two merchants, the survivors of my trustees residing at the Brazils, who consequently knew its intrinsic value, having lived just upon the spot, and who I was sensible were very rich, and therefore might be the more willing to purchase it: he did not in the least doubt, but that I should make four or five thousand pieces of eight more of…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It was intrinsically different from the Vale of Little Dairies, Blackmoor Vale, which, save during her disastrous sojourn at Trantridge, she had exclusively known till now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It must be added that it came to him in some forms which, whatever might have been their intrinsic value, made it the reverse of welcome.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Fourthly, such Opinions as are taken onely upon Credit of Antiquity, are not intrinsically the Judgment of those that cite them, but Words that passe (like gaping) from mouth to mouth.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Of intrinsic value as a wife, I think she had none at all for me.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Have you ever stood before a woman whom you know to be intrinsically a good woman, while she has pleaded for release—been the man she has knelt to and implored indulgence of?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Evil is not intrinsic.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • I have been made to feel sad for such persons because I am conscious of the fact that mere connection with what is known as a superior race will not permanently carry an individual forward unless he has individual worth, and mere connection with what is regarded as an inferior race will not finally hold an individual back if he possesses intrinsic, individual merit.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • It was all very familiar, intrinsic to any faith.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • In her mind, American things—appliances, mouthwash, funny-looking upholstery—all seemed to have an intrinsic badness about them.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • And its being me, Kostya Levin, who went to a ball in a black tie, and was refused by the Shtcherbatskaya girl, and who was intrinsically such a pitiful, worthless creature—that proves nothing; I feel sure Franklin felt just as worthless, and he too had no faith in himself, thinking of himself as a whole.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I am sure most people would have thought him an ugly man; yet there was so much unconscious pride in his port; so much ease in his demeanour; such a look of complete indifference to his own external appearance; so haughty a reliance on the power of other qualities, intrinsic or adventitious, to atone for the lack of mere personal attractiveness, that, in looking at him, one inevitably shared the indifference, and, even in a blind, imperfect sense, put faith in the confidence.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The slicker was a definite element of success, differing intrinsically from the prep school "big man."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • One finds that in the Judeo-Christian culture in which the Old Testament "Word" had an intrinsic sacredness of its own, men are willing to sacrifice and live by and die for words.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • ’I assume that trust is intrinsic to this opportunity, whatever it is?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Allie suffered from Alzheimer’s in the final years of her life, and I’ve come to believe it’s an intrinsically evil disease.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • Mr. Duffy lifted his lip to expose the gold, but made no sound, for, Mr. Duffy being a man of the world and serene in confidence, his style was to put forth his sally and let it make its way on its intrinsic worth and to leave the applause to the public.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The latter alternative means that their security has been violated by outsiders, but being a victim is more palatable than having to recognize the intrinsic contradictions of their own governing philosophy.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He had hurled himself from a plane … at night … signals and metal and straps intrinsic to his leap.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • It is not enough that your designs, nay, that your actions, are intrinsically good; you must take care they shall appear so.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • This way of her own, of which she was so fond, was not intrinsically offensive—it was just unmistakeably distinguished from the ways of others.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • I see nothing intrinsically humorous in fudge.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • …irons, zinc wash tubs with dented bottoms-all throbbed within me with more meaning than there should have been: And why did I, standing in the crowd, see like a vision my mother hanging wash on a cold windy day, so cold that the warm clothes froze even before the vapor thinned and hung stiff on the line, and her hands white and raw in the skirt-swirling wind and her gray head bare to the darkened sky-why were they causing me discomfort so far beyond their intrinsic meaning as objects?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Moreover, the Weatherbury folk were by no means uninteresting intrinsically.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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