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  • Their lessons always proved invaluable and inviolable.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • All this was inviolable, like any set of natural laws.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Formerly they believed themselves sprung from Jupiter, and shielded by their birth; but nowadays they are not inviolable.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • From this time, an inviolable sphere of peace encompassed the lowly heart of the oppressed one,—an ever-present Saviour hallowed it as a temple.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • Nothing was more remarkable than the instinct, as it seemed, with which the child comprehended her loneliness: the destiny that had drawn an inviolable circle round about her: the whole peculiarity, in short, of her position in respect to other children.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Is it for you to pique yourself upon inviolable fidelity?
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • There was a special section devoted to the Jews: they were guaranteed all their rights, the inviolability of their property, and that their lives would be absolutely secure.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • From the very moment she flung her fist away from her mouth to cry, I knew my feelings for her were inviolable.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Then: "We believe that the world behaves according to certain inviolable rules and that, by persistent effort, we can discover those rules and use them to predict events when circumstances repeat."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Moreover, every form, every deformity even, has there a sense which renders it inviolable.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • His parting gibes were listened to in a dead, boding silence, and, with these biting words in his mouth, the triumphant Magua passed unmolested into the forest, followed by his passive captive, and protected by the inviolable laws of Indian hospitality.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He stood there looking at the destruction of the harbor and knew he had something inviolable that other men had no inkling of and at the same time he had nothing.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • What they do not know is that this plain brown girl will build her nest stick by stick, make it her own inviolable world, and stand guard over its every plant, weed, and doily, even against him.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • But come, for thou, be sure, shalt give account To him who sent us, whose charge is to keep This place inviolable, and these from harm.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The vividly pictured hand on Rosemary’s cheek, the quicker breath, the white excitement of the event viewed from outside, the inviolable secret warmth within.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But he added, "that since I professed so inviolable an attachment to truth, I must give him my word and honour to bear him company in this voyage, without attempting any thing against my life; or else he would continue me a prisoner till we arrived at Lisbon."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He fell in love contrary to all the tradition of his austere and jealous country raising which demands in the object physical inviolability.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • He did not know how he had come there, but he knew what his aim was, because he had carried it hidden since infancy in an inviolable backwater of his heart.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • There is privacy at the time, inviolable to the survivor, and holy oblivion, the sequel to each diviner magnanimity, providentially covers all at last.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He had accepted every extremity when it had been necessary; he had sacrificed his inviolability as a reformed man, had yielded up his liberty, risked his head, lost everything, suffered everything, and he had remained disinterested and stoical to such a point that he might have been thought to be absent from himself like a martyr.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There was a dead horse in the hollow by the path to my house, which compelled me sometimes to go out of my way, especially in the night when the air was heavy, but the assurance it gave me of the strong appetite and inviolable health of Nature was my compensation for this.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The principle of the ’inviolability of the individual’ culminated in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen adopted by the French National Assembly in 178V.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • …chanters, who were singing the service for the twentieth time that day, began lazily and mechanically to sing: "Save from calamity Thy servants, O Mother of God," and the priest and deacon chimed in: "For to Thee under God we all flee as to an inviolable bulwark and protection," there again kindled in all those faces the same expression of consciousness of the solemnity of the impending moment that Pierre had seen on the faces at the foot of the hill at Mozhaysk and momentarily on many…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ’If I were to do such a very ridiculous thing,’ he said, stopping again presently, and leaning against the chimney-piece, ’it could only be in the most inviolable confidence.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • At Chickamauga, when his company wavered in the enemy fire and seemed about to break in its attack, he moved steadily up the slope and could not understand his own inviolability.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Within Bengali families, individual names are sacred, inviolable.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • They associate metal with given shapes…pipes, rods, girders, tools, parts…all of them fixed and inviolable, and think of it as primarily physical.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Certain areas are officially inviolable unless there’s proof.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • And now he made deep protestations of a sincere inviolable affection for me, but all along attested it to be with the utmost reserve for my virtue and his own.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • This was my view, and I saw nonviolence in the Gandhian model not as an inviolable principle but as a tactic to be used as the situation demanded.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • (Were they my brothers, my uncles, those creatures shuffling brimstone-eyed from room to room, or sitting separate, isolated, muttering forever like underground rivers, each in his private, inviolable gloom?) I understood that the world was nothing: a mechanical chaos of casual, brute enmity on which we stupidly impose our hopes and fears.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • This circle binds you to the brotherhood, to the inviolable ranks.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • True, he would rather have slept by himself, but the marriage bed is still the symbol of the marriage bond, and symbols, as we know, are inviolable.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • At your aunt’s too, there reigns a wonderful smell of order and extreme cleanliness, but this little place of the araucaria, why, it’s so shiningly clean, so dusted and polished and scoured, so inviolably clean that it positively glitters.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • It hadn’t come into his head that they would talk about a single thing that they hadn’t always talked about; it had not even come into his head that the tabu which extended around her was not inviolable.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Not another word did Mr. Dick utter on the subject; but he made a very telegraph of himself for the next half-hour (to the great disturbance of my aunt’s mind), to enjoin inviolable secrecy on me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Above the antique mantel was displayed As though a window gave upon the sylvan scene 98 The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king 99 So rudely forced; yet there the nightingale 100 Filled all the desert with inviolable voice And still she cried, and still the world pursues, ’Jug Jug’ to dirty ears.
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • And thus I have brought to an end my Discourse of Civill and Ecclesiasticall Government, occasioned by the disorders of the present time, without partiality, without application, and without other designe, than to set before mens eyes the mutuall Relation between Protection and Obedience; of which the condition of Humane Nature, and the Laws Divine, (both Naturall and Positive) require an inviolable observation.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Intended for a more special and a baser use, this room, from which, in the daytime, I could see as far as the keep of Roussainville-le-Pin, was for a long time my place of refuge, doubtless because it was the only room whose door I was allowed to lock, whenever my occupation was such as required an inviolable solitude; reading or dreaming, secret tears or paroxysms of desire.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The confidentiality relationship between a parishioner and a priest was as inviolable as the one between a patient and his doctor, but was telling Fletcher what Shay had said breaking a trust if the same words were already in a gospel that had been written two thousand years ago?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • …that Miss Brown is an insignificant chit, and Mrs. White has nothing but her petit minois chiffonne, and Mrs. Black has not a word to say for herself; yet I know that I have had the most delightful conversations with Mrs. Black (of course, my dear Madam, they are inviolable): I see all the men in a cluster round Mrs. White’s chair: all the young fellows battling to dance with Miss Brown; and so I am tempted to think that to be despised by her sex is a very great compliment to a woman.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • There, whilst he renewed those meditations on his dear Sophia, which the dangerous illness of his friend and benefactor had for some time interrupted, an accident happened, which with sorrow we relate, and with sorrow doubtless will it be read; however, that historic truth to which we profess so inviolable an attachment, obliges us to communicate it to posterity.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • We know how religiously they are observed in Europe, more particularly where the Christian doctrine is received, among whom they are sacred and inviolable! which is partly owing to the justice and goodness of the princes themselves, and partly to the reverence they pay to the popes, who, as they are the most religious observers of their own promises, so they exhort all other princes to perform theirs, and, when fainter methods do not prevail, they compel them to it by the severity of…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • This interchange of love, I here protest, Upon my part shall be inviolable.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • He did not want To do it, but custom was strict, inviolable.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • She felt clothed in a kind of inviolable calm.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • The cure regimen—the exalted and inviolable rules.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The king of Great Britain is sacred and inviolable.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • He knew who he was and where he stood on certain—what he considered—inviolable issues.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • There was only one inviolable rule: The dead who passed through this world could not remain here.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
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