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  • Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
  • I’m hoping a cold iced tea will help me get past this lethargic feeling.
  • PHASE TWO [of Symptoms of Amor Deliria Nervosa]:
    periods of euphoria; hysterical laughter and heightened energy periods of despair; lethargy...
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • the lethargy of siesta time
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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  • It was not a very easy matter to rouse him: so lethargic and heavy were his slumbers.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • There’s an air of expectation in the psychology lecture hall as two hundred or so kids trod in, feeling none of their traditional lethargy.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I would have got out to make certain on the point, but some leaden lethargy seemed to chain my limbs and even my will.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Winston roused himself a little from his lethargy.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Warming himself ever so briefly had shaken away the lethargy and resignation and restored his will to survive.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Problems this year were first noticed when the boy developed motor coordination problems and mental lethargy which increased until he fell into a coma.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club

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  • Arising lethargic and groggy after my sleepless night at Camp Three, I was slow to dress, melt water, and get out of the tent on Thursday morning, May 9.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The sea moved in a lethargic way, as if already exhausted by the oncoming heat.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • A lethargy had settled on him, and a little gray hopelessness.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Long after he had finished eating and lay lethargic in the same place, his sister...
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • In fact, I’m a model patient, my lethargy taken for restraint, obedience to the doctors’ orders.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He helped her up from the bed, ignoring the lethargy of her movements, and put his arms around her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • The Fugees gathered their gear lethargically.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • ...were playing a lethargic game of Ping-Pong.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • There was a reluctance in her movements, and her eyes had a lethargic, faraway look in them.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Everyone was in motion, working off nervous energy, but she seemed strangely lethargic.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • A massive and lethargic woman, who had been urging Daisy to play golf with her at the local club tomorrow, spoke in Miss Baedeker’s defence:
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He turned lethargically and saw Brom’s arms.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • From there he wasted very quickly to a lethargic little bundle of skin-covered bones and a gaunt, skin-covered skull.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Suddenly Roran felt himself become lethargic and powerless to move; it was hard to even think.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It is a very dull, wearisome, and lethargic affair.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • It is certain that if the soul had not already quitted this inert, sluggish, lethargic body, it had at least retreated and concealed itself in depths whither the perceptions of the exterior organs no longer penetrated.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • On winter’s mornings such as this, when he was very tired and everything dragged itself lethargically through his head, this belief of his seemed irrefutable.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • He felt strangely lethargic,
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Now he is able to manipulate the emotions of those around him — calm down a room of angry people, for example, or excite a lethargic crowd, conversely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • As usual, it’s the thought of Prim’s anxious face as she watches me on the screens back home that breaks me from my lethargy.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The lethargy must have his quiet course:
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • He entered with a weariness and lethargy ... and he dropped heavily into the armchair
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He had gradually dropped to the floor, and lay there in a lethargy, worn out.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Becky roused up from her lethargy of distress and showed good interest in the proceedings.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • rousing myself from the lethargy that had fallen upon me, I looked down and saw...
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Startled from his lethargy by that direful cry, Jonah staggers to his feet, and stumbling to the deck, grasps a shroud, to look out upon the sea.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Nor will certain ideas forget me; they keep filing away at my lethargy, my complacency.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • They contain solanine, a poison that occurs in plants of the nightshade family, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and lethargy in the short term, and adversely affects heart rate and blood pressure when ingested over an extended period.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • A lethargy had come upon him at times.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • ...but such who are utterly careless of themselves after, show a lethargy of the worst nature, which seems to me to be a kind of practical atheism or at least, a living in a contempt of Heaven,
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • some point her lethargy dissipated of its own accord and...
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • St. Clare knew this well; and often, in many a weary hour, he heard that slender, childish voice calling him to the skies, and saw that little hand pointing to him the way of life; but a heavy lethargy of sorrow lay on him,—he could not arise.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Cousin, cousin, how have you come so early by this lethargy?
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • This discourse gave rise to new reflections, and Martin especially concluded that man was born to live either in a state of distracting inquietude or of lethargic disgust.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • The change in climate had a profound effect on me; I spent all of June, July, and August fighting off the terrible lethargy of a depression caused in large part by the absence of sunlight.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • in this time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their festival purses;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • ...that winter that I labored with a lethargy—which, by the way, I never knew whether to regard as a family complaint, having an uncle who goes to sleep shaving himself ... or as the consequence of my attempt to read Chalmers’ collection of English poetry without skipping.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Harry was alternately filled with restless energy that made him unable to settle to anything, during which time he paced his bedroom, furious at the whole lot of them for leaving him to stew in this mess; and with a lethargy so complete that he could lie on his bed for an hour at a time, staring dazedly into space, aching with dread at the thought of the Ministry hearing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • ...shake off the unaccountable lethargy which (for the ten intervening minutes, and five to boot, are already past) has made him such a laggard at this momentous dinner.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
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